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peabozzle

I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!

Blackfoot, ID, United States

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1216)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "unbelievably good"
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    Wow. This was an incredible story of courage, optimism and grit. Easy to listen to the narrator's voice & the story line keeps you on the edge of your seat! Recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (338)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Ok for chick lit"
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    This was definitely a chick lit book. Predictable story line, but there were parts that made me laugh out loud. At the beginning I kept thinking I would quit, but I never did, and finished it. If you like a predictable chick story, this fits the bill

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2084)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Low expectations, delightfully surprised!"
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    I had low expectations for this book. It had been on my "wish list" forever & I finally decided (because it was cheap) to give it a try. I figured if I didn't like it, I would return it and try something else. After all, life is too short to ready crummy books, right?
    It was delightful! I was immediately drawn into the characters & the mystery of the 24 hour bookstore. Well written, full of surprises, & and an ending that made sense and closed all the loops!
    This book is hard to classify into any specific genre. It is sort of a mystery, sort of techno-fiction (if that's even a real genre) and even has elements of sci-fi and fantasy now and then. But it was so enjoyable, I recommend to anyone who likes to get lost in a story.

    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!!"
    "In Love with Maggie"
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    I want to adopt Maggie!! She is a fictional dog, but seriously I fell in love. This is the perfect mystery/suspense story for dog lovers. Am hoping it's a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (833)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Great suspense"
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    This was really good. I enjoyed the character development, and look forward to continuing the series. If you like suspense/mystery this is a great choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10550)
    Performance
    (9577)
    Story
    (9597)

    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, but wordy"
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    This book had too many words. I enjoyed the story, and the characters; however I felt like sometimes it was just too wordy. There were entire paragraphs that really did nothing for the story but were there nonetheless.
    This book was a mix of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror and love story all in one. I enjoyed the suspense of what was going to happen next and how was all the weirdness going to be explained. There were parts that were downright creepy on the very dark, cold, 40 minute commute to and from work.
    Read it. It's good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    piano13 says: "Another Great Jon Katz book!"
    "excellent"
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    This book begins with a disclaimer: no dog dies in this book. That's true, but it was still a tear jerker in places. Excellent story, a must read for all dog lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4706)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1606)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "surprisingly good"
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    This was truly a great book. The first hour or 2 I was skeptical, but I am glad I kept at it. Well narrated, I enjoyed the 2 points of view. The twists in the plot were unexpected & kept it interesting. Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15645)
    Performance
    (13877)
    Story
    (13911)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Sometimes difficult, but worth the read"
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    I admit, I struggled with this one for a bit. I didn't like listening to 2 different narrators. I didn't like the writing, it seemed awfully simplistic. I didn't even like either of the main characters. But I stuck it out, and I am glad I did. It becomes clear that the simplistic writing style serves a purpose, and it really HAS to be told by 2 different narrators; and while I still can't say I like either character, I loved the story they had to tell. The plot twists and turns, and at the end I was left almost breathless. Great suspenseful story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Plains of Passage: Earth's Children, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (424)

    Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.

    Thomas says: "Part IV of a great read"
    "One of the better in the series"
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    I have listened to all of this series, and this was one of the better books. The story remains interesting, and this particular book has more interaction with other peoples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7840)
    Performance
    (4562)
    Story
    (4547)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Epic story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, so I can't really say for sure, but the narrator's performance was unbelievably good. His ability to use different accents and ways of speaking certainly made it more entertaining than if I had to do it myself in my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development & how the fictional story ties in effortlessly with history. I felt like I really got to know the characters on a personal level, even though some of them I didn't really like.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is incredible! He puts so much inflection and emotion in his performances. He isn't just reading the book, he is telling you a story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Fall of Giants and why?

    For me, it was Ethel. She came from nothing, and made a life for herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Ken Follett rocks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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