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Carol B.

Reader & Wordsmith

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Steele
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began.... Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the cathedral. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings. Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true. Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

    Amber says: "Interesting Plot and Great Narrator"
    "Well worth the effort to get into the story"
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    What did you love best about The Watchers?

    This was a difficult listen initially. There were three stories going on at the same time. But the quality of the performance was extrordinary so I kept listening. Once the three stories started coming together, I was hooked. The story line was extraordinary, especially since the beginning of the book gave no clue as to the true nature of ... (better stop at that so as not to give away the story line). ;-) By the end of the book, I was disappointed to leave the three characters. My recommendation - work your way through the beginning. You'll be glad you did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance was outstanding! Davis handled the various voices and the French sections seamlessly. His voice disappeared into the background as the story progressed. I effortlessly got lost in the story, easily telling one character from the next.


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

    This is the first Davis performance for me. But I will check out his other performances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just very sad to say goodby to the characters when the book was over. I cried at one point but to say where would give away too much of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mom & Me & Mom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Never Enough Mom Books"
    "Too choppy"
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    What disappointed you about Mom & Me & Mom?

    This was like bits and pieces of lectures that someone told her to put into book format. I moderate a Biography/Memoir book club and found I had to do a fair amount of research in order to piece together the stories offered in this book. Also, after listening to several videos where Maya performed several of her poems, I thought the audio version of the book would be better than the text version. Not true. She read in quite a monotone. I left the audio version and finished the book on my Kindle. I would not recommend this book unless you have already read all of her other books and read the Wikipedia version of her biography. It's worth the effort. I'm glad I finished it. But she could have done a much better job of pulling the stories together.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was read in a monotone. Put some feeling into it.


    What character would you cut from Mom & Me & Mom?

    I would cut the brother. She left out too much about him. When she mentioned that he had a drug problem, it was a total surprise. I had to do separate research to figure out how he got from a wonderful brother to a druggie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carole DeSanti
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos. Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary.

    DK says: "Wow! This is Not My Typical Genre-Hard to Read But"
    "Definitely worth the listen"
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    Where does The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this as one of the best books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept my interest. The characters were well developed. The setting was very real. This story took me back to the time period, letting me see the details of the dresses, the smells and sounds of the streets ... every detail. I could close my eyes and truly see what the author was describing.

    I got to know the characters intimately ... their feelings & emotions ... their suffering ... their ability to keep going despite the odds. I grew to respect Eugenie and a couple of the other characters.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Kate's French was flawless. The voice for each character was different. I was immediatley able to regognize who was speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. It is educational and entertaining, all at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16541)
    Performance
    (14705)
    Story
    (14747)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Just not my cup of tea"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    The female character was very immature. I kept listening to see if it would get better but gave up about a third of the way thru.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a best seller. A lot of readers/listeners seemed to enjoy it. But the lead female character was just not interesting to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (706)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Bridgette says: "Missing Something..."
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Paterson is Paterson. He is pumping out book after book ... nothing earth shattering but entertaining, light reads. This series is getting to be some what predictable. Not wonderful but I feel I know the characters by this time and want to keep up with what is happening to them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathleen McGowan
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    Maureen Paschal thought she might rest and work on her book after discovering the gospel written by Mary Magdalene that revealed Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. The truth of their story rocked the world and made Maureen a target of those who did not like her discovery and a heroine to those who did.

    Laura says: "So interesting!"
    "A "must" read"
    Overall

    This book tells several stories, weaving them together into a wonderful tapestry. It's fiction. Or is it? The story line makes a lot of sense. It will make you think and question what you were taught as a child. Read "The Excected One" first, if you can. It will add good background to help in the understanding of "The Book of Love."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (420)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "This book deserves the 5 star rating"
    Overall

    Rarely do I rate a book a five. But this one deserves it. Good character development ... lots of twists in the story line. I was sorry to get to the end. I got so involved in the characters, I find I want to know more details about how they got past all the tradegy.

    Well written!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (945)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Well worth the listen!"
    Overall

    Baldacci does not disappoint with this story. The plot is intricate, the characters are well developed and the ending had wonderful twists. Throughout the story, I kept having the feeling that something was not as it seemed but could not put my finger on exactly what it was. As I rushed to keep listening, I was sad to know the story was coming to an end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

    A User says: "Eclipse"
    "This one is worth the work and time"
    Overall

    Patterson tends to write stories with complicated story lines. He allows you to truly get to know the characters, giving you background material and information that, at the time of reading, may not seem relevant. But then everything starts coming together and you find yourself in a book you cannot put down.

    This book was worth the work at the front end. I rarely give a 5-star rating but this book deserves it. You will find yourself longer on the tread mill or sitting in your car in the driveway, wanting to hear more of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

    Cora Judd says: "Dark"
    "One of the best books I've ever "read""
    Overall

    This book is being made into a movie and the trailer intrigued me. The book was not available on Audible yet, so I went to the book store and purchased the text version.

    I could not read it. The author is known for his long sentences and paragraphs. Wikipedia warned me that the author does not give any of the characters names. It was too difficult to read the text. I wondered how in the world did this author ever win the Pulitzer Prize for literature.

    Then, I saw the Audible version was available. I listened to a sample. The narrator made up for the author's idiosyncrasies. I purchased the book and could not stop listening. What a story! Rarely has a book taken me so deeply into the psychology of human nature ... why they do what they do ... how the mind works. I felt I knew some of these characters better than I knew members of my family. I recommended this book to a teacher/friend for her Advanced Placement English class.

    Read this book. It's worth it. I hope Audible makes the sequel available.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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