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Toby

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  • Bottom of the 33rd: Hope and Redemption in Baseball's Longest Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Barry
    • Narrated By Dan Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    (64)
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    (65)

    On April 18, 1981, a ball game sprang eternal. What began as a modestly attended minor-league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings became not only the longest ever played in baseball history, but something else entirely. The first pitch was thrown after dusk on Holy Saturday, and for the next eight hours the night seemed to suspend its participants between their collective pasts and futures, between their collective sorrows and joys....

    Amazon Customer says: "If This Were Fiction . . ."
    "Dan Barry does Dan Barry"
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    and, what could be better? The author narrates this story with all the irony, wit, and compassion of the person who created the tale, as he did.But,from history, and boy, does Barry do his homework. Barry's tone is somewhat deadpan, but he knows how to render the longest game in history, with the right amount of inflection. Sometimes I literally laughed out loud. If you like baseball, which i do, you just might get caught up in the flow of the story of unlikely characters; ball players, managers, bat boys, announcers, writers, their families.. At times even suspenseful, the narration moves you along with human interest stories that catch you by surprise. You ache for these (mostly) young men as the rawness outside, the wee hours of the morning in this interminable game, all make you feel for their plights. Some have a happy ending. Most do not. I ended up buying book versions of "The Bottom of the 33rd" for at least 3 people this holiday season. Only because they don't do audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "Topical 150 years later"
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    At first I had to get used to Ralph Lister's narration, but after a bit, I adapted and the book flew along. A lot of this story had to do with the trial, and thus, featured Sir Oliver Rathbone, and I like a good courtroom drama. Today there is news on a daily basis of drug overdoses, specifically heroin, and so the opium misuse at front and center of this story is very topical. (And the brief recounting of the opium tragedy that resulted in China is covered as well.) Sunless Sea is a good mix of Monk, Hester, Runcorn (!) and Rathbone, which is a welcome change in the series. As Perry is inclined to do, she can become overly wordy and repetitious, but the overwhelming quality of her prose, and her story line with its twists and turns, win out, making this a 5 star listen. I wish Audible had Book 19..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
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    (754)
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    (748)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Well written, beautifully read"
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    I saw a production of Peter and the Starcatchers on Broadway, and decided to listen to the book. Dave Barry is a wonderful writer-full of humor and clever characterization. Jim Dale does a superb job breathing life into the various characters young and old, male and female, smart, and dark. I will probably continue to read the series, that's how enjoyable it was. You will recognize aspects of Peter Pan in this tale, this prequal, so to speak. This is an easy, enjoyable, totally entertaining listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2544)
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    (1445)
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    (1433)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Consistently Entertaining Harry Bosch"
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    What makes this different from other Bosh tales is that we get more of a glimpse into Harry Bosh's psyche. He is forced to work with a therapist, a victim of involuntary leave after a violent encounter with his boss. The mystery that accompanies his personal work, is solving the mystery of his mother, brutally killed when Bosh was a child. I typically enjoy Hill's narration and Connelly's writing, and this doesn't disappoint if you are looking for an easy listen . Some of the themes stretch credulity, but, that is par for the course in such a genre, IMO. The Last Coyote was entertaining. Not great writing, but good enough that I always looked forward to picking up the story where I left off. I easily recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
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    (1222)
    Story
    (1213)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Johnson keeps em coming"
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    Between the narration, the characters, and the writing, Walt Longmire mysteries continue to keep me interested, make me chuckle, and entertain. The usual characters, Walt, Henry Standing Bear, Vic, Ruby, and others, combined with the new ones Johnson creates to tell this particular story make me want to continue listening. Johnson is adept at using the Wyoming winters to paint a bleak backdrop that become characters in their own right. Love this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
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    (916)
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    (911)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "Glad I came back to Louise Penny"
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    Ralph Cosham deserves some of the credit for this interesting whodunnit. He voices all the characters superbly. I liked this better than another one or two Penny books I'd tried: she brought us into some of Inspector Gamache's personal story, giving him a fuller dimension and making him more interesting. All the characters swirl around Gamache, first on holiday with his wife when the book opens, minding his own business. When murder occurs, you are a good 2 hours into the book, and thus, get to know the other hotel guests and staff, which set the context very effectively. Perry's writing is lovely. There is a sadness to the tale, and a compelling desire on my part, to not put the story down. I am now going to research additional Louise Penny books to add to my audible library.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
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    (1343)
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    (1335)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Walt Longmire and George Guidall-what a pair!"
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    I like all the Longmire books, and in particular, the way George Guidall narrates them. He voices old men, young men, tough women, more timid women-all so well you think you are listening to multiple voices, and not just his. This story takes place primarily on the Indian Reservation-and away from his office and usual cast of deputies. Of course Standing Bear takes a central role, as the two of them witness a death they investigate along with new character, Chief Lolo Long of the tribal police. I liked a preponderance of Indian lore in this tale. The characters are peppery, feisty, and rich in background. Craig Johnson writes with his usual humor, and the story moves along very quickly. He is a smart writer, and I recommend this book to any fan of Walt Longmire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
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    (2039)
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    (2060)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "McLarty and Cassidy shine"
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    I am a big fan of Baldacci, and McLarty and Cassidy add great voices to this latest John Puller book. Puller is a typical Baldacci hero; strong, unbreakable, agile, smart and all-powerful. He is no nonsense and quick on his feet. Cassidy has plenty to do in this book, with two main female characters, both of whom are a match for John Puller. The story is action packed, complete with interesting and varied characters, and I am happy to plug in a Baldacci book and go along for the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    (1107)
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    (1102)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Didn't do it for me"
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    I know audible fans love Preston-Child books, and this was my first. I stuck with it, found myself getting into it, but honestly, I don't see what others do. Scott Brick, who I normally think is terrific, lacked in his various accents (brooklyn??? what??), his female voices, and his overall delivery. I found the story heavy, logey, uncompelling. As more and more characters were introduced and took center stage, the story increased its interest, but, I won't pick up another Preston-Child book again for a while.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Entered a new world"
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    I enjoyed learning about India and its customs through the excellent narration of Tania Rodrigues. She does a wonderful job of bringing life to the people who color this tale. As much as I enjoyed the book, the writing was at times, without point, IMO. Some of the details, rather than adding to the flavor of the story, were superfluous. That said, I recommend this book and may check out more, if it is a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
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    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "title fits the tale"
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    I loved the Eighty-Dollar Champion, in spite of the writing! It truly is a fantastic tale with remarkable characters who embody persaverence-man and horse.As soon as I finished the book, I looked up photos and videos of this real life duo, bringing even more life to Lett's interpretation of their history. I found myself rooting for both Harry and his horse, Snowman, even though I knew their trials would end predictably well. The relationship between Harry and Snowman is unique and Letts allows their special bond to glow. The historical background takes up space in an informative and really interesting way also. My issue was with her writing, which is repetitive. Once she makes a statement, she finds the need to repeat it over 4 or 5 times-where was her editor? The story sailed stronger than her writing, however, and I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good nonfiction narrative and yes, an inspiring story set in a historical perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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