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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1463)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Narrator doesn't do justice to this classic."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually look forward to listening to a book that I have read before. The narration adds one more dimension and I am amazed at what I missed when reading the book myself. BUT not in this case. I forced myself to listen to 3 hours of the dragging narration before I finally gave up. A good narration can really make a difference, unfortunately a bad one can completely ruin a book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2027)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Fail for Reacher"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Mr. Child had done his research. There were just too many glaring absurdities. Armadillos protected in Texas?! Driving 60 miles to the nearest grade school? 3 hired hands who do absolutely nothing and sleep in? Ranch owners that are all evil, lazy and sit on their hands? ONE truck on a ranch? I got tired of hearing how HOT it is in Texas in the summer.The people just didn't act or re-act like most country folk would.

    I cringed at the way the legal system was depicted. No police officer is going to leave a little kidnapped girl with a drifter overnight to await the return of her mother. Unbeliveable situations like this just ruined the book.

    The author is obviously a city boy who never bothered to visit a working Ranch. I have loved the Reacher series but you HAVE to have a little realit yand logic in the story! This book didn't show Reacher as being extra intelligent or tough, it just made everyone else in the book lazy idiots.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one.


    Do you think Echo Burning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes! I do love the charactor and Dick Hill does an amazing job. But I would hope the author would take a little more time to do his research and develope charactors in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just trying to figure out why Mr. Child let them cast Tom Cruise as Reacher in the movie. Another bad decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1911)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Fantastic book! Really makes you think."
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    Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

    I would listen again, I am sure I would catch much more the second time around, especially now that I know the direction the story will take.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Giver, himself, because he seems to know most of the secrets.


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

    Mr. Rifkin does a great job.


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

    I think when Jonas first comforts Gabe and you realize that he is giving him memories.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still confused about the ending. I read that the author did not intend it to mean that two boys died but that is certainly the way I understood it. Oh, but I so wanted them to make it! This is a great book and brings up many concepts from individuality to religion. And while I enjoyed it, myself, I just can't wait to share it with my 11 year old granddaughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crescendo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Deborah J Ledford
    • Narrated By Christina Cox
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    As the only female Native American officer on the Bryson City, North Carolina police force, Inola Walela, must always play her A game. Allbets are off when during a routine traffic stop the passenger insists her sonhas been kidnapped but is struck by a car before Inola can glean any hardfacts. An altercation ensues and Inola's partner is felled by a bullet-possiblyfrom her gun.

    C. Telfair says: "A Familiar Profile"
    "How many mistakes can one policewoman make?!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Research and comman sense. Nothing will ruin a book for me more quickly than watching the main charactor make illogical choices inconsistent with the situation. This woman was supposed to be an exceptional officer, you can't have her acting like a a 15 year old in situations that she should have been trained for. I just hate reading about a strong woman protagonist who acts like a simpering fool.


    Has Crescendo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it will be the last Deborah Ledford book I read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't think of one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crescendo?

    The absolute worst was when the psychotic killer comes after our heroine and she refuses to kill him. Huh? where did that one come from!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2152)
    Story
    (2177)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Irritating narration and not much of a story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyuone enjoying listening to this book. The story itself had too many "holes" and inconsistencies. If all urges were satisfied then what happens when individuals want different things. Seems like crime would be rampant. The whole thing just didn't make sense to me. And the narration was just plain irritating.


    Has Brave New World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I won't be reading any more Aldous Huxley or listening to Michael York.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Particulalry annoying, were the various English and Irish accents attributed to the charactors. If all babies were raised and trained by the state they would not grow up speaking with different accents. There was so much whining and screaming and yowling going on in the narration of this book It made it hard to take an interest in any of the charactors.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brave New World?

    If I had been the editor the whole thing would have ended up on the floor. Not much there to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just didn't appeal to me at all and the narration just made it worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Julia Keller
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    What’s happening in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker’s Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

    Joanne says: "A wonderful treat!"
    "Not worth the time it took to listen."
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    What would have made A Killing in the Hills better?

    If the charactors would have reacted more like real people do, if the situations had been realistic.... Really? A child kills her father who is trying to rape her little sister and is imprisoned for 29 years? Really? That child's sister grows up to be a criminal attorney and doesn't see a way to help her big sister? Really? A teen ager witnesses a bloody murder and Mom drops her off with a neighbor afterward? A 6 year old is killed and there is no formal investigation?

    If the main charactor, Belfa, was a little more rounded and whole, not just a woman who repeatedly and tediously patted her teenager, calling her "Sweetie".


    Has A Killing in the Hills turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm still looking for more great myseries with a woman for the central charactor but great ones are few. I'm still looking for more charactors like V. I. Warshawski and Anna Pigeon and Kinsey Millhone. Belfa Elkins doesn't seem to be a whole person, she needs rounded out. She seems to consist of and be shaped by just a few things in her past.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that the book wasn't what I had hoped for and sadness, at the West VIrginia she describes (apparently, the author sees nothing good in her home state).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1808)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "A look into Reacher's past."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Enemy to be better than the print version?

    Dick Hill is Reacher. He is the perfect reader for this series and makes the audio book! I love that gravely voice with his thoughtful pauses and sighs.


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

    Interesting twists and turns. Its fun to get a glimpse of Reacher in the service.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1128)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Just so-so...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fun, outlandish, crime drama, but this is one that would be better to read yourself than to listen to. Scott Brick is a great narrator but why would they pick him to narrate a book by and about a woman? The main charactor completely loses all personality when read by Mr. Brick.


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

    Not in the audio book version.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Pace, maybe... Personality and charactor, no... I was actually glad when it ended.


    Do you think The Heist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I see this as the first in a series. But, please, find a more suitable narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (515)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Sappy romance story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author would have done research, or had some one with a working knowledge of ranch life proof-read her manuscript she could have avoided many of the glaring inconguities in the book. She could also have skipped the female erotism. There was way too much of it and it was just irritating.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    She could have done so much more with the interesting story line.


    What aspect of Erika Leigh’s performance would you have changed?

    I think Ms Leigh did a very good job with what she was given. If there was a saving grace in this audio book, it was her!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Montana Sky?

    The long drawn out love scenes!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for the typical Harlequin-type romance (x 3) with a western theme then this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1910)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Where is the ending?!"
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    Would you listen to The Third Option again? Why?

    Nope. It is not that Nick Sullivan does a bad job it is just that George Guidall does a much better Mitch Rapp.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have finished the book. I was left hanging. I actually went back to Audible to download the missing last chapter and then realized that there was none.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Rain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

    Dennis says: "A mans story, a love story?"
    "Not worth the time or the money."
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    What was most disappointing about Charles Martin’s story?

    Mr. Martin needs to do his research before he puts pen to paper. There were too many glaring inconsistencies to make reading this book enjoyable. If you enjoy Harlequin Romance books, you will love this one. Simpering romance with no imagination.


    What three words best describe Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell ’s performance?

    I did enjoy listening to Daniel May's deeply resonating voice.Luci Bell does a wonderful job!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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