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Barbara

Been here for the long haul, and still hauling.

Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Likely to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (117)

    New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

    Maria says: "Very Entertaining"
    "What?"
    Overall

    Excellent book. Her stories are consistently good. I have very sensitive ears and don't get the complaints of sucking and swallowing sounds. Every reader I've listened to makes a few sounds, but this one certainly doesn't make enough to matter. Excellent writer. Excellent reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carl Hart
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist - Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences.

    Matthew R. Herald says: "An excellent book to make you think"
    "A New Perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's enlightening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent information about drug research that casts a new light on old perceptions. Wish there would have been more info on this topic. It's the research that will end our barbaric views and outdated modes of enforcing drug laws. The cultural differences are enlightening, but most people don't get it or don't care, so this point of view will never change their minds.


    What three words best describe J. D. Jackson’s performance?

    OK, needs excitement.


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

    Maybe a documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a movie or stage star, get a professional to read your book. Makes all the difference in the world.
    Gave it an overall score of 3, because of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1214)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "A Stand Out in the Crowd"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    With so many mystery novels out there, it gets difficult to wade through the muck and find the good books. This is a good book.


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

    Excellent narration. Was able to bring out the subtle parts of the personality and present the whole person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Under Pressure


    Any additional comments?

    Started reading, listening to the next book in the series. So far, good book, narration not as good, but not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (321)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "What???"
    Overall

    Enough already...sounded like a BiPolar, paranoid freak show. Edgy character development can be good, but not this angry, paranoid, nauseating roller coaster ride. I had no idea what was going on, and half way through didn't care, so I stopped listening. Never done that before. Sounded like Scapetta was off her meds and off her rocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle of the Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since.

    Barbara says: "Only if you love sailing..."
    "Only if you love sailing..."
    Overall

    Sounded interesting, but a real snoozer if you do not love sailing with all your heart and soul. I don't. The plot was lost in the interminable descriptons of sailing and shifting sandbars. A tremendous disappointment.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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