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Gayle

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (122)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Light and delightful"
    Overall

    Fannie Flagg is a great storyteller, but I didn't realize what a good reader she is. Knowing the author was reading the story herself gave it another dimension for me because there are not a large number of fiction writers out there who could pull this off. I enjoyed the tale, found a few parts of it contrived, and one plot convention in particular left me thinking that the sub plot about Edwina Crocker should be its own book, rather than an uncomfortably included story unrelated to the heroine here. Maggie is a bit less than a fully believable character, but the story flows well, and has a happy ending. All in all light reading to keep you occupied while doing something else.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1660)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Disappointing and Confusing"
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    I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1580)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "Good Plot, but this one needs an editor"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I don't think I could have finished this book in print because it is unnecessarily long and many places are simply rehashes of earlier situations. It desperately needed an editor to cut it down by at least a third.
    The reader was terrific, and that's what kept me reading. I don't know what has happened to Nelson DeMille, who is among my favorite authors. This one didn't cut it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9968)
    Performance
    (5289)
    Story
    (5310)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Both fanicful and absorbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a tall tale! Yet, how wonderfully done, from the writing to the narrator. It was a delight to get lost in. I am recommending it to all I know, from ages 12 to 100, who love a yarn with a little mystery and much heart.
    The narrator was AWESOME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13910)
    Performance
    (12281)
    Story
    (12309)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Grabs You, Keeps You, Surprises You!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one's a keeper. No wonder it's been on the best seller list so long! I was totally hooked, twisted around, compelled to keep listening. The readers were perfect; the story was original, and the writing was exceptional. I was sorry to hear it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (1781)
    Story
    (1770)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "What happened to Lee Child?"
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    Good grief...who wrote this? Certainly not one of my favorite authors, Lee Child! This tale is boring, boring, with such a strung out plot that it truly defies believability. The reader drove me nuts, sounding like he had a bad cold through the whole thing as he tried to voice Reacher's broken nose, and there was such an underlying sarcasm in every other voice. There were so many understated cynical voices throughout, It was painful listening, but I bought it so I felt I needed to finish it, hoping all the while that something would happen. It didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6423)
    Performance
    (4433)
    Story
    (4421)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Ante Bellum South from Another Perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a an entertaining read full of historical tidbits and cultural enlightenment. The readers were spectacular, finding a variety of voices, dialects and tones to portray the many hands on a plantation in the old pre-war South. The story had twists and turns - some predictable, some surprising. The heroines show a side of slave life that readers seldom see in print and their spunk and character gave the story its energy. It was a page turner, one I will certainly read again.

    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
    (3560)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3026)

    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"
    "Twists and turns in a clever tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Defending Jacob is one of the books I will recommend to others. It was a compelling and unusual story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected plot twists kept my interest and even though foreshadowing kept me thinking ahead, I was still not entirely prepared for the ending. That ending, and a few other places in the book, required a full suspension of my reality filter. Even though some parts lacked believability, it was still a great tale.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He is always entertaining, and has just enough variety in his characters to make them believably distinct.


    Who was the most memorable character of Defending Jacob and why?

    THe dad -- because I could relate to him.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time to read this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (739)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Terrific Entertainment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is so good he brings every character to life. His accents and inflections put you right into the story. Parts of the story are slow, but he is so gifted that you are completely entertained despite the slowdowns.. It has to be better than the print version because of this. I have never heard a better narrator than Mark Hammer.


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

    THe last third of the book tied it all together wonderfully - and had just enough suspense to keep me listening in the garage, after the ride home. Every subplot meshes in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending of course! You know it is all coming together after many twists and many years,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wish they would make a movie of this book - it would be a winner. Tag line???
    Small town intrigue through three generations of Police Chiefs in the old South


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5780)
    Performance
    (5130)
    Story
    (5123)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Couldn't get into it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Erin Morgenstern and/or Jim Dale?

    No


    Would you recommend The Night Circus to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - Too weird for me


    What three words best describe Jim Dale’s performance?

    Stilted


    Did The Night Circus inspire you to do anything?

    Stop reading before it was over


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that this falls into the fantasy genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1378)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Harry Bosch does it again"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Concrete Blonde in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, crafty, suspenseful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry is always second guessing the bad guys - and most of the time he surprises the readding audience


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Harry and Sylvia, his girlfriend. He did the female as well as the male.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Keep you guessing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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