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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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  • 38 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 736 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4498)
    Performance
    (2903)
    Story
    (2934)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "disappointment"
    Overall

    I do not get it. I read the reviews and they are mostly positive. I couldn't get into it past the first hour. the narration is dramatic and cannot carry a contrived plot. If the writing was strong and the plot less transparent and silly then the efforts at narrating might be worth it. For me it is a BUST.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2928)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2715)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "FOUR TIMES FOR A FIVE STAR"
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    I have repeated this review for other books in this series, but wanted to include it especially for the first book. I can't get enough of it.
    I really can say it all, when I state that I have read this book four times. Also the first book. this happens to be my idea of great entertainment.The Rose and the Thorn, and Heir of Navron, were my least favorites so I only read them twice!! I LOVE the characters, and the narration takes it to my five star experience. It is often quirky when it comes to idiomatic plausibility, but I just chalk it up to daring writing and making the characters have real personality. It would be hard to create the intimacy one feels with the main characters, if we were subjected to the language that would have been appropriate for its' time. It would have distanced us from the engaging nature of Hadrian, and the powerful magnetism of Royce. I really enjoyed this series. !!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5829)
    Performance
    (5361)
    Story
    (5359)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "A FOUR TIME LISTEN"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really can say it all, when I state that I have read this book four times. Also the first book. this happens to be my idea of great entertainment.The Rose and the Thorn, and Heir of Navron, were my least favorites so I only read them twice!! I LOVE the characters, and the narration takes it to my five star experience. It is often quirky when it comes to idiomatic plausibility, but I just chalk it up to daring writing and making the characters have real personality. It would be hard to create the intimacy one feels with the main characters, if we were subjected to the language that would have been appropriate for its' time. It would have distanced us from the engaging nature of Hadrian, and the powerful magnetism of Royce. I really enjoyed this series. !!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3330)
    Performance
    (2959)
    Story
    (2964)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Engaging Deceptive"
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    This book was engaging from page one. It was also deceptively friendly at the beginning as it continued the unraveling of details that gave meaning and depth to the story line . It was well and strategically written to reveal the necessary aspects that emerged as the pilgrimage progressed. I never wanted to quit but listened right through, although it became painful to me as the details were revealed. It had the sense of a very plausible family in todays society. this is not a feel good book for the light hearted. I will repeat well written and especially well narrated. I assume it was meant as a story of redemption. I did not like the ending or felt that it was adequate as an implication of "light at the end of the tunnel". I gave it four stars because of originality and writing, but it was not my cup of tea towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1702)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "No Real surprises, No real disappointments."
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    I started Craig Johnson's books right at the beginning. I enjoyed them so much. Now nine books into the series, I wonder if it is being driven by the television productions. I think George Guidall helps to carry the story along. He is such an excellent narrator. I am beginning to feel the familiarity of an over the top, almost superhuman heroic scene. It is hard to picture Walt as Robert Taylor, and even harder to picture "the Cheyene Nation" as Lou Diamond Phillips once one has listened to George Guidall. Nit picking aside. I think you won't be disappointed if you have enjoyed the other books. They all seem to have a similar rhythm, no real surprises, no real disappointments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1237)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Where is Humphrey Bower When We Need Him ???????"
    Overall
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    If Humhrey Bower is a mystery, he is the narrator of the Bryce Courtenay Books.
    I really real;y like this story. It is original and compelling, a little drawn out. I am curious to know whether there is an historical basis during WWII for this aspect of the story. I confess I haven't completely finished it, but nearing the end. I am not enjoying the listening as much. The narrator is dry and tedious. My ears get tired and the lack of tonal range affects the ability to relate to the characters. this is a case where a good narrator could make this a joy instead of endurance. Humphrey Bower is the man for the job.

    2 of 2 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
    (252)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1208)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1050)

    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.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "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.

    2 of 3 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
    (242)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (150)

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (3821)
    Performance
    (3067)
    Story
    (3070)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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