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Vida T. Yancy

Shreveport, LA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (578)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Obsenity thee"
    Overall

    What a good book with a great narrator. Why edit the curse words? It is a huge distraction and is not true to an "undabridged version"!

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Superb!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a riveting book and so well written and read. I normally don't write reviews or give 5 stars. So many levels of each of the characters and so well developed!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure I have a favorite. Each were so well defined.


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

    Beautifully read with a believable accent. I lost myself in the story with no distractions of different voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is one of the view books I wanted to listen to in one sitting. It has been a while since I have become so involved with a book theme, characters and settings.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure hope there is a second volume with the same characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2020)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Mark says: "LEO WAS RIGHT, PART II"
    "Perfomance weak"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    Good story . .unfortunately the reader made the female lead sound like a whiney 17 year old. His men's voice were either goofy or gruff. . .This would probably be a lot better with a different reader. . . at times I felt like I was listening to a book written for very young adults.


    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
    (13851)
    Performance
    (12224)
    Story
    (12252)

    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!"
    "Amazing Mind Flip"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are so many u-turns in this story, I found myself shaking my head in disabelief. It is so beautifully written and performed. Stick with it, it takes a chapter to get into the story but well worth the wait. The readers were absolutely amazing.

    1 of 2 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
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1252)

    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"
    "Not much joy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Being from Louisiana, I enjoy James Lee Burke. This is one of his angrier books. Even Molly gets mad in this one. If you are a fan of past books, you will enjoy it. I might have to sit back and digest it some more before I decide it's placement in "best of Dave".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (258)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Donald says: "Best Audiobook Ever"
    "A Lot of Anger"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I kept waiting to a leveling off period of where the characters were not angry with each other. I ended up feeling sorry for everyone for so much loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (995)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Muddled through this one . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John, your editor didn't show up on this one. . .and neither the action and clarity of plot. Two many characters and subplots . . However, the last two chapters were vintage Davenport . . but btw, (spoiler alert) do you really think Letty would have just walked by Sam's room and shut the door with gunman in the house?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Starters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lissa Price
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first - the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again.

    Amy says: "A good listen but doesn't make sense"
    "Good Science Fiction for Young Adults Plus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book. Interesting young adult novel. A little muddy in parts but worth the listen if you like Sci-Fi. Thoughtful concepts on aging and the chase for eternal youth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1379)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Cathleen says: "The Saga Continues....."
    "Almost didn't buy it because of reviews of sound"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love the story . .love the writer . .and didn't want poor sound quality to ruin it.. took a chance and it was O.K. . .however, there is no excuse for Achilles's name to be mispronounced continually in the second half . . . . where was the producer? He is not a minor character in the story. It is tolerable only because you know you want to hear the story to continue the series . .but I can't believe this version was approved for production with such glaring errors . .sad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness, Take My Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (156)

    Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate.

    S. says: "Wow -"
    "One of the Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very, Very good. This one kept me edgy and worried till the end. One of the best I have listened to all year.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (4176)
    Story
    (4159)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "So wanted this to be good . ."
    Overall

    I kept on waiting for this to become a five star for me . . .The characters are not as devoloped as other Follet works and there are too many story lines. It was not smooth and it felt in need of a good editor near the end. I'm hoping the rest of the trilogy is better . .

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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