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Sandra

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

Member Since 2003

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  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Captivated & Entranced

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (794)

    His interest in her was purely professional...or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer's trick?

    Amazon Customer says: "Please get the sequel here at Audible!"
    "If you can't say anything good..."
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    I was appalled with this book. Ordinarily, in the very least, I enjoy Ms. Roberts' characters and the way they approach what are, definitely, mundane romance situations. There was none of that charm in this book. Her characters are lifeless. This is an excellent idea of how not to write a romance novel.

    I wish I hadn't wasted the money because I didn't listen to the whole thing. That's an unusual situation for me because I'm relatively accepting.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 380 Episodes

    • ORIGINAL (137 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
    • Narrated By Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

    Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

    Elizabeth says: "The Grandfather of Law and Order"
    "Loved It"
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    I'm old enough to remember listening to some of these stories on radio and it was like listening to an old friend. I'm not sure, but I think this was the beginning of the police procedural drama on radio.

    My only problem with it was that the recording was somewhat mushy-sounding. I know we didn't have Dolby, but a clearer recording would have been delightful. On the other hand, maybe it was my aging ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Target: Ali Reynolds, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out - Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

    Jean says: "a cold case and a new case"
    "A Real Page-Turner ---"
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    J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds novels are hard to put down. I move the i-Pod speakers into the kitchen to do dishes and clean up as I listen. It's amazing how painless a distasteful chore becomes when you're listening to a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Time Enough for Love is the capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein's famous Future History series. Lazarus Long is so in love with life that he simply refuses to die. Born in the early 1900s, he lives through multiple centuries, his love for time ultimately causing him to become his own ancestor. Time Enough for Loveis his lovingly detailed account of his journey through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Using the voice of Lazarus, Heinlein expounds his own philosophies, including his radical ideas on sexual freedom.

    Sandra says: "Classic Heinlein!"
    "Classic Heinlein!"
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    I read this story as a young woman during my first Science Fiction phase. Robert Heinlein's books are readable always, with a strong plot line. This particular book tells the story of a near-immortal family and its members as they march through a history that can only be created by Heinlein.

    Loved it the umpteenth time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Connor O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

    Sandra says: "Enjoyed the Story"
    "Enjoyed the Story"
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    The book was great - but the narrator in this case destroyed the text. Too fast, with an unidentifiable accent. This one is better in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Rieder
    • Narrated By Joe Washington
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    "I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To revive it, King made a sacrificial act on Good Friday, April 12, 1963: He was arrested. Alone in his cell, reading a newspaper, he found a statement from eight "moderate" clergymen who branded the protests extremist and "untimely".

    Rick says: "Wow!"
    "A Welcome Reminder"
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    Not only does Rieder discuss King's letter, but he discusses the Civil Rights movement. Individuals who did not live in the South had little idea of the abuses suffered by people of color and those who supported them.

    King helped publicize a movement that eventually changed the laws of the United States to expand liberty to everyone in the nation. His actions, like those of Mahatma Gandhi, affected the world.

    If I were still teaching, I'd have my students read or listen to this book to emphasize an important era in literature as well as history. I often combined reading and listening to help students comprehend better the literal voice of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3180)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1609)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Just Not My Thing"
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    I'm sure there are individuals who will enjoy this book. I didn't.
    Must be getting hide-bound in my preferences.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (634)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Excellent History!"
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    A good explanation and story of the era of the ecological disaster of the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s and its impact upon the nation. Egan includes the Great Depression and the politics surrounding the financial crash, the Volstead Act, and the culture of the time.

    This book brings the era achingly to life. Those of us who were the children of the people who lived through the Depression recognize the names, places, and people involved. An excellent book for entertainment as well as edification.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Death: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

    Alicia says: "At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael"
    "An Oldie but Goodie"
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    Dorothy Sayers was a master of the detective story. Her writing is crisp, clean, and clear. Ian Carmichael does a wonderful job of bringing one of Sayers' main characters to life and clearly narrate the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3542)
    Performance
    (3015)
    Story
    (3009)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Not a Venue for Escape!"
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    This is a grim book enhanced by the matter of fact tone of the narrator. Discussing the subject would give major clues to the book, but the twist at the end is very close to unexpected.

    I found that I had to listen to the book in segments, but I was unable to bear listening all the way through. The author creates memorable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1026)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Horrifying!"
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    J.D. Robb's books are usually suspenseful but not horrifying. This one tips over the edge with the perpetrator, truly thankless son, student, boyfriend, a total psychopath! In the wake of all the school shootings, random deaths, and other tragedies appearing on the news, this book really hits home.

    Even the continuing story of Eve Dallas is not enough to soften the impact of this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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