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Gypsy Wife

Gypsy Wife

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  • The Burying Place

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate.

    Loy says: "good book"
    "Kept me guessing to the end!"
    Overall

    When Michael Connelly recommended Brian Freeman's first novel, I got it and immediately became a fan. I emailed him to express my enjoyment of his careful, exciting writing, and told him I hoped he would continue to improve and not rest on his laurels. He has once again come through. With every novel his characters develop more depth and his plots surprise me. Don't miss this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive-By Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
    "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
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    What disappointed you about The Drive-By Wife?

    I wanted to like it because the author seems like a nice guy and is trying hard with his marketing, but this book missed the mark. One-dimensional, uninteresting characters I didn't care about, ridiculous, unbelievable situations, too much exposition, too formulaic. I just didn't like anything about it and only finished it in an attempt to be fair to Mr. Wells.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've downloaded the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Childs.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Torres?

    Mr. Torres did the best he could with the material.


    What character would you cut from The Drive-By Wife?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, no more stories about privileged, boring, narcissistic yuppies making stupid mistakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (391)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Wow! Knocked me off my feet!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Secret of the Seventh Son to be better than the print version?

    I don't know; haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Secret of the Seventh Son has an amazingly different plot that continued to build and become more and more disturbing to me while entertaining me immensely.


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

    Haven't had the pleasure of listening to him before.


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

    If you thought Area 51 was too frightening to exist, think again!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most entertaining and engaging thrillers I've listened to in some time. Cooper's novel was referred to by one listener as a combination of Ken Follett and Michael Connelly. I agree. Cooper's characters are certainly less complex, but in this case the story carries the characters and is complex enough that we don't need deeper characters. I agree; this novel is perfect for a blockbuster film, and would adapt very well to the screen without losing the story. I can't wait to see this in the theatres.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10305)
    Performance
    (5214)
    Story
    (5249)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "He's the Master, I'm the constant reader"
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    If you could sum up Under the Dome in three words, what would they be?

    Completely engrossing; poignant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    Can't say; it would be a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say; it would be a spoiler.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I never cried, though I felt extreme sadness. I did laugh and cheer.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my second listening to Under the Dome. It's a very long book but very well worth the time. On the second reading, I knew what was going to happen so I could spend time appreciating Mr. King's well honed craft. I became aware of foreshadowing I had missed, rock and roll references, historical references, and literary references, including the mention of Jack Reacher, a character created by Lee Child. (NOT Tom Cruise, no matter that he did a good job with the part in the Jack Reacher Movie). I enjoy watching Mr. King pay homage to his favorite musicians, his favorite music, and his favorite fictional characters, not to mention his fellow authors. He's just a master of the craft of writing. If you don't re-listen to your books, I highly suggest you do so. This custom will enrich your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1115)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "I give up!"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not even Will Patton's mesmerizing voice could save this slow, bleak story. I can't finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a plot.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I could listen to him read a pizza menu.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Light in August?

    The scenes between the first page and the last page.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because a book is a classic doesn't make it good to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (43)

    Jack Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about. When threatened, you can run or fight. Reacher fights, aiming to clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Satisfying Reacher story"
    "Satisfying Reacher story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I think this is an excellent series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the new dimension added to Reacher when he learns he might be a father. Lee Child never disappoints me with his Reacher stories.


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

    Dick's voice is both powerful and flawed. He sounds like Reacher to me, very worldly and experienced but not at all sophisticated. Reacher doesn't put on airs. Neither does Dick Hill.


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

    Jack Reacher is NOT Tom Cruise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (580)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Engrossing classic"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    The interweaving of philosophy and real life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "Not on a par with the Tara series"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about On Borrowed Time? What did you like least?

    I liked the somewhat different plot line. I didn't like that much of the story line was, to me, not plausible. I kept thinking, is this guy really that stupid?


    If you’ve listened to books by David Rosenfelt before, how does this one compare?

    Not on a par with the writing nor the narration of the Tara series, but a decent attempt at a different style for Rosenfelt.


    What three words best describe Chris Ensweiler’s performance?

    Amateur, trying, lacking


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

    Yes. I think a movie producer could fix the broken parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I love conspiracy theories, but I don't care much for stupid main characters. The lead character fell for too many outrageous coincidences, and brother, is he naive when it comes to women. I won't include any spoilers, but you will be shaking your head at some of the things he falls for in this book. The narrator is trying hard but his voices are very lacking, especially his bad guys who all sound phony. There was one point where he did a good job so that I recognized a particular bad guy when he spoke from behind. I think he will improve as he goes along in his career. As for the writing, it was a decent attempt at a thriller but not up to the par of the Tara series with their wry humor and interesting characters. But, hey, I'm picky.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3155)
    Performance
    (2917)
    Story
    (2919)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "A sweet, slightly spooky summer story"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, Mr. King has woven a simple but effective plot that leaves little clues but leaves you guessing throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say! Don't want to spoil it, but every scene was well written.


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

    The last good time.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes Stephen King gets too long winded and could use a good editor, but in this story he has created a near perfect novel and shown that he's still THE king. It's spooky enough, sweet enough, dangerous enough, and every so poignant. In the hands of another writer, this could be a string of cliches, but Mr. King knows how to paint a traditional coming of age tale with a fresh pen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Least Heat-Moon
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

    Mr. says: "A new Mark Twain... this is a great book"
    "A wonderful book made better by Joe Barrett"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I read the book years ago, and Joe Barrett's narration brought it back to life for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Highways?

    I can't say; everything about this book is memorable.


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

    His voice with its gruff edge brings forth the writer's sense of humor along with his respect for people of all walks and means.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (345)

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    "Another intriguing Kurt Wallander Story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Fifth Woman in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth Woman?

    I wouldn't want to say for fear of writing a spoiler.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill does an excellent portrayal of the very realistic and unglamorous Wallander, a character whose flaws and indecision are a refreshing yet very tense contrast to the usual do-it-all perfect detective. Wallander maintains his humanity while struggling with his near paralytic reticence. He changes, but very slowly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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