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Scott

Moss Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2016

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  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3298)
    Performance
    (2992)
    Story
    (2986)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Katie - Audible says: "Beautiful Historical Fiction"
    "Fine Writing"
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    I love getting two books in one as the story jumps from the present to the past and back. The historical story is richer for its details, as well as its more diverse characters, but both stories were satisfying. As with all the best writers, Kearsley's prose seems effortless. She's a master of setting mood through description, and her characters are well delineated. The only fault I can find in this one is that all of the young males are stock Romance characters (tall, well-muscled, enigmatic, masterful and never crude). That may keep the ladies coming back for more. As for me, I'll try anything Miss Kearsley puts her hand to, because the power of her writing overcomes any cookie-cutter characters that may insinuate themselves into her stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lies She Told

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cate Holahan
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (918)

    Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

    shelley says: "Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,."
    "Better Than its Parts"
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    As popular as it is these days, I have to admit that I'm not a fan of present tense narration. It rarely works and sometimes seems clumsy and amateurish to my ear. This is a novel about blurring the lines between fiction and reality, and it succeeds best where fiction and non-fiction begin to merge and this reader began to confuse the two stories. That was well done and compelling. Though neither story is sufficiently original to hold up on its own, together they work synergistically to create a whole that is better than its parts. The narrators were both excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Phaedra Patrick
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1184)

    Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest; waters his fern, Frederica; and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before.

    RueRue says: "Charming"
    "Sweet and Life Affirming"
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    A Sweet Book. Reminded me a little of The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry with its gentle humor, wisdom, and sympathetic characters. And also of The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, for its picaresque style. While the concept and the writing were excellent, I think this book is even better as an audiobook due to James Langton's virtuosity with accents and female characters. Each character in this ensemble is clearly differentiated and given real emotion. Langton is one of the very best narrators I've encountered in over 600 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dispatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19885)
    Performance
    (18494)
    Story
    (18438)

    Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

    Matthew says: "Good Grief This Was Good"
    "Stellar Dialogue and Narration"
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    This might have played well in an old pulp fiction magazine from the 1930s or 40s, and it might have made a good radio play. The dialogue was snappy, the narration spot on perfect for the genre. It makes me want to try out Scalzi and find out what other titles Quinto has narrated. Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7983)
    Performance
    (7347)
    Story
    (7306)

    When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

    Davina15 says: "Wow, wow & Just WOW!"
    "Crazy Manipulative Bitches"
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    I'm sure this will sell well, and many women will identify with the protagonist, but I was honestly sorry for the controlling husband who was cast as the villain. From this man's point of view the story seemed to be about crazy, deceitful women seeing how far they could goad a loving man before he snapped and became violent. With the exception of castrati, I think most men would react with similar rage when faced with such manipulation and betrayal. Heaven save us from such horrible women!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (708)

    The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

    B.J. says: "Such a lovely final book."
    "Great Picaresque Tale"
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    Part Huckleberry Finn, part Tom Sawyer, part Catcher in the Rye, Doig's final novel is a great picaresque tale of the romantic lure of the West in the mid-twentieth century, of unplanned adventures, unlikely alliances, and the allegiances that bind people and families together. David Aaron Baker has just the voice and accent to carry it off. It's a shame Doig couldn't have lived long enough to write a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39592)
    Performance
    (35877)
    Story
    (35824)

    Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Sara says: "Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction"
    "Stick to it 'till the end"
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    When you're dealing with an author's imagined historical world you tend to take the 'history' with a grain of salt. But in the best fiction you find yourself buying into the reality of the protagonists and the situations. The Nightingale writing improved from beginning to end. At first I had a hard time distancing myself from the fiction. By the middle of the book I was fully involved. By the end of the book it didn't matter if the author had experienced any of it herself. It was enough to recognize the truth behind of the fiction. It forces us to recognize that human beings are capable of great nobility and unfathomable evil. People who survive the evil are testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The denouement of The Nightingale packs a powerful emotional payoff. I have to think that anyone who can read/listen to this book from beginning to end without crying must be emotionally stunted. Polly Stone is the perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40829)
    Performance
    (36680)
    Story
    (36611)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Oh, Calamity!"
    "Cubist Literature"
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    This is the unraveling of a story through fragments held together by interweaving lives who have in common children in kindergarten, as well as shameful, private secrets. It's Dickensian in subject matter and characterization, but it's modernist in form. It's delivered in snippets of dialogue interspersed with narrative chapters, which reminds me of the literary equivalent of a cubist painting. As a tale it takes on some serious subjects, has well-rounded villains, and explores the definition of victimhood, as there are many victims in this book. However, the backstories and soul searching might not have kept my interest, if it weren't for the fact that the snippets of dialogue are from interviews in a murder investigation and we don't learn who the victim is until the denouement near the end.

    The concept is compelling, the style interesting, but until you get used to the presentation it's a little disjointed.

    I would have enjoyed this more as a book or ebook, than an audiobook, as I found the narrator's voice harsh and without much distinction between characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3410)
    Performance
    (2308)
    Story
    (2325)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Rebecca says: "Have the book handy"
    "Brilliant Writing"
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    An elegiac Gothic thriller, mystery, romance, and historical novel, beautifully written and constantly surprising. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, the author was one step ahead. The narrative exposition by different characters who, through dialogue or letters, elaborate the mysterious past, seems a stylistic throwback to the 19th Century, and yet it neither seems awkward nor slows the pace. This is literary fiction of the first order. Jonathan Davis also does an excellent job of narration, differentiating between a large cast of characters, young, old, male and female. This is a novel you'll remember for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30571)
    Performance
    (28010)
    Story
    (27934)

    In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

    Evan M Carlson says: "Formula over fiction"
    "A Page Turner"
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    To explore the tension between science and religion Brown has concocted a tense thriller, with a hint of romance, red herrings, and disturbing implications in the end. However, it's easy to see how it could have been even better with the addition of one more scene. Perhaps that will come in a sequel, if there is one. Having two of the characters a scientist and a professor makes the frequent information dumps more credible, though the exposition is a little forced at times. Paul Michael's narration is terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1500)

    Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

    Simon Fraser says: "Wit and Drama"
    "Wonderous Adventure"
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    This is a rousing good tale that reminds me of King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard. An evocation of the days when parts of the world were as yet unexplored and anything was possible. Great narration gave each character a distinct voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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