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Donald

stephens1414

Stratford, PE, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Retribution: A Lew Fonesca Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Lew Fonesca is still a freelance process server, still has his office behind a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, and is still the friend of the poor and outcast. Now, he has two more cases he doesn't want, cases that will lead unerringly to the discovery of murder.

    Donald says: "Retribution"
    "Retribution"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this mystery. Partly because I listened to it while running in Bradenton/Sarasota area while vacationing there in December. That's of course where the story is set. A greater reason is the author has crafted an intense semi dark tale of intrigue with southern atmosphere and interesting characters without adding offensive gratuitous profanity and lurid sexuality.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (629)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Litany of horrors"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written with convincing characterization of people and place.
    My complaint is that the constant emphasis is on the horrors of life for these people.
    The unjustness is noted in seemingly ever aspect of life.
    Yes we who live in so much better conditions need to know but there is too much of
    the "Behind" and not enough of the "Beautiful Forevers".
    More subtlety or write a sociological essay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maharajah's General

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Fraser Collard
    • Narrated By Dudley Hinton
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A riveting tale of battle and adventure in a brutal land, where loyalty and courage are constantly challenged and the enemy is never far away. Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. As the brutal fight raged, he discovered the true duty that came with the officer's commission he'd taken. In hospital, wounded, and with his stolen life left lying on the battlefield, he grasps a chance to prove himself a leader once more. Poor Captain Danbury is dead, but Jack will travel to his new regiment in India, under his name.

    Donald says: "bloodshed and treachery"
    "bloodshed and treachery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a story of rather disgusting bad behavior in men.
    From the East India Company commander who incites a war with a Maharajah to win personal laurels, to a British officer who arrogantly makes bad battle decisions, putting his men in grave danger, and then blames others for the result. Worse still the "hero" of the book is offered refuge by the Maharajah when he is found guilty of impersonating an officer and repays the Maharajah's kindness by betraying him to the British and then leading the fight against his seemingly justified cause.
    Gory and inglorious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beau Geste

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P.C. Wren
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    A shot rang out. The Arabs surged forward under a savage fusillade of heavy fire. Nearer and nearer they came, shouting with hate and blood-lust. Geste rushed up and down his side of the roof, pausing only long enough to load his rifle and fire into the shrieking mob below, hoping to trick the Arabs into believing the fort was heavily manned.

    Loren D. says: "Definitely a classic."
    "A dated thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An uneven book with some quite interesting and exciting portions mixed with protracted dull parts that do not contribute to the main story. The dialogue is at times repetitive and dull.
    Old British Empire superiority and a short anti semantic portion are a little hard to take.
    I don't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ballad of the Sad Café

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers' best stories, including her beloved novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose cafe serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind", McCullers' first published story, written when she was only 17, about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist.

    Lucy says: "A moment of greatness and then . . . Blah!"
    "Charming"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    an interesting group of short stories with color and character.
    they are not all perfect but enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Virginia Morell
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

    Douglas says: ""The Age Of Animals...""
    "Where are the animals?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed in this book.
    The writer, instead of being invisible, was too much center stage.
    We found out too much about the life stories and personalities of the researchers.
    There simply wasn't enough interesting material about animals.
    The narration droned on and on. Perhaps that was more the material than
    the narrator.
    I couldn't keep at it and did not download the second of two parts

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4312)
    Performance
    (3837)
    Story
    (3837)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "If you love detective stories and dogs, smile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Yes it moves along quicker than I could read


    What did you like best about this story?

    the insight into animal mind, correct or not, is interesting


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great voice though didn't like the talk to dog voice a lot.


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

    Love crosses borders


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3515)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2518)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "writer with unfortunate influences"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have read the author has said "Growing up in a strict, punishing church-run orphanage in South Africa during the apartheid era... ‘I know all about the God of wrath but have never met the God of love"
    Unfortunately this has lead to a narrow and flawed view of Christianity reflected in this story.
    Among the vast number who loved the book, another reviewer commented on bigoted treatment of religion.
    That is my biggest problem with this book though I disliked, what I felt, was excessive detail of the cruelty and squalor of the time.


    Has The Potato Factory turned you off from other books in this genre?

    From the author not the genre


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Edge of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathon King
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Max Freeman's old life ended on a night that will haunt him forever. The night he killed a twelve-year-old child in self-defense in a Philadelphia shootout. The night he stopped being a cop. Now he lives a solitary existence on the edge of the Florida Everglades, where he answers to no one but the demons that eat away at his conscience. When he finds the corpse of a child beside an ancient river and another child goes missing, all eyes turn to Freeman.

    Donald says: "Florida swamp thriller"
    "Florida swamp thriller"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story of a ex cop resettling in Florida and trying to live alone in peace after trauma in his personal and professional life. He has about a year of solitude but no peace, and then things go bad.
    When its all over there is a glimmer of hope for him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "if you like southern and short..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the local color and character development.
    To me the narration was honest certainly not the worst I've heard.
    Even found them a bit thought provoking

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw.

    Michael says: "Disappointing"
    "Too much/ too little"
    Overall

    The writer warns you very little is really known about Billy and then writes a book to prove it.
    There is a lot of western lore that may or may not have anything to do with the Kid.
    But its repetitive and doesn't do what it proposes to do, that is provide a history of character in question. And if that's what you want, this isn't it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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