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Elinor

MILWAUKIE, OR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (350)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Read it. Good Story, Boring Listen"
    Overall

    I am 2/3 of the way through, and it so slow. So many of the details are unnecessary and repititious. If I read it, I would skim quickly past those parts, but you can't when you listen. Either listen to an abridged version or read this book. Warning: it will take forever if you listen! This is about the 80th book I have listened to and this is only the second time I wished it were abridged. The story is worthwhile, just not in this format.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Dean says: "A deeply enjoyable man vs world story"
    "Read it. Depressing listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nothing happens to this depressed, pitiful main character. The book has a point about our current world, but listening to it is like watching proverbial paint dry. "Zeitoun" by the same author was a wonderful book to listen to, so when my friend recommended this book after reading it, I was eagerly looking forward to it. I could barely finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (919)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Wonderful Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Be sure to listen or read these books in order. I am hooked on the series, the characters, and the locations. The narrator also fits. I found his interview with the author at the end to be illuminating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1261)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Engrossing Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't usually listen to books with more than two parts as I am a fast reader and usually find them too long, but this one had me more and more engrossed the entire 20 hours. [I even got my picture taken in a speeding trap I always avoid.] Multiple narrators made it more interesting. My only quibbles would be that the courtroom scenes weren't entirely accurate, and no green attorney in his right mind would let his first criminal trial be a first degree murder one without very good malpractice insurance. Also, neither Emma nor Rich asked the obvious question Jacobs first statement called for. BTW I don't understand the reviews that say you don't know whether he did it or not. The ending is clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1910)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Whole Series Is Excellent & This May Be Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    No. I have yet to listen to a book again and don't read them again since childhood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All her characters are flawed even though you identify with them.


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

    Yes but too long for this to be realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    This can be listened to without listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (844)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "I am engrossed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Chiefs again? Why?

    Most books that are three parts long I find too slow and wish I'd read them abridged or not at all, but not this one. When I arrive at my destination, I want to stay in the car and keep listening. Life may be too short to relisten to books, but I might want ti relisten to this one.


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

    I kept wanting to listen to more to see how it would turn out when I should have been getting out of my car and keeping an appointment or cooking dinner,


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

    His depiction of the various characters is exquisite


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

    It made me cringe and brought back memories of Civil Rights Marches and arrogant mistreatment of blacks.


    Any additional comments?

    Most books that are three parts long I find too slow and wish I'd read them abridged or not at all, but not this one. When I arrive at my destination, I want to stay in the car and keep listening.. For me that occurs only 2 or 3 % of the time with audiobooks. I recommend it highly, It inter weaves our country's recent history with interesting fictional characters.. The narrator is very skillful at depicting varied group of characters and expressing their emotion. I highly recommend this book even though I have almost two hours left. I will be sad when it's over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (2282)
    Story
    (2298)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Hackeneyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Light read, predictable, maybe just not my type. It isn't very well written, but it is an easy listen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Chiefs


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

    She's good at it.


    Did Naked in Death inspire you to do anything?

    Not buy any more books in this series.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (901)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Boring If Not Your Genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I made the mistake of buying because of thereviews. The performance is excellent, but the story is trite and poorly written. I am almost through the first half and about to quit. I would be bored even if it were abridged. I also bought House at Riverton because of the reviews, and that was definitely worth it. This one is a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

    Anthony says: "Worst Narration Style EVER"
    "Nowhere Near As Good as Those Preceeding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't think story was as well written as the previous ones. The characters don't behave the way one would expect, especially Wallender. No way would he be that stupid. The narration was fine once I got used to having a different narrator, but there were too many plot devices to make the danger Linda found herself in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (450)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Surprisingly Engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was almost always engaged in the story. the narration is wonderful. The hero defines what is best about human beings. Some of the technical details about the hard-boiled detective fights were over the top, but all in all this is a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (266)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "Read It; Don't Listen"
    Overall

    I love Nelson DeMille, but I am 1 1/2 hours into listening, and I have stopped. The villain is such a characture, and as a reader I would be skimming through this stuff. The narrator is way over the top. Do yourself a favor and read this one rather than listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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