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Kent City, MI, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • A Child's Christmas in Wales

    • NONE (48 mins)
    • By Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dylan Thomas

    Thomas's recording of this holiday classic is considered the first official audiobook. You'll hear the author's recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth as well as some of his most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."

    Ruth Green says: "An index of contents"
    "Could not finish this audio"

    Narrator's accent was so thick and dull, I could only listen for about 30 minutes. I usually try to stick with a story, hoping it will get better, but not this time. Might be okay for someone who is familiar with the tale.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Law professor Natalie Greco has an ordered life. Then, one terrible day, everything changes. While visiting a prison, a riot erupts and a prison guard is fatally injured. Nat rushes to help him, only to hear his last words: "Tell my wife. It's under the floor. The money." Nat feels she must find his widow. But this is no simple quest, and along the way, Nat is framed for murder and the retiring scholar finds herself in a desperate fight to save her own life.

    Jim says: "jimbo2all"
    "Took effort to give this one a chance"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Probably not since there are so many other authors to choose from.

    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    I was not interested in the main character at all. In my opionion, the author did a poor job of making her a likeable character. I need to be able to like / connect with the main character(s) in books and movies. If that isn't the case, I quickly loose interest.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    No. However, I might accidentally since I likely will not remember her name. She did not leave a good impression as far as narrating ability. (Unlike Ralph Cosham, the narrator of Louise Penny's Three Pines series which I have recently been listening to. He does a great job.)

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I could not bear to listen beyond the first few chapters. I hoped it would get better but eventually gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Entertaining Canadian mystery"
    Where does Still Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not realizing this was a series, I started with a later book and enjoyed listening to it during my commute to work. I am now listening to the rest of the series in order. I'm just about finished with the fourth book I've purchased and have downloaded the next.

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

    The tale takes place in a small Quebec community and as you listen to the series, you get to know the residents of the town and there are stories within the story. A bit corny but enjoyable. The narrator has just the right voice for this Canadian tale and does a very good job of giving each character a little different sounding voice. I am a Michigander and one of the rare people who enjoy winter as much as any other season so I also enjoy the author's descriptions of the winter weather and scenery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Quaint and Engaging!"

    A very engaging story of a small country community and their views of the German occupation during WWII. The various actors who lend their voices to this audio rendition of the book make the story that much more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "Ending is a let down"

    This seems to be a book thrown together from ideas author had for more than one story for which he was searching for endings. A significant amount of the book is spent building up characters and plot. However, the ending is almost abrupt as if the buildup to climax was edited out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Tony Goldwyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the 20th century, reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time.

    Chris says: "Worth a listen"
    "A "must listen" for Kate fans!"

    This boigraphy flows very well and narrator was engaging. The author depicted the real Kate to be just as strong as the characters she played onscreen. Author did not emphasize any significant event or traits that shaped Kate's personality and character from which one could learn and model themselves, however it was a pleasant listen that I think any fan of Kate would enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Spanish: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge

    By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Spanish and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    Shelly says: "Not for the beginner"
    "Not for the beginner"

    I purchased this audio lesson set (volume 1 & 2) based on its description. Having had some Spanish classes in my past, this should have been relatively easy for me to pick up. I burned it to CD to use in my car in order to have an easy method to rewind/replay. No matter how I adjusted my car stereo, I found many of the words to be indistinguishable. On top of that, I found the accompanying music only added to the work of trying to understand the pronunciation of words. The music was almost at the same volume as the speaker. I tried the CD on my PC and then tried streaming it on my PC - both with similar dissatisfaction. I then gave the lesson a try on my MP3 player, which plays any other audiobook and music without the slightest problem. Nope. So, I gave up and purchased "Learning Spanish Like Crazy" (also offered by Audible). Seems a little better so far but I'm only as far as the first few lessons....

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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