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  • Save Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    From the best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. In the aftermath of a massive explosion, Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to rescue Melly or usher Amanda to safety.

    C. Byrnes says: "The Protagonist Was Shallow and Unbelievable"
    "A good story."
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    What did you love best about Save Me?

    As always, Lisa Scottoline is able to take random things and weave them into a great story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the performance too dainty. Lisa's characters seem grittier than what was portrayed. A lot of that was lot in the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (440)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "If you like Ken Burns, listen to this."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an audible documentary of the National Forests. The narration and writing is so well done, I get lost in the story and can envision the fire leaping at myself, as if I were an observer. I have new heros and they lived trough this inferno!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about great men and women. Some well known, some that Timothy Egan has pulled out from the shadows and given them the spotlight they have long deserved. He has made a world full of sound, light and life in his writing. I still feel the sparks coming down and taste the smoke in the air.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (696)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "When is the next Egan release???"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Worst Hard Time the most enjoyable?

    I have read this book, gifted this book, bought the audiobook and still listen to it time and again. The best research of the Dust Bowl years that I've ever read, including personal histories of survivors of the Dust Bowl (my grandparents). As always, Timothy Egan is both a great researcher and storyteller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Worst Hard Time?

    I think I can taste dirt when he describes the cars dying from the black blizzard. I will dream of static lightening on the fences and tumbleweeds.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1173)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "I expected more."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was acceptable, but not what I expected.


    What could Nelson DeMille have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The Loin's Game was phenomenal, and a follow-up would be hard pressed to beat it. That withstanding, I was dismayed by the taming down of the rich characters and plot that entranced me. I fell in love with the acerbic humor of DeMille's characters, and missed it mightily. The taming of the plot from the Lion's Game was disappointing, and I was editing the book in my head far before the middle of the book. I'm sorry, but I was let down.


    Do you think The Lion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A redo!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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