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Carol

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (562)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Bonfire of the Vanities — Again"
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    Years ago I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, but was disappointed in the movie. On a whim I decided to buy the audio version. Couldn't have been more pleased.

    The story is as good as ever, but Joe Barrett is a MASTER of delivery. Not only did his accents portray the various cultural levels and geographic areas, but the speech patterns were spot on. From the manipulating Reverend Bacon to the somewhat slurry speech of the British tabloid journalist, Peter Fallow to the Bronx vernacular of defense attorney Tommy Killian. And I'll never forget the thunderous voice of Judge Myron Kovitsky. The characters truly "came alive" as I listened.

    Highly recommend this as a first read, or as I did: a re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (139)

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "A "Downer""
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    This book was a great disappointment. A large cast of characters to keep track of; way too much violence and all in all, truly depressing.
    Nothing redeeming that I could find at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas! Lucky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Lucky Tyler attracted trouble and women like a lightning rod. But the night he stepped in to rescue a mysterious redhead in a seedy bar, he got more than he bargained for! The lady excited him, challenged him, drove him wild with desire then vanished without a trace. Lucky was desperate to find her, to brand her with his heat and when the police were called in to investigate a suspicious fire at Tyler Drilling, his family business, he needed her for an alibi!

    Dana says: "I enjoyed this story and performance."
    "Not up to what I expect from Sandra Brown"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The entire premise of the story was "hokey." Definitely what I've come to expect from Sandra Brown — possibly one of her earlier works before she perfected her craft. The plot was weak, the passion generated between two near strangers was unbelievable and the sex scenes were redundant.
    I rated the performance low because the "accent" she used was NOT East Texas. I was born in that country and through I no longer sound like it, I know what my cousins sound like today.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2983)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1721)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Held My Attention"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. I would scale down the detailed, intimate descriptions of the sex scenes. They were excessive and redundant.


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

    The most interesting aspects were the interactions of the principal character in her work with the dogs. Then the love relationship as it began to build -- minus excessive descriptive verbiage Also the build-up of the tension as the serial killer got closer.

    The least interesting were the long, detailed descriptions of the redundant sex scenes. It was a love relationship that was coming into fruition and was romantic, but I felt it could have been handled in a more "delicate" manor.
    I'm no prude, but I felt the descriptions were excessive. Perhaps others would enjoy hearing them though. Your choice.


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

    Perhaps a more "visual" understanding of the "atmosphere."


    Could you see The Search being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yeah, it could definitely show up as a move or TV series. Have no idea for the actors.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (551)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Loved this Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Saw the movie years ago, so decided to revisit the novel in this format. The audio book held my attention as well as the movie did.
    As a long time believer that our prison systems need to be overhauled -- especially in some areas of this country, it was encouraging to hear a story where some injustices were "corrected."
    The book does differ in some instances from the movie, but both were enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Shawshank Redemption to and why?

    Can't think of one.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He was credible.


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

    No extreme reaction. I listen to my audio books as I drive a motorhome some distances. It's better that I don't have "extreme reactions."


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth your time and $$.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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