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Loyola

A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.

CAMDENTON, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Kill Me Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maggie Shayne
    • Narrated By Rachel Butera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Reclusive novelist Aaron Westhaven, a man she's admired - and more - for years, has accepted Olivia Dupree's invitation to speak at a local fundraiser. But the day he's due to arrive, she gets a call summoning her to the bedside of a John Doe whose sole possession is her business card. Can this undeniably compelling man - survivor of an execution-style gunshot wound - really be the novelist the lonely Olivia has grown to think of as a near soul mate?

    Paula says: "Fast moving romantic thriller"
    "lame story, awful narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator tried to use different voices for the various characters in this book. Unforttunately she chose the most irritating "little girl" voice for the heroine who is supposed to be a university professor. It made it excruciating to finish the story. The book itself starts out fairly well, but the story line got lamer as it progressed.... with the events and behavior of the characters becoming more ludicrous. A very disappointing listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2748)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Wandering storyline, I lost interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Agent to the Stars? What did you like least?

    Best- concept of alien species trying to understand humans.
    Least- wandering storyline that seemingly goes nowhere ( at least till 60% of the book, which is when I lost interest and gave up)


    If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

    Not applicable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't really have a favorite.


    Could you see Agent to the Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not based on what I listened to. Too much conversation, too little action, doesn't seem to be a point to the evolving "plot". This book didn't engage me or motivate me to keep reading to see what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator, just wish the book had been better written. I would probably not try another by this author,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Hand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Ten years ago, Horace Blair fell in love with Carrie, the prosecutor during his DUI trial. After a torrid courtship, he persuaded her to marry him and to sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful during the first 10 years of their marriage. The week before their 10th anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire hires one of D.C.'s most brilliant and ruthless defense attorneys - Charles Benedict.

    Mary says: "It should've been a better book"
    "Too many characters, hard to determine main focus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story seemed to switch from one primary character to another... hard to tell who the main protagonist was. There were so many characters and changes of scene, that it was hard to tell who some of the speakers were supposed to be. There wasn't really any character portrayed with much depth. Characters spoke in conversations, but there wasn't any narrative about what people were thinking or why.

    It's an adequate vacation read, but not a satisfying novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the step by step "reveal" of how the villain managed to frame the victim's husband.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    That's my problem. While Dana apparently is a continuing character, there was little done to develop her as a full and real person... and I didn't identify with her issues of excess violence while defending herself because of past, but unexplained, experiences. I didn't particularly like or dislike her.. but not motivated to read another in the series.


    Do you think Sleight of Hand needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for this plot... apparently there is a continuing character but I really don't care if the character is brought into other novels because I didn't particularly like or respect her.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator rather dry and unemotional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly...in 30 Minutes: A Concise Summary of Dr. William Davis's Bestselling Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By 30 Minute Expert Summaries
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Wheat Belly...in 30 minutes is the guide to quickly understanding the celebrated weight loss and health improvement method outlined in WilliamDavis M.D.'s bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. In Wheat Belly, renowned heart physician William Davis M.D. makes the case that eliminating wheat consumption will lead to weight loss and a healthier life.

    paul says: "Things to know"
    "narrator is dry and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's more of a scientific work, but it just droned on and on with statistics. The narrator did not modulate his voice much.


    Would you be willing to try another book from 30 Minute Expert Summaries? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was boring.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Paused more, used greater inflection, used more emphasis to convey conviction.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Unlikely - it would be a documentary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nose for Trouble: Dale Kinsall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Doranna Durgin
    • Narrated By Tom Schiff
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Dale Kinsall, DVM, and his young Beagle Sully are brand new to the high desert of the American Southwest. Determined to escape reminders of the catastrophic fire that scarred his memory and damaged his lungs, Dale arrives to a clinic populated by an eccentric staff, even odder clients - and a community all abuzz about a recent murder. The wagging tongues grow even louder when Dale himself stumbles across a second victim on his very first day at the clinic.

    Loyola says: "thin plot, formulaic"
    "thin plot, formulaic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Nose for Trouble? What did you like least?

    Vet and dog focus.
    I did not like that the main character did not take care of himself given his longstanding medical condition. I can't feel much sympathy for someone who keeps having urgent medical situations but eats poorly and doesn't have his meds nearby. The other characters were very thin and lacked depth.


    Would you recommend Nose for Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not worth the money.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Schiff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard this narrator before. He did fine-- it was the story I lost interest in.


    Do you think Nose for Trouble needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No... not unless this author seriously develops his skills.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diabetes Without Drugs: The 5-Step Program to Control Blood Sugar Naturally and Prevent Diabetes Complications

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Suzy Cohen
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Based on breakthrough studies, Diabetes Without Drugs reveals how people with diabetes can reduce their need for prescription medication and minimize the disease's effect on the body.

    Gary says: "Supplements, supplements and more supplements"
    "Good info, narrator drove me nuts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Diabetes without Drugs in three words, what would they be?

    Vital health information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a - this is a medical book without leading characters.


    What didn’t you like about Jo Anna Perrin’s performance?

    Narrator has a high pitched voice and speaks in an unnatural cadence. Her slow pacing and odd inflections make her narration sound like she is reading a book to kindergartners. I did not finish the book because the narration was too irritating.

    I regret not finishing it, because the author's content is valuable to me... I may end up buying it in book form instead. Perhaps Amazon would let me exchange the audiobook for the Kindle book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    not applicable - it would be a documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I wonder why people choose the narrators that they do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6800)
    Performance
    (3846)
    Story
    (3872)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Sordid and disgusting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Daniel Suarez and/or Jeff Gurner?

    Definitely no.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Descriptions of cruelty, forced oral sex, depravity sprinkled throughout first few chapters. Despite the plot description which sounded like clever use of computer technology, the plot involving technology took second place to the disgusting narrative. I quit trying after a few chapters --- feeling that completing the book would be masochism. I don't consider this trash to be literature even if the technology plot is interesting. Why would people want to listen to this?


    What three words best describe Jeff Gurner’s performance?

    It was OK.


    What character would you cut from Daemon?

    Not applicable - did not finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this because of advertising from Audible lauding the plot and technical expertise of the author. There was nothing in the review information that suggested that there would be such explicit descriptions of depraved behavior. I am disappointed and this will make me extra cautious in choosing future purchases.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (522)

    In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Too grisly and gory for me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Undone? What did you like least?

    Narrator was quite good. Main characters were realistic people and not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    Unlikely. The book description and other reviews did not allude to the sadistic, ugly narrative.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "interesting story, excellent narration"
    Overall

    For me, this was an interesting story and very good narration. I looked forward to each listening installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starswarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

    L. says: "Genius"
    "good story, annoying narration"
    Overall

    This was a pretty good sci fi story - it kept my interest. However, the book seemed to take forever to finish. The narrator has lengthy pauses after every sentence and often, in the middle of a sentence. I would not choose a book by this narrator again. My disappointment with the listening experience caused me to lose interest frequently. I might read the actual book, though, especially if there were a sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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