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  • The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Craig Pittman
    • Narrated By Gary D. MacFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby's vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world.

    H says: "I smell a good book!"
    "I smell a good book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In the Scent of Scandal, Craig Pittman perfectly balances the craziness of Florida (damn those transplants) the zealotry of protecting and promoting the image of cash soaked and starved nonprofits and those who love and support them and their causes and a little science, just to move the story along.Craig is a great storyteller. His understanding and love (as only a native can) appreciation of all that is Florida and what it does to people coupled with his knowledge of the environmental sector and their unique narrow-mindedness helps explain how this kind of thing could happen and how it shouldn't. Craig makes no judgements which helps keep the story in context and at the same time lets the participants "explain" themselves in their own words, but does not absolve them of responsibility for their actions.The story moves along in an efficient way, no "flowery" language not curtailing the narrative.This is a good book about people getting caught up in their own nonsense, about reaching for greed or fame and about the enforcement of rules and regulations that are sometimes focused on the wrong things.I hope his next book is about pythons.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1005)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "First time reader of Picoult"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not about the narrative it was very good and very interesting


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The readers were not actors, they were an ensemble of readers. Very disappointing. I'm not crazy about multiple readers... I like one actor doing all the parts, but here these readers just read, they do not perform.


    Could you see Lone Wolf being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (781)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Great story, Perfect narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone. I listen while I work out and this excellent book proved to be a great motivator


    What other book might you compare The Art Forger to and why?

    The Geographer. A wonderful combination of detailed (but not boring) technical information and superb storytelling.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Clearly the protagonist Claire, but the narrator did a great job with all characters.... across genders. I prefer a single talented narrator to audio "theater" with many voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art Forger and why?

    They were all multidimensional. Claire's logical pursuit of a "real" mystery was very intriguing. And, the complication of her personal backstory and relationships were perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book. You don't need to care about art. You don't need to care about mysteries, though this is both. It's just a good story, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skink - No Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Hiassen Alert for Adults!"
    "Carl Hiaasen is not well served by this narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    I love Carl Hiaasen, but no on this narrator. It seemed as if it was his first book. The reading was flat and lifeless. I was past ready for it to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skink - No Surrender?

    Lots of good scenes.... jumping out of the turtle nest... rescuing the baby skunk....on the boat....


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    There are lots of excellent choices. Look at Rip Off.... plenty of good narrators. Maybe it wasn't his first book, maybe the book wasn't right for him.


    Do you think Skink - No Surrender needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Anything Hiassen is great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (604)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Wanting to be wowed"
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    What would have made The Leftovers better?

    A real story would have made this better. Unfortunately I stayed with it hoping something would happen. Heard an NPR interview with the author as the HBO series was going to launch. As one reviewer said, HBO has a pretty low bar to hit.


    What was most disappointing about Tom Perrotta’s story?

    It was a great idea executed through the mundane, lame personalities of the characters. As a result, there was no overriding communication, no big realization. No real tension. it's like a PBS show about growing old: you don't get nicer or meaner as you get older, you just get more of what you were before. These characters were lame before the "event" and they remain lame after. I actually tried to get through the final two hours by putting in an earbud and "listening" in the background. Now I wish I had quite.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    He did very well with poor material.


    What character would you cut from The Leftovers?

    Very hard to choose. I didn't feel connected to any of them.


    Any additional comments?

    No one sets out to make a bad movie or write a bad piece. This was just not for me. I like my fiction with a purpose. In graduate school, talking about "the narrative turn" one noted professor said, "We look for change in the writer from beginning to end." These characters did not change. As a result, we shared their mundaneness in an extraordinary time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth in Advertising: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Kenney
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

    phil b says: "Great Stuff"
    "Self Absorbed"
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    What did you like best about Truth in Advertising? What did you like least?

    I am certain the the PR firm responsible for this book deserves a promotion. Without the excellent reader, I might have just bailed on the book.


    What was most disappointing about John Kenney’s story?

    The slowness of his self actualization.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When his boss gave him a second chance.


    Did Truth in Advertising inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Matthew Latimer
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As a young political geek, Matt Latimer dreamed of one day heading to Washington to work for a conservative president and usher in another Reagan Revolution. With the support of his slightly mortified liberal parents, he tried to do just that - but his youthful exuberance began to cool as he moved up the rungs of power.

    Vargas says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "Good Book, Poor Narration"
    Overall

    The book is interesting and well-written. I've recommended it to friends who are interested in communication and politics...but that narrator REEKS. Unlike a previous reviewer, I did not find him arrogant, rather I found him consistently LAME. His wimpy style did not work in this piece and he does the writer a disservice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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