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Louanne

I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.

Santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 33 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Caught in a snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate, Spenser investigates a cocaine-related murder.

    bebe says: "I love Robert Parker's Spencer series."
    "He's my go to guy!!!!"
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    I just love his books. I love the humor, the tongue and cheek take me back to The Thin Man, forties black and white. I especially love Spencer's independent and somewhat radical but true morality. I like to be entertained and this does it all for me. Good writing within the context. His books are not pretentious, which really bores me. I can listen to his books while I am going to sleep and not be "disturbed" by exploitive violence, brutality, abuse etc. It reminds me of a really good cheeseburger. It would not be in keeping to present it on a china plate with Waterford crystal. The writing style, the story line, the narrator, and length all come together to form a complementary form. I guess what I am saying is that the writing style compliments the content. The writing style is the personality of Spencer. It doesn't get more integrated than that. I am not a particularly good writer, but I am a good reader, and I am very particular about what i read. I love these for easy fun listening. Like I said, it is like a great cheeseburger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Couldn't Finish It"
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    I didn't finish this one, rare for me, because it just wasn't delivering. The narrator was not for me. I don't know if the story is good. the writing combined with narration was mediocre.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (990)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "As Good as James Lee Burke"
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    I have a difficult time with the level of violence and dark, destructive life styles. However,
    McKinty's skill is so superlative, his writing so gorgeous, the narration so brilliant, I persevere. He reminds me of James Lee Burke in his skill level. And I don't make it through all of his books either.
    I have read four books. I am anxious for the next Sean Duffy novel. Michael in New York is more difficult for me. If you can handle the violence these are fabulous stories!!!!! For me MIchael Connelly, James Patterson, and the longish list of formulaic production writers pale. I have not enjoyed stories this much since Stieg Larrson. ------P. S. I am a sucker for the Irish accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (793)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Leah says: "Excellent!"
    "Better the second time around"
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    I have read three of Louise Penny's books. The more I read the more I enjoy them. I find getting to know the characters and continuing story line adds interest and depth to her stories. I went back and listened to this one again with a much greater appreciation. I am impressed with her character development and penetrating insights into human nature. I don't ever feel as if her writing is superficial or predictable. She does not rely on contrived suspense to capture her audience, but cultivates an interest in the characters. And I must say teases me with her descriptions of cozy fires and good food - I am living in Hawaii and miss it.
    My only complaint of the listening experience is that the unusual names, French Canadian, combined with the narrators excellent accent sometimes makes it difficult for me to follow. I guess I am familiar with Tom Dick, and Jane. The Narration is excellent, it is my ears that are not used to French. I could follow the story much better in hard copy, but I do love the narrator and the listening in bed, in the dark. It is such a luxury. So I am fine with listening to a book more than once, or repeating a minute or two.
    If you are not interested in exploitive violence, car chases, authors who are thematically trapped, and don't mind being reminded of a cultivated society where people eat croissants, and sit by fires, and drink cognac, then try Louise Penny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (114)

    Fanny Price, a poor relation of the rich Bertrams, is reluctantly adopted into the family, to be brought up at Mansfield Park, where she is condescendingly treated. Only her cousin, Edmund, a young clergyman, appreciates her fine qualities. Fanny soon falls in love with him, but Edmund is, unfortunately, drawn to the shallow and worldly Mary Crawford.

    Youngna says: "Monotone narration."
    "ATTENTION Naration killed it!"
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    I don't have much of a review, but am hoping that someone reads these so that perhaps it will get through to the producers. I know this is probably a very good book. I have liked most of Jane Austins' work. the problem was that I like to relax when I am listening, I often listen in bed in the middle of the night when I can't sleep or for an afternoon nap. Johanna Ward, has a lovely voice, but she read so fast that I had to work to assimilate the text. It was as if she was reading it for a speed test. I am truly sorry, I was looking forward to the book. Hope this helps somehow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2316)
    Story
    (2322)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "I'm returning this book"
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    I cannot get into the story, I can't find the story. Don't like the writing, The very beginning was intriguing but then it went south. Don't like the voice of the narrator. He is probably talented, but his affectations for this story are grating to me. I went for almost two hours on it before I quit. There seems to be a lot of words that are establishing a tone, but it is not pleasing or engaging. There is nothing to hold on to. I am sure some people like this, I read the reviews. I am particular and have over 500 books in my library. this one is on its' way out.

    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
    (5721)
    Performance
    (5202)
    Story
    (5215)

    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"
    "My first 5 star review in years!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Honestly, I don't feel the need to prove my literary analysis ability with a lengthy review. I simply want to give a helpful opinion of my experience. Five stars says a lot, and I consider myself a discriminating listener.
    I had a hard time getting it started, but loved the characters so much I just kept relistening until I got it. The story was well developed and had a real surprise ending! I enjoy "Robert Galbraiths' " writing. I am hoping, I assume, like many others, that this will not be the last we see of Cormerand (I don't know how to spell this) and Robin. The characters are truly likable and given a uniqueness that I I usually don't come across in detective or mystery writers. The realistic and what might be called foul language does not offend me . The thing that stands out in my mind apart from the characters, is the narrator. I am awed at his ability to distinguish and create such authentic voices. I actually went back and looked to see if there was more than one narrator. I don't recall in my 500+ plus books ever being so impressed by the narration. He truly makes a huge difference by delivering such an exceptional performance. I can't imagine anyone who loves mysteries not being happy with this "read".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1348)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Quite a thriller"
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    I have never read Jo Nesbo before and was intrigued when another review had compared him to Steig Larson. That got my attention. I found that it did have things in common; the intensity, the unbelievable dark side of psychopaths, a familiar writing style. What it didn't have in common was a compelling and very unique hero or heroine like Salander. The story was well put together. The narration good.I found something missing in not being able to get involved with the characters. Harry Hole was the lead but I felt no connection or depth to his character. I didn't give it five stars because it did nothing for me to raise it out of the genre of generally good crime fiction. Lisbeth Salander took the Millinium Series over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Knott
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    For years, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone. Now, newly appointed as territorial marshalls, they find themselves traveling by train through the Indian Territories.

    Louanne says: "Ho Hum"
    "Ho Hum"
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    I love Robert B Parker, and enjoyed the Appaloosa series enough to listen to them all twice. I thought I would give this a try because Titus Welliver is a good narrator. I thought he could bring some continuity to the extension of the series and I was hopeful. Frankly I was just bored the whole way through. I listened to the whole thing, being somewhat desperate for entertainment, but this did not deliver. It was like a meal with no salt. No spice, Pretty predictable and a lot of rambling dialogue that did not create interest or depth. So sorry Mr. Knott, good effort. but C-.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Save the Child: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

    Richard Delman says: "Early Parker, like Early Autumn. Very engaging."
    "A PURE HEART"
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    I have read many of the Spencer novels. I continue to buy and listen and dread the day I have completed the series twice. I never mind listening more than once. I can't say this is great literature, great writing, or epic stories etc. But for me they are GREAT entertainment. I don't enjoy the over the top Reacher type, spare me, these are like super hero action comics. Nor do I like exploitive violence and brutality which are often not necessary. I do enjoy the Spencer character, I love the humor, the "tongue and cheek" Mr. Thin Man repartee, (can't spell that) from the thirties and forties. AND, I especially value the consistency of his moral integrity transcending the law or the norm. What's not to like. Moral superiority does it for me every time. GO SPENCE. LOVE HAWK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (2430)
    Story
    (2442)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "I Got Bored"
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    I couldn't finish this book, therefore, not much of a review. I "read" the Secret Garden and it kept me entertained. I think it was the novelty of it. But the format and jumping back and forth did not work for me a second time. I find myself curious enough about the "who done it", but enough to prolong the chattery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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