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Anne

Tyler

Daytona Beach, FL, United States

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  • 16 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Butterfly’s Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Angela Davis-Gardner
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Internationally acclaimed author Angela Davis-Gardner draws inspiration from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to craft this deftly imagined furthering of the famed opera’s main characters. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton and his wife Kate bring a three-year-old Japanese boy home to their Illinois farm. But when their neighbors learn the truth about the boy’s heritage, the fallout is devastating.

    Susan says: "A Great Story Unrealized"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This is a beautifully written story and one well worth the credit!
    I believe teachers will one day use this book as an example of the
    damage done to others with thoughtless behavior and how it can reverberate
    through time causing great difficulties, all this and wrapped in the gift of a story I would not have wanted to miss. It is so much more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7409)
    Performance
    (5644)
    Story
    (5657)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "WoW Great Book!"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book is like finding a treasure in an old fashioned flea market- a delight .
    I have wondered from time to time what life in Germany might have been like after WW2 but never expected to have this amazing experience, a story about courage, loss, fear, love, compassion, and spunk! It never falters. I will look for more books by Markus Zusak
    Credit worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "forgetable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I did listen to the entire book recently yet I can't recall much about it


    What was most disappointing about Laura Lippman’s story?

    lack of substance!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And When She Was Good?

    my mind didn't engage enough to consider doing this


    Any additional comments?

    an average book, just nothing outstanding for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (902)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Witty, Great light entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no,


    Would you recommend Timeless to your friends? Why or why not?

    give this author a go on a day you want light hearted and easy going. First two in the series are the best in my opinion.


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

    I miss reading books however this series is perfect for listening to! Emily Gray does a great job!


    Was Timeless worth the listening time?

    depends on what you want sometimes I enjoy lightweight and funny!


    Any additional comments?

    nope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

    connie says: "Hybrid Mystery"
    "A thought provoking mystery Emery is a master!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1 again? Why?

    after a long while I will- it is a cut above most of my books I beleve all high school or college students would benefit from reading this book.


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

    no but more like engaged-


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    I like the uncommon and distinctive style of C.R.'s presentation- It would sway me towards buying another book as no other ever has.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes! there were some moving momentsI that are well worth remembering!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is credit worthy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1028)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Deep Emotional Mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Snow White Must Die in three words, what would they be?

    Heaven Save Us!


    What other book might you compare Snow White Must Die to and why?

    It compares easily to our best American mystery writers. I am now a real fan of Nele Neunaus! The story is multi faceted, has great depth, many characters well defined while it highlights the high cost of human frailty.


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

    no, it is more fun to draw this one out to 2 or 3 days to ponder and enjoy it more.


    Any additional comments?

    I am just delighted to be able to read great books like this one from other Countries. Don't miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1039)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "Lightweight and Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I did like this book as a diversion from the heavyweight mysteries that have so much more to them. I would give it a three at best but sometimes light is right for the moment.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Khristine Hvam’s performances?

    Yea


    Any additional comments?

    A nice fantasy love story for a day when you do not wish to engage but just enjoy something light. Not for the serious minded who want an intense story. I am sure there are lots of folks who enjoy this sort of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (3526)
    Story
    (3521)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    Such a great story of how these awesome dogs give all they are to their partners You could gush a long time about them but this story will show you from the inside how incredible they are when teamed with their Partners. Mr.Crais' understanding of the people who work with these animals and how they become a real team in heart as well as their amazing accomplishments makes this book a must have.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

    Yes, It was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth my credit Robert Crais is one of my newer favorite writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22819)
    Performance
    (9475)
    Story
    (9548)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A real Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    Yes, after some time I will as it was so different from others and it had me from book 1 of 3 to the very end. Loved this work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength of the abused young lady and her journey


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was moving throughout however when this young lady was attacked each time was amazing and would, I believe, move anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy mysteries you will without doubt enjoy these books, Don't miss them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "A fresh idea for a good book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Close Your Eyes to be better than the print version?

    No, however, this book is a very good audio choice. The story is interesting and complex. It is well worth my credit.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, More than One. I found this book more interesting than some because it is different, and I found it intelligent not far-fetched which can really disappoint sometimes. Yet, I often enjoy a good fantasy as well.


    Any additional comments?

    On the edge of your seat page turner it isn't, but I enjoyed it very much. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3937)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2848)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Just Not my kind of story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Ari Graynor?

    no,


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cassandra Clare again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ari Graynor???s performances?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from City of Bones?

    I wouldn't as it needs to be done by those who enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry about my credit but, how else can we know if something would be of interest?
    I would not wish to discourage any writer by being overly negative simply because it isn't a 'fit' for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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