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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    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
  • A New York Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding - a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion.

    Linda says: "Another very enjoyable book by Anne Perry"
    "Anne Perry Light"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jemima Pitt


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    Jemima Pitt


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miser of Mayfair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

    Patricia says: "Love this series!"
    "A Favorite Author/A Different Series"
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    If you could sum up The Miser of Mayfair in three words, what would they be?

    What a surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rainbird


    What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

    A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

    Christopher says: "Great for a long country drive."
    "Funny + intelligent = Keillor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty to be better than the print version?

    I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Garrison Keillor – was your favorite?

    See above answer.


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

    Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    "Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (655)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "A Nice Surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    I've never seen a review here from a reader of the book. Maybe it's time to replace this question.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat, but I did happilly finish it.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    Flexible, pleasing, erratic


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

    Be sure you stock up on coffee first.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasanty surprised by this book. I thought it would be one of those summer reads that I could fall asleep during without missing much. It was actualy a story that engaged me pretty much from the beginning. The narrator is more good than bad, the characters are nicely drawn and the mystery is better than I had hoped, I don't really know why I bought it, but I'm glad I did and I will read following stories as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1602)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you listen to Edge of Eternity again? Why?

    No - listening to it once took all my patience. It is definitely last on my list of Follett books.


    Would you recommend Edge of Eternity to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - Besides being a very long book, it's a disappointing offering from Ken Follett.


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

    I think John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Perhaps only the end of the Epilogue, when I realized some of the old characters were not going to be mentioned and the ones who were got only a few lines. They deserved better.


    Any additional comments?

    An overall disappointment after waiting so long for the book. The first two books are so good, as are most of Follett's books, but this one let us down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (431)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "A Surprise"
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    Would you listen to Stoner again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to books more than once, so I don't think so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stoner, of course. I couldn't believe I was so taken with a lonely, plodding, accepting man's daily life.


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

    In the first few sentences, I didn't think I was going to like Mr. Fields narration, but after the first minute, I was totally immersed. He doesn't try to do extreme voices but rather just tells the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interactions Stoner has with his parents after he leaves home are so stiff and stilted and yet very touching. His parents are wonderfully drawn characters and yet they have only a very small part in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the most wonderful books I've read come to me through the Daily Deal, as did this one. I so enjoyed the book that I have had a hard time getting interested in another. That doesn't happen to me often.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4867)
    Performance
    (4186)
    Story
    (4162)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Perfect Summer Read"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Light, fun, interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.

    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
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2722)
    Story
    (2728)

    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.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "The Best of Irving"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    I read the book many years ago, but didn't appreciate it until this audible version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are all very well drawn and it's impossible to pick one.


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

    I have always felt that a good narrator makes an audible book into a movie in my mind. Joe Barrett certainly did that. I could see everything so clearly.


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

    Defiinitely yes, but I was also hoping I could make it last forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I always thought "Garp" was my favorite Irving book. Now I'm going to have to listen to the audible version of that one to see if it maintains first place. "Owen Meany" is a stand-out of a book and will be hard to beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions…

    Norma says: "Interesting"
    "Cozy Indeed"
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    Would you listen to The Chinese Shawl again? Why?

    No - as much as I love the Miss Silver books, they don't bear repeating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If it had been a movie, I'd have enjoyed Tanis and Aunt Agnes


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

    Diana Bishop is a consummate narrator. She saves many a book.


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

    No extremes in a cozy!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the term "cozy". It describes exactly what these books are. When you need a break from some tough reads, it's nice to be bundled up in an English cozy. I retreat to Miss Silver quite often and she always calms me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    sally says: "The story was dull"
    "At Least I Didn't Use Any Points"
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    What did you like best about Blank Slate? What did you like least?

    It was a "Daily Deal" so I didn't have a lot invested in it and that's a good thing. The story was okay, and the narrator was fine for the women characters. Unfortunately the men all sounded the same so it was sometimes hard to tell who was talking. They kind of reminded me of the Scarecrow from "Wizard of Oz" -- not the brightest bulbs, but I think that was because of the voice given them.


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

    I haven't read any others and am not likely to in the future.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above -- her male voices were all the same and the one voioe was not a good one.


    Was Blank Slate worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't use any points and I didn't spend a lot of money. Both good things as far as this book is concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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