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Richard

Lockport, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 22 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 91 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1455)

    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"
    "Excelllent WHODUNIT"
    Overall

    My guess is that the peoples of scandinavian countries either have a lot of time on their hands or are just essentially deep thinkers. This book is a fine example. Well written, and well read, I thought I had it scoped out but it surely took twists and turns I never anticipated. I found it riveting and often found myself at a destination, killing time to find a good place to stop listening.
    Even though murder mysteries are not my primary favorite genre, I will be looking for Jo Nesbo again and will pickup whatever he writes.
    In short: excellent in every way.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12740)
    Performance
    (11671)
    Story
    (11736)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "The premise is simply critically sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Here we have a love story where everyone who is under the age of 20 has cancer and is dying. A bit grim, with the full petulance associated with being a teen.
    I found the writing excellent as well as the performance, but the topic was so grim that it overshadows everything else.
    I will look for other works by John Green as he seems to be an excellent writer, and perhaps another subject will be more enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6859)
    Performance
    (6211)
    Story
    (6209)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A really excellent historical fiction."
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    I was not sure what to expect when I started this work. This has turned out to be a well read educational experience. Historical fiction, but fiction only in the sense that elements are moved about to make a telling story.
    A well researched historical telling of the rise of abolitionism, and two southern women who championed it, and became the leaders of the cause for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
    An excellent book, with references that I am eager to pursue. Sue Monk Kidd is to be congratulated on a wonderful body of work and a tale I won't soon forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

    toffeepop says: "Worth the Listen"
    "Stunningly excellent both story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did not have high expectations when I ordered this book, but i was seriously mistaken. This may be the one of the best stories I have read in years, and it is wonderfully narrated.
    It is not often that passages can move me to tears or fury, but McCunn pulls you in. She paints a wonderful canvas of time, place and person.
    This is truly a masterful piece of writing. Enjoy it as I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (465)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Suzn F says: "Almost a Wonderful Book"
    "John Irving at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    at first I was not sure that I wanted to listen to a novel based primarily on cross dressing and the gay life. I am sure glad I didn't give in to that initial attitude. riviting, inciteful and real. My only regret is that it was not written 20 years earlier.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    an interplay between an adolescent girl, and her family at the turn of the 20th century.

    Story left me cold, and story never went anywhere.

    Well written, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (540)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "A bit of a sleeper, but a good love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not much of a love story kind of guy,and at the beginning I almost quit, but this is a lovely little yarn, engaging without being too intense. A good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1377)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Excellent fictional account of young Hemingway"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife, this is an interesting embellishment on what we already know about Hemingway. Certainly the dialog is fictional, but it seems real and beleivable. Well read and very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "An amazing tale of an amazing life."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess when I bought this, I did not realize that it was non fiction.
    Shortly after begining, I noticed odd parallels with Out of Africa, which set me to some research. I was stunned to learn the relationship between these two amazing women.
    I highly recommend this to anyone interested in womens studies or the early colonialization of Africa.
    The story is so amazing in parts as to be nearly unbeleivable, in context of our current times. But this is not about our current time, it is about a time long gone when the world was in transition.
    A superior story. The performace is good, if a little jerky in spots. However the performance is realistic, and you do hear the story from the voice of an aged woman, which lends credence to the tale.
    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6690)
    Performance
    (5954)
    Story
    (5953)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "An odd and somewhat bizzare little tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an interesting little flight of fancy, that is rather too long for the concept. A charming love story when it finally gets around to it, but I found the constant repitition of elaborate fantastic magical constructions to become tedious. The story itself takes a long backseat to the discussion of the fantastical illusions. Better to have trimmed them and gotten on with the show, so to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7108)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5039)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "excellent historical novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the story line in this novel to be compelling and realistic from my understanding of the period involved. The performance was excellent and the characters for the most part believable.
    It begins and ends at the same spot, and the difference in your own emotions at these two points is dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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