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Patricia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2005

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  • 15 reviews
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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (843)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "A coming of age story in another culture"
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    A coming of age story for a young indian boy who has to come to grips with his culture and the larger world around him. A little bit mystery, a lot of culture, and intriguing look into a part of US history, family and the future.

    This is not your "everyday" mystery and if your looking for John Grisham or some other plot heavy, thinly written book you may not be happy. However, if you like to step outside the usual mystery box this might be the ticket.

    Be forwared: listen to the narrator online first as he is clearly Indian with the cadences and nuances that go with this style of communication. But if you like Mark Hammer, your are in like Flynn.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Coward's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vanessa Gebbie
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nine-year-old Laddy Merridew, sent to live with his grandmother for reasons he does not understand, stumbles off the bus in a small Welsh town where he begins an unlikely friendship with old Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins, the town beggar-storyteller. Through Ianto, Laddy learns of the collapse decades earlier of a coal mine called Kindly Light - a disaster whose legacy has echoed through generations, shaping lives in unexpected ways. And while Ianto spins the lively stories of so many men and women in this town, it's his own history in Kindly Light that is the story he can't tell.

    Patricia says: "Like watching life from an airplane."
    "Like watching life from an airplane."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A detached and distant feeling pervades this audiobook. I spent the first few hours just trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. It was all too distant for me. So many characters with weird names. So many directions. At one point I went back online because I thought maybe this was a bunch of short stories.

    Perhaps it all comes together after the 4th hour, but I had long since stop paying attention or caring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Finster Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Wednesday Lee Friday
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    What happens when a malevolent minister, a fast-food manager, a loyal dog, and the son of a kidnapper are forced to navigate an undead apocalypse and swarms of super-intelligent rats? The cannibalistic undead plague a Michigan town, prompting the National Guard to join forces with the Michigan Militia. A group of survivors attempts to make it to the Mackinac Bridge, while the god-fearing take on the godless in a bloody battle that is anything but holy.

    Teresa says: "“Faith is always rewarded in the end.”"
    "Everyone trying to hard...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It seemed like such an interesting concept, but within minutes I began to get a touch nervous. The narrator is one of those that work to speak every word clearly while also trying to "capture" her thinking of the books intent. Okay, so I can handle that except the book just veers into so many directions, with few seeming to really capture the character. The author goes into the head of everyone, from a young female to a dog to an older guy to a rat. Her focus on the condescending female felt the most real, although the dialog with her significant other make me think her relationship with men are few and far between. The dog and the Messianic rat were weird and annoying. Her attempt to get into the mind of the survivalist male was a fail. Pretty much gave up at that point.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Katherine Amt Hanna
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    In a world ravaged by a deadly pandemic, former rock star Chris Price leaves New York and sets out on a long journey home to England. It’s been six years of devastation since the plague killed his wife and daughter, and Chris is determined to find out if any of his family has survived. His passage leaves him scarred, in body and mind, by exposure to humankind at its most desperate and dangerous. But the greatest ordeal awaits him beyond the urban ruins, in an idyllic country refuge where Chris meets a woman, Pauline, who is largely untouched by the world’s horrors.

    Patricia says: "Not what expected."
    "Not what expected."
    Overall
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    The book description lead me to think I would be part of the 6 year journey but really, it begins at the "end" of that 6 years. From there it settles into a fairly long winded relationship type of book which does go into parts of the journey but really... it is more of a apocalypse type book as if written by Nicohlas Sparks. Lots of talk....LOTS.. and some of it overwrought.

    With that in mind, it is well written and well narrated. If you do chose this book, make sure you ignore the first part of the books description and only read that second paragraph.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Broke In

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Meek
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    From James Meek, the prize-winning author of the international best seller The People’s Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies.

    Patricia says: "Just too distant and complicated."
    "Just too distant and complicated."
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    I always felt removed and distant from the story and characters. Regarding the characters, there were so many coming and going with intwined relations that if my concentration missed a little bit of the story, I was lost.

    This was a plot heavy book, with such distasteful characters that I never connected.

    Four hours into the book I was still wondering when it was going to get started. Sadly, I was unable to finish. This is not like a Jennifer Egan novel, who often has characters that can be tough to connect with, but is still beautifully written. It is just tough to connect with...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Memory of Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

    Ellen says: "Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America"
    "Not for those who like Ghrisham or Patterson."
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    Where does Lost Memory of Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Between the writing, theme, narration and provocation this is a top 10 of my over 500 audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A subtle and sublime examination of an area of life not examined, but simply accepted by most. Like the Tortilla Curtain, it forces you to reconsider and examine preconceptions and assumptions. Jennifer Egan comes to mind.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    If you think that Scott Brick is the best out there, move on. This is a far more subtle and engaging performance than Bricks over emoting.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (855)

    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!"
    "loved it but maske sure you know..."
    Overall

    This is a paced period piece. I enjoy the narrators slow pace as he affects the setting of a deep south Georgia. You can really just put the audiobook on autopilot as you drive, or walk or do chores and by the end...you are looking for more stuff to do....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (745)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    Overall

    I almost gave up on this about 90 minutes into the listen. So many characters and thoughts and apparent lines of plot. But once you get a handle on the basic characters, and have patience with the plotline, you will be rewarded.

    I suspect the next book will be simpler for me with a basic knowledge and understanding of the characters.

    Nice plot twists, great character development and investment in relationships. But this is the kicker for this book for me (a guy reviewing under his wifes username). There are plenty of great female authors that guys can enjoy. Tana French, Proulx, Ozeki, Gillian Flynn all come to mind. But few authors can capture a guys perspective and thought pattern as Louise Penny can.
    Anyway, if you want to meet a thinking mans Harry Bosch in the arctic tundra, with well developed cohorts, this book is for you.





    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.

    Patricia says: "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."
    "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."
    Overall

    If Gillian Flynn and James Lee Burke had a kid that grew up a writer, this might be the book produced. Beautifully written with a storyline that kept me guessing until the final pages. Ended all to quickly. Dave Robicheaux in a period piece and a plotline that extends the length of his lifetime.

    Narrator gets a 10/10 and is a top 5 narration as well, ranking with Stephen Hoye in Skinny Dip and McKintys books read by Gerald Doyle


    If you like Burke, Connolly, Gillian Flynn, or Stieg Larsson you will be pleased to have downloaded this book!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose - all with grown children of their own - have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer - without friends or family - "camping in" at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way.

    Patricia says: "Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid."
    "Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid."
    Overall

    So if Dr. Phil and Oprah had a kid that read nothing but Grisham and wrote a Disney movie of the week...

    Broadly written characters are more caricatures than real, with an endless stream of bumper sticker catch phrases in the overwrought relationships of the sisters.

    None the less, it is an easy listen that makes the miles in a car roll by easily. The narrator is one of the best female narrators ever.

    Dont get me wrong, its not a bad book. Its just a simple read. If Gillian Flynn is a homemade cheesecake, this is jello. Good, but simple and basic.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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