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Retired

Walpole, NH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Christian Rhodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder. Even worse, the guilty party is surely one of their number - the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria. This true story is the original Victorian whodunit.

    Mary says: "Outstanding listen!"
    "Tiring"
    Overall

    This is one of those audiobooks that I couldn't wait to be finished. I didn't relate well to the author's style of writing/story-telling. Events moved at a snails-pace. There were too many extraneous additions to the storyline, such as, "The so-and-so newspaper said this about that." Too often, I said, "Who cares?" So this is a thumbs down review, despite a good narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14535)
    Performance
    (13618)
    Story
    (13638)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Andy Weir and/or R. C. Bray?

    I have my doubts. My taste in authors/stories are different from his/their's.


    What was most disappointing about Andy Weir’s story?

    The main character was not very complex. He was kind of the McGiver of Mars, i.e. he could find a solution for nearly everything, using common everyday space materials. He was portrayed as typical American, glib, wise-cracking, extremely smart, etc. No thanks. The world may be watching, but I'm not.


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray’s performance?

    Distracting, capable, tiring


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great idea.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed like a flight to or from Mars was no longer than a cross country flight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow.

    Arthur says: "Should be on everyone's must read list!"
    "Very listenable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does I Wonder as I Wander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I like non-fiction. This audiobook ranks in the top 10 I have heard. The narration is excellent, and the story moves from one interesting story to another.


    What other book might you compare I Wonder as I Wander to and why?

    I was reminded of my recent listen, Winston Churchill. The time frame was similar, which is to me a worthy era of history. I did not know anything about Langston Hughes. This audiobook broadened my perspective.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any of the narrator`s other performances. He did well in conveying the voice of Langston Hughes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harlem was in vogue.


    Any additional comments?

    The story prompted me to frequently wonder, ``What drove Langston Hughes to wander as he did??` This was a great study in character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Why I lost my devotion to suspect X"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Devotion of Suspect X? What did you like least?

    I really liked the plot line of the story, the death of


    Would you recommend The Devotion of Suspect X to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Despite my


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene, i.e. most memorable, was early in the story, when the math teacher offers to assist


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes because a movie script writer would tweak the story to make it more dramatic and action-oriented.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (1909)
    Story
    (1902)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "Not impressed"
    Overall

    I was not too impressed with DEATH WITHOUT COMPANY. The story was predictable. So many occurrences prompted me to say, ???Yeah, sure.??? I didn't like the wise-cracking that frequently was part of dialogues, even when very serious events happened. One of the toilet-mouth characters didn't add anything to the story. And some of the characters didn't seem real. I do give credit to the author, Craig Johnson, for writing with wit. He kept me listening even though I thought about quitting a time or two. I had some enjoyment/attraction for the major character, Sheriff Walt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Leonard
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At 87, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of 60 years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite, pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month?

    Gwen says: "Hilarious!!!"
    "Tired of it early"
    Overall

    Being an RV-er, I was looking for more RV and less dialog between family members; hence, my reaction to this book was moderated by my own personal desires, so I tired of it here and there and was glad to move on to something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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