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  • 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
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (919)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Young adult/teen who-dun-it."
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    Good book but seems to be aimed at a young audience. I thought the narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12836)
    Performance
    (9602)
    Story
    (9603)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Typical magical teen book."
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    Not a bad book but nothing that really hooked me. It all seemed a little too polished and glib. Lots of slobbery monsters and magical rules. Just didn't hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1912)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "New suprises with each chapter."
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    Oh the things one man can do in 100 years! Not at all what I expected but it was a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1511)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Not worth the time or money."
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    I couldn't finish this boring book. I really expected something much better from Truman Capote. Narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Fun and interesting light read."
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    This is the first Mrs. Polifax book that I have read. I was pleasantly suprised.Mrs. Polifax befriends lots of charactors who always seem to be just who she needs to help her complete her mission.I enjoyed traveling along with her on her international travels.

    And I would listen to anything Barbara Rosenblat wants to read! One of my favorite narrator's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (371)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "More of a sappy romance than a dog story."
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    I just couldn't like the main charactor. She was whiny and drank way too much. She ordered a dog from Slovakia off the internet--for $6000? I think she needs to join AA, not worry about a boyfriend. Julia Whelan did a great job on the narration but she just couldn't save this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3572)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "More Pat Frank, please, Audible! More Will Patton!"
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    I was intrigued by the story but also by the fact that it was written in that same time-period (1959) by a respected journalist, and reflects the attitudes and fears of that era. I would love to read his non-fiction,' How to Survive and the H Bomb and Why'. Aside from any historical value, this is a great story and it is read by one of the great narrators. Bring back more Pat Frank, please, Audible!

    0 of 0 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
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2127)

    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
    (2930)
    Performance
    (2117)
    Story
    (2161)

    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
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    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

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