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HELPFUL VOTES
62

  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3510)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1233)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Do yourself a favor and skip this book"
    Overall

    This novel is full of stereotypical people, boring, predictable and difficult to relate to or like.

    The reader is a good match, bad.

    11 of 13 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
    (18209)
    Performance
    (16241)
    Story
    (16296)

    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!"
    "Not for me"
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    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I am one of the people who didn't like this book.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just didn't like it.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    It was OK.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just didn't enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Book of Migrations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rebecca Solnit
    • Narrated By Dawn Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this acclaimed exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit travels through Ireland, the land of her long-forgotten maternal ancestors. A Book of Migrations portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism, and tourism. Enriched by cross-cultural comparisons with the history of the American West, A Book of Migrations carves a new route through Ireland’s history, literature, and landscape.

    CB says: "I love Rebecca Solnit's writing"
    "I love Rebecca Solnit's writing"
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    What did you love best about A Book of Migrations?

    The narrator was ill chosen. She mispronounced words, which is such a shame when
    one is reading such great, intelligent writer's words. Rebecca Solnit is an exceptional
    writer, and this narrator simply was not up to the task of bringing her words to audio.
    Such a shame, because it is an excellent book. I bought a copy and read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Alma Mater: A St. Just Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately - and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous - and despised - Lexy Laurant is found strangled on the grounds. There's a lengthy list of likely suspects: Lexy's debt-ridden Latino lover, her titled ex-husband who left her for another woman, and a garrulous oil-rich Texan with something to hide, among others.

    CB says: "Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!"
    "Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Death at the Alma Mater again? Why?

    Good story, but the Americans portrayed are such jerks, and such cliched stereotypes, it is laughable. Better to leave them out.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (517)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Sad to say, this one went on too long"
    Overall
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    Where does The Long Way Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There was not enough story, not enough of interest, not a lot thatwe didn't already know. The plot was thin, and it was stretched out toolong. Granted I love the characters, Ruth, Clara, Marla, Gamache, Jean Guy,Reine Marie, but we know them pretty well now. How many time can it be interestingto hear Ruth insult everyone? It needed more of a story.


    Would you recommend The Long Way Home to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the description of the culture and art of Canada, the beautiful historical village descriptions, the love the author has for Canada.


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

    Sadly, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Pain is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out. In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness.

    CB says: "Pema not at her best here..."
    "Pema not at her best here..."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    When someone asked her about depression, Pema suggested they try singing
    and dancing. I found it very surprising as she is usually sensitive to people's
    pain, not this time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have other books of hers that are useful, this one is not good. Her advice for the person whose friend is dying and is terrified was useless, too. Not at her best this day for sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pema Chödrön?

    Maybe Pema was very tired and needed a break, I know she must have to help
    a lot of people in pain, and maybe she was burned out.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I hope she had a chance to take a vacation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    How do you respond when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? If you're frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree, you take action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Hannah says: "Lively, charming and unexpected"
    "No way is this the same author as Dr. Siri books!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach?

    This absolutely could not have been written by the same author
    who wrote the Dr Siri Paiboun books. They appear to be written
    by a child.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Colin Cotterill again?

    Maybe Colin Cotterill let one of his grandchildren write these Jimm books.


    What didn’t you like about Kim Mai Guest’s performance?

    Stupid, uninteresting, boring, insulting, really.


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

    Not a single one. I will return it for my credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unprintable: A Booklover's Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julie Kaewert
    • Narrated By William Neenan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It is possibly the most repugnant piece of fiction in all of England. So why is Plumtree Press, one of the country's most respectable publishing houses, about to add the hotly controversial new novel to its list? Publisher Alex Plumtree isn't talking. Hardly anyone knows he has taken on the project as a favor to the Prime Minister. Forget the bad press and hateful reviews. Alex swiftly finds himself on the wrong side of a lawsuit, bugged, betrayed, roughed up, and implicated in murder. Suddenly Alex doesn't know who to trust.

    CB says: "A little politically preachy"
    "A little politically preachy"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first two books were good, but this was was a replica, with a few new characters thrown in. But, this time there was a political message which I didn't like.


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

    The plot was almost exactly the same formula as the first two books, so this author
    needs to create some new situations and get some new ideas for the plot.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was just fine.


    Was Unprintable worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Finer End: A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "Crombie delivers"
    "My favorite, a wonderful story!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Finer End?

    This book has a touch of the sort of story Phil Rickman writes in his Merrily Watkins mysteries, which I love. Great characters and complex plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Great Medieval Mystery with humor"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Lost Abbot?

    Never got interested in the story of the characters. I love Ellis Peter's Cadfael books, but this one was surprisingly uninteresting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wine of Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lacey
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.

    Ruth says: "Brilliant!"
    "A contemporary, edgy, uncozy-cozy mystery!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very good story, kept me very engaged, a little mom-teenager relationship, a little magical older woman stuff, some very dark characters, mysterious and just the right amount of suspense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Interesting story from a century before woven through. The main character, who is a Church of England priest, is very contemporary and thoughtful and someone who I could relate too. I like her character.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the characters, the town, and the mystery. Good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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