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Anita

madhswife

PORTLAND, OR, United States

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  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    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
  • 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
    (532)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (328)

    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
    (3985)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3556)

    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
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1015)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Fun, fun, fun!"
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    This is a terrific novel for summertime enjoyment!

    The two plot lines running simultaneously mesh together in the end just right. The narrator captures Poppy perfectly and made me wish that another would be written to follow her further exploits. I think I have known her in another life - I actually found myself yelling at her, "Dump the bum!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2178)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "The excitement never ends!"
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    What made the experience of listening to You're Next the most enjoyable?

    Just when you thought the story could not get more exciting - it did!


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

    I truly felt like I was on a long jog - and then was forced to jog further. In fact, this is the first audio book I felt compelled to listen to during my daily workout - could not put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    The long-awaited new legal thriller from John Grisham is here. In The Summons, law professor Ray Atlee and his black-sheep brother are called home by their ailing father, the Judge, for a family meeting that never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

    Michelle says: "Unremarkable"
    "A sequel, please, Mr. Grisham?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it's a fine example Grisham's story telling abilities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summons?

    The twist of the end.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michael Beck is a terrific narrator for Grisham's southern location novels.


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

    I cared enough about the characters to want to know what happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5490)
    Performance
    (3446)
    Story
    (3455)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "A different kind of "dog" story..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already. It made me genuinely happy!


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enzo really comes to life - I found myself looking at my own dog and wondering when she would begin talking to me.


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

    I had one impression of how the book would go from the opening chapter, but the end was completely different than I anticipated - and pleasantly so.


    Any additional comments?

    Forget everything you've ever thought about a book about dogs - or animals of any kind. This one will cause you to laugh, to cry and ultimately believe in happy-ever-after!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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