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Sally Harrison-Pepper

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  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "Going Downhill"
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    Would you try another book from Spencer Quinn and/or Jim Frangione?

    Probably not


    What could Spencer Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish Quinn had found more ways to use the concept of a story told from the dog's perspective. It was such a great idea in his first book, Dog On It, and had lots of hilarious consequences. I loved the way in which Chet, the dog, would get distracted when his owner/partner Bernie was in the middle of explaining the crime they were trying to solve and we'd miss #3 in a list of three. Often, Chet would be listening and then spot a piece on food on the food "Ooh, a Cheetoh! My favorite" and gobble it up, never returning to Bernie's observations. He was a most unreliable narrator, but wonderfully so.

    Unfortunately, no book has been as good as that first one. Instead, it seems like each book is less likable than the ones preceding it.


    What aspect of Jim Frangione’s performance would you have changed?

    He should've been more excitable and frisky, in other words, "dog-like." I just don't see Chet being so solemn and deliberate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marx: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Singer
    • Narrated By Kyle Munley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Marx: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

    Sally Harrison-Pepper says: "Dated & Droning"
    "Dated & Droning"
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    Information is presented by a droning narrator. Conclusions are no longer persuasive -- much has changed since this book was written.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Larry Ruttman
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (1)

    Most fans don't know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.

    Sally Harrison-Pepper says: "I Really Wanted to Like This Book"
    "I Really Wanted to Like This Book"
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    I teach a course on "Baseball & American Culture" and was really excited about this book. The subject needs more attention than it's had in the past and this seemed so promising. Unfortunately, the book is poorly structured, wandering all over the place, and is read by a plodding narrator who sounds like he's in his 70's (no slur on age -- I'm in my 60's -- but on his pacing (repetitive) and vocal timbre). I had to give up after three hours. Giving the disorganized structure, the written version will likely not be any better. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Local Habitation: An October Daye Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day.

    Marci says: "What a fantastic book!"
    "Not As Good as the First"
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    As my title says, this one was not even close to being as good as the first in this series. The first was well written. This one seemed formulaic. I won't be listening to more, I suspect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Ball: Marketing the Myth and Managing the Reality of Major League Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert F. Lewis
    • Narrated By Scotty Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Smart Ball follows Major League Baseball's history as a sport, a domestic monopoly, a neocolonial power, and an international business. MLB's challenge has been to market its popular mythology as the national pastime with pastoral, populist roots while addressing the management challenges of competing with other sports and diversions in a burgeoning global economy. Baseball researcher Robert F. Lewis II argues that MLB for years abused its legal insulation and monopoly status.

    Sally Harrison-Pepper says: "Smart Book with an Unfortunate Narrator"
    "Smart Book with an Unfortunate Narrator"
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    Lewis presents a provocative, scholarly argument that takes considerable focus to listen to and fully grasp (I've purchased the book to re-read his argument). And while I very much appreciated his perspectives, the narrator was extremely annoying in his frequently mispronounced words. Dominant among these words, and one that author Lewis uses throughout his book: "Pastoral." Pronounced "pas-TOR-al" by the narrator, every time he said it, I had to keep saying out loud: PAS-tor-al. grrrrr.... I went to online dictionaries to listen to audible pronunciations of this word, just to confirm that some new way of saying it hadn't entered the English language. It hasn't. So, the narrator (and whoever let him continue saying not only this word -- an especially important one when talking about the myth of baseball -- but the names of players as well) made this an even more difficult read. But I pushed on because I found the argument fascinating and, well, SMART.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gate at the Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lorrie Moore
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    In her dazzling new novel--her first in more than a decade--Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

    Wendy says: "Great Writing - Not Great Book"
    "Staccato Plot"
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    This book had a weird, staccato feeling, in which plot elements jumped around and sometimes seemed to omit important information. It kept me from really engaging with the book in ways I might have with a smoother ride. In addition, the narrator was perhaps instructed to read with the vocal affect originally from Valley Girls but now much more widespread that is known as "vocal fry" at the end of sentences -- that growly, I'm-so-bored kind of tone -- and it annoyed the heck out of me. I tried to overlook it or credit it as an intentional, performative device, but it was difficult to do so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6067)
    Performance
    (5261)
    Story
    (5253)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Beautiful!"
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    This is a beautifully written book. The language and structure are so great that I'm going to buy a hard copy so that I can reread and admire the author's beautiful choices. The reader does a good job -- not as beautiful as the writing, but good enough to convey a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (998)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Beware: iPod Freezer!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Long time Audible member & never had a problem before. But this download repeatedly froze my iPod. I tried downloading again, and then downloading at lower quality. Nothing worked. Had to get a refund on this one. And I really was enjoying the story a lot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Angell
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Roger Angell has witnessed many of the great and small events in the past 10 years of baseball. These writings, which first appeared in The New Yorker, provide a unique record of this turbulent decade, from the rise of California baseball and the comical and agonizing sufferings of the early Mets to the fall of the Yankee empire and the repeated triumphs of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Orioles. In eloquent, concise language, Angell depicts the many faces of America's favorite pastime.

    Derrick says: "Outstanding!"
    "Great Stories; Uneven Audio Quality"
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    I loved these stories and have ordered the book to enjoy them again. The audio quality, however, was so uneven it was occasionally difficult to listen. Good reader, but bad sound engineer. A most unfortunate result for such great writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5883)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2517)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "What a whiner!"
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    Hated the kid in this story -- whine whine whine -- grew so repetitious I was actually yelling at my radio.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful

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