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Davis, CA | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 347 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "A great book"

    I've read and enjoyed lots of Lisa Scottoline books. Most of them are more lighthearted than this one. The story is interesting and makes you think about what you'd do if you had a similar moral dilemma. it has a bit of a fairytale ending, but I still liked it alot. Highly recommended!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Really good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    The way that the characters become real people that you really care about.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    I can't say without giving away the story. But I really cared about what happened to Kell, so every moment that pertained to him was memorable, maybe especially his mother's death and the way he reacted.

    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    If you could take any character from Heft out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kell. I want to see what's happened to him since the end of the story. OK. I want to take Arthur Opp out too, to see if Kell changed his life like I think it did.

    Any additional comments?

    The story builds and builds to the climax and sometimes I wanted to be able to skim through it (like you can when you read text) so I could get there. But listening forces you to hear every bit of this wonderfully written book and you realize how important that is so that you can truly understand these characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "I love this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I haven't read it. But I can't imagine that a movie that doesn't have the great narration and the wonderful metaphorical writing would be as good.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The beautiful writing, especially the voice of the narrator.

    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He read it perfectly.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it. Mostly I'd say I cried.

    Any additional comments?

    The story is great but it's the language that makes this such a wonderful book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "You really start to care about this guy!"
    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Well, Theo, obviously. But Pittu performed all of the characters perfectly. His Boris was also outstanding. He does it all--accents, male/female, the right emotions.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a GREAT book. You really get pulled into the story and start feeling like this boy is real. Sometimes he does stupid things and you want to shake him. Other times, you just feel so sorry for the tricks life has played on him. All of the characters were developed to the point that you knew them and what made them tick. This is one of my all time favorite audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Don't waste your credit"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    A condensed version.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    Probably not, but it might just be the roles they were reading. Julia's voice was so whiny. Kirby's was too high.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    many many chapters, all the endless whining/explaining by Amy. Most of the middle. The plot did not warrant such a long drawn-out book.

    Any additional comments?

    While the basic, "whodunnit" is kind of interesting at first, this book drags on and on. Neither character is particularly likable. About halfway through, I actually asked someone who'd read it to tell me what happened so I wouldn't have to listen to the whole long boring story to get to the end. She gave me a hint and I skipped about 20 chapters and listened to the last couple. I felt completely ripped off and disgusted by the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    What disappointed you about Life of Pi?

    He talked and talked, belabored his points, and there was no story or plot.

    What was most disappointing about Yann Martel’s story?

    I thought it was going to be great based on the reviews, but it didn't keep my attention at all. Listening to it while stuck in a traffic jam, all I could do was wish I had something more interesting to listen to.

    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He was fine.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just boredom and disappointment.

    Any additional comments?

    I truly don't understand why people love this book and why they made a movie of it. Maybe I should have tried to continue past ch. 14, but I was afraid I'd fall asleep while driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

    A User says: "Eclipse"
    "Great book and you can learn a lot!"

    Although this book is very long, I enjoyed it very much. Of course I already knew there are big problems in Palestine and Israel, but this book gave me a much understanding of the issue, while being interesting and entertaining, too. An intelligent novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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