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Kelly

I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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  • Winterkill: Joe Pickett, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.

    Vickie Oakley says: "I can not seem to put it down!"
    "My favorite of the first three novels."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winterkill to be better than the print version?

    I don't know as I did not read the print version However, Mr Chandler's narration was so good that I can imagine it is better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    From the moment we learned April's mother was in town it was obvious what was about to happen. Still, when April described her "dream" to the family my heart filled with compassion for this child. She was obviously happy in the Pickett home and wanted to remain there. Still, she was torn as it was her mother that she dreamt of.

    Then she saw her mother from the bus window and before she could tell Sheridan it was her mom, the girls made comments about the woman they had seen. It must have torn at April's heart. I felt all my motherly instincts fire up and from that moment I felt angry with the biological mother, and with the federal officers who refused to listen to Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Nate. I hope he makes appearances in some of the next novels. He isn't quite a good guy, but he makes a great sidekick for Joe.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (694)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    DIANE says: "Never read a book so fast"
    "Humanity: its best and its worst."
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    I loved this book. It was a beautifully woven story of two people who survived the war in Europe which allowed us to see where their lives went over the course of 50 years. I would have given the book 5 stars across the board if only the author had given us a bit more payoff in the end. I want the rest of the story. These characters let me love them and cheer for them because they were interesting, intelligent, and completely imperfect. They let me feel the pain of the Holocaust and of war -- any war. And they let me marvel at their strength and humility. But I wanted the chance to rejoice when they found one another after a lifetime. Unfortunately the author didn't give us that reward.

    So, I give it four stars -- only wishing for another few chapters which would allow me to give it five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "reviewers love it or hate it -- i loved it"
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    I read a handful of reviews and found them to be of little help because they were so up and down. But the book was on sale and the publisher's description was intriguing so I took the risk. I am glad that I did because I liked the story very much.

    Is the plot far-fetched as other reviewers have claimed? Of course, but it wasn't hard to take the leap. If you watch the nightly news you will see that people are actually crazy and the most preposterous stories are not fiction. I found the tale believable enough. And, to be honest, when I read mystery novels I want to go for a ride. I want to question the story a bit. I don't want it to be jarring so as to take me out of the story, but I do want it to be a story I have imagined myself.

    Is the lead character imperfect? Yes. And I love that. I don't enjoy characters who are too glamorous, too pure, too smart, too talented, too accomplished. I want the characters to be likable and detestable at the same time. I want to cheer for the characters and yet hate some of their actions. I want to have pity at times and respect at other moments. I want characters who feel real.

    I will read more books by Mr Robotham very soon -- I am buying the second book in the series as soon as I finish this review. And I hope very much that Simon Prebble is the narrator. He was fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.

    Kelly says: "my favorite Pickett book!"
    "my favorite Pickett book!"
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    The last couple of Pickett installments almost made me give up on the series, but because I had pre-ordered this book I decided to give Joe, Nate and company one more chance. I am glad I did! In this novel Joe again leaves home but somehow MaryBeth and Sheridan stay involved in the storyline. And although I would like more of Nate, he was there and somehow his minor involvement felt more than minor. Same with Lucy and Missy.

    The plot line was believable and intriguing. And Joe was less perfect than in the last book. It was nice to have the flawed, and genuine Joe back. He is much more likable when he isn't too perfect. Last novel he felt like a caricature; this time he is character. So much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Joe vs World; no Nate, no MaryBeth"
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    I like the plot. However, once again Joe is the lone ranger -- only minor peripheral help from Mary Beth and an absent Nate. Joe has to fight the evil EPA and FBI alone. Characters become Caricatures when they are the lone "good guy" and show no vulnerability. In this installment Pickett is the only one who can negotiate a raging river and a canyon that nobody else survives. He is the only one who can get through a raging forest fire. He is the only one who can figure out why a rogue agent goes after a local family. He is the only one who can guide the DA to a conviction. Just Joe. All alone. Joe against the world and Joe wins again. It is boring and Joe is no longer believable or interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (347)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    Ronna says: "Best mystery series ever----great performance of t"
    "FinALly, Nate is the star -- but..."
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    I have enjoyed the Joe Pickett series -- particularly the novels that feature Nate Romanowski. He is by far my favorite character. So, one might expect that this outing would be my favorite of the series because Nate is the star. And I would hope for the same Unfortunately I don't quite get there. Nate is undermined in this book. His secrets are spilled and he seems like just another anti-hero in just another mystery series. He isn't unique in this book, and his uniqueness is what made me love him. I hope Nate reappears in the next book and we discover that there is much more beneath the surface that wasn't spilled all over the pages of Force of Nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archetype

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. D. Waters
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself. Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him.

    Katheryne says: "Stunning Debut Novel"
    "bought based on reviews... but disappointed"
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    If you are expecting a mystery, stay away. If you are a fan of science fiction, you may love it.

    Unlike all the other reviewers I did not love this book. I expected a mystery set in a dystopian society. It is a mystery, but doesn't read like one... it reads like science fiction. It is a dystopian society, but feels differently from that also. I found myself confused often. I wanted to like the book more than I did. I wanted to expand myself and read a book that was outside of the genres I usually read. I wanted to read something different and just love the story and the writing. But I didn't. For me the story was a bit too dark, far too far-fetched and and not at all mysterious. For me mystery is about suspense rather than surprise. Waters built to a surprising end, but did not keep me in suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "poor narration and simplistic story"
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    What disappointed you about On the Island?

    I bought it on sale based upon the great reviews, but I was disappointed with this purchase. In fact, I may ask for my money back on this one. The plot holds no surprises, the ending is never a mystery, the characters are likable but simple, and the narration is poor with no delineation between the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Tracey Garvis-Greaves’s story?

    Not once was there a surprise in the story. Well, actually I was surprised by how often the author jumped past huge chunks of time. The time sped by without any real analysis of the meat of the story -- life on the island.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was impossible to delineate the voices. Every character had the same sound ... pacing, tone, accent, everything was exactly the same for every character including the two leads.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • March

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Paula says: "Great book, greatly narrated"
    "a good companion book"
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    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked this book. It isn't a sequel to Alcott's beloved Little Women. It is more of a companion book. We get to flesh out the absent March father, and to flesh out Marmie as well. Geraldine Brooks has a wonderful writing style. She obviously did extensive research for this book. And she knew that she was going to attract some avid Alcott fans who would have high expectations. She treated the characters with love and respect and I appreciated her efforts. It isn't my favorite of her books, but I loved my chance to revisit the story I read so many times in my youth.

    Richard Easton was fantastic. I would definitely listen to more books read by him.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7411)
    Performance
    (4175)
    Story
    (4158)

    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."
    "magnificent story with backdrop of World War I"
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    Follett and Lee are a superb combination. Together they produced one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.

    Fall of Giants explores the lives of many people spread around the world during World War I. It is masterful. Mr Follett researches his books so incredibly well and then sets that research into the lives of his complex and compelling fictional characters. You will fall in love with the characters and the story will bewitch you. It is marvelously well-written, and equally as well-read.

    Don't be dissuaded by the length of this book. The time will fly and you will finish it still wanting more. Luckily it is a trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Pat Conroy, Author of My Reading Life

    • ORIGINAL (8 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Pat Conroy discusses his latest book, My Reading Life, as well as his experience narrating. About My Reading Life: best-selling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading.

    "unknown" says: "Great interview"
    "good interview"
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    Pat Conroy is a phenomenal author. If you haven't read any of his books, do so now. His facility with the English language is dazzling. He writes how I wish I spoke. He uses adjectives and other modifiers to paint pictures unlike any you will see with almost any other author. I have a hard time picking favorite books or authors... but if I made a short list Pat Conroy would be on it right near the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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