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Bill

Baytown, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2696)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2393)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "LOVED THIS BOOK!!"
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    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    Yes, LOVED the language, the era, understanding how people lived in that period in America. He twists and turns the plot where you really don't know where it will go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    Loved the Indian experience.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I truly believe I would not have enjoyed this near as much if I had physically read it myself. Mr. Ballerini made the experience come to life. Wonderful performance.


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

    I love the subtle and eloquent funny scenes, particularly the scene and later reference to the guy "being less than affectionate" with his horse! Hysterical!


    Any additional comments?

    Already read "The Queen of Bedham" and plan to read all the Corbett series. I also can't wait to read his other books!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Accused

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    Theo Boone might only be 13, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet. Filled with the intrigue and page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's adventures will keep listeners enthralled until the very last minute.

    Jean says: "A delightful series"
    "Reads like an afterschool special"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Richard Thomas?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene, I do think he did a good job of feeling like you're in the mind of a young boy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Theodore Boone: The Accused?

    The story was fine, just written for a young reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17647)
    Performance
    (15693)
    Story
    (15645)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Very entertaing story, hated the ending!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the storyline, I looked forward to listening to it everyday right up to the end. The end was a huge disappointment, very dismal and depressing to see what his idea of the future was.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    H A T E D IT!!!!! So many other ways he could've gone. It was like watching all those episodes of LOST, and then watching the final episode and they didn't tie up anything. NO, it was worse than that. It seemed very political, I'm not that cynical.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Craig Wasson?

    Yes, he was very good.


    Could you see 11-22-63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be a great movie, CHANGE THE END!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13301)
    Performance
    (5725)
    Story
    (5799)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Absolutely LOVED THIS STORY!!"
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    I LOVED that they tell you something in the beginning, and I couldn't wait to see when and how and why that came about. I work in healthcare, and I loved that you see the world through an elderly man's eyes. This book should be listened to or read by anyone working with older people, they all have a story and are people first!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the anticipation of how it flashed back and forth from the young man to the old.


    What does David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I would have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it myself. The old man's voice was perfect, just loved him!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A love story


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (3496)
    Story
    (3474)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Predictable"
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    What disappointed you about Kill Shot?

    I kept expecting a twist or turn, but it didn't come.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm looking for more Lisa Gardner books.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listen while exercising, so I wouldn't have read it.


    What character would you cut from Kill Shot?

    No particular character. It was interesting, just predictable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1887)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Very entertaining, good listen!"
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    Would you listen to Catch Me again? Why?

    Yes, but I don't usually listen to something twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlene Rosalyn Carter Grant :)


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Yes


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

    The little boy, Jesse, was well written. It sounded like a little boy thinking and talking. I appreciate that it wasn't too graphic as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Lisa Gardner book, I will look for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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