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Rosemary

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Good read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a gentle book, accepting of all its characters' quirks and gently read. I was sorry it ended.


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2218)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Scalzi does it again"
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    Where does The Android's Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THis is my second Scalzi book- it was funny and fast moving- I enjoyed it enormously!


    What did you like best about this story?

    His humor, especially in the dialogues. His characters are great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2827)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Clever, witty and fun"
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    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded the book as a no-brainer and was delighted to find it funny and well written, as well as with a terrific narrator. I will look forward to other books by both of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1756)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1091)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Adolescent Self indulgent Fantasy"
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No- I found it irritating that the author fulfilled whatever Sherlock Holmes fantasy she has by changing Holmes into a whiny, toothless character, astonished at the brilliance of her main (adolescent self) character.

    I think the author writes well, but this book was a mistake.


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    Self-indulgent fantasy character- see above


    Did The Beekeeper's Apprentice inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Margaret says: "All Aboard!"
    "Indian Poirot"
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    What did you love best about The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing?

    The use of idioms, isn't it?




    What other book might you compare The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing to and why?

    It is on par with many other good mysteries, with a slightly exotic flair.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The women's group being robbed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Real

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Eluding the law has always been high on Dortmunder's list. But getting caught red-handed is inevitable in his next caper, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to star in a reality show that captures their next score. The producer even guarantees to keep the show from being used as evidence against them. They're dubious at first, but the pay's good, so they sign on.

    Mark says: "Westlake's best book"
    "Crime Humor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Get Real to be better than the print version?

    Not sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the whole gang, especially Dortmunder and May.





    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Dortmunder is always my favorite, but I also love the topics of discussion among the regular patrons of the bar.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "Hard boiled mystery with a soft Irish touch"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the characters, the plot and the lovely Irish voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5786)
    Performance
    (5191)
    Story
    (5180)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "SECOND BOOK SYNDROME"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No- I was disappointed.


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

    I was looking forward to this book, and did enjoy it somewhat, but it was nowhere near as good as the first book,


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good narration.


    Did Shadow of Night inspire you to do anything?

    Yes- to be suspicious of trilogy series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (724)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Victorian Forrest Gump"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dodger to be better than the print version?

    Quite possibly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dodger?

    I love Terry Pratchett's little descriptions that are quietly hilarious.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    This was my second time hearing him, and I would buy other books he narrates.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1494)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Love it!"
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    Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

    Yes, I already have. It's funny, and a romantic mystery, and wonderfully written and narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia Peabody


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    British accents


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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