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Grace

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ratings
27
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (748)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "I loved Arnold Spirit!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the most enjoyable?

    From first word to last this very personal tale leads you into the richness of the life - on and off the 'Rez' - of Arnold Spirit. His unique challenges and circumstances coupled with what was, to me, an unfamiliar culture captured my attention and my heart! Never mawkish or seeking pity, I laughed as often as I felt sympathy.


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

    An Indian Uprising!


    Any additional comments?

    I will keep this book near and listen again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4912)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2701)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "The Clancy You've Always Loved"
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    Well-loved and lesser known characters are woven together in a gripping tale that reminds me why I've always loved Tom Clancy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Andy says: "Great sense of place"
    "I Left It Languishing Too Long!"
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    I bought this book and then left it in a dark corner while I read others that were not nearly as enjoyable!

    Deep South artfully wove together themes of racism, sexism, and murder with a thoroughly likeable main character, Anna Pigeon, who left her previous post for more challenge.

    This is the first of this author's books that I've read but I'll seek out more. Barbara Rosenblat did her usual great job of bringing the characters and the story to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (488)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Lia says: "Wow! Suspenseful mysteries keep you riveted"
    "Good Book, Weak Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fatal Affair to be better than the print version?

    I had not read the print version first but will now go back to read it so that I can better enjoy this book. I believe that the author wrote a significantly stronger book that the one that I heard.


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

    I listened to this book while on vacation and, with better narration, would almost certainly have devoured it in a weekend!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6002)
    Story
    (6009)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "I Wanted to Like This!"
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    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    If only the author had not believed that using vulgar and obscene language would add to the story I could have enjoyed this book much more! Was it really important for variations on the 'F' word to be the single most frequently used word in the book?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the story line was good. I liked the disabled veteran hero and would enjoyed his determination in following a very complex set of clues to solve the case.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was really good and I have to suppose that the language required had to become bothersomely repetitive for him as well as the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    I frequently listen to books as I accomplish other tasks. Not only did I find the language distasteful but would have been very embarrassed had anyone else come in and heard the sort of thing I was listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2743)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2309)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Caused a Sleepless Night!"
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    If you could sum up The Winter Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling story effortlessly weaving back and forth between past and present. I literally stayed awake listening and stole every moment to get away to the little house on the cliff!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Storm: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    The Great War has ended at last. Archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, no longer fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. Delightful new additions to the growing Emerson family and new wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands mark a time of new beginnings in Luxor.

    Competition Rider says: "Abriged to Incomprehensibility"
    "Such a disappointment!"
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    What disappointed you about Children of the Storm?

    First and foremost; this book have been vastly improved by not being (badly) abridged! I wasn't aware that I was buying an abridged book until I realized that it was only some 6hours long. (My fault - I know that) The story suffered.

    The story also suffered from some issues that I haven't previously heard in this series: while a 'musical tone' to demark chapters could be helpful; this was not only too long but the narrator was speaking through it. I also assume that this may have been an early performance by this narrator (who I usually love!) and the sound of swallowing was annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Peters again?

    I will continue to buy and listen to both the author and narrator because I'm sure that this unfortunate 'chop' of a book and poor performance are an anomoly!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Are Forever: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife - mining country - to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

    Linda says: "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
    "Not the best!"
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    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

    I typically LOVE Kathy Reichs books from the Brennan series.


    What could Kathy Reichs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have like to feel more of the 'jointedness' I'm used to in these books. I didn't feel the sort of continuity I'm used to and, it seemed to me that the minutinae got in the way of the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Linda Emond?

    I can't think of a specific narrator that I would choose.... but NOT Emond. The vocal characterisations werent consistent and seemed, at times, to be really flat.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that this isn't a trend for the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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