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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
    (120)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    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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    Performance
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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 First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (440)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "Not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a clever idea. I don't know this author, I think he's fairly new. So he offers 3 free prequels to his first book! What can you lose? And to top it off the narrator is very good and the story may be OK. I' listen to the other two freebies and then decide if I want to buy the real book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (368)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "Oh well, they can't all be winners"
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about The Housewife Assassin's Handbook?

    After the title it was all downhill.


    What could Josie Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written it better, given the supporting characters a personality.


    Did Melissa Moran do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I'm not looking for a narrator with 10 different voices, just someone with a pleasant voice. Ms Moran wasn't bad with the material she had to work with or I wouldn't have given her three stars.


    Any additional comments?

    A real waste of time and money (fortunately it was on sale).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "Just OK"
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    It is quite possible that the mystery novel has grown beyond this book and that I would have had fewer expectations if I had read this one soon after it was originally published. I just felt that it was too understated. Maybe the book cover image threw me off. The protagonist was a likable fellow, though. Narration was good, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (694)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Elizabeth says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "Ho Hum"
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    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, it was one way to stave off boredom during a nasty cold spell - in February of all months.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It wasn't really interesting. It brought nothing new to the slavery "sub-genre".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bahni Turpin’s performances?

    I would probably avoid another book using this narrator. Some of the voices were so over-done it felt demeaning.


    Do you think Yellow Crocus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think there is any more worth saying.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in a really good novel discussing this subject matter, try The Kitchen House among a few others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw Enforcement: K9, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Diane Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (322)

    Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

    Janelle Carter says: "Not so funny"
    "Nope"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book has a decent plot, but I just can't abide a cop, even one of the female gender, who calms her nerves by twirling her baton just as she did in school. Besides using the grammaracally incorrect phrase "as best as". It just doesn't work for me.
    The narration isn't bad except when she tries to sound like a dog or a dog whistle or other non-human noises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (518)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Might have been a good book, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Sometimes the author should just leave the reading to others. Samuelsson may be able to translate into English, but he really doesn't know the language. His phrasing was so stilted and awkward it made it impossible for me to continue after the first hour or so. This seems to be a good story of triumph over the odds, but I will never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1045)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Not Bad!"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Alex Berenson and/or Robertson Dean?

    Yes to both the author and narrator. This is my first experience with either and they both did a credible job.


    Was The Faithful Spy worth the listening time?

    It was enjoyable. Not Great Expectations, but that is not what I was looking for when i selected the book. I'll be coming back to the series.


    0 of 0 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
    (116)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (21570)
    Performance
    (16146)
    Story
    (16211)

    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
    (335)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    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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    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

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