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tiggerfan

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  • Taking Pity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Mark
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It's been three months since Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy returned home, or to what was left of it after a horrific tragedy. All that remained was charred masonry, broken timbers, and dried blood - a crude reminder of the home invasion and explosion that tore his family apart. McAvoy's wife and daughter are safe, he's been assured; he just wishes he knew where they were. As McAvoy wrestles with his guilt, self-hatred, and helplessness, trouble persists in stormy Hull.

    tiggerfan says: "Not for the feint of heart"
    "Not for the feint of heart"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brutal reality of psychopathic criminals and what it takes to defeat them. Hard to put down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House of the Rising Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1036)

    From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.

    Craig says: "Okay…I'll Say It"
    "The human condition disguised as a Western."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hard to put down. Fascinating characterizations and evocative of a changing era in the American west. Patton breathes life into each individual. Stunningly good and will be long remembered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7220)
    Performance
    (5862)
    Story
    (5870)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Unforgettable"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's ability to personify the characters sosmoothly and individually made the story flow effortlessly. Owen's voice was unique but entirely believable to me. I want to share the sound of it with book club members who read, rather than listened to, the story. I think I will never forget Owen Meany as a person (!). What a gift.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Prayer for Owen Meany?

    The account of Owen saving the children was poignant and shocking at the same time. the development of the story was so true to life it all its messiness and confoundedness. The VW prank description was worth the read all alone, but it's the spiritual quest and challenge in Owen's and John's lives that held me. I wish there were Owen Meanys in my world.


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

    Never have heard him before but now would like to know what else I can hear him narrate?


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

    Not possible, but the fact that I listened in patches gave me time to mull over some of the events and consequences involved and I think helped me appreciate it all the more.. I couldn't wait to get to it each time.


    Any additional comments?

    How am I to get over my loss of Owen? I can't recall in my previous reading (and I've read a lot in my lifetime) a character that grabbed me so thoroughly. I feel like I've lost a friend. I suspect I'll be reading it again; wanting to hear once more Owen's take on things and the special character of his voice. " Faith and prayer," everyone! " Faith and prayer!" What a gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • April 1865: The Month That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Professor Jay Winik
    • Narrated By Professor Jay Winik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    April 1865 could have destroyed the nation. Instead it saved it. As April begins, the battered Confederate capital of Richmond falls to the Union Army. Robert E. Lee surrenders his forces to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox one week later. In good spirits and sensing the war's end, President Abraham Lincoln attends a comedic play - and is assassinated. Simultaneously, Secretary of State William Seward is brutally attacked but survives.

    LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline says: "Excellence undone"
    "Fascinating and well woven"
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    Would you listen to April 1865 again? Why?

    Would like to hear another narrator. Almost gave up too soon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of April 1865?

    The several decisions made against defying the peace agreements by going rogue and keeping the country in turmoil. Agreement to honor the peace, especially by the Swamp Fox, helped stabilize the country at a critical time.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Unfortunately for me, the narrator seemed too inexpressive, too monotone, too professorial. I turned it off and moved to something else - several something elses - for quite a time. Once I committed to listening continually, I got so interested in the unfolding of events that I finished it, captivated by the amazing twists and turns of personalities and outcomes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You're not gonna believe this......


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad history is not taught like this in school. Maybe we'd learn something from it besides dates. This gives an appreciation for what it takes to overcome dissension and fix what's broken. If we survived this history, maybe we can survive the present day machinations if we can find enough people of good will in powerful places. I hope so.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128408)
    Performance
    (113306)
    Story
    (113157)

    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "Don't know what the fuss was all about."
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    Would you try another book from Paula Hawkins and/or the narrators?

    Probably not


    What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Jump around less in the narrative


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voicing was fine


    What character would you cut from The Girl on the Train?

    Not particular


    Any additional comments?

    Self destructive characters lose my interest mostly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28603)
    Performance
    (23563)
    Story
    (23527)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Jeff says: "FOR GUYS AS WELL"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall
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    Motivates my required daily walk since my reward is listening to it on my phone while walking. Makes me look forward to it because the series is so good. Voyager is up next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1196)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "worth your time"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Episodic and challenging. but too beautiful to quit. for mature readers to appreciate. unforgettable I think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (413)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "Funny, poignant, unforgettable"
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    What did you love best about Timbuktu?

    The unexpected humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Timbuktu?

    The wisdom hidden in the "philosophy" of the human character and the respect Mr. Bones paid to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Mr. Bones' reflection on the "No Dogs Allowed - Except Seeing Eye Dogs" sign. I will never read a "No (anything) allowed" sign again without thinking of Mr. Bones' interpretation of it and how it made me smile.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If only there were people like Mr. Bones.....


    Any additional comments?

    I won't forget this one, and when I think back on it, it's with a rueful smile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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