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Linda

Yacolt, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1945)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Not as good as usual"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps this deserves more than two stars for the story but --well, it's just a little over the top. I think the author got a little carried away. Even so, it was fun to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of the Father

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Janette Anderson
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Janette Anderson is the female Mario Puzo. Sons of the Father is the modern-day Godfather from a woman's point of view. Violent, sexy, and she lived it. Director and producer Jerry London Philip Vega is a man to die for. Janette Anderson was born in England, but now resides in Los Angeles as a US citizen. Having earned a degree in communications, she traveled round the world, and then began a career as a celebrity journalist interviewing over 500 stars in the process.

    Sailaway says: "It's a Home Run!"
    ""From a woman's point of view""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'd like to be more positive in my review but this is truly a pale comparison to The Godfather. We just don't think the same way men do. The narration was equally pale in comparison. If you're looking for a "chick flick" version, you'll probably like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (545)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Not what I was expecting."
    Overall
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    Story

    Ralph Cosham's narration was perfect as always. I agree that he is the voice of the characters in the series. The story didn't measure up to the previous books for me. It went pretty far afield. If you've listened to the previous books, you have the advantage of knowing the characters and the village of Three Pines and the disadvantage of expecting something quite different and, in my opinion, much better. This is likely a one time listen for me. Too bad. I was looking forward to the release of the book.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Herman Koch
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high-profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

    Simone says: "I am all over the place with this one!"
    "Over the top for me. Makes me shudder."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This narrator did an excellent job portraying a truly loathsome individual. If the author's purpose was to make you despise the main character, he has succeeded admirably. I've made it through three and a half hours and I'm not sure I'll go further. Perhaps having grown up with relatives who were similarly nasty, mean, negative and hateful has colored my outlook. I don't need to reminded of the damage and destruction which this type person can inflict. On the positive side, listening to this book does remind me of the many kind and wonderful people there are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Women of The White House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cormac O'Brien
    • Narrated By Teresa DeBerry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    With chapters on every woman who’s ever made it to the White House, Secret Lives of the First Ladies tackles all of the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England? American history was never this much fun in school

    Linda says: "Where did they get this narrator???"
    "Where did they get this narrator???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nice voice in the narration but what's with all the snottiness??? Just started listening and I really wish someone else was doing the narrating. Tone of voice is snippy gossip. How demeaning to the First Ladies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tea at Five

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Lombardo
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Joins us for a cup of tea, won't you? Katharine Hepburn beckons us into her Connecticut home for a cozy chat and an intimate look at the legend, and the woman behind the legend. Based on the critically acclaimed New York production, the independent, intelligent, feisty Hepburn comes alive once again when Kate Mulgrew, of Star Trek: Voyager fame, slips deftly into the voice and being of the famous actress.

    Scott says: "MULGREW UNLEASHES HER INNER HEPBURN"
    "One of the best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderfully done! Well written and very well narrated. Love to hear more like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Angry Men

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Reginald Rose
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (630)

    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    Emily says: "Excellent court room drama"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Probably the best audiobook I've ever heard in the more than twenty years I've been listening. The performance of these actors was top notch. The author had an understanding of human behavior and an ability to express it which are timeless. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If more stars had been available, I would have given them across the board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Ross Range
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (453)

    Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

    Ullanta says: "Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
    "Never another book with this narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Before writing this I checked to see whether this narrator had done other books. I was astounded to find that he had. His rapid-fire bursts of 3-4 words at a time with no consideration given to the flow of the written word was extremely distracting. Emphasis was given to words within the bursts without thought of the meaning of the entire sentence being read. It was difficult to follow the storyline. The topic was interesting and the writing was okay--I think. I tuned out frequently in frustration. Even as a daily deal, the cost was excessive. Save your money.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lookaway, Lookaway: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilton Barnhardt
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (99)

    Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband, Duke, are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, a world where old Southern money and the secrets behind it meet the new wealth of bankers, real estate speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family’s legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum; Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War reenactor.

    Carol says: "Great book, best narrator ever"
    "I must admit to skipping some parts."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This author has great insight into people. I am from a generation which finds some of the content objectionable. Having said that, the contribution of the characters to the overall story was important and the writing was such that it wasn't necessary to delve deeply into all of the details of each character to follow the impact of each on the story. The narration was outstanding. I will certainly look for additional offerings by both the author and the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Chill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The moment Marian Larsen sees the patrol car stop outside her house, she feels a shiver of foreboding. The news is even worse than she feared. Marian's husband and young daughter have been in a snowmobile crash. Dan is paralyzed and Laura is dead, her body broken on the icy ground...with a chilling secret. Friends and colleagues in Marian's Minnesota hometown rally around to try and ease her grief. But soon there are more horrible accidents. Then the rumors start - that these are not coincidences at all, that someone is picking off victims one by one.

    Mary says: "Quite a story"
    "Good performance. Holds your attention."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line is a variation on one used many times. Even so, it is well written and the performance holds your attention throughout. The ending made listening worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Very Tate Christmas: Tate Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Vicktor Alexander
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Tommy Wilkins has always loved Christmas. Not just because he loves to dress up as a very naughty elf, but because it seemed as if Christmas was the time of year when everyone was happy and went out of their way to make others happy. So with that thought in mind, Tommy sets out to make this Christmas the best Christmas that the Tate pack has ever had. But it seems as if one thing after another goes wrong.

    Linda says: "Description is deceptive."
    "Description is deceptive."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Others may find the subject matter and presentation satisfactory. I was offended. There should be greater disclosure in the description of books. Had this been my first buy, it would have been my last and I would have cancelled my subscription.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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