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San Jose, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 357 ratings
  • 590 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Beautiful language, wonderful story"

    John Grisham writes beautiful book. The language is mesmirizing, the characters are loveable, the story kept me coming back to listen to just a little more, and more, and more.
    What I appreciated most was the craft and artistry that Grisham displayed in describing the 9 years between the trial and the retribution that came next. A lesser author would have made it a transition paragraph rather than the take the opportunity to beguile us with the characters, let us experience the character growth, and the convey the development of that small town. I fell in love with the place as well as its population.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "An amazingly suspenseful and satisfying book"

    OK, so it is extremely well written and the narrator is excellent. I would expect no less from Alexandre Dumas and John Lee. What I didn't expect is how it kept me listening. It is as romantic and adventurous as you could immagine. The characters are well drawn the plot, multifaceted and original. I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Never Leaves You

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adreana Robbins
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin

    Paris Never Leaves You is full of fascinating characters: models, vintners, poets, and especially artists and those who fawn on them and prey on them. Their glittering world forms the backdrop for a modern-day Cinderella story. A stunned Djuna Cortez has just inherited the estate of eccentric artist Joaquim Carlos Cortez - and learned that he is her grandfather. Barely 21, Djuna is soon overwhelmed by the City of Lights. She falls in love with a handsome winemaker who seems to be the man of her dreams, but discovers that she is living a nightmare. Isolated in the French countryside, Djuna finds salvation in reading her grandfather's journals which spin a mesmerizing tale of the young artist in 1930s Paris, facing with the rest of the city the advances of Nazi forces. From her grandfather's struggles and tragedies, Djuna gathers the strength to finally break free from her abusive husband and take the steps necessary to preserve her life, her sanity, her fortune, and her grandfather's powerful artistic legacy.

    Barbara says: "Absorbing book"
    "Good Story - Poor Exectution."

    It is important for all of the background information and description to feel as if it is part of the story, the environment, the emotional world of the story so that all parts of the story fit together organically. When I was first learning to draw, I had to work at making the trees look as if they were growing out of the earth rather than just stuck on the ground like statues.
    This book is full of descriptions and background that are inorganic to the text. They are trees just stuck on the ground.
    Robbins use of metaphor, simile, analogy suffer from a lack of introduction and transition and relationship to the body of the story. It was embarrasing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage.

    Terri says: "One of Sparks best. . ."
    "What is the appeal??"

    While I found the language in this book appealing, the story just didn't appeal to me. This is the second of Nickolas Sparks book I have heard, the first being the Notebook, which was abridged. I have to wonder if I would have liked this book more if it had been abridged since I feel I waisted a great deal of time listening to detail that seemed to be written just to pad the book.
    I didn't find myself caring enough about anyone to wonder what would happen to them next since I was pretty sure that nothing much would.
    The 180 turnaround to Prince Charming was contrived and unbelievable.
    Fortunately I love being read to and Tom Wopat seems a skilled reader so I persisted to the end and then wondered why I bothered.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Thought provoking roller coaster ride"

    Twenty words into this novel and I was hooked. I love a good mystery that challanges me to solve the puzzle and teaches me about things I never realized during the solving. The premise was shocking and thrilling - a real roller coaster ride of ideology, twists, turns, only to end up with the perfect soft landing. The ending was ingenious. It goes far enough to be satisfying, but not so far as to question the sanity of the author. It was a truely a wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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