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Ann

LOUISVILLE, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Franzen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone is his intimate memoir of his development from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person", through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions.

    Doggy Bird says: "Good narration, like some essays more than others"
    "Not for the Christmas season"
    Overall

    My advice is to read Wendy Spero and Bill Bryson instead.

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (904)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Will Patton needs a female cohort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've always liked Will Patton's interpretation of men's voices, especially Clete's. His reading has made some less-interesting books tolerable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tthe Bone Season


    How could the performance have been better?

    Will Patton can do a passable version of Alafair, but absolutely flunks doing the voice of Gretchen. Please hire a woman to help him out.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, I couldn't finish.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3704)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1136)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "an earful"
    Overall

    The second part of the trilogy is wonderfully compelling. The musical interludes between chapters are terrible -- ear piercing interrruptions to an otherwise great dramatization.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (317)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "Will Patton carries the day"
    Overall

    The excellent narration almost makes up for the flaws in the narrative. I missed the bits of humor in JLB's previous book "Crusader's Crossing" and got tired of Dave's self-rightousness.
    However, I look forward to what JLB will do in Iberia Parish in the wake of Katrina.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Suzn F says: "Another delicious book from JLB"
    "What listening is all about"
    Overall

    Will Patton's narration of this book was wonderful. I listened to it during a long trip and found myself sorry when the book ended before the drive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (197)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Needs an editor"
    Overall

    I bought the book to listen to during a long drive. It made the trip interminable -- plodding, repetitive, dreary in all respects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

    Patricia says: "Loved it!"
    "Lost his touch"
    Overall

    No need to review the action or lack thereof. I hope this is an anomaly.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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