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Cynthia

Rainier, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 206 titles in library
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  • Montana

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gwen Florio
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is livid. She's been downsized from her Kabul posting. Her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. When she arrives in Montana for some R&R at a friend's cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight. Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead. She can't get out of Montana fast enough, until she finds that she can't get out at all.

    Rusty says: "Great reporting, flat characters"
    "Well Worth the Credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. An all around enjoyable book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Montana?

    When Charlie told Lola that he 'really liked' her


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Lola is a tough newspaper reporter who has been to Afghanistan. The narrator's voice was gentle...I had a hard time picturing this hard boiled journalist with such a gentle voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The last sentences of the book brought tears to my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is kind of a slow mover...kind of like life in Magpie, MT.I almost gave up on it a few times but then something would happen that would draw me back in. I liked Lola's interaction with Bub, the dog, and Spot, the horse.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Boyd Morrison
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

    Veneda says: "great summer read"
    "Too Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Ark?

    The characters were too perfect. Everything came too easy to them.


    Has The Ark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Boyd Gaines?

    Anybody who could read a little faster.


    What character would you cut from The Ark?

    The Russian female bad girl


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, I found myself preferring to listen to the news on the radio rather than plug in my iPod and listen to this book. I make myself listen to everyhing I pay for even if it is bad but it was not easy with this book. I read all the reviews before purchasing and thought that some of the people who reviewed it were being overly critical so I clicked 'Buy' anyway. Guess I should have paid more attention to those reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1295)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Just Keep Getting Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Kindness Goes Unpunished rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    this one is ranks in the top 10 of my list with the other 2 Longmires books I have listened to. I am fond of the Sheriff and his companions. and especially enjoyed them outside of their Wyoming elements.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought the plot was good.....I was glad to finally meet Vic's family (all of them). I think the Cheyenne Nation got a little shortchained in this this one tho'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially liked the scene on the bridge when Vic shows up unannounced.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not like the death of the horse and almost had to pull over to the side of the road on my way to work to shed a tear especially when the Sheriff took it so hard. I laughed out lous when Henry warned Waltnot to wreck Lola.


    Any additional comments?

    I have mixed feelings about the scene between Walt and Vic but will reserve judement until I listen to book #4.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Did Not Want It to End"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Expats again? Why?

    I don't listen to books a 2nd time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Expats?

    For me, this was when Kate was walking home and she felt someone following her. She waited for the stalker and then took action with only an umbrella and her skills.


    What does Mozhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narrator did a fine job with both male and female voices and I never had to really think about who was talking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All of my listening is done during my commute...


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the descriptions of Lux and Eurpoe, the weather and the surroundings and all of the minor characters. I liked Kate's comment to "ham, ham, more damn ham'. This made Kate more real to me. I felt like Kate and Dex, and Jake and Ben and even Julia and Bill had become my friends by the end of the book and I did not want to tell them goodbye. I read one review that said the book was boring but I did not think so. I have recommended this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Hostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave is used to working alone, and this time he'll have to go where even the government won't. An innocent man has been shot and two young people are missing. But tracking them down is just the beginning. To keep them and his covert team alive, Jonathan must plunge into the heart of an ugly secret that reaches into the highest corridors of power - and he must defeat enemies who are willing to kill again and again to keep the truth from being revealed.

    Lynn Fraser says: "I want more..."
    "Good book, did not care for narrator"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book but think it would have been a better 'read' than a 'listen'. I did not care for the narrator and found myself tuning him out and having to go back and listen again. A suggestion to anyone thinking of buying this title, listen to a sample of the book first.....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Ryan
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nick Scott fought with the SAS during the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was left a broken man. His daughter, Sarah Scott, is a beautiful young scientist who has cracked one of the scientific secrets of the age. Now she has vanished. Her lover, Jed Bradley, is one of the SAS's toughest young agents, dropped behind enemy lines in the build up to the Iraq War to find the truth about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.

    Cynthia says: "Ultimate Boredom"
    "Ultimate Boredom"
    Overall

    I really tried to like this book and the characters. And the narrator and the plot but it was just too difficult. I did finish listening to it becasue I had paid for it (used one credit)but it was no easy task. The narrator 'snuffled' when he read, and the charaters were shallow and predictable. Everything was so convenient I felt like I could have gone to Iraq and rescued the girl. I got tired of the characters constantly arguing and undermining each other when they should have been working together. I believe that Audible listeners should be given one 'give back' credit for truly bad books. If this were the case, The Ultimate Weapon would be my one 'give back'. I have listened to a lot of books both from Audible and on CD from my library and this is one of the worst one I have listened to yet.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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