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Derek

Union, KY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (737)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Hated nearly every minute of it."
    Overall

    I've read reviews from several sources and this seems to be one of those books with no middle ground - you either adore or abhor it. I fell to the latter. Couldn't stand the main character nor nearly any other character in the book. I thought the narrator did a tremendous job with the material he had to work with. Jones came through to be the only character that I could stand to listen to by the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    >. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

    Ml says: "Fabulous, Life Changing"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall

    This book made me take a closer look at my life and make some necessary changes. Have already loaned it out to several friends and family and have purchased copies for far away family. This is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4746)
    Performance
    (2578)
    Story
    (2610)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Splendid!"
    Overall

    I loved this book of four generations of women. It was so well written that it was difficult to believe that the characters - especially Elize Makepeace - were not real!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (223)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    Michele says: "What a waste"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had such high hopes for this book after The Time Traveler's Wife. What a disappointment!! The entire book was, well, icky. At times I found it difficult to follow and at others I found it difficult to continue listening. It was just not a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1114)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "A little too graphic"
    Overall

    I liked the continuing story of Tommo & Hawk. It literally picked up right where The Potato Factory left off. What I didn't care for was the very, very graphic descriptions of sexual acts. There is something just creepy about having the narrator voice both the male and female voices right down to the moans. Ick.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger". Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war.

    G. Robinson says: "Astonishing"
    "So what."
    Overall

    Parts of this book were very good. Others were painful. I just couldn't get past the author. She went to great lengths to get a story, but it really wasn't much of a story. I'd pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Deirdre Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (227)

    For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. The mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. Medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse - horrifying proof that this "centuries-old" relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

    Joe says: "Decent Listen - I'll Keep Coming Back"
    "It was okay"
    Overall

    The storyline was OK, but the writing left a little to be desired. Used the same trite phrases over and over. I agree with the reviewer who said you would be rolling your eyes every few minutes. It was a decent listen, but nowhere near the top of my list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "What?!?"
    Overall

    I have trudged through this entire volume spending much of the time trying to figure out if I was in the present or the past. There was often no pause at all when changing from time to time and I often found myself hitting the rewind button.
    All of the narrator's 'American' voices sounded the same which made this further difficult to understand - especially when a character who had died had his voice resurrected in a new character. The worst part is that the story wasn't worth the time I spent trying to understand what was happening and to whom. Wish I had that credit back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Strange Read"
    Overall

    This book delved deeply into some areas that were just not engaging while leaving other more interesting aspects of the story virtually untouched. It left me rather dissatisfied with the entire book and wondering if I want to chance another Courtney book. However, the narrator is the absolute BEST and I've listened to more than 100 audiobooks.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (847)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Much better than the last"
    Overall

    I rather liked Brother Odd. It was a great companion on my daily long drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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