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Candace

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  • Two for Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

    Tim says: "So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!"
    "Cajun goes County Western?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Burke/Patton so was eager to sample a different venue. I was disappointed. I like Robicheaux thrillers so much I've bought several Apple Shuffles and distributed them among my friends. I won't be adding this one.


    Would you recommend Two for Texas to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would recommend some of the many other Burke/Patton stories first.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out


    Do you think Two for Texas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Burke continues to try different venues. I know I'll buy them, just wasn't as captivated with this theme as I have been with his past works. I download books Will Patton narrates because of his incredible soothing yet passionate voice. I wonder if he can mimic a Downeaster's dialect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4127)
    Performance
    (3773)
    Story
    (3773)

    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"
    "Why never to ask what someone is thinking"
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    Under all the monologue there was a good story...........too much monologue, it went on and on and on and on and on and on


    Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes - from this author


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    No...could have been a good story if cut in half.


    Any additional comments?

    Too drawn out........hopelessly frustrated listening to every thought the main character had and always hoping it would advance faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Sandra says: "Santini should have stayed dead"
    "Brutal Narration - couldn't finish"
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    What disappointed you about The Death of Santini?

    Both the prologue and the book's narrators were remedial at best. Surprised at Pat Conroy's stumbled prologue delivery. Dick Hill was brutal. Reminded me of a third grader reciting the adventures of Dick, Jane and Sally. Too bad. It was disappointing as I was eager to hear Pat Conroy's newest book. Plan to read it as soon as I can erase Dick Hill's voice from my memory.


    What could Pat Conroy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Selected Will Patten to read it - including the prologue.


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

    NEVER


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (801)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Not particularly suspenseful, poor narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the beginning was good and then it spiraled downhill. It was hard to listen to the narrator portray the whiny child Lauren and any/all women characters. The most irritating parts of the book were Lauren's continuing questioning and Nathans continuing indulgence.


    Would you recommend Option to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I am not planning to listen to any more Nathan McBride novels and will avoid anything read by Dick Hill.


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

    No, absolutely not. I did not enjoy his portrayal of any of the characters, especially women's voices. He also spoke slowly as if telling parts of the story to a mentally challenged person. Those parts created for me more frustration than creating suspense. Overall, I plan to avoid this narrator and will opt to read the book myself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too many good books and great narrators like Will Patton and Grover Gardner to listen to.

    0 of 2 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
    (906)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (794)

    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"
    "Burke read by Patton always a great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely...Will Patton is by far a master in the art of capturing the personality of every character. I've ordered books because Will Patton was narrating. Check out "The Son", Patton is great.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Every vignette leaves you wanting more. I totally enjoyed having Gretchen Horowitz return. James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed with a Dave Robicheaux story. This one had so many unexpected twists, you couldn't help but be on the edge of your seat. Don't hesitate to order this book.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I mentioned earlier, Will Patton is by far my favorite narrator. If you've never listened to him before, you are in for a treat. I get a charge out of his Clete Purcell interpretation and swoon over his Louisiana drawl in his Dave Robicheaux portrayal.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1252)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Another Great listen from Burke/Patton"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Creole Belle to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Will Patton breathes personality into each character. I could listen to his drawl all day long...and often do!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, in typical James Lee Burke style you never know what to expect.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Clete


    Any additional comments?

    Any James Lee Burke book will interest you, Will Patton will grab you and not let go till it's over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Grace: The Third Journal in the Walk Series: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

    Rick says: "Very good hear the others in the series!"
    "I am hooked on this series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    You never know where it will take you and you never want it to end.


    What does Richard Paul Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes it come alive. Perfect balance.


    Any additional comments?

    I am eager for the next sequel. I would encourage readers to start with the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1572)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "A predictable Stephanie Plum adventure...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    When Janet Evanovich first began the Stephanie Plum mysteries I could not tout her unique characters enough. She was my favorite author. I laughed so often that I began buying her books for friends. My daughter took me to a book signing in Portland Maine. I was a devoted fan. By book Fourteen the stories had become too predictable so I let a couple slide by. I picked up Eighteen and although a few years had passed since I'd read a Stephanie Plum mystery I found the dilemmas and reactions hadn't changed. I gave it three stars because although it was entertaining it just didn't have any surprises.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I can't recall anything outstanding


    What three words best describe Lorelei King’s performance?

    It was okay


    Was Explosive Eighteen worth the listening time?

    I wasn't excited enough to recommend it to any one else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runaway Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In this intriguing novel, master quilter Sylvia Compson comes across an heirloom quilt that muddles her heritage. She's always believed her ancestors were active in the Underground Railroad - but perhaps she's been mistaken.

    Glenna says: "HIstorically Enjoyable"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Runaway Quilt the most enjoyable?

    It was like listening to two separate stories, both interesting.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Runaway Quilt is a good title, I'd keep that.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to several friends and family members. I bought a copy for someone who prefers to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Ruby Dee could read the phone book ..."
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    If you could sum up Their Eyes Were Watching God in three words, what would they be?

    Ruby Dee could read the phone book and make it come to life!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Janie, the main character. Ruby Dee gives her life and makes you feel Janie's joy and sob for her sorrows.


    Have you listened to any of Ruby Dee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent as usual...when Ruby Dee narrates she makes the story come alive.


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

    I felt joy, panic and sorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    it was a good story with a great narration. I am recommending it to my family and friends. I could have listened to another 10 hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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