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Nancy

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  • No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Miranda July
    • Narrated By Miranda July
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    In a series of stories that are shocking, sexy, charming, and ultimately unforgettable, Miranda July explores the hearts and minds of characters who are desperate for human connection and yet don't know what to do when it actually happens.

    Xavier says: "One of the best"
    "Yuk"
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    This is probably the stupidest book I've ever run into. Did a publisher actually pay money for it? I'm very sorry I did!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    David says: "Immersive"
    "Excellent Series"
    Overall
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    I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are well developed; the plot seamless and the narration is flawless. What more could you ask?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17408)
    Performance
    (12613)
    Story
    (12675)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am overawed that anyone could endure what this man did. How could the body and the mind survive what he (and others) did?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (219)

    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?"
    "Doggeral"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good enough story except for all all the stupid puns and word play.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Auster’s story?

    He had a really good premise and some good platforms to build it on, he just failed to tell it well.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    Not sure. His voice is pleasant enough but he over-did the mushiness of old age and dogginess.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Timbuktu?

    The problem isn't with the scenes it's with the descriptions of the thought processes. But I would have cut "what is 'dog' backwards."


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad; it could have been so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1343)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "OMG another horrible narration"
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    What did you like best about Treachery In Death? What did you like least?

    The story and pace were as good as I expected from Roberts. I have read several print books in this series and enjoyed every one. The only distraction was tne voice of the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a narrator with a better voice and one more intersted in the story than in projecting herself.


    Was Treachery In Death worth the listening time?

    Well, I did finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could say I would listen to more in this series, but I don't think I could take another minute with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Evening with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Cavett
    • Narrated By Eddy Friedfeld
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Dick Cavett became a talk show host in 1969, his keen intellect and unique wit infused the format with a new style. Cavett offered a forum for controversial opinions and issues ranging from women's liberation to Vietnam. The Dick Cavett Show also became a late-night home for top rock bands and such comedy legends as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, and Lucille Ball.

    Mary says: "Dick Cavett"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was mercifully short and a pretty good way to spend a few hours while snowed in.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dick Cavett? Why or why not?

    Yes! He is an extremely intelligent, witty person who has lived an interesting life.


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

    This performance would have made a better video than an audio recording. Seeing the body language and facial expressions would have enhanced the experience.


    Do you think An Evening with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not intended as a book so this question does not apply directly. I do intend to read his memoirs, though.


    Any additional comments?

    If you aren't familiar with Dick Cavett become familiar with his work via video before you try this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (301)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "Couldn't Turn it Off!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up 24 Hours in three words, what would they be?

    I only need two: page turner


    What other book might you compare 24 Hours to and why?

    Probably a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, in that the story is fast-paced, suspenceful, and character driven.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I love most of Dick Hill's performances, but he didn't do well with the female characters in this book. Maybe a little too whiney?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More rhat I just had to find out how it ended, rather than an emotional response.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I met this author in any format. I will try him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (486)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "I've found a new author with a promising series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Actually, the title says it all in a nutshell. I had never been introduced to Brett Battles or this series. The plot moved right along, the characters were well rounded persons, and the ending, while a little predictable, was well written. As always, Scott Brick was perfection. Some will say his voice is monotonous. I would say he reads without attempting to act it out with phony, irritating inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross, a vacation to the Holy Land quickly becomes another opportunity for the rabbi to utilize his cool-headed wit. As a favor, the rabbi looks in on Jordan Goodman, son of Barnard’s Crossing’s favorite grocers. Jordan has adopted the beliefs of a fundamentalist Jewish group, and before long, he is the only suspect in a local murder.

    Nancy says: "Love this series"
    "Love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had read the initial day-of-the-week books in this series in hard copy many years ago. They are all gentle stories without being "Romance" novels. Since George Guidell is among my favorite five narrators I decided to give the audio version a try. I was not disappointed in either the novel or the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2569)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "What a Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I gave up Norah Roberts years ago thinking I was much to mature and sophisticated for "chic" books. Poppycock!
    Thiis story is the most riviting, with characters you get to know and like (or dislike), with narration that's easy on the ear, than most I have listened to recently. I think I may have to try another soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Too bad about the reader"
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    Story

    If it weren't for the overly saccharine, wannabe actress, I might have given this mediocre book three stars, but with my teeth aching from listening to her, I just can't do it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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