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  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (350)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "Great books, great deal!"
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    Where does The Summons & The Brethren rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to a handful, so this is in the top 5.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Summons was the better book of the two, but the Brethren was also great. The Summons was relate-able since it was centered on family issues, but the extortion scheme in the Brethren is also super interesting, even without being something most of us can relate to. Oh, and the fact that it is a two-fer can't be beaten!


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller and Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Ray Atlee. Hands down. He reminded me of my brother...a good person doing his best to protect his family and do the right thing, and having a little fun along the way.


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

    Each individually, yes. Since this was a 2-for-1 deal though, I think that listening to it all at once would be a bit much. It did a very good job of keeping me entertained and alert during my long commute to and from work. All the political stuff in the Brethren was a little windy at times though, but the concurrent storyline about the Brethren themselves was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviews mentioned Michael Beck's strange way of reading...I don't think I would have noticed it without them pointing it out, but since they did it was a little irksome. It was like he was reading a horror/mystery novel...he is also the reader for The Green Mile and his style of reading fit that title very well, but it isn't quite right for John Grisham. It was okay though because the storyline was excellent, and you just get used to his voice after a bit. Don't let that deter you from listening to this book! You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1006)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Why is he so bored?"
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    Other reviews and recommendations from friends said David Sedaris was "laugh out loud" funny. I must disagree. I do think the subject matter discussed in the book was at least mildly amusing, but David Sedaris as the reader completely killed it for me. He sounds bored with himself, and totally not entertained. I think I probably would have enjoyed this book more had I read it to myself, but as an audiobook, I would never recommend it to a friend. The only parts that he came alive for were when he described and impersonated his brother, which was only a very short portion of the book. I won't be downloading any more David Sedaris books...wishing I had my credit back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7277)
    Performance
    (3828)
    Story
    (3860)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Awwww Sookie!"
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    Oh Sookie Stackhouse...I have to say, I listened to the first four in the series all in a row and felt like my brain was turning to mush. I'm not real big on vampires and such, but I admit that I thoroughly enjoyed these books. If you are looking for something that is entertaining, and yes, even a bit of a page-turner, give Sookie a try. They are fun. Just maybe mix it up a little and don't listen to them all at once!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (273)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "Great Read"
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    If you could sum up The Lost City of Z in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, anthropology, mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost City of Z?

    Any mention of bugs burrowing and living under the skin of the men for long periods of time...I can't get those images out of my head!


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

    This was my first.


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

    No extreme reaction, and definitely no laughing! It was very relate-able though, so I feel like I really got to know the men and what they were going through. This story will stick with me for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little dry in places, but isn't most non-fiction? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a case study in adventure, in native people, in the rain forest, and in human nature. Not that having a movie based on a book should denote its success, but I honestly cannot believe there is not a movie based on this one, given the number of people who tromped off into uncharted territory looking for the original lost crew, and then those who went off looking for them when they didn't return! The amount of fame given to this "Lost City of Z" in it's day is amazing, and that I'd never heard of it before I read this book, even more so! I also thought it was amazing how awful the natives were treated (maimed, tortured, killed by the hundreds and thousands) by early explorers, and that THAT has not received more attention in our history books or by Hollywood.
    I also read Endurance, about a shipwreck in the Antarctic, and found it absolutely fascinating, if not unbearably unlucky, that one of the men who survived that hell went on to experience this one.
    All in all, I would recommend this to a friend. If you love history, exploration, and/ or real-life mysteries, this book is for you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3056)
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    (1531)
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    (1558)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Can't say enough good things!"
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    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    All the action! And I loved that it was not just a man's story. I loved the women in Lonesome Dove.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Clara. I loved her story with Gus, and with her husband, and listening to everything about her boys made me ache with sympathy for her. I loved her with her daughters, and the baby, and with July Johnson. I want her to be happy! And I loved that she loves cake.


    What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

    He just sounds like a regular dude. Not one of these NPR-like, super perfect, no accent, no history, no personality voices. He sounds like people I know. It was like listening to a story over a campfire.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

    I'd say Blue Duck was pretty memorable, just because he is so terrifying. And Clara because I love her so much. And Captain Call because he's pretty quirky.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a woman and I have never read a western in my life. My husband convinced me I just had to read it. It was a little slow for me at the beginning, and it is a long book, but once they finally packed up and left Lonesome Dove, I loved it! This book is great, and I can't wait to read another in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Give it a shot"
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    I have no idea why I downloaded this book...I think it was in one of my Audible emails and I was desperate for a new book, quickly! But I am glad that I did! It had an interesting and plausible storyline, and I liked that it flipped back and forth between current time and the past, and let the story unravel slowly. It has a very interesting take on death, and I actually read it within just a couple of days of the death of a friend's mother, and this book's take on it gave me a little solace. It is strange to say that, but it did.
    I loved the relationships between the women in the book (The Supremes), and also the love stories between them and their respective husbands.
    Both of the readers were a little slow-paced, and placed emphasis in what seemed like the wrong part of the sentence an awful lot.
    It was a good read. Not one to rave about, but definitely enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (512)
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    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Wish I had my 1 Credit back! Terrible!"
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    I am sorry to say it, but I so disliked this audiobook that I did not even finish it. I tried to get through it, but at the halfway point, I just decided I did not have 4 more hours left in me to dedicate to it.
    I love anything and everything to do with edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants, so I was super excited about this one when it was recommended to me by a friend. But I am really not so much into "magic", so the story itself lost me on that level.
    However, I WOULD have finished it, had it not been for narrator Susan Ericksen. Oh my gosh, her voice got under my skin so badly. In the span of about 3 words, she would go from SHOUTING to completely inaudible. It was uncomfortable via headphones, thanks to the shouting going directly into my ears, and annoying in the car, thanks to the fact that I just had to guess what she probably said at the end of that sentence, or the middle of the next one. In general, her voice was, hmmmm, how to describe it?....Squawkish? Her voice for Bay was ridiculous, and like listening to baby-talk. And she made Claire seem to have no real personality of her own with an extremely boring voice. Think of it as listening to 8 hours of excruciatingly bad acting. I could not take it. I would not recommend to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5732)
    Performance
    (4960)
    Story
    (4954)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A lovely, slow-paced read."
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    The performance of the reader is amazing. He did a great job with all of the accents and even the voices, and made it very easy to listen to. I also love all the descriptive details about the Italian coast. It sounds gorgeous and made me want to go and visit!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved it flipping back and forth in time, place, and between people. It kept me in absolute suspense just waiting for the moment when they would all come together and to see how everything and everyone fit together! It was a major page-turner! I also loved that it centered a little on true events - Richard Burton and Liz Taylor filming Cleopatra in Rome. It made it that much more real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pascuale confronts Michael Deen at the hollywood studio office...that seems to be when a lot of questions are answered and kept me absolutely on the edge of my seat.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Ruins and why?

    I love Pascuale. He is so tender-hearted, loves his family, wants to do the right thing always, and to me, he was the glue that held everything together throughout the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret downloading this title. It is a beautiful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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