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Barbara

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Bianculli
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Read!"
    "Interesting to read behind the scenes"
    Overall

    I was a child when I saw this show. I found the behind the scenes very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2779)
    Performance
    (2396)
    Story
    (2409)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Good entertainment"
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    Where does Six Years rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lots of twists


    What other book might you compare Six Years to and why?

    Gone girl, because the girls were gone :)


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is illegal to drive and read.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1303)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Not "The Story Teller""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was predictable, the ending was too abrupt and unfinished.


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    The ending, no surprise, but not complete.


    Any additional comments?

    wish i had read more reviews...listened until the end..but disappointed. Really enjoyed "The Story Teller" which also had a predictable ending, but was much more satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (954)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Australia matures"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Solomon's Song?

    First and Third books were best of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    historically interesting


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    It was fine


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

    It made me cry, but it wasn't defeating.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent series, too bad he has died.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2750)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Excellent Story Teller"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    No, don't do that


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I saw the end coming, but the writing was excellent, and I needed to see it play out.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All good


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

    Surviving


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, I cried, a book with hope for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (626)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Too bad no fourth book"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Tandia in three words, what would they be?

    Great characters, enveloping


    What other book might you compare Tandia to and why?

    Like the Stephen King book I just finished, I was compelled to stick in m earbuds driving shopping, cleaning...It was an engaging book.


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

    Yes the other books in the series, good performance.


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

    The power of us


    Any additional comments?

    I read the 3 books in the series and was disappointed to see the author had passed. I would have liked to keep readying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10059)
    Performance
    (4975)
    Story
    (5006)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "King of suspense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Dome the most enjoyable?

    I had to continue reading it, the story pulled me in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The newspaper woman


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    Excellent differentiation of voices


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

    Yes, but waaaaaaaaay to long


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like that the main character was a fry cook, and that the dog talked to ghosts. Seemed to take from "Odd Thomas, " a series I enjoy. Also the homage to Lee Child, mentioning the Jack Reacher character took me out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

    anonymous says: "Some useful info but a lot more dogma do-do"
    "Economics for idiots"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Naked Economics again? Why?

    Perhaps, and I rarely relisten - there is so much about economics I don't know.


    What other book might you compare Naked Economics to and why?

    New to me


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

    No, but did want to finish it


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a good book for people like me who want to know a little about econ :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2796)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "He's really back"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    No, I rarely listen to/read books a second time, usually by accident!


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    I liked this better than the 11/23/63 Stephen King book, which I also really enjoyed. I had been turned off Stephen King for a decade or so, but I really liked these books.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    Dev, the joy conveyed from of interacting with the children, was very touching


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12107)
    Performance
    (10568)
    Story
    (10610)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "How many years did I wait for this NOTHING?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I hope HBO has some good writers linedup to finish this series. It started out great, I was looking at the web periodically to find out when George was going to finish the series, and he served up a pile of nothing, traveling from place to place with nothing resolved. I can't believe the great reviews people are giving.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not break the plot lines into two books, actually tie up some of the plots, or at least move them foreward.


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

    This made me angry and disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope HBO can kick start him into writing something, or someone else should take over the franchise which he so ably started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (718)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Good prose and reading"
    Overall

    Not much suspense, but a pleasant listen. I would pick up another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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