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bunnymama

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Great Start, Poor Finish"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sutton to be better than the print version?

    I got hooked on audiobooks after a hospitalization and I've never gone back to print books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved the writer's concept, but he seemed to run out of steam in the last quarter of the book. I was really caught up in the story but the ending was so sudden. It left me with some questions about previous sections of the story.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn't experience if you just read the book?

    A good reader makes the story seem like a movie in your mind. Dylan Baker is an amazing reader. I love it when a reader is so good that you forget who he is and see only the characters.


    If you could rename Sutton, what would you call it?

    I think "Sutton" was an apt name.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (363)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "The Best!"
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    Where does Noble House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to so many good books during my time here, but this one is definitely in the top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once the story got started (it was a little slow for me), I felt like I was riding waves of action. Periods of relative quiet would be followed by action so thrilling that I sometimes found myself holding my breath.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that his American voices sounded like they were either from Texas or Brooklyn. The characterization of Linc immediately made me think of Matthew McConaghy and I couldn't get his face out of my mind.


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

    The Asian "Gone With the Wind".


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to read "Shogun" when I was much, much younger and had a difficult time with it. I'm so glad that Audible and John Lee have found a way to make James Clavell's books one of the most amazing reading experiences I've had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    A User says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Keillor's a Treasure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course. The only thing better than seeing Garrison Keillor perform in person is having him read a book to you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keillor's almost monotone delivery enhances his wonderful sense of humor and gives so many real LOL moments. The ending should definitely be in a movie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was not a scene; it was the conversations inside Barbara's head. Her mother may have been a wonderful character, but Barbara is the one I'd like to spend time with.


    If you could rename Pontoon, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I live near Lake Wobegon and love Garrison Keillor. I've followed him on the radio, on PBS, cassette tapes, CDs, books and now audiobooks. I think he and Fanny Flagg are two real American treasures and wish Audible had all of their books available. Please?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (413)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "A Nice Surprise"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Girls?

    It was a well-told story with wonderfully drawn characters. Even the "bit players" had interesting storylines. It was one of the many great surprises I've found in the "Daily Deal" books which I impulse buy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both girls, especially as adults, were complex characters, each of which could have a book of her own.


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

    I always prefer audiobooks, especially when read by a good narrator. It's like having a movie in your head.


    If you could rename The Wicked Girls, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry that I couldn't find more books by Alex Marwood on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5720)
    Performance
    (5201)
    Story
    (5214)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "What a Writer!"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, but I was thoroughly involved with the well-drawn characters.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Both Strike and Robin. I can't wait to read more about them.


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

    I gave it a good try but eventually fell asleep (and then had to backtrack and find my place).


    Any additional comments?

    Just as with her other books, this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The lady is one talented writer and I'm so glad she's continuing to write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (587)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Who Knew???"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rogue Island the most enjoyable?

    Although I had concerns about the narration at the beginning, it was absolutely perfect for the book. So many voices done so well.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any Jeff Woodman/Bruce De Silva performances, so I had no expectations. Now I'm a definite fan.


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

    I actually did that. It made for a sleepy Sunday, but worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I bought this book because it is definitely not my usual taste. It took me out of my reading comfort zone, but I'll be checking on other books by the same duo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "Absolutely Wonderful"
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    If you could sum up Cry, the Beloved Country in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, Mesmerizing, Thoughtful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved everything about the story, but the narration was stellar.


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

    Michael York has a voice like velvet.


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

    I read the book many years ago, but my own voice in my head didn't come close to the story that Michael York told me.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you've read the book, listen to this version. I will definitely listen again and am thinking of gifting friends with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry. One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation

    Donna says: "Very cute and easy listening"
    "Dull, Dull, Dull"
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    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    Definitely not Joanne Fluke and a big maybe to Suzanne Toren.. I can't decide if the narrator made the book bad or the book made the narrator bad, but the combination is a snooze.


    Has Red Velvet Cupcake Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily the genre, but definitely this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    Maybe - something by a different author.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    Hard to tell because the plot moved so slowly there weren't many scenes in the half that I read.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this as a daily special, and I got what I paid for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

    Nina says: "Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry"
    "Charles Dickens Lives Again"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Sudden, Fearful Death the most enjoyable?

    No one today writes a better historical mystery than Anne Perry, and no narrator does more justice to the books than Davina Porter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As I read more of the Monk books, I'm beginning to find Oliver Rathbone a most interesting character. He is everything that Monk is not and yet they work together harmoniously.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I love Davina Porter's narration every time I head it. She evokes Dickensian London so perfectly in the Monk books that you think you've just seen a movie,


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

    Together again - Monk, Hester and Rathbone! Does Hester make her choice yet?


    Any additional comments?

    I will read anything Anne Perry wants to write,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (710)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Fires to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

    I liked this the least of the several I have read, maybe because his writing style has become more predictable to me. This could have been a wonderful book had the usual war stories taken up less of the story. Sarah, Bozo and Mike were all great characters that I would have liked to follow. And Murray Templeton who is mentioned only in passing, deserved more words.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I always enjoy Humphrey Bower's performances and this was no exception.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have to take a break from Bryce Courtenay for a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (364)

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    connie says: "promising start to the series"
    "No One Quite Like Anne Perry"
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    If you could sum up The Face of a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Character study + mystery --- but that really doesn't do justice to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Monk, of course. And I can see that he and Hester Latterly are going to be a great pair of sleuths in subsequent books.


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

    I love Davina Porter. I don't think anyone can touch her narration of books set in the UK. When I see her name listed, I know I'm going to have a great read.


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

    I almost did read the book in one sitting, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never met an Anne Perry novel that I didn't like. I am in awe of her ability to portray a period in England as if she had lived it herself. She also has the ability to continue her series without losing the spark she created in the first. She is definitely an author who always guarantees a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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