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Anne

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2067)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Good Story; too much technical detail"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    Most enjoyable was the vocal interpretation by those telling the story.Also, I liked the basic premise of the story


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

    Condensed detail about the nuclear aspects would be preferred. The endless discussion on how it all worked took away the momentum of the story.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Their interpretation of the characters, through vocal presentation, was masterful.


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

    Ginormous military machine teams with rural backwoods to solve a mystery and save a town.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Heat: Mustangs Baseball - Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Roz Lee
    • Narrated By Abigail Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Jeff "The Terminator" Holder is the closer for the Texas Mustangs' baseball team, and revered throughout the Major League for throwing inside heat. His twin brother, Jason, the Mustang's catcher, leads the League in hits. They share a love of the game, as well as their identical DNA - but that's not all they share. Pediatric Nurse Megan Long doesn't know baseball, but she does know a sexy guy when she sees one - or two.

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHDOWN - A SIZZLING EMOTIONAL GAME FOR 3"
    "Nope!"
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    Never before have I given such a low rating to any book, but this one earned it.

    The majority of the book is 'auditory pornography' VERY loosely held together by a weak story line. Yes, there is some baseball in this, but not a great deal.

    In the very early part of the book, my impression was that some of the reactions of the characters were inconsistent. However, I do think this author has potential in creating characters. It just was not too evident in this story.

    This is (probably) the only reading performance I have encountered where it was necessary for the listener to keep close track of who was speaking, as the reader's interpretation did not change at all. Well, let's say "very little" (change). Male and female voices all sounded much the same.

    I wondered how the author was going to make a series out of this, but I saw the answer at the very end. The next book likely will take off from where the first left off. So it's actually sequential, rather than series.

    Sorry, I just couldn't find any redeeming features to this audiobook

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Home Run: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Travis Thrasher
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he’s spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past. Until one moment - one mistake - changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local Little League team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can’t escape…and the love he left behind.

    Anne says: "I Guess This is a Baseball Story ..."
    "I Guess This is a Baseball Story ..."
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    ... but baseball isn't too prominent overall. This is a 'people' story, with the baseball field, the practices. the highs and the lows of the game, all part of the backdrop ... the setting of this story.

    I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters were real. The situations, they found themselves in, were real. This story could have happened in real life ... no need for the " ... suspension of disbelief ..." which the listener/reader must always keep close by, with any fictional story.

    I had one complaint, a personal preference ... make that insistence upon, for my reading materials. DO NOT PREACH TO ME. As a practicing Christian, I have no issue with a character, or a number of characters, taking the reader/listener into personal feelings relating to religion. This occurred occasionally during the first three quarters of this story. No problem ... very realistic ... considering some of the supporting characters ... and the small rural area of the major portion of the story. In fact I was suitably impressed with how the author brought in certain aspects of an individual's beliefs and values, getting the impression and understanding across to the reader/listener, without overdoing it.

    However, in portions of the last part of the book, this came through with a much heavier hand and, to my way of thinking, became preaching. I was disappointed that the subtle approach, to the characters' religious beliefs, suddenly began to hurl off the page, like the baseballs that a drunken Michael Brand used to pitch to his eldest son, Cory Brand, the story's protagonist.

    This, of course, represents my personal reaction to a book that has any portion of it seeming to step out of sync with the rest of the story. However, all in all, I found it an enjoyable and interesting read. There is enough baseball within the story to keep the title honest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Run, Hide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carol Ericson
    • Narrated By Chelsea Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If they ever find you, run. Those are the words Jenna Stark has lived by for three years. But now the stakes are much higher. Her child is in danger and only one man can keep them alive. The man who forced her into a life on the run: her husband.

    Cade Stark curses the day he was recruited for a covert ops organization - and the perilous assignment that tore the Navy SEAL from his new wife's side. Cade's only mission now is to protect Jenna and their young son.

    Anne says: "Surprisingly Interesting"
    "Surprisingly Interesting"
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    It sounded like a good story, and the reviews were relatively positive. So I bought it. But I groaned when the introduction included the word, Harlequin. I like some love interest/romance in books I read but, first and foremost, I want a good story line. I have found, when reading books with a Harlequin connection, that I am frequently (although not always) reading a series of love/sex scenes, held together, very loosely, by a story line that seems to be secondary. My preference is the opposite order. But I bought it, and I wasn't going to waste the money. At least, I'd give it a try.

    The story began immediately ... before character introduction. The reader/listener is dropped right into the action. By the time the first shot rang out, I was hooked.
    Characterization was good ... they came off the page, with a three dimensional quality. And I was right there with them.

    Chelsea Harrison is excellent with presenting all the characters, even the three year old. There is no trouble knowing who is speaking. At no time did I question the interpretation of any of the characters.

    The entire book takes place in a fairly short time period. Background information is supplied, as needed, by characters reflecting backward.

    It isn't a long read/listen, and it is an easy one. Good light reading/listening while relaxing. This is a little gem.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Wow! What a story! What interesting characters!"
    Overall
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    This book sounded interesting, different, and had good reviews. It definitely was outside my usual choice for stories. But the fact that it was based upon a true story, drew me in.

    Longer than the average book, the detail about the people and the country, as well as the woven-in history, about Australia and about the aboriginal people, all were allowed to develop naturally.

    I found myself, as usual, trying to guess ahead of the story ... what would develop out of the situation in which the characters were involved. I had to remind myself that this was based on a true story, and life doesn't come neatly wrapped up in a package, but often shoots off in an unexpected tangent.

    I did guess the correct outcome of one portion of the story, which then made me question if that part was fiction or truth. Regardless, it's quite a 'ride'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (609)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "Roberts Has Done It Again."
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    Story

    Books by Nora Roberts usually have a good storyline, with a thread of romance running through. But the story takes precedence, unlike some so-called 'womens' fiction, which has one romantic (?) scene after another, held together by a thin thread of a storyline.

    Roberts has a tremendous sense of 'place', which is one of the best, and most outstanding, features of her books. She makes her settings come alive, as the story develops. I admire the amount of research she does prior to developing a story. It brings the listener/reader to the location, building a word picture of where we are. I wonder if she writes 'on location'? That certainly would allow for the detailed sense of 'place'.

    Midnight Bayou is a trip to the deep south, the remnants of the 'old-school' life, with a parallel story ... a flash-back theme ... which helps 'flesh out' the details of what is taking place in the present. This is Cajun/Acadian country, and they become a large part of the story.

    James Daniels and Sandra Burr continue a smooth narration, which allows the listener to become immersed in the story ... and in the deep south.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Monika says: "Another Winner"
    "Carries You With It!"
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    Story

    The story moves smoothly and steadily ... no extraneous material to allow the listener's mind to wander. Good characterization, bringing the people to life.
    The bond between the twins, and the idea of 'twin-talk' are fascinating concepts. Indeed, the bond between identical twins has been well documented, but whether it would be active to this extent is an interesting question.
    A good listen ... definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (657)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Certainly Not Your Usual Grisham!"
    Overall
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    This is a baseball story, but it is, mainly, a 'people' story. It brings together very different individuals, including the young, & impressionable, boy who idolizes Calico Joe, the young ball player just breaking into the big time. This boy is, also, the son of a Major League pitcher, who loves his son in his own way, but tries to instil his own values and beliefs into his son, through the use of force and strict discipline.
    The boy's idol, Calico Joe, and the boy's father, are bound to cross paths, with their respective teams, during the Major League baseball season.
    These three people are the main characters of the story, which takes place during one fateful summer, but actually unfolds over a period of years.

    I found this a good listen, but be sure you are aware this is not the law-and-order Grisham writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Sanjay Gupta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

    Jim M says: "Very interesting and insightful"
    "Factual Medical Stories; Interesting, & Well Told."
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    Dr. Gupta explains, through discussion, a number of instances when people were considered ... even declared ... dead, but still were able to be brought back to life. He shows, in this book how the once-considered finality of a person being dead, according to indications on the medical machinery, may not really be the case at all. It does bring up the unsettling thought that doctors inadvertently could make a mistake in declaring a person dead, in order to begin organ harvesting for transplanting.
    It is interesting and amazing to hear about some of the advancements of medical science, and also to consider how the lines of "death" have become blurred. Gupta also explores the power of prayer, & its influence upon the sick, as well as "miracles", and the attempt to explain them in scientific terms.
    If you are looking for a good book dealing factually with medicine, especially neurosurgery, this may be the book for you. Gupta writes well ... almost conversationally.
    This is a good one; I'll be watching for more by Sanjay, Gupta, M.D.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cotton Smith
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Rone Chato is content to run a dude ranch and has no desire to return to Denver police work. However, he can’t say no to his best friend whose wife has been kidnapped with other wealthy women in a bizarre and daring operation. Chato soon becomes a target as he peels layers of information from past crimes that have affected his professional and private lives.

    Anne says: "See If You Can Find An Abridged Version"
    "See If You Can Find An Abridged Version"
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    The story was different, in many aspects, to the usual 'whodunit?'
    Interesting choice of victim(s) by the author.

    The story was well crafted ... carefully thought out and constructed. 'All bases were covered.'
    And that led to the major drawback of this book.
    TOO MUCH DETAIL.
    Descriptions of actions and of elements of story development were gone over in fine detail, and then reenforced by the same details presented once again, but from a slightly different angle. At times, the excessive detail had my mind wandering, but I didn't have any trouble getting back to the story, when I caught myself doing that. The story hadn't really advanced anywhere beyond me.

    None the less, it was a good listen but, as the title says, look for an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mornings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.

    Laurie says: "Get me a writer, stat!!"
    "Neurosurgery, & More: the Insider's Viewpoint"
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    I enjoyed this book a great deal, as understanding medical problems & outcomes is an interest of mine. But those who aren't interested in what happens when a patient is on the table. or when a tricky diagnosis is required could find this heavy slogging.

    I like that fictional doctors grappled with real problems, as it made the experience more realistic than reading a non-fiction book on this same topic.

    The characters remained somewhat two dimensional for me, as there were a number of them. No one character was the centre point of this story. The one that stood out for me was "El Gato Grande" who did seem to come to life.

    The "Monday Morning" ritual, where the doctors were held accountable for their mistakes, was very interesting. This procedure, if it exists, & I'm guessing that it must, definitely is well hidden from the public. It is reassuring to know that such a process exists, even if that doesn't hold true for every hospital.

    Excellent listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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