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  • 9 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 555 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "S-L-O-W, LONG and Tedious"

    If you enjoy droning, monotonous, preachy political diatribes, this is the book for you.

    Where was the editor and where was the red pen?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "for the want of a nail ..."

    There aren't many books I would care to listen to again, but long before it was over - I knew I'd want to hear it again.

    The stories of the characters are unraveled and re-woven with subtle twists that allow you to be come a secret witness to events and inside participant to the story!

    The narrator's voice was perfect pairing to the author's tone of understated humor & intelligence in the story telling.

    Kudos to Tilly! I will miss her the most.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Haunting depths"

    Jonathan Safron Foer paints the reader into a landscape of sharing the horrors experienced and unspeakable grief shared by the characters woven together in this story.

    Oskar's journey of finding truth ties the recent loss of his father with the tragedy of his grandparents' lifelong journey of denying their own truths related to their shared losses experienced as teenagers.

    It is captivating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "I'm glad this wasn't my first exposure to JLB"

    After listening to Rain Gods, I was looking forward to hearing more about Hackberry Holland. This one was disappointing. It was disjointed, rambling and I never got a hint of the plot. I wish I'd passed on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Liked it!"

    This was a fun and quirky twist on the classic story. It was a fun one to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "I should have listened to the other reviewers"

    The story line was ok and I would have probably enjoyed the book more - except for the narrator. I stuck it out but just couldn't keep focused on the storyline. I think I might have enjoyed this one more if I read it, instead of trying to listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Dexter was a Dud"

    The normally diabolical Dexter was replaced by a drab dad re-evaluating his life style and life choices, trying to change his ways... Bah. BRING BACK THE SOCIOPATH! He's supposed to be the kind of bad guy we can still feel an affinity toward! At least Brian didn't disappoint.

    The author's narration was good, there were a few quirky funny lines, but overall this Dexter was a Dud...

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."

    After the initial reviews, I was looking forward to it; but it didn't live up to the hoo haa. The early part of the book and all the character development was lost as the plot lurched forward to the second part of the story.

    The subsequent storylines were poorly woven and skipped around so much - I found myself thinking I must have zoned out and missed something, only to back track and realize it wasn't ME... the story just irratically moved forward to a new tangent.

    There was a scene where one of the characters is watching a movie and mentions the people in the movie are just pretending to be a part of the story... that's how this book felt too. The characters were flat and lifeless.

    With all that said, I enjoyed Sarah's narrations and would have like to hear more of her part of the story.

    The ending was BLAH. I'm only glad I got it as a "special offer" through Audible; I would have been pained if I had wasted 2 credits on this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Road Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

    Richard Delman says: "Pretty fine Elmore Leonard."
    "Just okay"

    It moved along and held my interest but never lit a spark. The ending fell flat.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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