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Joanne

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  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (690)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "A little disappointing"
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    What would have made Private Games better?

    I'm a fan of most of James Patterson and who ever he has teamed up with at the moment, but I found this one lacking. I'm done with the Private series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan again?

    I don't think so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (4147)
    Story
    (4161)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Heartwarming"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I generally don't listen to a book a second time, but I could see listening to this again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two very different scenes for very different reasons. The final scene for obvious reasons. It was very touching and sweet.

    Ok, don't think less of me, but the scene where Enzo decides to accept hot peppers from the awful father in law, I laughed out loud at the end of that one!


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't what I was expecting at all. I guess I thought it was going to be light and cute. There was much more to it, I laughed, I cried, I worried, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (566)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "A Nice Light Read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm so sad that this is the last we will be graced with from Maeve Binchy. My mother in law turned me on to her years ago. Tara Road was the first book I read of hers. Maeve was a beautiful story teller. During an extremely busy/hectic time at my work, to be able to climb in the car and be entertained by this book was a real treat. It's one of those books that I'm really missing now that its done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19460)
    Performance
    (9240)
    Story
    (9273)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Outstanding"
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    Would you listen to The Girl Who Played with Fire again? Why?

    I finished listening to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and had to stop the car so I could go right into this! I just hate that there can never be more than three books...very sad.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Great job narrating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3830)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3069)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Great Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    Maybe it's because I'm the same age as Rob Lowe, and, naturally, had a bit of a crush on him back in the day, but I was curious about this book. After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to give it a try. All the reviews were right! He's a great story teller, and, let's face it, he's lived a pretty interesting life. I generally read mysteries so this was a bit of a departure for me. He does do a lot of great impressions as mentioned in other reviews.

    Thanks for sharing, Rob! Much appreciated.


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

    This is definitely a book that you are better off listening to rather than reading, not only is it him telling his own story, but he does that exceedingly well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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