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Carol

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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Interesting Peek Behind the Curtain"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, it's not a great book, but it is interesting and entertaining. Emilio and Martin share rich stories of childhood and growth, and I have a greater appreciation for them as people than I did before.


    What other book might you compare Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to and why?

    I wanted to compare it to Rob Lowe's autobiography, but it's not quite as personal or gripping as his.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

    Martin's father


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Compound Fractures: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (74)

    In Compound Fractures, Alan is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him. He is compelled to reconsider what he has long believed about trust and about love while he is trying to cope with overwhelming loss and grief.

    JuliaRose says: "Fantastic Series, Disappointing ending"
    "Chick Lit"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen White and/or Dick Hill?

    I have read previous Stephen White books and enjoyed them, this one has no similarities. Dick Hill--never. He sounds like Walter Cronkite and has the most awful Chicago accent for Sam (or I believe that is what he is trying to convey). Painful.


    Has Compound Fractures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from Stephen White.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    A younger more interesting voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately this often happens in long running series--the author stops writing stories and becomes completely engrossed in "character development". Nothing but unrealistic drama and ridiculous scenarios. How about a doctor whose last name is doctor? Yes, Dr. Doctor. Come on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1870)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1640)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Should be labeled Science Fiction"
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    What disappointed you about Two Graves?

    The story started out very promising, but then went south quickly with characters taking on more or less Super Hero powers. I can buy into using advanced science to justify certain stretches of reality, but this went way beyond the believable, and made the story seem rather ridiculous. If you like science fiction/fantasy, this is a good story, but if you're looking for an intelligent mystery, this is not it.


    Has Two Graves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre it's listed in, but I feel it has been misrepresented and should be in the Science Fiction category.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall good reading.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1497)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Plum Entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Notorious Nineteen the most enjoyable?

    The characters.


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

    Equally well.


    Any additional comments?

    As with all Stephanie Plum novels, you know what you're going to get. Wacky characters, harebrained schemes, outlandish outcomes, but all in all extremely entertaining and with an actual story line that, surprisingly, holds together despite the mayhem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1608)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Not One of Connelly's Best Efforts"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Michael McConnohie?

    Definitely


    Would you recommend The Black Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe not this particular book. The story just never really caught fire with me.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of the Harry Bosch novels and enjoy them very much. The character is likable and the stories believable. This one, however, just didn't make a whole lot of sense to me as far as being able to piece together the details of a crime that happened 20 years prior. The evidence was just a little too conveniently available, and the conspiracy a little too far fetched to hold together. But as always, a solid book with many redeeming moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10478)
    Performance
    (9516)
    Story
    (9533)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Good build up but a bit too far-fetched conclusion"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    This was an engaging read, with likable and interesting characters. The beginning and middle of the book kept you reading and guessing all the way, but as the reveal began to take shape I was a bit disappointed, a little too out there and not quite in context with the timbre of the rest of the story. Overall entertaining though, the narrator was a bit wooden but I've heard worse.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1046)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Narrator Stole from the Story"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

    Probably not, just because this was your typical "espionage" story--the setup, and then everyone killing everyone else while being on the run. There were some interesting issues raised, such as the role of the government and the web, but the narrator was so flat and expressionless that it was hard to really get excited about the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (471)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Just couldn't get into this one--too depressing"
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    What disappointed you about Polar Star?

    It was very bland and depressing to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Cruz Smith again?

    Yes, I would try again. He seems like a good writer, maybe he has other works that are not such a downer.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (796)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Great story, but not a great story teller"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story had all the data and information there, but it was told as if it was written and being read for a school oral report. I think a lot of the drama that occurred during the experience is lost in the telling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2551)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Interesting but slow moving"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A nice story, interesting to see how the character and his wife develop and evolve, both individually and as a couple, through his trek. Moves rather slowly though, so it takes patience to see it through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The beginning as he embarks (unwittingly) on his journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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