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tarrytopia

my four teens' mom

Modesto, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "Not 'Cepak' Quality"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Grabenstein? Why or why not?

    Yes, other than Mad Mouse, I like Chris Grabenstein's other books, even those written for younger audiences.


    What aspect of Jeff Woodman’s performance would you have changed?

    The drunken father voice was a little theatrical, but all others were well-done.


    Any additional comments?

    It might be time to retire the series due to the limits created by the naming convention. At some point, it just seems awkward and contrived.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wonders Never Cease

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tim Downs
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star's medication each night and pretend to be a heavenly visitor giving her messages.

    Andrew says: "Loved this book!"
    "Could be a fun family film"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Americana line scene was a perfect use of irony.


    Who was the most memorable character of Wonders Never Cease and why?

    Kemp was a little too self-centered to believe, but I still enjoyed getting into his narcissistic mind and watching him trip over his own ego.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a great family film. The book reads like a movie. The book narration is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Athol Dickson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, an isolated outpost on the Mississippi River - a stilt village bounded by swampland, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger who's come looking for his roots. He's a humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man. In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo, and veiled by Spanish moss, lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more.

    tarrytopia says: "Thought-provoking"
    "Thought-provoking"
    Overall

    I love books that keep me thinking long after I have finished them. This one ranks in my top ten favorite books of all time. If you enjoy pondering questions like "what constitutes a miracle, and what is mere coincidence?" or "why are some people born in affluence and others poverty?" this is a great read. This is Christian literature with deep theological themes. The characters are very original and the conflicts between blacks and whites defy old stereotypes. Even as a white woman, I was able to identify with the black male character and gained new understanding for his struggles. Don't expect a predictable ending. If you seek to understand the symbolism in this story, you will find the ending quite satisfying. This is a book about the hope that is offered when we truly yield to the love of Christ. I recommend it to anyone interested in such hope.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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