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Debra

West Creek, NJ, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "The Dog of The South"
    Overall

    This was a waste of my time. I can't believe this book ever got published. It was nothing but rambling dribble.

    0 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (309)

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A fun book"
    "Deb"
    Overall

    Interesting topic and plot. Although I never read/listen to abridged versions, this would have been an appropriate first time. I found this book tedious - my mind wondered through sections and I felt no compulsion to return and re-listen to the sections I mentally missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (685)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Deb"
    Overall

    Although the beginning had a very slow start, I was just becoming somewhat interested in the characters when this book took a bizarre twist. Believe me, I’m open-minded. I have read and listened to thousands of books. I don’t mind bizarre when it’s appropriate, when it works. This book had some interesting moments and characters, but somewhere toward the middle of the book stopped making complete sense. I thought that maybe it was a cultural difference that I just didn’t understand. There were just too many disconnects.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carole Cadwalladr
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On the day Lady Diana married Prince Charles, Rebecca's mother locked herself in the bathroom of 24 Beech Drive and never came out. Was it because the holiday dinner didn't turn out just right? Because Rebecca's grandmother married her first cousin? Or was she simply, unalterably unhappy? According to Rebecca's scientist husband, our genes control our fate, but Rebecca isn't so sure. Leaving everything to science allows little room for the events that shape our lives.

    Mike says: "long but good"
    "The Family Tree (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Maybe it's a British thing - but as an American, I find this book tedious and boring. I am always willing to hang in there - many a slow start has ended in a very satisfying read/listen; however, I am more then half way though and feel very little connection or understanding of the characters.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Upstate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kalisha Buckhanon
    • Narrated By Chadwick Boseman, Heather Simms
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Set in New York in the '80s and '90s, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book. Different Delivery, and Enjoyable"
    "Upstate"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. At first, it seems simple but as the story and characters develop through the years, an amazingly tender and complex story unravels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (453)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "To The Nines"
    Overall

    I listened to this book mainly because of the NJ connection. At one point, I accidently skipped an entire section. When I realized, I didn't bother going back because it really didn't matter. Predictable, annoying dialoge, and uninteresting characters make this an easily forgetable listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Within the sanctuary walls of the convent, lie two nuns: one dead, one critically injured. Medical examiner Maura Isles' autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. Then the disturbing case takes a stunning new turn when another woman is found murdered in an abandoned building. Together, Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these slaughters.

    Dorothy says: "GREAT READ"
    "The Sinner"
    Overall

    Not a bad read. Well written, not as predictable as most.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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