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Pamela

Love to ride (motorcycle), be outside, travel, cook for friends, read, drink coffee.

Reisterstown, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Riding Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.

    Pauline says: "Painful to the ear"
    "I liked the accents..."
    Overall

    One of the fun things about an audiobook is that a good narrator brings the story, and the characters, alive with his or her voice, and yes, ACCENT.

    Perhaps I was swayed by the fact that when Annemarie's mother first "spoke" in the story, she sounded just like my German grandmother. (An older woman's voice SHOULD be a bit shrill, yes?)

    Sure, the protagonist brings a lot of her misfortune on herself... I still liked the tale a lot. I wasn't expecting Great Literature. I wanted to be entertained, and I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorsai!: Dorsai Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....

    Mike Murphy says: "35 years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thin"
    "Dorsai. Not enough "meat" to the story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I listen while working, and kept imagining that I'd zoned out and missed some key detail of the book. But when I rewound the audio, there wasn't anything I'd missed. There are HUGE leaps of faith in the tale, and the reader is expected to just accept. In the end, I wasn't sure what had happened. I don't think I'll be continuing the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (199)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "A must read"
    Overall
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    Written by one of the key figures in the CIA prior to 9/11. Susan Hasler quit the CIA after 9/11. She'd tried unsuccessfully to get the government to act on information her agency had discovered about the plot.

    This is a suspense novel. Plain and simple; read this with a mind to how the scenario would have played out prior 9/11 and it will send shivers down your spine. Buracracy at its worst.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Les Standiford
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The paths of the great American robber barons were paved with riches, and though ordinary citizens paid for them, they also profited. Les Standiford, author of the John Deal thrillers, tells how the man who turned Florida's swamps into the playgrounds of the rich performed the almost superhuman feat of building a railroad from the mainland to Key West at the turn of the century.

    Roy says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "A really engrossing history tale"
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    I bought this book prior to our most recent trip to Key West. Listened to it on the train south (appropriate, huh?).

    I enjoy history that is told through a real person's viewpoint. The drama of the Labor Day hurricane that decimated southern Florida is the focus of the story. Background details of Henry Flagler, the man who built the rail line to paradise, is woven in. Without too many "boring" facts, but enough to give meat to the tale.

    Included are writing of E. Hemmingway about what he saw in the storm's aftermath. Things too shocking to be published in the press of the day. The stories of many of Key West's notable personalities are included as well. If you're interested in Key West, this is a marvelous primer on a snippet of island's less-known past.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Branded by Fire: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (514)

    When a brilliant young researcher is kidnapped, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track the young man---before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire.

    marie says: "Branded by Fire"
    "A fun listen."
    Overall
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    Yup. I'm hooked on Psy. The series is a wonderful diversion from daily life.

    I've learned the outline of the books The set up to the love match. dramatic event/problem to solve, roadblocks overcome (in both love match and problem solving), dramatic sidestep near the end.... surprise twist and resolution of problem, followed by penultimate love match.

    Predictable, but always a fun trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (721)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Absolutely stunning."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book read like the best suspense novel. The chilling part is that it actually happened. I had a tough time pausing the narration, finding myself siting in my car in the driveway, listening, until my son or husband came out to check on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

    Aisha says: "An excellent edition to any writer's toolbox!"
    "Poor sound quality, snooze-inducing narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm glad I've also got the print edition because I'm not sure if I can get through this book on audio. First, the recording sounds like the microphone was under a blanket. Muffled.

    Second, the author/narrator has no zest or pizzazz in her voice. Because of the subject, it is like listening to your grandmother read a cookbook or from the telephone book. Zzzzzzz. Except for a very VERY few high points.

    I've always enjoyed writing. Began journaling as a pre-teen, and have blogged, etc. on and off since then. I've wanted to put my own story to paper for a few years now. I remember listening to this book years ago (on cassette tape).

    Third, I'd forgotten how very anit-inspiring it is. Her method in a nutshell: You must spend years just writing, writing, writing. Filling notebooks with words, by hand, be it trash or treasure, before you can hope to be a "good" writer.

    I'm sure I'll glean something useful from the print copy I've got, but I'm not likely to listen to the whole recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11323)
    Performance
    (8733)
    Story
    (8790)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Aaargh! I'm not a patient person..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished this this evening, and hurried downstairs to download the next volume. . . Wait. NOOOOOOOOooooooo! There isn't one yet?! I don't think I can wait. Typically, I wait until the whole series is available then I can read them in succession without the agony of waiting for the next installment.

    A really wonderful tale. I was drawn in by the characters. And the concept of pushing and pulling on things, drawing in "stormlight" for strength and other feats, is such an amazing concept, adds a neat twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2324)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "The end wasn't expected, but I loved the telling"
    Overall

    The ending made a sort of circle. Not every story gets tied up neatly with resolution of the loose ends. The conclusion worked well. But was unexpected. At first, I was highly frustrated, but I've come to see the logic.To say more will give too much away.


    The book held me until the end.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2738)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1318)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Change of perspective..."
    Overall
    Story

    Funny how 30 years changes one's viewpoint.

    I read this as a teen, and recall only how magical the whole book's concept seemed. How wonderful it would be to do the things that Valentine does. Fast forward to today, and the book is no less engaging, if a bit dated.

    What I found fascinating at my re-read, is that I recognized all the places in the book. I grew up outside Washington, DC, but didn't make any geographical connection back then.

    Regarding the audio: Obviously the narrator did much of his recording at home. I thought I was halucinating at first, until I was able to tease out the sound of bird song and a lawnmower, among other things not related to the story, as part of the recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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