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Deborah

shallotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

    Johnnie Walker says: "Outstanding Reading"
    "LeCarre's Younger Brother"
    Overall

    This was a fascinating book. I've read LeCarre's earlier books (he's too political now)many times and Littell steps in where LeCarre went astray in politics. A good old-fashioned spy thriller that keeps you guessing til the last page. However, this might be a book that is easier read. There were several times I wished I could page back to double-check something that contributed to what was currently happening. It's a very complicated, complex puzzle of a book that is well worth spending a credit on. And, because it is so multilayered, it's worth a second listen to see how many clues were given that were missed by the reader, how the story weaves together (after knowing the ending), and just to revel in the excellence of the writing. Again... like the Smiley books by LeCarre.

    If you are looking for an easy read, this isn't it. But if you like feints, mind tricks, etc., you'll love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (331)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Gripping Drama"
    Overall

    I haven't been drawn into a book this deeply in a long time, perhaps since The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Though it has a few weaknesses (could have left the romance-novel-type stuff out), it is truly a powerful story wrapped around recent history. Bad stuff happens and dire deeds are done, even by the good guys. The only real complaint I have is that not having a book to page back through, I sometimes forgot who a particular character was or how he connected. Initial chapters are focused on only one of the main characters. The narration is stunning - I can't believe one guy did all those totally complete and separate voices. I immediately recognized each character by their voice. Wonderful job and I hope to hear more from him.

    This book has extremely graphic sadistic violence in it, but that's reality.

    Five star read.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (307)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "The Best Ever"
    Overall

    I have over 200 books in my audible library and this book and narrator are the best of the best. PLEASE GET THIS BOOK !! You won't be sorry. Sometimes after reading Sparks or Roberts or others, one forgets what truly incredible writing can do to the heart and soul. Stegner, with this book, makes one hunger for more of a deep and meaty, wonderfully written story. I lived this novel while listening to it. It will just take you over. And Mark Bramhall replaces Will Patton as my favorite narrator. He is perfect for this book.

    If you want a book and narration that will make you smile, cry, and be furious, and is lyrical and sweet as well, this is the book for you.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (81)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Dittos"
    Overall

    Ditto on everything said here. Pantoliano has a distinct, almost cartoon-like voice naturally and for him to do voices was just jarring to the ear. I just finished listening to a wonderful narration of The Big Rock Candy Mountain (5 stars for sure) and I just can't, after three hours, continue to listen to Narrows Gate. And as an aside, I'm from the south and a New York accent is hard on my ears anyway -- to have it exaggerated is darn near painful to the ears.

    This might be a book to read instead of hear.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Charles says: "Oh Dennis, what happened to you?"
    "Bad ending to a great series"
    Overall

    The fake Boston accent was hard to take with these southern ears. I give two stars to the narrator for other reasons as well. There was a spark missing in this story as well as between the two
    Kenzies; it isn't even close to the earlier books in plot or intensity. I think I'll try reading it to see if that makes a difference. And I'm tired of Russian mob stories. It's just an okay book.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (740)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "First Jack Reacher, now Dave??? Clete???"
    Overall

    This book is worth listening to just for the description of Clete Purcell given by Dave in the early portion of the book. Burke is at his best in this book with beautiful writing, though I sorta had everything figured out before it happened and that might be because I've read all his books 2-3 times. I had a hard time with the mercenaries too. I least like his stories when the family is brought into it. Alafair, to me, after her childhood has been an uninteresting character and I didn't particularly like her in this book.

    However, after writing the above complaints, it was a get go book from the start and it was very hard to put down when I had other things to do. His prose is beautiful, the setting gorgeous, and the Bobsey Twins of Homicide are at their best and most loyal.

    Will Patton is the best narrator around, hands down. Other narrators should listen and learn (do you hear me Scott Brick?).

    42 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2802)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1558)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "If you want to train a dog, this book is for you."
    Overall

    I love dogs and have done dog rescue for years. I raised Labradors when I was younger. I still found this book dull and without much of a plot. It's mostly about training dogs and a little about crime.

    The narrator has a sing-song choppy delivery which made me irritated after a few chapters.

    I love Roberts' in death series and adore that reader, but this book is just terrible.

    I wish I had my credit back.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Please don't perform the books - read them."
    Overall

    I've absolutely loved Karin Slaughter's books in the past, especially Triptych. I don't know if it was because the narrator overperformed her role or if the story was just bad, but I had a hard time finishing this. I don't like the idea of a female narrator doing so many male voices...just read the book, please. The story seemed thin and Will didn't foster the sympathy or exude sex appeal as he has in past books - just seemed weak and boring. But really, I was so distracted by the narrator, it might be a better book than I thought.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (265)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Terrifying Yet True"
    Overall

    This book is totally frightening because it is true. The examples of decent people gone terribly bad are just shocking. I couldn't stop listening, even when the book bogs down into back history/meth production details. Yes it does bog down, but reading those passages is absolutely critical to understanding the depth and pervasiveness of meth addiction. So many wasted lives and hurt and heartache.

    This was really a thought-provoking read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Totally Average"
    Overall

    This book got rave reviews on Amazon and good reviews here. I don't understand why. I found the story to be totally predictable and it wasn't even interesting until the dog makes his appearance well into the book. The narrator's accent (New Jersey/Boston?) came and went but she did a great job changing voices for each character.

    I did not find the characters likeable except for Alex and Joe (the dog). Whiney would be the best description. A teenage girl would love this book but it's run-of-the-mill for everybody else.

    There is nothing new here.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (484)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Yo Virgil"
    Overall

    I've read the two previous Virgil Flowers' books and was so happy to see another installment. While not as good as Heat Lightning, it's still better than the re-warmed-over latest Davenport books. I love Virgil's character and philosophy about life. He's funny and quirky (however the T-shirt shtick is enough already) and he's a joy to read. To me, the mystery is less interesting than Virgil's actions, thoughts, and love life. All the Flowers books are good and fun reads, but to really get to know Virg, read them in order.

    Can't wait for the next one!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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