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Catherine

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  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Allison Hoover Bartlett
    • Narrated By Judith Brackley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure.

    Joshua Kim says: "Loved It"
    "If you want to learn about book collecting..."
    Overall

    I couldn't keep going! I made it about halfway through this story. The ideal listener wants to learn about the world of book collecting. It teaches you all about it! The mystery (?) is secondary and I just couldn't hang in there to find out if there really was a mystery underneath the story line. The reviews I read said it was for people who love books. But this is for the lover of the physical book itself - not the story inside.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2269)
    Story
    (2270)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Disappointed: series seems to be on downward path"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I enjoyed the first book so much. Each book has been a little less fun as we go along. Now Odd rarely seems to deal with human bad guys - it just gets more and more dark and invented creatures like the pigs here. At the same time there are incredibly long "speeches" about what is going on. Just "talking" endlessly. Wish I hadn't gotten so many of these too read way back when. I'm ready to stop loving Oddie.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut the long speeches where Odd just seems to explain or contemplate. Get back to stories about real people. Have more action. More continuity like we had with Elvis. Why are the Bodox gone (sorry I don't know how to spell them since it's on audio!). I guess in this one there was no reason for them.


    Any additional comments?

    Time to kick it up a big notch or let go of Beloved Odd One.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (667)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "This eloquent story enlightens! Great gift!"
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    What did you love best about Until Tuesday?

    Until Tuesday isn't just a sweet dog story, nor a touching hero story. Although it is absolutely both of those things. I came closer to understanding life in the grips of war better through this book, than living it through any movie or other narrative. It woke me up to the true grit and believe in mission living in the hearts of our men and women overseas. Capt. Montalván tells his story with such care and detail, it becomes profound. I didn't even really want to hear about the heroics of war; yet, the tale was too captivating to ignore. All I can say is "wow." He taught me about PTSD with a depth that was again amazingly illuminating. Not just, oh yea, psychologically freaked out. You learn what it really is. It's amazing. At the same time, don't think it is depressing. Nope, because there is Tuesday! A service dog you will wish you knew. There is light and hope. This honest portrayal now impacts how I view anyone with pain or disabilities, not only PTSD. I became a better person after reading this book.

    Imagine - all of this wrapped up in a story that you don't want to stop! All of this surrounding the story of a dog you want to pet, hug, or snuggle - depending on the dog lover in you.

    I think any service man or woman, back from war, would find a friend in this book.

    This is the perfect gift book. That is if the receiver will only open the pages and join these two on a very honest and amazing journey of crisis, healing and love. It's not for sissies though! Pick it up and go on a great adventure.

    And if you don't want your heart to open or your awareness to grow - just read it anyway. You will fall in love with Tuesday!


    Any additional comments?

    Note that Luis Carlos Montalván has a full schedule of in person appearances - even as I write in 2014. If you google him you can find the events and meet these two heroes in person after you've read their story! I certainly go plan to shake his hand! Perhaps you can get those gift books autographed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5054)
    Performance
    (2477)
    Story
    (2494)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Odd Thomas in three words, what would they be?

    Charming. Suspenseful. Excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been a big Koontz fan but this booked changed all that. Just loved it from beginning to end. I listened while driving cross country and the time just flew. Excellent suspense while also being so endearing because of the charming main character. A fascinating meld of a sensitive character who was SO likable yet dealing with dark characters and themes. So glad to find out it is a series which I did not realize when I bought it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4087)
    Performance
    (2431)
    Story
    (2439)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Excellent Story"
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    What did you love best about Faithful Place?

    The author grabs you from the beginning and you don't let go until the very end. Great story that pulls at the heart. Wonderful characters. Great narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1336)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Junkyard Dogs the most enjoyable?

    Another great story with fantastic narration! You'll love it too! There has not yet been a Craig Johnson Longmire story without a good plot. I highly recommend.

    And of course I can listen to George Guidall endlessly! He is SUCH a great voice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5394)
    Performance
    (3379)
    Story
    (3381)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "Great Detective Story!"
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    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Tana French and this is a great story - one of the top two in my opinion. I could hardly put it down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1980)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "I love Walt!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I just love the whole series and this one did not disappoint! Get hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (405)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Caught up on a Classic - but Boring"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess not -- this just seemed boring to me. I'm 64 and perhaps I've done a little too much coming of age? I don't know but it just didn't grab me at all. I'm glad to have another classic under my belt so I know what it was about but I had a hard time staying awake.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (354)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "So glad I "read" Anna at last!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY enjoyed listening to this book. I listen while walking my dogs and I was riveted throughout. Who knew that old Russia would be so consuming, so easy to listen to and so much fun. I am so glad to finally be familiar with this book and what a wonderful way to discover it. The narration was just PERFECT. Brava! If I recall this version was cheaper than some and I think I chose it due to good reviews. It was wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (902)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Strange Story!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found it difficult to get through this whole story and I found it a bit depressing. It is certainly different. I did read the whole thing but I can't say I would recommend it to anyone. Just an odd tale that I found disturbing. I am sure it was supposed to be just that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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