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madhswife

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 14 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 690 titles in library
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  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Move over Raymond Chandler!"
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    It's hard to believe this is the debut novel of a 24-year-old! The ultimate novel for me is one I forget about the time on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym - and three days worth of workouts could have easily been one, had I been willing to spend an entire day at the gym. I'm so hoping that the Ghostman becomes a recurring character in an entire series of novels. And the narration by Jake Webber is spot on. Well done, Roger Hobbs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    fred says: "Loved this book"
    "A book everyone should read!"
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    Do you love books and do (did) you love your mother? If you answer yes to these two questions, Will Schwalbe's book should not be missed. I'm not an Audible listener who often reviews books - books are personal and one person's, "Not to be missed!" is another's, "Utter rubbish!" But this one is truly outstanding.

    In one book, you receive not only a reading list to work from (oh, yes, I do intend to read some of the books Will and Mary Ann discussed), but you learn how to share the end of a loved one's life. This marks the first time I'll buy a hard copy of a book I've listed to - so that I might share it with others, in much the same way Mary Ann would undoubtedly share her son's lovely homage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (554)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "Every woman's fantasy!"
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    So long as you consider this book for what it really is - a fun romp - this is a great book! It's not "literature," but I read this after finishing a much more serious book with my book club, and it was just what I needed. Something that takes no real brain muscle, but entertaining enough to keep you interested. I can hardly wait to read what Donna and Jack are up to next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    Charles says: "Disappointing"
    "I really need the next installment!"
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    I should know better than to begin a series that hasn't had all the books completed! Book 1 caused me to immediately search out Book 2 and now I need the next one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3315)
    Performance
    (2836)
    Story
    (2830)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Taryn says: "Not My Cup of Tea"
    "Predictable, but a terrific story!"
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    It may be that I read many, many, many mysteries, so I really could predict the direction of this story. That being said, the author crafted a well written, character driven story. I'm happy this is "Book 1" of a Riley MacPherson series - because I really like Riley. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

    25 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Divorce Papers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Susan Rieger
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm's most important client....

    Susan C. S. says: "Singularly unsuited for audio."
    "'Suits' meets Peyton Place!"
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    Do you know a lawyer? Because this book is less about the divorce of a married couple than the internal goings-on at a law firm. I know several lawyers, and have always known they have a certain 'sinister' side to their personalities and if this portrayal of a law firm is even half true, I'm really glad I decided to forego the law! Think of it as a lawyer's "Peyton Place."

    The varied narrators make it very easy to know which character's perspective you're hearing - truly a help since it's written as though you are reading legal documents, memoranda and notes, rather than in a typical dialogue format.

    I found it fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1585)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "All this, and my dad was only three years old...."
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    I had no idea I would learn more about American history through one single summer's perspective than I did in two high school and six college courses! Bill Bryson is the genius who was able to give me that opportunity. And, you'll miss out if you don't listen to him narrate his own words... I can only hope he never stops writing and reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (355)

    Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, creates a compelling reality in this tale about an illiterate America in the not-too-distant future. Lenny Abramov may just be penning the world’s last diary. Which is good, because while falling in love with a rather unpleasant woman and witnessing the fall of a great empire, Lenny has a lot to write about.

    Ryan says: "Dystopia Now"
    "Is there a more boring story?"
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    I enjoy plot driven novels; I enjoy character driven novels...This one was neither. The best thing I can say is to mention why I never thought reading someone else's journal or diary would hold an interest for me: like most people, these characters are insanely ordinary and boring! I bought it for the premise, but unlike some other reviewers ("Our 1984," really?) it was at best, mocking. And as for characters I've found the teenagers in my neighborhood more interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (378)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Spies and kids - who knew?!?"
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    With the advent of the television program "The Americans" and the fact that I've been to many of the locales in the novel, this book was quite enjoyable. As a story, perhaps not quite as tight as it might have been, but it was a terrific read.

    My only criticism is that I had inklings of the outcome early on - but maybe that's because I'm really familiar with the genre. I very much enjoyed the narrator and the fact that it was "read," not "dramatized."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4778)
    Performance
    (4263)
    Story
    (4264)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A different kind of "dog" story..."
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    I can finally recommend a "dog story" to my friends: not a sad ending!
    I like that Scott was not a whiner and loved the few chapters from Maggie's point of view. It gave me an entirely new impression of my own dog - I always knew she was smarter than anyone ever gave her credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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