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Carol

Greenville, SC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Good Year

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle.

    Richard says: "Five stars aren't enough"
    "Light and enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, a nice inside view of the French countryside.


    Would you recommend A Good Year to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for light enjoyment.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Crisp easy listening


    Do you think A Good Year needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Possibly, the characters could be carried over in more depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5778)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5268)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A really good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    The narrator brings this book to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the development of characters so much I'm hoping their will be a series with Strike and Robin.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (860)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Loved it!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Confederacy of Dunces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator brought this delightfully hilarious book to life. This is one I know I will listen to again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Dies in Summer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tom Wright
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    “I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps listeners up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl - brutally raped and murdered - in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger.

    Karen says: "Odd Book, Great Narrator, Not as Grisly as Feared"
    "What is this about??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Seldom do I not finish a book I start, but this book just jumps all over the place and has no sense of storyline. Is it meant for a hyperactive teenager?? I may go back to it and finish but I doubt I will.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (1654)
    Story
    (1667)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Annoyingly Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Someone who can take even the mundane and make a funny story out of it. Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Just have to love the unlikable Agatha Raisin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read/or listened to them all and look forward to the next in the series. This
    one did not disappoint. Fun and witty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2171)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (794)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Burke's best yet!"
    Overall

    I've listened to them all and loved most, but something about the clarity of this one and the great humorous give and take from Cleet made this my favorite JLBurke of them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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