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Pamela McAllister

Mid-60s; love true stories of endurance.

West Linn, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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20
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people. Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    sizematters says: "My First Balducci"
    "excellent read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    it kept my interest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    the ending was real


    Which scene was your favorite?

    loved it all


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

    no, I like putting the ending off


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (323)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    William says: "This book was a distraction"
    "Great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Reason to Live to be better than the print version?

    Love having someone read to me


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Reason to Live?

    How Singer reacted to having cancer


    What about Lloyd Sherr’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his tone of voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (593)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Mel says: "Who came first - Wm Krueger or CJ Box ???"
    "Very good mystery"
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    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    No, but I would recommend it.


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

    The author kept my interest & kept me guessing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kork confronts the murderer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Best book I've read in a long time!"
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    Would you listen to Calling Me Home again? Why?

    I loved the sound of the voices of Isa & Dorrie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isabelle was a product of the time she was born. I felt so sorry for her.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Isa.


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

    No, I've never listed to an Audible all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading more from Julie Kibler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10537)
    Performance
    (5779)
    Story
    (5824)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "WOW"
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    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Truly incredible!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    I loved the character, Pi.


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

    A human voice is always better than just reading or in this case, listening to a book.


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

    No, I like to take my time with something I like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (562)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "just love the way kristin hannah writes"
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    What made the experience of listening to Firefly Lane the most enjoyable?

    the personalities of the two woman


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    i love the sound of her voice


    If you could take any character from Firefly Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    i love katie...she is so down-to-earth


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (412)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "So glad I listened to this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter Garden the most enjoyable?

    I love the way the author writes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the history of Russia


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Vira, the main character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (2728)
    Story
    (2733)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "crazy young woman"
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    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    misguided


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    at least she wasn't killed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the food she ate


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

    couldn't believe how stupid she was


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed it, overall

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sissy Spacek
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

    DCHank says: "Charming and lovable"
    "what a great life"
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    I loved listening to Sissy's voice; she could read the phone book & keep my interest!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "Great read"
    Overall
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    First Baldacci book I read; I really enjoyed it & It kept my interest. I'm sure I'll read more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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