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Adrienne

Camp Connell, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 41 reviews
  • 175 ratings
  • 492 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity.

    Cariola says: "An Awesome Classic"
    "Reader Disaster"
    Overall

    I finished this book, but there were times when I really was tempted to stop. It was an interesting tale, but the main problem with the recording is the reader. I had listened a bit before I bought, but the part I heard was a male voice, the problem was when the reader had to use a female voice. I was really relieved when one character died so that I didn't have to hear him speak for her anymore. A reader really can make or break a book, and I would say this reader almost ruined a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6705)
    Performance
    (5828)
    Story
    (5805)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "This is a romance novel, not a mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want something to keep you listening and thinking, this isn't it. It is cotton candy for the mind. I have never listened to this author before so I didn't know that she wrote romance stories. If that is what you are looking for then you will probably enjoy this, so many other reviewers have. If you want excitement or suspense don't buy this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (388)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    J. Green says: "So entertaining"
    "Another Grand Slam for Adrian McKinty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a big fan of this author but sometimes the stories overdose on violence, that is not the case with this book. It is the second one in the series and even better than the first. The story has the author's usual dry wit which I enjoy very much. The mystery is good and I really like the background of Belfast during "The Troubles." The reader is excellent so I gave the book 5 stars all the way around!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (844)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Starts off with a bang, ends with a whine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just looked over the other reviews of this book and I am struck by how many people loved it, just a couple of reviewers had the same experience that I did. I was caught up right away by the story, thought it was going to be great and ordered a paper copy for a friend. I should have waited. Perhaps reading it wouldn't be as bad as listening to the reader who told the story from Peter's perspective. Whine whine whine! Even during the time in his life when he is supposedly happy he sounds whiney. I had hoped for a story more about Texas and less about relationships in this family. It seemed to me frequently to be written not from the actual history, but more from a politically correct point of view currently in fashion. This is not great literature or great performance, think twice before using your credit on this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1077)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Gripping Mystery!"
    Overall
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    This is one of the best mysteries I have listened to in a long time. It is the kind of story that you find yourself thinking about even when you aren't listening. In the beginning I felt a bit confused about the character's names, but after a bit I was able to keep them straight. And what interesting characters they are! The reader does an amazing job, using a Danish accent for the characters and then switching for the narration. It is truly an intriguing story that I would recommend to any mystery fans. I had to make myself turn off the ipod so I would listen it all up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2047)
    Story
    (2034)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Three Hours Was My Limit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I chose this book based on reviews and didn't take the time to listen to a sample. I will not make that mistake again. The overly dramatic performance by Scott Brick was nauseating; when I got to the part where his voice was breaking over a dead lizard I knew I was done. I almost always finish a book, even if I don't think it is that great, but this book was so annoying I just could not go on any longer. Oh yes, the story line is also quite unbelievable. So here is a review to counteract all those listeners that loved it, count me a dissenting voice. Everyone is different, but I suggest you listen to the preview before you buy. This is one book I wish I could get my credit back on.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (2046)
    Story
    (2034)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Can't Stop Listening!"
    Overall
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    Story

    You will not be sorry if you buy this book! I am so happy to see that it is the first of a series. The story and performance are top notch. For me the only bad thing is that sometimes I listen to books at night when I can't sleep. This book does not help! It is so gripping and interesting that you can't nod off at all. The characters are all well drawn, the story intriguing, and the performance among the best I have heard on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Be Sung Underwater: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom McNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio". Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back. But 20 years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets....

    Pauline C. Mac Kay says: "Nostalgic"
    "An entrancing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up To Be Sung Underwater in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue and character development.


    What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

    She gave the characters life without stretching to voices out of her range. She let the story be the important thing, not her performance.


    If you could rename To Be Sung Underwater, what would you call it?

    Its perfect the way it is.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be more of a woman's book, I'm not sure my husband would enjoy it, but I think most of my women friends and book club groups would appreciate it. There is a lot to think about or discuss in the story. I plan to purchase copies for friends. I hope this author will write another book again soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1376)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Don't Miss Out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    Probably not because I had read the book many years ago, but that doesn't mean that I don't think it was a top notch listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor Henry, he is not a perfect man, he has faults like all normal people, but he strives to do his best and be an honorable man.


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

    I have not, but I will look for them. He is an amazing performer, perhaps the best I have heard as a long time subscriber to Audible.


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

    I will admit that I hated to turn it off and many times listened to it at night when I couldn't sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to listen to Winds of War first. Even if you read these books they are worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1255)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Gratuitous Sex & Violence, Poor Story"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Well obviously lots of people have based on the rave reviews I read, but they are not people I can relate to. I enjoy Michael Connelly very much and I am mystified as to why he endorsed this author. I found the story to be implausible, and absurd. The reader's voice was also grating and added nothing to a poor quality story. It is an insult to compare Nesbo to Stieg Larsson, they are not in the same class at all. In answer to the question about who would like this book I can only guess people who enjoy sex and violence whether it adds anything to the story or not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, I don't feel like I can trust the ratings anymore.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found his voice to be cloying and creepy.


    What character would you cut from The Snowman?

    Harry Hole


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2039)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Arken says: "Great storytelling"
    "Even Better Than The First Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 25


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor (Pug) Henry is everyman at his best, he is the man you wish you knew and even when he slips you can forgive him.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    He did an amazing job with all of the character's voices.


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

    I listened to it every possible minute, it mesmerized me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read the book when it first came out and loved it, but I think I enjoyed it even more now as a mature adult, wife and mother. I had forgotten much of the story and found the actual war part to be much more interesting now that I have lived in Europe and Japan. I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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