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Pat C

Proud owner of over 1500 downloaded audiobooks (fanatic?, addict? you decide :-)

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  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (391)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "skip this one"
    Overall

    Do not choose this audio book. If you want to listen to Jodi Picoult at her best, try "My Sisters Keeper" or "Nineteen Minutes". She can be stimulating, provocative and entertaining but she can also be smug, verbose and trite. She is at her worst with "Change of Heart". Before downloading, I read several customer reviews and I wish I had paid more attention to the negative ones but I looked at the overall rating, which was 4 and thought it would be a safe bet. Unfortunately, I did not read the critics' reviews until after I started listening to it. If I had, I would have known that the book was panned almost universally in the media. I agree wholeheartedly with the customer reviewer who pointed out that she lifted (plagiarized?) her plot from "The Green Mile" by Stephen King. I cannot believe she got away with it either! Maybe King realizes that "The Green Mile" is far superior to "Change of Heart" and since he and Picoult are buddies he let it slide.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (549)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "great narrator but..."
    Overall
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    There isn't much of a story here. It's pretty much a Nigerian national's observations of American people, their culture and their value system and if you're an American it leaves you feeling defensive and annoyed. I don't find it insightful to clump a huge variety of human beings, each with their own individual beliefs, yearnings, inadequacies, and flaws all in the same boat and sink them with your superior attitude.
    I really wanted to like this novel - I heard a bunch of educated, intelligent people discussing it on the Diane Rehm show so I had high expectations. I feel like Adichie has bamboozled the literati. If you're not reading this for your college English class I would pass it up. It is not entertaining and it just made me feel bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Duncan Whitehead
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Little is what it seems to be in a leafy Savannah neighborhood as members of an afternoon cocktail and dog walking club mourn a neighbor’s death. Jealousies surface when friends vie for the widower running for mayor. An old woman with an infamous uncle plots to avenge a wrong. Memories haunt a once successful children’s writer. And a model has won the trip of a lifetime. But a killer lurks and secrets unfold, as does a web of deceit. Is anyone really who he or she seems to be?

    Sara says: "A disappointment"
    "Unappealing characters"
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    I did not care for this book. I guess the plot could be called clever in that it does illustrate how people and situations are not always as they appear. But none of the characters are likable. Well, one of the male characters is an overall good guy and his wife, who is dying, has some appeal but everyone else in the story is two faced, phony, deceptive and some of them are downright evil.
    I thought this book was supposed to be funny but I didn't find it amusing at all. Its only saving grace is that it has a lot of dogs in it - but the author didn't use the dogs to propel the plot or make the story more quaint or colorful or original.
    The narrator was fine but although a bad narrator can ruin a book, a good narrator can’t rescue a poorly written story.
    I don't recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1366)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Get this one!"
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    This book is so great. It's funny, painful, gripping and the narrator is perfect! I put off buying it and then put off listening to it and now I wish I could find another book just as good. Not to gush even more but it is truly one of my all time favorites. And it has a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (836)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Carl Hiaasen back in prime form"
    Overall
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    I was a die-hard Carl Hiaasen fan until “Nature Girl” and “Star Island” both of which were substandard (IMHO). When he took his hiatus to write kid’s books I was disappointed because I couldn’t give up on him completely but as the years passed with no new novels for the adult reader, his star faded in my firmament. I did take note of “Bad Monkey” when it came out but I didn’t rush to download it because I didn’t want to face more disenchantment. Then recently I read a synopsis of his next book (“No Surrender”) which features his iconic character, Skink, and that was the spark that renewed my interest.
    I loved “Bad Monkey” and wholeheartedly recommend it. The story is suspenseful, the characters are hilarious - either lovable or despicable but always outrageous - and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. The ending is quite satisfying although there were a few plot points I wasn't clear about - a minor issue which did not detract from the overall pleasure. I've been to the Florida Keys but I'm not very familiar with the climate, flora, fauna or bug life. CH makes this part of the world one of the main characters in his novels. He makes no secret of his love for his home state and his wish to protect it from those who would “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” (thank you, Joni Mitchell).

    In the interest of full disclosure, I probably wouldn’t give “Bad Monkey” a full 5 stars except that I want to bring up the average because it is definitely a 4+ star listen/read. I don’t get the complaints about Arte Johnson AT ALL. I think he did a great job but I guess narration really is a matter of taste because there are some narrators I don’t care for who are very popular (George Guidall, Scott Brick, Lorelei King). This is why it’s a good thing Audible includes a sound sample ;-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Liz Pearce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister's daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley's narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest.

    Anna says: "Painful."
    "Valley girl Brit of a narrator"
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    Actually I don't have much to add to my headline. I had no idea there were British people, even teenagers, who sound like they're students at Oxford by way of San Fernando Valley circa 1980. (Isn’t that when Moon Zappa put out her famous song with the line "gag me with a spoon"?) I'm going to trust that Val McDermid did her homework for current slang in the British Isles... but the narrator was literally unbelievable.
    Aside from the narration I think the writer did a creditable job transplanting the plot and characters of Jane Austen's 19th century parody of the Gothic novel. It is a good story and really, teenagers (although there was no such thing in the 19th century) haven't changed all that much. Some things are timeless and universal and that is what makes Jane Austen one of the truly great novelists.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Entertaining and gripping"
    Overall
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    This is the first book I've read by Jo Nesbo and if his other books are this good I'll be reading a lot more. “The Son” reminded me a lot of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy in that it is a revenge fantasy (and it's always better to leave revenge in the realm of fantasy in my opinion). But it is satisfying to sometimes see the bad guys get what they deserve and "The Son" does that in spades.
    If you are looking for fiction that is believable you probably want to look elsewhere because this book demands significant suspension of belief. I am willing to do that when the story is this compelling and the characters are well drawn and resemble real humans. Some reviews emphasize the graphic violence in "The Son" and it is a pertinent warning, although I don’t think there is any more blood and guts than any other books of this genre.
    The narrator is competent. I didn’t love the narration but I think it was just a matter of personal preference because I can’t find fault with it. The narrator did not interfere with the enjoyment of this book, which is my bottom line. All in all I agree with the other folks who recommend spending a credit on this one.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1773)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Fun story"
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    This book is like an adult version of the children’s books about Amelia Bedelia if you’re familiar with her (she takes everything literally, like when she’s told to “dress” the turkey she puts a little outfit on it).
    The Rosie Project is funny and heart warming. The narrator does not have tremendous range as far as accents or doing females – fortunately the story doesn’t demand these skills to be highly entertaining.
    If you need a lift I recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister."

    Amber says: "This was totally worth the credit."
    "Animals unite!"
    Overall
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    This is one of the best books I've read/listened in the past year - which is more of a compliment than it might sound like because I read/listen to about 20 books a month. The story was gripping and the characters were sympathetic in both their strengths and failings. I know some people were bothered by the description of animal torture (blithely referred to in our culture as "research"). I was deeply affected myself but I do think it is something we all need to hear about. Like a character in the book says, we might vaguely know that this is going on but until we are made uncomfortable with it nothing will ever change. And really, it does need to change (IMHO).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    ""Humpty Dumpty - he was a good egg""
    Overall
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    I recommend this book - it was my first Jasper Fforde book and I enjoyed the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty and other crimes perpetrated in nursery rhymes and investigated by DI Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crimes Department. The characters are fun and their interactions and adventures are inventive and diverting. The author even managed to instill an element of suspense.
    Simon Prebble is one of my favorite narrators and this is one of his best performances.
    If you like Monty Python and Mel Brooks I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "way too long"
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    The story is mildly interesting and might have been a very good book at about half the length. I felt impatient before I was a third of the way through but I downloaded the whispersync and I can read way faster than I can listen so I managed to finish it. Too much verbiage and as a side note there is way too much smoking! I started to wonder if some tobacco company paid Kate Morton for every scene involving cigarettes.
    The narrator is excellent but I don’t recommend this book – there are long books on Audible that are a lot better than this one. (“The Potato Factory”, “The Goldfinch”, “The Company” to name three that come to mind.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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