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River Mama

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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Hit Me: Keller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    The conclusion of Hit and Run found Keller living in a big old house in post-Katrina New Orleans' Lower Garden District, with a new name (Nicholas Edwards), a new wife (Julia), a new career (rehabbing houses), and a baby on the way. It certainly looked as though he was done killing people for money. But old habits die hard, and when the economic downturn knocked out the construction business, a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game.

    Parusski says: "Killer of a story!"
    "BLOCK-KELLER-POE: Another Hit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Geez! I remember reading Lawrence Block as I walked to work at age 18. I got my first Social Security check this month, and have never been disappointed. Aside from one technical error (Keller left big evidence in one scene), another work of art. Great character -- give us one more, please, before you close him out. Thanks, Mr. Block, for your incredible, enormous body of work -- fiction, and writing about writing -- I hope all the later get "audiovised" also! You've been ahead of the pack since Day One, a real inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pimp: The Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Iceberg Slim
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. It is a trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale—the dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn’t change; it just has a different swagger.

    James Brown says: ""Extremely Real""
    "Glad I bought, glad I listened"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Better and deeper as I went. Excellent narration. Simple writing style (a little more noun-verb, noun-verb than usual) worked well. Allowed my brain to "predict" and comprehend easily, yet nouns and verbs themselves sparkled, so there was surprise and delight as I learned a new dialect of street language. Characters drawn quickly and clearly. Story dynamics easy to follow. I was able to devote attention to both. One "tension" passage probably the best I've read. Well done. Kiwis for EVERYone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? In a distracted, overcrowded world, how do certain leaders, friends, and family members convince you to change your behavior? Answer: fascination, the most powerful way to influence decision-making. It's more persuasive than marketing, advertising, or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice, and trust.

    Lanie Evans says: "Hog your Head with Fascinate!"
    "Why not the 5th star?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good articulation of what the body knows at birth. Well written, well laid out. Nice balance of science and art (the application of science). Author does a beautiful job narrating -- can't imagine anyone else presenting as well. I will listen to this a couple more times, which is quite rare for me. Kiwis for EVERYone. But you said we could take "The F Test" free and when I followed instructions to it I was asked for $37. And the pdf that came with the audio indicated it was a 29-page attachment, but only 10 pages are available. So Sally, dear, how about reconciling the gaps? You don't have to give me anything extra -- I very much appreciate your work and the work you've put into your work. Thank you! But if you say you're going to do something .... (Is that mystique? One other suggestion -- the pdf with the audio lists the triggers with slight variation in names -- bet I'm not the first to say. Not a biggy, but hey, why not shut us up now? Mahalo nui loa, Passion and Vice

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1332)

    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"
    "Audible needs a 6th star for this one."
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    Mr. Burke shows us how simple it is to write a perfectly crafted story. Just open a blank page and add your entire life of carefully considered observations, redux. No classroom lecture, no book ABOUT writing could say more than what he shows here. I am 62, confined to much rest from recent back surgery. Creole Belle has saved me -- I played it half-speed to stretch my awes and pleasures. Then, 2 hours before the end I stopped. And started over, to further tease out the end. Like leaving a Snickers bar under my pillow before leaving for work in the morning. Mr. Burke shows us how we can use all our notes. Thank you, Jim. This is your finest, and your writing has changed my life. "We are surprised and delighted when we discover a natural style of writing, for we expected an author, and found a man." Blaise Pascal (1621-1662).

    As for the story, it is now undisputably clear that David Robicheaux is a thoughtful narrator in the flickering lights of sunset. Clete Purcel is the protagonist who holds my heart in the palm of his soft if calloused fist. Has been all along.

    I agree this would be a good time to "retire" Dave. Alifair (Robicheaux) could follow Gretchin's call to write her novel under the influence of Hollywood suburbs, then Dave could exit, leaving single parents Clete and Molly to ultimately follow and a new narrative by Alifair (Burke), femme voice, could pick up a whole new series.

    Congratulations to all contributers. And thank you, Will, for another character&story-loving delivery. Thank you, everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (359)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "Diff Btwn Literature & Entertainment Only"
    Overall

    I've answered this now-cliche question to my satisfaction in a couple ways, but nothing beats a great example, and this is one of them. I can see where it's not for everyone at every time, but I was so glad I stuck it out (the beginning was a little slow in parts). And I don't believe it could have been read any more perfectly. Please put me on the list of people who want to be notified when any audiobooks with Peter Weller as Narrator are released. Thank you!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bernhard Schlink
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

    Ella says: "Dysfunctional"
    "Incredible."
    Overall

    My audio library is 900 books. This is the first time I have felt so compelled to comment that I can't not do so. The author's detailed examination of one human's obligations to another is cast upon backgrounds large and small, each easily identifiable thanks to meticulous thought and writing. This is also the first book I have listened to a second time and will do so again and again. It is not for everyone, only those who are up for thinking and whose natural curiosity is drawn toward human dynamics. Thank you, Berhnard Schlink, for taking the time and making the effort to develop your talent for our benefit.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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