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Ruth

Urth81

MISSOULA, MT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "Shallow Plot, no real conclusion."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Just when the book should have gotten interesting it ended. It was like the author just decided to say "the end" because he was bored.


    What about David W. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job, I was defiantly drawn in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5793)
    Performance
    (3725)
    Story
    (3737)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Completely Engrosed"
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    Any additional comments?

    Really surprised by this read. I thought it would be fun and light, which it was in places, but overall it was inspiring. I'm really glad I took a risk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "Wow....for a second time."
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    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in high school. I was so moved at the time, that the plot and villan inspired my senior paper. When I saw it on Audible 14 years later, I decided to see if I still felt the same way. Wow. Yes, I couldn't "put it down"...again. Between the depth of each character, the action, and the juxtaposition of all the situations, it is one you seriously can't pass up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (665)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Not the best, not the worst."
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    Did The Art Forger inspire you to do anything?

    Not really. I enjoyed the basic context of the story, but I found myself more frustrated with the characters than anything else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11557)
    Performance
    (10500)
    Story
    (10521)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A wild and unexpected ride!"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Imagination at work!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How unexpected it was. I enjoyed the developing relationships of each character which ultimately lead to the major surprise of the novel!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (557)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "I want to know more!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although the book is fiction, the author does a great job of tying truth and story together. I found myself utterly thrilled at times and utterly frustrated at others. The narrator also did a great job, her performance allowed each character to shine.


    If you could take any character from The Aviator's Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anne of course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2303)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Too Good to Give it Away Here!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't really have any expectations going in to this "read", but after a few short minutes I was engrossed. Excellent story, fantastic narration, I'd recommend with bells on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3254)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1428)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "I laughed...I cried...I loved this book!"
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    What did you love best about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    It was completely unexpected. Both thought provoking and fun.


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

    The different narrators brought the story to life, it was very easy to follow.


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

    Yes, but I can't tell you.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6081)
    Performance
    (5270)
    Story
    (5262)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A well written and beautiful story"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    I loved the authors ability to tell a story.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    The performance was real. Edoardo was easy to listen to and portrayed the characters well. It was almost as if I'd forget I was listening to an audiobook.


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. It was refreshing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9109)
    Performance
    (7926)
    Story
    (7941)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Easy story, but Frustratingly Awful Narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the actual book. The story is a fun read, but I found myself getting frustrated with the whiny and shallow characters that the narrator portrayed. Don't get the audio book!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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