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T. W. Norman

Listener Since 2004

  • 9 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.

    T. W. Norman says: "Sweet is a Treat"
    "Sweet is a Treat"

    Well read as always.A plot with the twists and turns of an accomplished writer. The only thing lacking is the recipes come at the end of the audio version and not as easily followed as in the book versions. Davidson has captured the "upscale" mountain community west of Denver and its snobs, hippies and suburbanites. The characters introduced in the beginning of her books have the half life of a Travis McGee girlfiend but then the mystery is who killed them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Crunch Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....

    Kindle Customer says: "More like slightly soggy time"
    "Great Plot Development with new characters"

    This book avoids the flaw of the last book - that of characters who are past their prime to the story development (i.e. Marla). The author's use of Goldie's "mental recapitulations" of the evidence and where it may lead - false trails and all - helps keep the suspense up and the story fresh in the listener's mind.

    That said, having this competent, intelligent woman commit, at a minimum, 3 Burglaries, about as many felony thefts, uncounted episodes of trespass and a score of minor criminal offenses in her search for the "truth" became irritating. The tacit approval of her Sheriff's Department Investigator Husband at her illegal activities - to the Department's benefit is just wrong. A good investigator such as Tom Schultz would not allow it - and - if faced with it would have to turn his own wife over to the DA to prosecute

    I marvel how authors can place otherwise intelligent protagonists in situations that someone of normal sensibilities would avoid. It leads to an interesting story but somewhat demeans the character.

    It is well worth the listen and, as always, well read by Barbara Rosenblat.

    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

    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"
    "The music of the words is wonderful"

    There are books listen to for the story and others where the beauty of the words is overwhelming. This had both. Shadow joins my "Why I listen to books rather than read them all" list (Any PD James, The Piano Tuner among others). Great Narration, a beginning that sucks in any book lover and the Spanish background adds a wonderful spice.

    Enjoy this book.

    (( Actually a 4.5 due to the sometimes irritating sporadic music that appears in the background. Note to Publishers: These are audio versions of printed books that stand alone without "dramatic" or introductory music. STOP IT ))

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "The Bard meets Monty Python"

    At the start my initial thought was that this will have to pick up if I am going to finish it. It did. If you are not a fan of "Search for the Holy Grail" or some of the other Python renderings, then this mode of humor is not for you. Many chuckles and few loud laughs await if you are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Good narration but GET ON WITH IT!"

    Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

    R. Sentman says: "Problem with narrator."
    "The music of her words"

    After getting past the narrator's inability to capture what I feel AD should sound like, this is another of the wonderful books by PD James that I enjoy listening to. The audio version allows me to listen to the symphony PD James composes with her words. Listening to the side descriptions that set up the plot is a joy. For some reason I miss this when I read the same material. Not many writers can capture me like this.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • TailSpin: FBI Thriller #12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the Appalachians, FBI Special Agent Jackson Crowne is flying his Cessna with a very important passenger: renowned psychiatrist Dr. Timothy MacLean; their destination is Washington, D.C. Upon their arrival, the FBI will protect the doctor - and ascertain just who wants him dead.

    Lisa says: "Excellent Book"
    "Glad I'm a Legacy Listener"

    Occasionally you get a dud in everything and this was one of them. Prior reader's review on the money - speaking of which, glad I was a subscriber and didn't spend too much money for this book. Some of the main characters survive a plane crash - too bad this book was not lost in the disaster

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Recycled is not always best"

    If you liked Pillars then you will follow this one well as it is the same plots and personalities 200 years later. Only difference is Follet's needless detailed renderings of the sex lives of his characters. That said, it is somewhat entertaining but I couldn't wait for it to be over with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Spins into the Bizzare"

    A fun book that gets pretty wierd towards the end that takes away from the fairly entertaining story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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