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Rebecca Lindroos

Book Bug

Porterville, Ca USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or where to go next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.

    morebooks99 says: "Great story, great characters"
    "Read the whole series!"
    Overall

    This book is not readily understandable without the background of the earlier 3 in the series. Together they are a howl and a hoot combined. This one alone might not be so hot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (885)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Extraordinary performance!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Skippy Dies?

    This is probably one of the very best listens I've ever enjoyed due in large, large part to the quality of the readers and their director. The story is great, too, but the reading makes it come alive. I've listened to hundreds of books over the years and this is in the top 10 for performance. I rarely, rarely write reviews.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skippy Dies?

    I suppose in the cemetery where the history teacher took the class.


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

    No - this is a group designed for this experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so it's a tad long and it sometimes gets a bit strained with the adolescent humor, although it is very funny and what the heck - we've all been teens! But I think the length is necessary to deal with the main theme which is more clearly revealed toward the end. The humor is definitely necessary (and wonderful) to deal with the tragedy of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (488)

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    "Thank you, Alexander McCall Smith!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon the most enjoyable?

    I've been a fan of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books since book 1 in 1999. I started getting hard covers then I started listening - usually on the day they were released. I've been looking forward to this addition to the series for 2 months! And I was not disappointed - it was well worth the wait.

    No, these are NOT traditional mysteries although there are always a couple of puzzlers for Mma Precious Ramotswe to work on. The main thrust of the series is the growing relationships between the major characters. In The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Grace Makutsi is married and having a baby. Regular readers will know who she is married to, how they met, what sorts of troubles they have. But Smith is good and does a bit of background work - not overdoing it. If necessary the book can stand alone.

    One criminal plot thread involves a possible gaining an inheritance meant for someone else. Another small crime involves the slander of a beauty shop (hence the title). And winding through this book is the theme of modern Botswana vs old fashioned Botswana in several aspects.

    Listening to Lisette Lecat is a joy. I smiled all the way through and occasionally I laughed out loud.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (494)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Fine listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    HIstorical novel set in 1844 when the New York police department is just being set up and the bad side of New York, Five Points, is worse than the worst parts of London. Faye has the history right, the characters nicely developed and a fast-paced yarn to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (3701)
    Story
    (3669)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "This Murakami Fan Loves It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read quite a number of Murakami's books and have really enjoyed them all. I'm not sure this one is quite as good as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle but time will tell - I just finished 1Q84.

    IQ84 is probably for readers of science fiction more than any other genre - the title's allusion to George Orwell's 1984 is great - but it's not quite that. The world of 1Q84 is just a fraction different from our own and may be running alongside it. The thing Murakami does best is blur the edges of reality and imagination and for this aspect 1Q84 is probably better than The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle because Murakami has it all smoothed out and you don't really know if you're in a reality or a fantasy and it switches all the way through - seamlessly.

    The other thing that 1Q84 does better than any of Murkami's prior works is keep the suspense up all the way through virtually every page of a 925 page / 47 hour book! Granted, it's a bit bloated and I even detected some repetition (which may have been deliberate considering the theme) but even so - this is a page turner - hour burner.

    The narration was superb. Kudos!

    Enjoy!

    35 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1410)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fascinating story of how Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones went from London laddies to world class superstars. How they, especially Keith but others, too, lived, loved, drugged, preformed, interacted, - it's all covered. I'm not sure I believe that Richards is telling the whole truth in some cases - but what memoirist with his background would? He lambastes some people and honors others. There seem to be no holds barred on that.

    I wasn't fond of the Joe Hurley narration but fortunately it doesn't go on too long. I believe he was chosen because of his friendship with Richards and Hurley knows the music part. Actually, I didn't think I'd be that interested in the music technique part but it was quite interesting - Hurley or not. I did get a bit bored in the drawn out drug trips.

    Richards lets other people in his life tell bits of the story from time to time, and I think that's a great technique, but listening to it is a bit confusing sometimes when the story-teller changes and then goes back.

    Overall though - and I've listened to hundreds of books- I highly recommend this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Augie March

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.

    Darwin8u says: "THAT part of the Universe visible from Chicago!"
    "Different but good"
    Overall

    This is a really peculiar book, a very American picaresque bildungsroman, about a young Jewish man growing up in Depression Era Chicago and traveling a bit - to Mexico. What makes it peculiar is that Augie just seems to tumble from one escapade to another always managing to land on his feet and continue the journey. He goes from one group of people to another, one woman to the next, times of money and no money, etc. His basic employment seems to be that of book thief, but he's open to much of what comes along although some troubles he just lands in though his own life mismanagement. His survival skills, physical, emotional and material, are certainly well-honed. The message seems to be that "Local boy can never quite get it together and stays lost."

    A lot of it is quite funny and Augie is certainly an engaging protagonist. Bellow is an excellent stylist and the dialogue is top-notch. The reader, Tom Parker, was a bit irritating at first but after I got used to it his voice was perfect - the accent of young Chicago 50 years ago.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Museum of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie - a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "one of the very best I've ever heard"
    "one of the very best I've ever heard"
    Overall

    That's not an exaggeration. This is one of the very best audio books I've ever listened to and I've listened to hundreds. (Okay, so I'm a Pamuk fan, too.)

    True, the book is not about heavy plot or action or even suspense. It's about a man's obsessive search for his past (Istanbul) with the major themes being the role of women, love and loss and guilt and social class- change. In a sense it's about
    Istanbul itself.

    The first person protagonist is not a particularly likable guy - he's rich, spoiled, selfish and hypocritical. He's engaged to a woman of his own class but has a totally illicit affair with his much younger and very beautiful cousin. The affair, while fairly short-lived, obsesses him for the rest of his life even though she disappears completely for awhile. At the point of the novel's main frame he's constructing a museum of artifacts based on his love. There are ways it's really comparable to Proust or Nabokov but Pamuk is totally fresh and new.

    The narrator, John Lee, is pitch perfect - there were times when I just closed my eyes and listened to the rich prose.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
    "Started slow but ended great"
    Overall

    I really did NOT like this book for the first 90 minutes or so - Part I. But then the narrator changed from the sex-crazed, 17 year-old, wanna-be Visceral Realist poet to an older man and the stories of people who knew Arturo and Ulisses, Visceral Realists. This was much better than the first part and drew me in regularly. The third part goes back to the 17 year-old again, but he and Aruturo and Ulisses are seeking Cesarea Tinajero, the original Visceral Realist. The book just grew and grew on me and in the end I really didn't want it to end.
    I didn't notice any pronunciation errors - I thought the narration was excellent.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (738)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Waterless Waste -"
    Overall

    If The Blind Assassin was Atwood's best work, this is without doubt her worst. I was hugely disappointed in this supposed sequel to Oryx and Crake which was a fairly decent novel. I was totally sick of the reader's voice, the plot, (a waterless flood?) was almost non-existent and the overall effect was chick-lit dystopia. Add to that way too much quasi-religious music and what you have is a big waste.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Fraction of the Whole

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Tolz
    • Narrated By Colin McPhillamy, Craig Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Stewing in an Australian prison, Jasper Dean reflects on his relationship with his dead father and recounts the many zany adventures they shared together.

    Nancy says: "Beautifully written, wonderful characters"
    "Laugh-out-loud funny"
    Overall

    A Fraction of the Whole is a sprawling, big and baggy, super funny first novel by the Australian author Steve Toltz. The story goes back and forth between the two narrators, a father and son, telling their own stories of their lives. The father goes back to his childhood and the brother who becomes his nemesis. The son tells more of the later story, but they switch off nicely throughout the book. The ending gets a bit bizarre. Great narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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