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Renee

Fredericksburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1256)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Sour Persimmon"
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    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    I would one more book from Bryce Courtenay and / or Humphrey Bower.


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay’s story?

    I believe that the book was far too long and would have benefited from a sharper eye during the edit process. The flow of the book was satisfactory, details were well done, simply just too long.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Thought Mr. Bower's performance was exemplary.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book had redeeming qualities. It provided insight into a different perspective of the war from a nation involved in the conflict, from people that the reader could connect with, and experiences that were historically correct.


    Any additional comments?

    Difficult for me to recommend because of the aforementioned length of the book. If the reader is a 'skimmer' than I would recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4310)
    Performance
    (3835)
    Story
    (3835)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Well Thought Out Plot"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate Suspect as a '4' out of '5' - I completely enjoyed the story! I felt a connection to the lead character and the story line about "Maggie" touched my heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie was my favorite character. She was loyal, trustworthy, and in tune with both of her handlers.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not think so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story didn't make me laugh or cry - but it did keep me on the edge of my seat. Particularly when Maggie was injured by the sniper and toward the end when her instincts led her to protect her handler.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an easy listen, but I enjoyed the intonation of the reader, connected to the story line, and would read another story by Crais.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20944)
    Performance
    (18782)
    Story
    (18849)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Delicious Dsyfunction"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Psychotic, Toxic, Spellbinding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy was my favorite character. She was calculating and devious and she draws the reader into her web of psychosis.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    She's back!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2029)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Killing Kennedy Delivers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    Although Mr. O'Reilly's voice does tend to lack emotion during key points, I enjoyed the well researched content.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    Similar in title to Killing Lincoln, both incorporated factual details that made a connection to me as a listener.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I prefer Killing Kennedy to Killing Lincoln. I believe the reason is simple, as a child growing up in the 60s and 70s I could relate to the Kennedy children, loved the elegant Jackie, and wanted desperately to believe in Camelot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    For one brief shining moment, Camelot.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4009)
    Performance
    (3567)
    Story
    (3589)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A Glimpse of the Past"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    No, I found the lack of expression in the reader's voice to be distracting. Although the introduction indicated that the reading would be in a particular style / format, I found that not to be the case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    I found that the description of Andrew Johnson to be particularly interesting. Especially his (disputed) role in the assassination of Lincoln.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I needed to hear more passion in the reading, a better defined beginning and end to each segment. It was far too monotone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A moment in time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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