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S. Davis

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2002

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  • Kindred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Kim Staunton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

    Kirsten says: "Octavia is awesome!!"
    "Felt the Experience"
    Overall

    I had not read any work by Octavia Butler prior to her death - I wasn't really interested in Sci-Fi. This book was an enjoyable read, not traditional sci-fci but part social commentary and part history lesson. You can really feel the characters (great narrator) and feel empathy for all of them. I had a very different perspective of the time period after listening to this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (3415)
    Story
    (3409)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Grover nails it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Interesting and intelligent. The author takes us on the journey and throughout the twists and turns I never felt that any part of the book was overly dramatic. I can see a family behaving exactly like Andy and Laurie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    The family vacation it was well written and engaging.


    Which character ??? as performed by Grover Gardner ??? was your favorite?

    ALL of them! I will admit I read this because of Grover Gardner (love the David Rosenfelt novels) so I did have some trouble separating this book and had to start over several times. Both authors use Andy and Laurie as main characters. I think his gruff voice was just fine for all of the characters, maybe because I am accustomed to him reading in the female role from previous books. His easy humor and flowing style really enhanced the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't tell w/o a spoiler - so you will just have to trust the reviewers. It is well written and touching in many ways. The characters are human.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Show No Fear: A Nina Reilly Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Perri O'Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By Dagmara Dominczyk
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Five years before the events related in O'Shaughnessy's first Nina Reilly novel, Motion to Supress, Nina is living in Carmel, California, with Bob, her toddler-age son, and working as a paralegal at a law firm while attending law school at night. Additional stress comes from Nina's former boyfriend, Richard Filsen, who thinks she is a bad mother and sues her for custody of her son.

    Jean says: "Show No Fear"
    "Finally - where it all began"
    Overall

    I have either read or listened to all of the books in this series and generally like them and the narration. I don't like this narrator though - she is monotonous and drones on. I prefer narration by Laural Merlington (although she can be a bit whiny at times - particularly when Nina is having love drama) and really wish she had done this one as well. Overall the book sheds insight on the previous books which is a nice touch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1114)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Love the Camel Club but...."
    Overall

    I have read them all and loved each one until now...

    All of the books require that we believe that Oliver Stone (John Carr) is a modern day superman. I had no problem with that, I love the character. But this book had "twists and turns" that made absolutely NO SENSE. It just never seemed to stop and I don't mean that in a good way. I agree with the other reviewers about the narration. If you are going to use male and female voices at least PLEASE refrain from "he said" and "she said" with every sentence...that is simply adding insult to injury.

    Overall I say skip it unless you are like me and MUST read every single book it a series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Second Chances: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Sheehan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (14)

    Jack Tobin, a Florida trial lawyer, is dedicated to ending capital punishment one prisoner at a time. Jack is convinced that doomed convict Henry Wilson is innocent, but can he delay execution and get Henry a new trial in time?

    Donna says: "Sappy"
    "Enjoying the Narrator"
    Overall

    I am really enjoying this book - the writing is engaging and the narrator excellent. The "choppy" parts are when the character and his wife are jogging and is quite good in creating an image. His ability to change his voice with the characters is EXCELLENT! No "he said" "she said" with each sentence and you can really follow the conversations.

    Descriptions are clear and really create a picture. Good so far (I am about 2 hours in).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down to the Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Matt Wolfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    As a small-town reporter for the Bergen News, Chris Turley could never measure up to his father, Edward--one of the last great investigative journalists. With his father's legend ever-present, Chris dreams of his own Pulitzer, as he bides his time covering press conferences and town hall meetings. Then one day his fortunes turn.

    Kaye E Steeno says: "Good"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    This book is very different from the "dog" stories and frankly I enjoy those more. The writing is smart and funny - the ending was a bit disappointing as I don't think the reasoning of the bad actors was fully explored. I figured out "whodunit" a little too soon for my reading pleasure. All in all, worth the credit (1) but if you haven't read the author's work before check out those dog books - they are hilarious and engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (101)

    A life without stress or fear may seem like an impossible dream-yet Thich Nhat Hanh has spent a lifetime proving not only is it possible, but it is also within our grasp. On Living Without Stress or Fear, this treasured Zen master shares a message of hope: that we can, through the practice of mindfulness, find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger and despair "Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it," reveals Thich Nhat Hanh.

    S. Davis says: "Just Listen"
    "Just Listen"
    Overall

    I have several of Thay's books and have even had the opportunity to "be" at one of his retreats at Spirit Rock (Northern California) many years ago. I find this audio book to be soothing to my soul. Some words are difficult to discern but upon closer (and mindful) listening his message comes through clearly. I do find that I listen to the same sections more than once, not because I didn't understand, but because the wisdom is rich and the reminders to "stop" and relax, and smile resonate with me in the midst of my busy-ness. He implores us to be kind to ourselves and that if we are to have a peaceful world we must be at peace with our own bodies.

    This lecture is obviously a recording of a retreat session. I felt as though I was having my own "space" and he makes meditation accessible sprinkled with loving humor ("you don't have to force yourself to sit in a lotus position - sit in the magnolia position").

    I am cultivating calm each time I hear this recording.

    May you be happy, may you be free from suffering, may you live with ease.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (415)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Grover IS Andy Carpenter"
    Overall

    I have read all of the books in the series and really love the easy (dry) humor and excellent "flow" of the narrator. Premise is cute - dog needs a lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (109)

    Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan, Eric, and Ober, for help.

    Sally says: "Better than anticipated"
    "Even Scott Brick couldn't make this interesting!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Meltzer's Zero Game, Millionaires and First Counsel but this one is idiotic and boring. I too kept trying to figure out what was next...I wish I had just cut my losses and stopped listening. Go back to what works Brad...this didn't.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (758)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this series and the first one is the best in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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