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Tracie

carpinteria, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Inspired Work of Art"
    Overall

    Jeannette Walls has captured the voice of her grandmother through this excellent novelization of her family history. An inspiring story for men and women alike. Less horrific than her first book (Glass Castle) but equally as engaging. In fact, if you have not read The Glass Castle-- read this first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (634)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Hollywood Monkey Makes Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

    Hiassen's colorful characters come to life through the audible medium! I own every book he's written in both book and audio form for this reason.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to Bad Monkey over two days and LOVED it. Hiassen's quirky, hilarious and questionably ethical characters keep the story rolling along at a perfect pace. I wish Skink was in every book he writes but this time I didn't miss him!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1252)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Favorite Book of 2012"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. It's characters are simply endearing, beloved and well-developed. This is truly my favorite Dave Robicheaux tale out of all of the 19 books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialog is natural and true to these characters. Nothing seems forced or contrived.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    I am a huge Clete fan, however Will Patton IS Robicheaux. I have tried to go back to the earlier books but without Patton it's not the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (740)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "HUGE CLIFFHANGER!"
    Overall

    I finished the last 30 min of this book with lots of anxiety about the fate of Burke's characters I've come to love so much. Clete is featured much in this installment. We could all use a friend like Clete. This book's ending has a big cliffhanger! I look forward to another in the series A.S.A.P.! Do yourself a favor and get to know Dave Robicheaux pre- "The Glass Rainbow". It probably stands alone for most but much better with some history. "The Tin Roof Blowdown" and "A Morning for Flamingos" are a couple I particularly enjoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Collision

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Collision is the story of two men living very different lives - one, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as "Pilgrim", whose current assignment for a fringe espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn't trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they've been framed in an elaborate setup.

    Tracie says: "a worthwhile purchase"
    "a worthwhile purchase"
    Overall

    A little confusing during first half hour and a little too drawn out last hour but all in all the story developed well and the characters were interesting. Fast paced and NOT boring. The narrator was excellent and deserves 5 stars. He really made the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Myron is My Fictional Boyfriend"
    Overall

    First off, I love this series but I will admit not every story in this series is 5 star worthy. "Long Lost" is-- with the only exception being the narrator. He failed to give our beloved characters the voices they deserved. That being said, I got over it, only cringing here and there. The story was worth it. Loved the totally creepy cliff-hanger ending. Love Winn, Esparanza, Big Cindy and Mr. and Mrs. Bolitar. Please Harlan Coben, don't make me wait too long for more Myron Bolitar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22295)
    Performance
    (8969)
    Story
    (9043)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "From a girl with a Depeche Mode tattoo"
    Overall

    The first part of the book is a little slow. Getting used to he Swedish names and locations can a bit confusing at first but the well-written story is great all the way to the last word. I highly recommend adding this to your library. I hope this author will translate more of his books to English. One of my favorites of 2008.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (657)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "for the love of the tara foundation"
    Overall

    A fantastic prequel to the other Andy Carpenter stories. A short listen but well worth the credit I used to purchase it with. Andy is just as witty and quick thinking as ever. I enjoyed it very much. Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter. I highly recommend this book!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (425)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "a prisoner of this book!!!"
    Overall

    This book was extremely well-written, however, almost overshadowing that fact was the excellence of its storyteller. This is an audio theatre lovers absolute dream book. I am very happy when a long listen can keep me interested until the very end. Bravo!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (457)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Mrs. M Bolitar"
    Overall

    Another perfect book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Harlan Coben. I was sad Coben's latest book did not include my fictional dream man, Myron Bolitar, however, this unsettling story made up for it, hitting very close to home. As the young mom of a teenage daughter, I was profoundly disturbed by the hauntingly realistic themes. 'Would you want your parents to know all that about you?'" Technology and our children can be dangerous and scary. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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