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Pyles

Cushing, OK United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 311 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2018
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  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (3660)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2509)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "It surprised me"
    Overall

    I would not have had the patience to read this book with my eyes. I used it as a companion for pulling weeds and I must report that the garden and I are both the better for it. It was a very good listen. I'll not forget these characters anytime soon.

    57 of 59 people found this review helpful
  • The Alice Network: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11516)
    Performance
    (10671)
    Story
    (10618)

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

    Joseph says: "Jane Austin meets Jason Bourne"
    "Good, but . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the story idea just fine and I always enjoy alternating timelines and how they weave together, but there was not enough 'something' here to make me passionate or even care very much about the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Invisible Client

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (841)

    For high-powered personal injury attorney Noah Byron, the good things in life come with a price tag - cars, houses, women. That's why he represents only cases that come with the possibility of a nice cut of the action. But as a favor to his ex-wife, he meets with the mother of twelve-year-old Joel, a boy poisoned by tainted children's medicine. While the official story is that a psycho tampered with bottles, the boy's mother believes something much more sinister is at work...and the trail leads right back to the pharmaceutical company.

    Jean says: "Great Court Room Drama"
    "Had to listen at 1.5 speed to get it over with"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hear that some books ask you to "suspend belief" and just enjoy the story. Suspending belief will not help this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1085)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, of course, this is a wonderful story about Snowman the eighty dollar champion horse and his amazing owner/partner Harry de Leyer. Great story--but not well told. The book was terribly repetitive--so much so--that I finally gave up listening. I do thank the author for introducing me to Snowman and Harry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith Translated by
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (550)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Still thinking about this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A book I am still thinking about a week after finishing--is certainly worth 5-stars in my rating system. This book has a brainy plot that slowly and methodically reveals the depth of "devotion."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6550)
    Performance
    (4506)
    Story
    (4501)

    London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Outstanding read with Depth and Humor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For a long time I judged this book unfairly by it's peculiar title. Oh, I am so glad I finally sidestepped the title and just jumped in for a listen. As the quirky characters are peeled back and the story unfolds, I am reminded that people are just people--and I would want these for my friends too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7531)
    Performance
    (6765)
    Story
    (6748)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Dennis says: "Everything a great suspense story should be"
    "Narrator in character."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    Mr. Brick nailed the character Shep's voice. This was a suspenseful novel, yet I found myself with a tiny grin every time Shep spoke--because he was just so well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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