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Lynn

I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!

Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 82 purchased in 2014
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  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (271)

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "Narration was horrid"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Devil's Punchbowl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story but almost gave up because of the reader. The latent "s" and
    Yelling were very difficult because I listen with earphones. Also he would then start whispering and also made all the women into shrieking whimpering idiots even though the characters were strong.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3902)
    Performance
    (3643)
    Story
    (3633)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Diana's Success Must Mean They Fired Her Editor"
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    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does so many voices and it is very good. But sometimes she confuses. Bree's flat American sometimes gets mixed up with another.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed this series over the past several years but my goodness things have gotten so long winded. I first started noticing in Fiery Cross but the minute detailed descriptions of bodily smells and every other passing thing have begun to drag things down. She needs an editor!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (442)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Amazing. Amazing read by author !"
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    If you could sum up Prodigal Summer in three words, what would they be?

    When I first saw it was read by author I worried bu she was perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "Overall it was wonderful."
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    What did you love best about Dancing at the Rascal Fair?

    Great experience and in new history for me. Times were slow but overall sweet an enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6469)
    Performance
    (5821)
    Story
    (5823)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "I wasn't looking for a vampire / witch love story"
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    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15% - I listen to five or more books a month for the last three years.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    She did a great job with all characters, male and femail.


    Any additional comments?

    Great followup to Discovery of Witches. Had to really reach sometimes but when you are talking about fantasy ad supernatural having to bridge a plot gap may require a reach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1961)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "If you can believe then the story is pretty good."
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    What did you love best about The Likeness?

    But the main question is - can you believe that two people could look so much alike that those closest wouldn't know if they were switched.

    That said - I enjoyed getting into the strange 'family'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18901)
    Performance
    (8741)
    Story
    (8771)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Great followup - is it better than the first......"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Played with Fire to be better than the print version?

    I am not a fan of the performance but this story was great. Loved getting to know our heroine more and see her grow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1760)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Love the franchise but this was a weak link."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    You have to buy into the crazy and sometimes fantasical. But this one or maybe the series in general is getting tedious. Loved the early ones, Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows and the one beneath the city of New York.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (717)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "A new perspective."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lock Artist the most enjoyable?

    This was so different - the main character doesn't speak and it is an interesting twist in story telling. I enjoyed the story also and recommend but really enjoyed the difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17093)
    Performance
    (13507)
    Story
    (13582)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Addicting!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    This story is pretty compelling. I want to start the next book as soon as I am done. I am a commuter and use my road time for 'reading'. I love the way the characters develop and surprise you.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    I like Roy Dotrice but sometimes find the way he slures and accents some of the characters distracting and difficult to understand.


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

    I love the shocking endings!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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