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Kate

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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1136)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "I love Odd Thomas"
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    I love to listen to these Odd Thomas books. The narrator is perfect. What's so good about them? For me it's the sweetness and the philosophy of Odd. The wacky situations are like a B movie device to showcase Odd's lovely humanity and depth. I just go with the flow of it and enjoy being in Odd's company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1457)
    Story
    (1464)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Astonishing!"
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    First off, Keith Szarabajka's performance of the character Arthur Opp makes him feel so very real, like he is talking to you. Arthur Opp becomes someone you'd like to know, someone I wish I could visit.

    The story is a sad one. All of the characters are complicated and very human. I only wish it had gone on longer. I really wanted to know what would happen next. There is hope!

    I recommend this book. Well worth the time. Loved the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3248)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1422)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "A Sweet Story"
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    I enjoyed this book. I like the device of letters being written back and forth. It was quite interesting, learning of the Guernsey Islands and their struggle during WWII. Good characters, a bit of romance, time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1748)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Kept me listening to the end."
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    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    This story had an interesting premise and I wanted to know how it worked itself out. It's a Jack Reacher novel. He is an interesting character. I'm not sure what's missing for me but I keep trying to really love this series, but am unable to. I recently read one and I liked reading it better than listening. I know several folks who love this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    I think Dick Hill does fine with the male voices. However, all the women sound a bit dumb and like they have a New Jersey accent or something. I found the pacing of their voices odd and hard to differentiate and always on the same level: same inflection, slow, and after a short period of time, annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "Perhaps the most disappointing ending of all time."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was an ordeal to get through. Very disturbing. I must admit I listened to the entire book and when it ended so WRONG (from my perspective) I was very sorry I invested all that time. Maybe you have to be 13 to enjoy it. I really don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (375)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "Annoying...."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This sort of book is not my usual cup of tea. However, recently I listened to "You're Next" and it had me on the edge of my seat. When I started this one, I could not even believe it was the same reader. I like Scott Brick. But in this book he sounds so whiney.

    What's nice is that it all the details get sorted out. It's just too unbelievable for my taste.
    For me it was a trial to get through it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5300)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2190)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "What a road trip!"
    Overall

    This book is so inventive, thought provoking, scary, dreamlike and funny that I had to give it a 5.
    The narration by George Guidall is pure genius!
    I'm perplexed by the negative reviews regarding swear words and sex: very little of either and all part of the larger story. I'm sure it's not for everyone but if you're up for something quirky and captivating, give it a listen.
    I'm going to see what else George Guidall has read. AMAZING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (650)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "So much of interest."
    Overall

    There is much to recommend this book. I found the story surrounding China and the situation Chinese immigrants found themselves in most compelling. Being from the Los Angeles area, I liked all the details about life in downtown. I loved the exploration of the relationship of the sisters.
    All that being said, the ending was not satisfying. In fact, the last part of the book seemed to loose energy. Worth a listen, certainly. I give it a 4 because it made me think of many things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23418)
    Performance
    (10028)
    Story
    (10100)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Like mysteries?"
    Overall

    This book is many mysteries in one. The characters are fascinating and the reader perfect. I actually listened to it twice. The second time was even better as I knew who all the characters were. Looking forward to listening to Book 2 in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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