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Amanda

Waynesboro, TN, United States

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Bones to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (181)

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Lannielui says: "Average All Around"
    "I've never READ her"
    Overall

    But I've certainly enjoyed her in audio.

    And this was a good one.

    No artificial scary parts, for instance.

    Mind you I don't mind getting a lecture on how skeletons age along the way.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Slay Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Scott Wilkinson is a young advertising executive on his way to the top. Christopher Miller is an FBI legend who has been willing to do whatever it takes to see that justice is done. Two weeks before Christmas, Wilkinson goes on a business trip that will forever entangle their two lives. It starts like so many others. Wilkinson calls for a car service to take him to the airport. But the driver drives like a maniac, and Wilkinson feels fortunate to reach the airport alive. Then he makes a big mistake.

    LB in Dallas says: "Scary Ride!"
    "For those who tire of feel-good Christmas fluff"
    Overall

    This is NOT the John Ceepak series at all. It is a thriller. Our hero is a famous FBI agent.

    Maybe the readers should not be all that tired, after all this seems to be the first of a series, so the main characters, including the hero's child, have to survive till the next book.

    But there are vast numbers of bad guys to conquer, two different groups of Russian Mafia.

    As usual with Grabenstein's books, the audio is very good, (although I don't know how good the Russian accent is--distinctive here), enough difference in voices to separate the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cruzatte and Maria

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter Bowen
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Montana native Gabriel Du Pre has been hired as a consultant by a group of filmmakers shooting a documentary on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Du Pre is a descendent of a Metis fiddler and voyageur named Cruzatte who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their journey. And Du Pre's daughter, Maria, has been cast in the role of Sacajawea. But trouble is afoot. First a fire damages the film props, and then two bodies are fished out of the river. Someone doesn't want them there.

    Kevin says: "Great Listen"
    "Back in good form"
    Overall

    I seem to recall that Bowen had a little trouble getting a very wealthy man integrated into the stories. This time it it pretty well works.

    Not sure as well what the Metis accent really sounds like--the narrator's voice and the one I had in my head when reading the first couple of books are different. But I've no idea which--if either--of us is correct.

    But the book is fun--Dupree gets involved with a movie company--at least partly because there was a Metis fiddler on the Lewis and Clark expedition--the Cruzatte in the title. Maria is one of Dupree's daughters--and the one who both drags Dupree into the situation and then becomes much more involved herself.

    After a previous movie company, to put it politely, put everyone in the county's back up, after most of the land on the river is sold to outsiders,after some rabid environmentalists LOUDLY voice their opinion that all white humans, even those whose family has been there for well over a century, be evicted so that buffalo can be reintroduced in something like their previous numbers--people start being killed on the river. A couple of FBI agents say that since Maria is already at the film location, Dupree can easily fit in without arousing the killers.

    There are a bear and a dog who manage to steal scenes, and one of Dupree's granddaughters, a truly precocious 7-year old, who has an encounter with one of the FBI agents so funny that I had to pull my car over to the side of the road and not crash for laughing so hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

    Patricia says: "Laughed out loud..."
    "She's back on my A-list"
    Overall

    Which makes me very happy.

    I think having a kid invade Stephanie's life has helped a whole lot. So she's having to relate to more than how hot Ranger is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (540)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Thank you Ruby Dee"
    Overall

    I've tried to read Zora Neale Hurston before, gotten ten pages in thinking "wow, she really can write" then put the book down and never picked it up again.

    In audio I was drawn in and listened happily to the end.

    I think this happens a lot to me, that with the voice in my mind I could read other Hurston (or any of a dozen other authors) cheerfully.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Storm and Conquest: The Clash of Empires in the Eastern Seas, 1809

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen Taylor
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    The Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson's navy and France. At stake was Britain's commercial lifeline to India: and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe.

    Amanda says: "liked it but...."
    "liked it but...."
    Overall

    Part one is a bit of a mess--the book on paper might be better if it has charts and tables and time-lines.

    Even so, it's fascinating to see how the view from the British Navy and the view from the East India Company differ (especially if you're a fan of the Aubrey/Maturin series--more on that later). Important issues include flogging, starting, and a big thing that made the Indiamen miserable at fighting--impressing hands into Navy ships. They hadn't a prayer of getting let alone keeping enough trained people to fight and sail at the same time.

    The second part covers the same events as O'Brian's Mauritius Command.

    And we find out how much liberty he's taken with the facts. Rather of a lot. But the details of the main battle seemed pretty much the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1143)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "old favorite book"
    Overall

    That I must have read more than four times over the years.

    It's kind of odd to hear it in a voice that is not the one I've heard in my head all these years.

    But the audio reminded me why love the book, and I heard things I'd never noticed before.

    So I may try some more old favorites as a result.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Might even be life-changing"
    Overall

    Wonderful. Narrator does a fine job. And Grandin is extremely interesting.

    I've referred people to the book five or six times since I finished it. And may have to buy a print copy so I can find bits in a hurry.

    Over-long safety checklists are very high on Grandin's list of stupid things. What needs to be accomplished--she asks. Concentrate on that, not on 30 things that might or might not lead to that end. Especially if concentrating on the 30 make you lose sight of what you really want.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Letter of the Marque: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    In the early 1800s, the British Navy stands as the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he has not committed. His old friend, Stephen Maturin, usually acting as the ship's surgeon to cover his activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his old ship, the Surprise, to command as a privateer.

    Rick Villani says: "Letter of the Marque read by Simon Vance"
    "Jack isn't a snob!"
    Overall

    In general I do like Simon Vance. But since I've heard--more than once--all the Aubrey-Maturin novels with the, ahem, other reader, I expect I'm really quite prejudiced.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Chicago Way

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Harvey
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Chicago private investigator Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner, John Gibbons, to help solve an eight-year-old rape and battery case, a case it turns out his old friend was once ordered to forget. When Gibbons turns up dead on Navy Pier, Kelly enlists a team of his savviest colleagues to connect the dots between the recent murder and the cold case it revived.

    Amazon Customer says: "A wicked good storm of cliches"
    "Too much Robert B. Parker"
    Overall

    Only a little of which is attributable to the reading. I said.

    The literary hook is Greek tragedy. Which works remarkably well.

    The guy did a good job of plotting, and by the way his hero has a conscience.

    So I'm not dis-recommending it. Just warning you that you will be frequently annoyed if you listen to this too soon after reading or, especially, listening to a Spenser novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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