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Catherine

Norfolk, VA, United States

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  • One Last Thing Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

    Annette says: "sentimental but strong..."
    "Wonderful"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Last Thing Before I Go the most enjoyable?

    The richness and brokenness of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where the main character doesn't realize he's speaking out loud. I can just feel the humiliation when he realizes it and the wistfulness about not being able to say what one really feels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (806)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Jamie says: "Greatly entertaining, not for all audiences."
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of This Is Where I Leave You to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but the writing lends itself enormously well to narration. Has a David Sidarus quality to it.


    Have you listened to any of Ramon de Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would absolutely do so again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so very well written with the voice that matches the entire shiva experience. Witty, surprising and so very well crafted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Presumed Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (632)

    Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

    Glen says: "Excellent Book, Gripping Entertainment!"
    "Surprise!"
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    If you could sum up Presumed Innocent in three words, what would they be?

    didn't see it coming. (OK that's 4)


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

    Yes! I loved the fact that the victim and the suspect were both deeply flawed characters.


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

    Yes and he's one of my favorite narrators. In fact, I sometimes am not familiar with the book but choose it because he narrates it.


    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
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (786)

    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.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Worth the time..."
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    Would you listen to The Shadow of the Wind again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to any book I've already heard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was charmingly naive and buffeted by circumstances and chance.


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

    No, but I will listen to more.


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

    The passages about the injuries that the Julian suffered and the care he was given by a woman he could not love as much as he loved another was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a little slow to get started, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. It's a powerfully wonderful story and I look forward to listening to others in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (451)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Richard Delman says: "Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much."
    "Cubans and Russians and Sex, oh my!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Back to Blood to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but Lou Diamond Phillips was magnificent and I can't wait to listen to other audiobooks he's narrated.


    What other book might you compare Back to Blood to and why?

    Bonfire of the Vanities for big character creation


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I certainly will from here on!


    Any additional comments?

    This book introduced me to the complexity of the Cuban community in Miami which in my own ignorance, I had thought of as fairly one-dimensional. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the community and its issues.

    I get that sex and pornography were major themes in the book and in our culture, but there was a little too much of the bump, bump, grind, grind. I get it.

    I agree with one other reviewer who said the end felt rushed and unresolved and I think I was looking for something out of the Haitian family's character development that never quite materialized.

    Having said that, this is the kind of book I look to Tom Wolfe for - a big send-up of American culture warts and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18287)
    Performance
    (16276)
    Story
    (16232)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Don't miss this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The interplay of history and exceptional narrative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The description of what the world might have looked like had JFK lived.


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

    There is a fundamental goodness in Mr. Wasson's voice that underlies so many of the characters.


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

    Yes! Hated to pull out my earphones!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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