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Barbara

Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Rage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    In a host of consecutive best sellers, Jonathan Kellerman has kept readers spellbound with the intense, psychologically acute adventures of Dr. Alex Delaware. Rage offers a powerful new case in point, as Delaware and LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis revisit a horrifying crime from the past that has taken on shocking and deadly new dimensions.

    Barbara says: "Top notch Delaware thriller!"
    "Top notch Delaware thriller!"
    Overall

    I've been so disappointed by the last few Kellerman novels that I took a break and skipped the last couple to come out. I may have to go back now and catch myself up, because "Rage" is an excellent example of what Dr Kellerman is capable. I pity anyone that falls for the abridged version, because the twists and turns in this multi-level story are tight and sharp, and it requires a good bit of attention paid. Special kudos to **wonderful** reader John Rubenstein who nails the perfect delivery and characterization to every part of this story.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1805)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "One of Connelly's best yet!"
    Overall

    I've really enjoyed this book, even doubling back and listening to several hours of a it a second time. True fans of Harry Bosch and his half-brother Mickey Haller will find their characters solidly represented. This one keeps moving, half police procedural and half courtroom drama, with all the favorite regulars like Maggie MacFierce and both men's daughters. A gripping story well-told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1162)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Couldn't take it anymore..."
    Overall

    I made it most of the way through Part One of this three part audiobook. The narrator was a little whiny, but I don't blame him because the book is VERY whiny. After 8 hours I have no idea what this book is about. It seems to be telling the story of a woman who shares my age, my ethnicity, my social standing, much of my history, so if I found it totally unappealing, for whom was this massive volume written? Dull dull dull. The writing is a snorefest and the characters would be better off joining a suicide cult or going to work for the GOP. Anything would be interesting. Maybe Audible will refuse this review because I didn't finish the book but nobody should be compelled to make that sacrifice. They should be happy I didn't ask for my credit back.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Slash Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Edward Wellen
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A brilliant screenwriter is tragically stricken with Alzheimer's disease. In anticipation of this he has prepared an intricate computer program to look after him and direct his every move. As a result, he fools everyone into thinking that he is still normal, including the police - who suspect him of several slasher murders.

    Barbara says: "Terrific, but why unavailable elsewhere?"
    "Terrific, but why unavailable elsewhere?"
    Overall

    This is great little sci-fi novella. Yes, it comes apart a bit toward the end but I loved it, and will listen to it again. Rene Auberjonois is a fabulous reader the perfect choice for this sophisticated tale. My great question, WHO is Edward Weller and why is this story unavailable (despite diligent searching) in print form? I found it on cassette, but nothing in print. I have several family members who "don't do audio" and would love to read this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (825)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Stunningly well-told, amazingly researched."
    Overall

    Ordinarily this is not my kind of book. I had children in high school at the time of the event, and it grieved and gripped me as much as anyone, but I thought I was saturated in it and wasn't interested in a literary autopsy of this tragedy. Still, the Salon article and then a low sale price convinced me to give it a try. The audiobook languished in my iPod for months, and finally I let it played through.

    This one was of the most-compelling reports I have ever heard. Cullen did a truly exhaustive job researching the story, and leaves no stone unturned. He is frank and decisive about those stories which are left to conjecture, or those persons who refuse to give contemporary information, and a shocking, upsetting, maddening and somewhat horrifying tale unfolds in sharp and shattering detail. I was educated and appalled.

    Don Leslie's reading is flawless and soothing in the face of such a devastating narrative. Four stars only because this tale is not for everyone, but it is for a much wider audience than I ever would have believed.

    4 of 4 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
    Overall
    (6847)
    Performance
    (3216)
    Story
    (3221)

    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..."
    "Patience is rewarded"
    Overall

    I probably wouldn't have had the patience to read this book in print. It's a good choice for audio, with some warm characters making believable choices in unimaginable circumstances. In some ways it's like "The Road" (similar title, too) but far, far more enjoyable.
    The book is actually narrated by three actors. I found Scott Brick's familiar, endearing if slightly-angst-ridden reading to be just right, but the second narrator, an actress whose name escapes me, reads the part of a futuristic young African-American girl from Philadephia as though she's auditioning for Br'er Rastus or Uncle Tom's Cabin. I have not seen the text, but I hope it isn't written in the "Yassuh, we's all gwine down de station, boss" style she adopts. It's really hard to listen to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Pathetic compared to "The Terror""
    Overall

    After reading (dead tree version) Dan Simmons masterpiece "The Terror", I dove right in to find whatever else I could by this talented author. But my enthusiasm waned about 1/3 way thru this dull, plodding, hackneyed vampire story. The narrator did an okay job, he has a droning voice but handled the Euro-speak and accents well. But the content of this book belongs in a TV movie. "Vampirism is a disease, and we can cure it!" Sound familiar? Ho-hum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (321)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Will appeal to less-demanding listeners"
    Overall

    This is a well-written story that goes nowhere. The writer/reader draws from her own life but crassly insults Americans with dozens of lines like "In England it's considered rude to interrupt someone before they have finished speaking...". She also makes no distinction between the many regions and classes of Americans, and the vast distinction between state and regional laws (particularly regarding adoption). Her birth family is filled with cliches dragged out of "Hotel New Hampshire" and worse, and her red-baiting father must have grown up in the 1930s and 40s, not the late 1970s, which he is supposed to have. Larkin does a pretty good job with accents (I'm a New Yorker living in Georgia, so I do know) and her narration is exceptionally good for author-read, but the material is too wacky and her characters too enamored of Ayn Rand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rupert Holmes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Two-time Edgar Award-winner Rupert Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era.

    Becky says: "Grab this one at the highest resolution"
    "Another hit from Rupert Holmes"
    Overall

    I didn't enjoy this AS much as "Where The Truth Lies", but it was pretty close. Holmes has created another assortment of rich and real characters, and the witty dialogue keeps me running for a pencil to jot things down. This is a less-complicated, sometimes harrowing account of a troubled man in troubled times. There are some wild plot twists and some brow-furrowing action, but all beautifully told, and the accompanying original music is a terrific plus!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Abduction

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Gimenez
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie's soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie.

    C. McCarthy says: "what a disapointment"
    "Beneath the author's ability"
    Overall

    "The Color of Law" was a wonderful book, beautifully read and full of meaningful characters, warmly brought to life. This earlier work is a dismal and clumsy exercise, the characters cornball, wooden and inane, the story stilted. The reader in this case doesn't help, although his plodding style might be less aggravating if the story had a bit more zest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: Repairman Jack #11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    It starts off simply enough. (Doesn't it always?) Jack has been on hiatus since the tragic events in Harbingers. With his beloved Gia's encouragement he dips his toe back into the fix-it pool.Christy Pickering's 18-year-old daughter is dating Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age. Christy sensed something shady and sinister about him, so she hired a private investigator to look into his past. But the PI isn't returning her calls. Will Jack find out why?

    Barbara says: "Don't start with this late entry in the series!"
    "Don't start with this late entry in the series!"
    Overall

    I'm a big, big fan of the Repairman Jack series and have waited for years for the books to be available on Audio. Why the publishers have to start with the two latest entries in the the series is anyone's guess, and too, too bad. The first five or six Repairman Jack books are much less serialized and the story can be picked up at any time, but the final entries really require some dedication and to be read in order.

    I've never much cared for Dick Hill as a narrator although his voice is bland enough not to be a major issue. In this case his thick Rust Belt accent is totally inappropriate for Jersey-born Jack and even worse for Iowa-bred Gia, but the production values are fair and the book moves along fine. Still, overall disappointing to true diehard RJ fans.

    I truly hope that this confusing offering doesn't turn off potential RJ readers, who should really go back to "The Tomb" and get the story from the beginning.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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