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Pat

A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.

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  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "Hilarious, insightful look at growing up "Boomer""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid to be better than the print version?

    Only in that it was easier to "read" in the car. The author has lived in England for so long that he sounds a little less All-American than the story he's telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's witty take on his childhood and the familiarity of so many aspects of the story. His discussion of the toys & candy of that era, for example, was spot on.


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

    Loved "At Home." A completely different kind of book, but still imbued with Bryson's combination of wit and insight. Both of these are my go-to choices when nothing else is appealing to me. Could read/listen to them over and over. And have.


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

    Laughed, laughed, laughed. Experienced the best sort of nostalgia - non-sappy. And was somewhat saddened by remembering the pre-franchise days when every city looked a little different. We've lost something now that we live in Home Depot, McDonalds, 7-11, Wal-Mart land.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a boomer, you should read this book to take a trip back in time. If you're younger, you should read it to get a glimpse into what life in middle America used to be like. Plus, some things never change for kids - parents are still embarrassing, school is still painful, budding relationships with the opposite sex are still awkward. You will laugh.

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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2153)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "We Are All Secret Keepers"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    The plot, the writing, the characters. The way the story unfolded.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    Couldn't say. But it was a great story about an older woman looking back on her life and trying to resolve a long, purposely repressed memory of a significant family event before her dying mother is gone and it may be too late.

    Nice to read a mystery that was neither a procedural detective story nor a gruesome dark trip that made me want to take a bath afterwards. (Bath-wise, I'm talking to you,"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn.)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Vivian. Vivacious, fun, multi-faceted. A secret keeper.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost ditched this audiobook before it really got going. At first I found the reader's voice/accent a little off-putting - although most of the books I listen to have a British reader. Gradually, I realized that it was part of the overall performance and settled into it. Also, I found the very beginning a little self-consciously literary and slow getting started. But once the story kicked in, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend it.

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  • Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.

    Ruby Dartz says: "Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined"
    "Not Much New Here"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they're interested in the Manson phenomenon and haven't read much about it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was interesting, fascinating, instructive... not too "enjoyable." One can't go back and change the gruesome facts.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader has an annoying habit - I almost hate to mention it, because once you're aware of it, you can't NOT be aware of it. For emphasis he tends to elongate the vowels in words: They smoked weeeeed. They gaaaazed into the distance. They careeeened through the winding streets etc.The reader also reads the Chet & Bernie light mystery series, with the same annoying quirk. (Sidenote, the Chet & Bernie series is written in first person, or first canine, by Chet the detective dog, partner to P.I. Bernie. Kind of funny to hear the Manson saga told to me by the voice I've come to think of as that of a crime-fighting dog.)


    Could you see Manson being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    IMO, the best has already been made: The original TV movie "Helter Skelter."


    Any additional comments?

    Well written. I particularly enjoyed the trip back in time to the late 1960s and the well-painted portrait of the California lifestyle in the Haight and Los Angeles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sissy Spacek
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

    DCHank says: "Charming and lovable"
    "The Title Says It All"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Extraordinary Ordinary Life the most enjoyable?

    Sissy Spacek telling her own story in her own voice. Like listening to a friend tell the story of their life late at night over a couple of drinks, and discovering all sorts of adventures you'd never imagined.


    What other book might you compare My Extraordinary Ordinary Life to and why?

    Then Again, by Diane Keaton; Inside Inside, by James Lipton; My Life in France, by Julia Child. Although Lipton & Child are more colorful, what these books have in common is people whose lives have had much more interesting twists than you might have imagined.


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

    Only her movies. But look forward to hearing her read To Kill a Mockingbird. Can't imagine a better fit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have, because it was so pleasant. But it wasn't so urgent and compelling that I could hardly wait for the next chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    The world is dark and getting more so. My taste in books is pretty dark also. This book was a pleasant respite from all of that. Positive, uplifting and... nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2456)
    Story
    (2483)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Dark Indeed"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print version. In some ways I might have preferred it, because it would have been easier to skim over the "too dark for me" parts, of which there were several. A petty complaint, but having lived in Kansas, I was annoyed at the mispronunciation of the town of Salina. (It's Sa-lye-na, not Sa-lee-na.)


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    Obviously, "Gone Girl." Same author, same device of heading chapters according to narrator and time period, same compelling combination of suspense story and insightful character studies. Not all were likeable, but most were understandable and not all that far-fetched if you pay any attention to the news.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a scene at Magda's home where Libby meets a number of women who have essentially turned Libby's family tragedy into their personal hobby. Their sense of ownership of a stranger's trauma - almost to the point of challenging Libby's claim to it - rang very true to me. It made me think about my own voyeuristic interest in true crime books, TV shows, etc., which is apparently shared by many.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the moments where Patty, Libby's mother, is so overwhelmed by the job of being a struggling single mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike Gone Girl (sorry, one can't help but compare), there were times when I had to take a break from this one. Unrelenting tragedy and misery. But my curiosity kept me going, and I was glad it did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rottweiler

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The latest victim in a series of apparently motiveless murders is found near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. Someone saw a shadowy figure running away, but the only other clues are that the murderer usually strangles his victim and removes something personal, like a cigarette lighter or a necklace.... The activities of the sinister 'Rottweiler' will exert a profound influence on the lives of a small group of people, especially when the suspicion emerges that one of them may be a homicidal maniac.

    Sparkly says: "Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery."
    ""Everyone Has A Story""
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    What did you love best about The Rottweiler?

    As a friend's grandmother used to say, "Everyone has a story." Or, as Atticus Finch might say, you can't understand a person until you've walked in their shoes. Ruth Rendell understands this very well. (Full disclosure: She is my favorite author.) She's great at depicting the inner lives of people from all backgrounds and psychological make ups, and specializes in putting you in the mind of even "worst" person, making him or her, if not sympathetic, understandable.A suspense story and multiple character study all at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rottweiler?

    When, long before the book's climax, the killer is revealed. I wasn't so much shocked by the revelation, but admired the author's ability to make this just one more plot point in the story.


    What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

    Terrific variety of voices - all perfectly suited to the characters. He did a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep. Usually save audiobooks for car, but had to bring this one inside because I couldn't wait to continue listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I especially enjoyed the relatively minor character of Becky. A very well drawn and sympathetic portrait of a young woman who feels trapped by circumstance and can't always do the "right thing" as she sees it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (532)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Understated Humor Provokes Outright Laughter"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print version, but think the author's delivery definitely complemented the material. Reminded me of David Sedaris, without the underlying tone of depression. It's possible that in the printed version the humor may seem less subtle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    Oooh, hard to say. Maybe the moment when the author realizes how his encounter with a mocking 14-year-old girl might have been misinterpreted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one mentioned above. But also, the sequence of his increasing need to be recognized/validated by his new neighbor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire selection was, in a way, moving, because it contained a series of depictions of interpersonal interactions that were just so true to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. One of my favorite listens in a long time. I'll be checking into more of this author's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "Woof! They Did it Again"
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    Where does A Fistful of Collars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a dog lover and a mystery lover, and I've enjoyed every book in this series. Not "great" books by stringent standards, just fun detective stories from a dog's POV. It's all about the characters and the writer's insight into all things dog.


    Would you recommend A Fistful of Collars to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to dog lovers. In terms of detective stories, it's nothing special. Even in terms of the series, it's on par with all the others - none stands out in my mind as better or worse than the others.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Duh! Chet the dog.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Jim Frangione adds a lot to the overall experience. The "voice" of Chet could make or break this audiobook, and he does a great job of capturing the "hard boiled detective" Chet and the "Oops, did I just gnaw a hole in the leather upholstery?" Chet.I classify the entire series as "easy listening," and go back to these little treats whenever I'm in the mood for a light-hearted listen.

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  • The Pigeon Pie Mystery: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, the Maharaja of Brindor, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer. Aside from the ghost sightings, Hampton Court doesn't seem so bad. The princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants, for which Pooki bakes a pigeon pie. But General-Major Bagshot dies after eating said pie....

    Yvette says: "The best thing I've heard for ages!!!"
    "Easy Listening"
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    Would you try another book from Julia Stuart and/or Hannah Curtis?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julia Stuart? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Delicious witty prose. Great characters. Interesting period details. Engaging mystery without creating anxiety. A nice "easy listening" mystery compared to my usual intense fare. The epitome of a "cozy."


    What about Hannah Curtis’s performance did you like?

    Smooth as silk.


    Could you see The Pigeon Pie Mystery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure. But more than a 3-part series. Too light. No opinion on actors.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely diversion. Inspired fond memories of (tourist) visits to Hampton Court.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Lights, Big Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (118)

    Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

    Rebecca says: "She can be very funny."
    "Ya love her or ya hate her - or both"
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    Would you try another book from Jen Lancaster and/or Jamie Heinlein?

    I have tried most of them. Amusingly bitchy, but after several hours and several books - shut up already!


    Would you recommend Bright Lights, Big Ass to your friends? Why or why not?

    Actually, I have. She's funny. She's politically incorrect. She's the hilarious bitchy gal pal who says what no one else will. And she's as brutally harsh on herself as on all the other annoying people in her/our universe.


    Which character – as performed by Jamie Heinlein – was your favorite?

    Well, Jen - the center of her/the book's universe. But she does paint a 3-dimensional portrait of her husband and their relationship, and Heinlein did him justice.


    Was Bright Lights, Big Ass worth the listening time?

    Yes. Especially if I hadn't been on a "Jen binge." I say partake of her every now & then, like a hot fudge sundae. Not a crash hot-fudge sundae diet, as I did.


    Any additional comments?

    She's your funny, acerbic friend who is sooo articulate about all the things that piss her (and many of us) off - including her own behavior. But at some point... Okay, I get it. Stop bitching already!

    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
    (13909)
    Performance
    (12279)
    Story
    (12307)

    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!"
    "Believe it - it's that good!"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I wanted to listen to it again immediately after finishing it, to retrace the way the plot unfolded. First class writing.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    No specific title comes to mind. A very dark Agatha Christie, in terms of mystery combined with characters. The best of Ruth Rendell.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy. The character was complex and I think Julia Whelan captured her perfectly.


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

    The tag line that already exists "Marriage can be a real killer."


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely want to read/listen to the author's other books. What a find!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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