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Barbara

Richmond, VA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 9 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 390 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "A wonderful story!"
    Overall

    Five big shining stars! This is the book for long trips alone. For that matter, it is the book for lots of short trips as well. A lovely story that is beautifully written and perfectly narrated. I found myself thinking about Oliver and the children, Rose and Maury throughout my day. These are characters that will stay with you long after the book is finished. Mr. Doig's description of Montana in the early 1900's is fascinating. This is a "slice of life" story with caring, honest people and real relationships. Take the long way home, look forward to traffic back ups and enjoy this one! I look forward to more writing by Ivan Doig, and will search for narration by Jonathan Hogan. What a perfect pair.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Drink and Be from Mississippi

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nanci Kincaid
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With several acclaimed novels under her belt, Nanci Kincaid is praised for her raw, edgy Southern tales. Leaving their sleepy Mississippi home behind, brother and sister Truely and Courtney Noonan head west. There they drift apart, only to reunite, as they lay down new roots in Southern California.

    Barbara says: "Great southern reading"
    "Great southern reading"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. T. Ryder Smith took a small bit of getting used to, but after a time I came to believe that he was the perfect choice for narrator. The South is well described, as is the sense of family and gentleness. Ms. Kincaid reminded me of why I love living here: Hospitality, family ties, honesty, gentlepeople found nowhere else. These folks have their personality issues and surprised me more than once. The ending was somewhat rushed, but if that's all to complain about, I want more!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prayers for Sale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".

    Kathy says: "Great book"
    "Wonderful!!!"
    Overall

    The story, setting, people, narator...all perfect. I've only written two other reviews in two years. This book deserves more than 5 stars. Well developed characters and a writing style that links many individual stories together. I wished it wouldn't end. I can't wait for more just like this. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to read your reviews! The Help is quite good and reminds me of this wonderful adventure. Have a great time!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (238)

    While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.

    J. E. JONES says: "One of the Best books I've purchased"
    "great for the long haul!"
    Overall

    I listened to this while on a 14 hour car trip to Fla. I found the story very engaging. I believe that the author captured her own limitations as well as her love for her child and husband in an honest way, sometimes painfully so. The relationship with her sister and parents seemed deep and true. I usually shy away from books narrated by an author (rarely have I found an author who can do justice to their own work). Ms. Jackson is an exception to this rule. Her accent is real, as are her descriptions of the south. I highly recommend this and other works by J. Jackson.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel Wallace
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Traveling through the 1950s South with Jeremiah Musgrove's Chinese Circus is Henry Walker, formerly a world-class illusionist. Although Henry's abilities have declined precipitously, his black skin and green eyes make him a novelty to crowds. But when Henry finds trouble with a group of white teens, his very life is at stake.

    G. Bledsoe says: "The Truths will tell the story"
    "Not much here, here."
    Overall

    I have a 35 minute drive each way to work every day. Not much to some, but long for me. Audible gets me through...most of the time...I don't understand how off base I was about this book. Reading the cover on line I thought I'd found something special, a sleeper...Instead, I was sleeping. At the end I played the last 4 minutes over and over to see if I'd missed something. No, sadly I did not. Get a different sleeper, or listen to this one before bed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "Why didn't I stop sooner?!?"
    Overall

    Clearly I was looking for something different than what the other reviewers described. I made it to the middle of the second part. Definitely long enough to feel confident in saying that life is far too short to spend time on this one. I found myself fast forwarding throughout the book to get to the point, and discovered that there was none. Good or bad, we've all had some sort of religious experience at some point in our lives. The sad fact is that they are usually much more interesting to us than they are to the general public. Other people do not necessarily care about them; nor should they.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "too boring for my tastes..."
    Overall

    It's a rare moment indeed when I find a book this boring. I couldn't manage to care enough to keep the characters in mind, and found myself wanting the radio on instead. Pass this one by, life's too short!

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (770)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Boring, unrealistic and predictable"
    Overall

    1/2 star for a good start, but it didn't last. I've never felt compelled to write a review, as most books I choose are right on the money regarding the previous reviews. This one though. Maybe it was the unabridged version, maybe it was the narrator, maybe it was the plot. No, it was all of these. No plot, narration terrible, book too, too long. Stick with Alex Cross. Patterson's attempt at female bonding is unrealistic and the plot, what little there is, is very predictable. Gave up at 5 hours, and I don't care who did it.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1046)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "the memory of running"
    Overall

    I am loving this book! Rarely have I chosen to spend time in the car, and I'm well aware that it's to be with Mr. McLarty and Smitty Ide. Remarkable characterization, and a beautiful sense of place. I'm worried that seeing the movie may ruin the sense I've gotten for this wonderful story, but bet I'll be one of the first in line!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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