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Lee

TEMPE, AZ, US Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2005

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  • Eleven on Top

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (474)

    Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

    G. Heideman says: "More Plum Fun"
    "Still going strong"
    Overall

    This series continues to be fun after all these years. This is a bit of a departure for Stephanie, who takes a break from being a bounty hunter and tries to find a new career for herself, with often hilarious results, as we've come to expect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsyte Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    Kay in DC says: "A delight"
    "In spite of the narrator"
    Overall

    The other reviewers point out what a fine novel this is. It does take a while to get comfortable with the large number of characters introduced at the outset, but Galsworthy does an excellent job of helping his readers keep them straight. However, I never did get used to the narrator, who has a good enough voice but a dreadfully dull, nearly monotonous style.

    If the other two volumes of THE FORSYTE CHRONICLES (A MODERN COMEDY and END OF THE CHAPTER) are ever recorded, I hope they use a better narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    Joseph says: "Brokeback Mountain"
    "Unforgettable story"
    Overall

    This is a very well read version of a well-written, lean short story. Both the narrator and the author capture the feeling of loneliness and desperate longing for something greatly desired and tragically just out of reach. This is a tale that will fascinate you and haunt you as you think about it for days after you hear it. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    JR says: "Finally! Someone gets it."
    "Unforgettable story"
    Overall

    This is a very well read version of a well-written, lean short story. Both the narrator and the author capture the feeling of loneliness and desperate longing for something greatly desired and tragically just out of reach. This is a tale that will fascinate you and haunt you as you think about it for days after you hear it. Highly recommended.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Panic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    With his mother's attackers fast on his heels and with no one to trust, not the authorities, his father, nor the woman he loves, his perilous search takes him from the Texas Hill Country to New Orleans, to London, and to Miami. Full of unforgettable characters and jolting plot twists, Panic is an emotionally charged, heart-stopping thriller about one man's determination to take back his stolen life.

    Paula Beck says: "Entertaining"
    "Typical thriller"
    Overall

    The narrator does a fine job, and the writing is lean, but how many thrillers do we need that deal with the CIA (or other Acronym-ed government agency) being villains (or are they?) and with people you think you know well turning out to be not who you think they are (or are they?)...

    The relevations and plot twists seem all-too-familiar and ultimately not very interesting.

    However, if you really like fast-paced suspense spy stories, you should enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6810)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3111)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "A great listen--Connelly"
    Overall

    This book is Michael Connelly "lite." It lacks the narrative complexity of some of his Bosch or McCaleb novels. However, that makes it an excellent candidate for an audio book; you probably won't have to rewind to catch up on a missed plot detail as you drive home in rush-hour traffic. Mickey Haller is a fascinating new protagonist; rather than being Connelly's typical tough detective out to clean up the city's mean streets, Haller is more interested in the money than in a client's innocence. This is a very enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1092)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "A bit heavy-handed with the religious imagery"
    Overall

    This is an audiobook that would be good for the family to enjoy hearing together. I liked Michael York's narration, although another reviewer is correct about his toning down of descriptions that might be frightening to young listeners. I preferred The Magician's Nephew, the previous title in the series, because the religious imagery of this story seems a bit heavy-handed to me; it sounds somewhat like a children's Sunday School story. I have read that C.S. Lewis denied that he intended this as a Christian allegory, but almost everyone else sees it quite clearly as such.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (616)

    Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

    Jason says: "An incredible children's series"
    "Enjoyable children's fantasy"
    Overall

    Kenneth Branagh does a great job narrating this first volume of the Chronicles of Narnia series. It's an intriguing fantasy for youngsters as well as for adults who enjoy children's classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (748)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Entertaining listen"
    Overall

    Brown knows how to write a good page-turner. This one is typically far-fetched and intriguing at the same time. I found that it got tiresome after a while and wished it would have ended sooner, but it is an easy and entertaining listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Trespass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Two years ago he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived, you could hardly call it a living, in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla, the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into deception and violence had just begun.

    Lee says: "A forgotten Rendell treasure"
    "A forgotten Rendell treasure"
    Overall

    Ruth Rendell is at her best when she writes psychological thrillers that take the reader inside the mind of a tortured, frightening character. This is one of the earliest novels in which she accomplishes this. We rarely leave the mind of our tormented protagonist, Gray Lanceton, during this novel, and it is unlikely that Gray will ever leave our memories once we've heard his story. The book is out of print in the U.S.; fortunately this beautifully-read audio book is available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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