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Pegeen

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  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Who could blame him? I wanted to be gone too"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    less self introspection and sighing and guilt. Stop being so sorry about all the harm you keep doing and stop inspecting your sad self in excruciating detail -- change and forgive yourself and move on -- please!!! VERY good writing wasted on self indulgent self guilt ideas / philosophy drove me crazy. Soap opera -ish IMHO. .


    Has He's Gone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes -- but I did not know going in this was such a self-romance; chick lit at its worst. Not a fan of this type of story. That said -- this IS well-written.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    satifactory


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from He's Gone?

    almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.


    Any additional comments?

    not a mystery, the place he had gone to was obvious; if you like self examination and guilt driven relationships -- this is a well written book. maybe it is a Romance novel not a mystery? (I don't read Romance. )

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Need New Names: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By NoViolet Bulawayo
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: She has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

    FanB14 says: "African Girl Does US"
    "Country -- which one is home; what is a country?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes child narrator reminded me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird -- truth teller who is willing to really see what is around her. The reality and the metaphorical use of "country" is well developed. The Zimbabwe part with her friends seems better and less rushed than the US par but maybe that was because it was so new for me. So many perfect little sentences. Repetition used like a chant. The "names" are intriguingly important. The cataloging of details is perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The games the kids play which carry throughout the novel.


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

    exquisite timing and diction -- her accent reminded me this was an African's story but was very clear and understandable. Changed later in the story to reflect the American characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (984)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "like waiting for snow to melt"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.


    What could Eowyn Ivey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (740)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Outstanding narrator"
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    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have tried a few times in the past to READ James Lee Burke's novels -- always too macho and too southern good ole boy for me. Will Patton absolutely elevates these books for me. He reveals the core of the characters, and now I want more. Finally get what all the rave reviews were about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Debts: A Jack Irish Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Marco Chiappi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years. When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.

    Don says: "Quality Crime Fiction"
    "The narrator made me love listening"
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    What did you love best about Bad Debts?

    The characters and the narrator's timing, timbre and accent.


    What could Peter Temple have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more complex, less obvious plot; the reviewers that say it was disjointed confuse me -- yes it moved from different settings and characters but it was too obvious for me. Redeemed again by the read aloud and the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Marco Chiappi – was your favorite?

    Jack


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

    Horses, houses and debts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (668)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Adams character comes through despite narrator"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was too Midwestern, and highly pitched overall, and ESPECIALLY when supposedly quoting Adams's own words -- one notch below chipmunk voice IMHO. The narrator certainly made no mistakes -- just the wrong tone and pitch for John Adams.

    The writing was interestingly organized,despite a lot of detail to track for a listeners. I loved the development of JA's character and the inclusion of Abigail (of course) and others less well known from history such as Benjamin Rush.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1502)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Priscilla says: "Disappointing"
    "Central Valley Bosch"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Box the most enjoyable?

    The CA Central Valley tie-in of the title and the more police procedural type plot make this a slightly different Harry Bosch. Narrator was a tiny bit plodding -- but so was Harry in this one . Very good but not the best ever. Narrator mispronounces ManTEEca repeatedly which bugged me . Used detective Chiu as a sterotypical Asian tech geek, not as believable as most Michael Connelly characters. Mendenhall going "off reservation " is left unexplained, despite it being a significant subplot. Is Connelly saving Chiu and Mendenhall for a sequel? Otherwise has all the satisfactions of a Harry Bosch novel. Even at less than his best Michael Connelly tells a better story than most writers.


    What other book might you compare The Black Box to and why?

    Other Harry Bosch's -- same pacing and characters.


    Have you listened to any of Michael McConnohie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is ManTEEkah


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "fun but obvious -- like a good bowl of popcorn"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more complex characters


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    smooth , very good tone and pacing


    Did Persona Non Grata inspire you to do anything?

    you are kidding, right?!


    Any additional comments?

    does what it does well -- and then you are done. snack food with some historical seasoning thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth L. Silver
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, a woman who will never know middle age, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the heartbroken mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing....

    Paul Krasner says: "Sorry, but not the next "Gone Girl""
    "well-written but too many facile connections"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes interesting ideas about the justice system without being preachy; needed more character development for some of the "history" and connections between the characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    knew it was coming -- expected more karma for Marlene.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman and Amanda Carlin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    narrator for Noa (Rebecca Lowman) was perfect in voicing the false bravado assertiveness covering the gaping need inside of Noa. Marlene (Amanda Carlin) was OK but not as good but I think that was just because the character wasn't developed as much by the writer.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no -- they would miss the gray areas.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (862)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "witty and fun"
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    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    voices of the various characters are good but what really sets the narrator above so many others is his sense of timing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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