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Carole

Field Deputy Medical Investigator, Avid listener, particularly Henry VIII's period. Enjoy a good spooky story now and then.

Las Cruces, NM, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Dangerous Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.

    Joshua says: "Not Weir's Best"
    "Listen to the narrator first."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Only the narrator


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Inheritance to and why?

    This time in history is my bread and butter. This book is the only one that I might not finish. Among my favorites are The Autobiography of Henry VIII. The Lady Elizabeth, the King's Fool, and so on. In all of these recordings the narrator makes the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My only complaint is the narrator. She is like fingernails on a blackboard. I am not sure I can finish it.


    Could you see A Dangerous Inheritance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    These involved historical novels never make good movies. Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth was just terrible. Johnathan Meyers was no more Henry VIII than I am, That series was not worth watching. The only way to portray the people and the era is by way of a good historian and a pleasing narrator and a story that has not been hacked to bits.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Jitpleecheep, is hell-bent on vengeance. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process.

    Carole says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not know, I will not even finish this book


    What could John Burdett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story hops from scene to scene with little warning. It is supposed to be a murder mystery but spends too much time on social history


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Paul Boehmer might be an excellent narrator for a mid-western story but not for this genre. He does not bring these characters to life.


    What character would you cut from Bangkok 8?

    I would not cut anyone. I would just like them to sound like more they were Thai, not Americans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8455)
    Performance
    (7687)
    Story
    (7747)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Excellent on all counts. Best Dan Brown yet."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Great characters, holds interest, good plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were admirable. Paul Michael made each character individual and believable.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent narrator with a particularly expressive talent.


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

    Would if I could. I listen in my car and was always eager to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, a very good read. I have even started on Dante's Divine Comedy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Dry Season

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    In a Dry Season, winner of the Anthony Award, is an outstanding example of mystery fiction. Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks conjures up memories of classic detectives like Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. An insufferable drought ravages the Yorkshire countryside, depleting the Thornfield Reservoir, revealing the remnants of the flooded town of Hobb's End and the terrible secrets kept safe within its watery tomb. Amongst the ruins, the remains of a woman's body are discovered.

    Hallie says: "Well Constructed Mystery"
    "Dark English mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up In a Dry Season in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery to the end


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

    Ron Keith is a particular favorite of mine I and I originally chose the book on his merits. The book turned out to be a winner. I found out years ago the listening to a book being read was a far better experience than reading. While reading is a pleasure of mine, listening provides many nuances lost when reading.


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

    I would have but I have the Ipod in my car for use while driving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "Tick, tick tick, like The Tell Tale Heart by Poe."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wicked Bugs to be better than the print version?

    Easier to understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ticking is the Death Watch Beetle that taps on the rafters looking for a mate.
    The only character is the narrator and she is very good. She has a precise voice that is soothing and easily understood. That is what is needed for this book This book is a compenduim of many of the wicked bugs known and their habits. It is wonderful to listen to but you might not want to leave the house, much less travel too far. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8643)
    Performance
    (6212)
    Story
    (6248)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Not worth my time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not much.


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I listened to the first seven hours hoping it would get better. I did not continue as it just seemed to be an interminable bodice buster with vampires. In my opinion it could not be more boring.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2081)
    Story
    (2080)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Almost a really good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    No but I'll listen to others of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Walt is real and likable.


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

    Guidall is always excellent and one of my favorites.


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

    I listen only in my car


    Any additional comments?

    The overall would have gotten all stars except for the potty mouth Vic. She lacks likability and, in real life I would tolerate one like her for one minute. She is a detraction to the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    steve says: "Too Sad...."
    "A story of incredible fortitude"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    Audio is more intense without being sensationalized


    What other book might you compare A Child Called 'It' to and why?

    There is a second book in David Pelzers saga and both are worth reading. These are books that cannot be equaled.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This story would defy being made into a film. The horror of it could not be duplicated without becoming a sensationalized film as only Hollywood can do. If it were to be filmed, I would never watch it. It only in real life and the spoken word that the story is alive.


    Any additional comments?

    David Pelzer is a monument to the strength of the human spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Everything Else

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joe Arpaio, Len Sherman
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (2)

    He is both feared and admired, and for the past two decades he has been both lionized and demonized by the media. Outspoken, no-nonsense, and eminently fascinating, Joseph M. Arpaio captured the public's imagination from his first day as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona (a county larger than the state of New Jersey), in 1992.

    Carole says: "Too many I;s"
    "Too many I;s"
    Overall

    Joe Arpaio is a hero of mine so I was pleased to find the book. However, the narrator does not sound like I think Sheriff Joe would sound. Joe should sound like a well spoken but rough and tumble sheriff. The narrator is too well spoken to sound real. In addition, there are too many "I's." It would just be a matter of rephrasing here and there. Maybe it would read better in not written in the first person. I am not trying to negate Sheriff Joe's accomplishments. They are many and extraordinary and I will forever be amazed by the man.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1106)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Sleepy time"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Odd Thomas enough to read it twice. The next was not bad but did not compare. Brother Odd was a bit hard to get through but I persevered.

    Now I have attempted Odd Hours. After listening to more than three hours, I gave it up, I could only think "get on with it". It might get good or at least better by the end but I do not have the patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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