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Baton Rouge, LA United States | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 54 purchased in 2014

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Great Read!"

    Unlike some of the other folks in the review pool, I actually really love to hear King read his own stuff. He's my favorite to listen to now that Frank Muller is gone- though the fellow who read Duma Key, John Slattery, also was really a great narrator. This story was a wonderful trip back to the Dark Tower, and I loved the story in a story aspect of it- the tale itself had some nice little peeks into many of King's other stories, even a little "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" flavor to it. I'm loving how SK as an old fellow writes- now that I'm an old girl myself- past all the Bachman-like hammer stuff and on to whimsical, supernatural/fantasy stuff- Loved as well the first look at the "Shining" sequel. Well worth my credit! Keep them coming, Mr. King!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "I don't understand the negative reviews!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Casual Vacancy to be better than the print version?

    I have not read, just listened.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    Well, not an actual story moment, but the character development and story line(s) were wonderful- complete departure from the Harry Potter series, but certainly, J.K. Rowling is an incredible author!

    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    I think my favorites were Kay and Samantha- also Gavin and the whole of Crystal's family. I didn't really like any of the characters personally, but I really LIKED the characters!!

    If you could rename The Casual Vacancy, what would you call it?

    Small minds in small towns!!

    Any additional comments?

    I loved it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "One of Burke's very best."

    I loved it. James Lee Burke's lyrical writing just sucks you in and you are off on this wild ride with Dave and Clete. I love the way his protagonists are always flawed, and the story line is always convoluted! In a good way. Following the twists of his stories are big fun. As always, Will Patton does a fine job of bringing Burke's stories to life. Big recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."

    Narrator was just okay. I HATED the main character- this author had a GREAT idea for a story, but every single one of her characters is unlikeable. The young mother is a self involved, selfish and unbelievable character. Seriously, what money scrimping mother leaves her child to a relatively full time nanny when she's not working AT ALL and goes off to do all sorts of silly self involved things while her one dimensional husband ostensibly hates her, and then is all of a sudden very supportive and understanding when it seems that she is mentally unstable? The little girl as opined by the narrator is whiny and obtrusive as well as one dimensional as well, and the little old lady landlord and super are in turns sinister and silly. Redeems itself somewhat at the end, but in a fairly predictable manner. Not a bad story- in fact, a good story, but perhaps a green (great idea, though!) writer who's editor should have stepped in a bit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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