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Adrienne

Camp Connell, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 44 reviews
  • 178 ratings
  • 511 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Love Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gish Jen
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens, Ken Leung, Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Critically acclaimed author Gish Jen is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and the person John Updike proclaimed as the young novelist most likely to become his successor. In The Love Wife, Jen poignantly explores the explosive dynamics of a mixed-race modern family.

    Cynthia says: "really special book"
    "Fascinating Tale"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book enormously! It is so perfectly read, you can picture the characters in your mind. Having the various voices adds so much to the story, especially with the Chinese accents. It is a terrific story; gave me lots to think about. I would highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    Debut novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda pens this compelling tale about two families, worlds apart, linked by one Indian child. After giving birth to a girl for a second time, impoverished Kavita must give her up to an orphanage. The baby, named Asha, is adopted by an American doctor and raised in California. But once grown, Asha decides to return to India.

    Stephanie says: "A Must Read"
    "I wanted to like this book."
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    Performance
    Story

    A dear friend recommended this book to me so I thought sure I would really enjoy it, but I didn't. The story is OK, and the reader does a fine job, there are just too many stereotypical characters. I couldn't believe in or relate to them. It just plods along to its inevitable conclusion. I have listened to many terrific books set in India and enjoyed them but this sadly was not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Don't miss this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a terrifically gripping book, it will give you much to think about beyond the story. I feel like I learned a lot from Amanda's story; about pain, depression, courage and hope. I listened to the last 4 hours straight through, even though I knew the ending it was so fascinating to hear the saga. Amanda does a wonderful job of reading the book, she is quite gifted. I am not going to go into what it is about, you can read that anywhere. I don't listen to a lot of non fiction or biographies, but this own is fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (330)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Don't bother if you care about credible characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I selected this book based on reviews and I was very disappointed. The main character is a "super woman" who although she caves in on the job to a panic attack can mount a heroic escape from a deranged killer and move on with her agenda. I don't know people like this. The main plot of the victims of sexual abuse is interesting and compelling but the story built around this theme was cheesy to me. I like to have an illusion of reality and also it helps if you like the main character. "Kat" was neither believable or likable for me. Some of the other reviewers said this is classic Greg Iles, so now I know not to buy any more of his books.

    1 of 1 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
    (7375)
    Performance
    (6423)
    Story
    (6411)

    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.

    Amazon Customer 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
    (631)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (554)

    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?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "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
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1160)

    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.

    3 of 5 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
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1333)

    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.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Gripping Mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (2675)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2261)

    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 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2471)

    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
    Performance
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    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    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"
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    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

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