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Garnie

Granny

Concord, NC | Member Since 2003

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9444)
    Performance
    (8506)
    Story
    (8514)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Storytelling at the highest level"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader enhanced the novel by his authentic, soft, lovely Southern accents--plural because the different characters had different voices. That is hard for me to do in my head.


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

    I did not want to quit listening to this book. The story line was compelling. The characters seemed realistic and interesting. I would love to have another just as interesting right now but they are hard to find.


    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Last Chinese Chef in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Food, China


    What other book might you compare The Last Chinese Chef to and why?

    I have not read another like this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly appreciated the sections explaining the Chinese philosophy of food preparation, ingredients, and the importance of sharing meals. The "quotes" of the Last Chinese Chef introducing each chapter were poetic. I visited China and appreciated and enjoyed the people there. This book helped explain why I had such admiration for the lovely, funny, warm people I met there.


    Any additional comments?

    I am planning another visit to China. This book will allow me to pay more attention to the cooking in China and so seek some imperial Chinese meals. I am so glad to have this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (152)

    For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missions for The Agency, but when he decides to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancee, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries.

    Molly says: "Incredibly satisfying and surprising!"
    "not for me"
    Overall

    I got this book based on several enthusiastic, highly laudatory reviews. I was very disappointed in the book and could not finish it even though I tried several times to listen. The characters are shallow, the language is coarse, the sex is uninteresting and overdone and the story line is paltry. Sorry. I guess this demonstrates that each of us has our own interest in books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    History with FEELING! What a refreshing listen/read this book is. I loved the narration, the stories of Irish legend, myth and history; and the parallel family story. I listened into the wee hours of the morning. I was sad when the book ended. I am sure I will listen to this book again. Now I want to go to Ireland!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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