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Livelightly

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  • 16 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 201 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1034)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Muller is e3xceptional"
    Overall

    I have learned to seek out the books read by now deceased Frank Muller, and found Moby-Dick because I thought it would be challenging enough to bring out his best. Indeed it does. I had read the book myself a couple of times, more or less because I thought an educated man needed to. Now that I have heard Muller's interpretation I can see the greatness of the book. No women in it, of course. Muller does women better than any other male reader.... Don't miss this. Also the books he read by Cormac McCarthy. His loss is a great one to the book world.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Old City Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Rotenberg
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A noted criminal defense attorney, Robert Rotenberg, delivers a courtroom drama that successfully evokes the multicultural city of Toronto even as it keeps readers on the edges of their seats. In the tale, the "Voice of Canada", a radio host, confesses to murder - but the case is far from closed.

    Louisiana says: "I love this book!"
    "It's Canadian"
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    I bought this because I found it in some list of good legal thrillers, but it's not that. There is a court case, or at least a legal case that doesn't ever get to court, but the only reason to read this book is to explore urban Canadian social relationships. Set in Toronto, with a cast of ethnic characters that is mildly interesting except for the fact that most American cities have more of an array. The denouement is hardly mind-blowing. I found the whole thing pallid, to tell the truth. The narrator is just OK. Someone with more range could make the ethnic appearances more interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So Much Pretty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cara Hoffman
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The Pipers are a family built on optimism. Claire and Gene move with their precocious, beguiling daughter, Alice, to Haeden, New York, for a fresh start. In doing so, they unwittingly rewrite the story of her life. Wendy White, a late-blooming young woman, mindful of family and home, has strong roots in Haeden. Her story has a beginning and an end, but is missing the most important piece: the middle. What happened to Wendy White?

    Livelightly says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
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    I expected quite a lot from So Much Pretty and having read it now, I'm a bit let down. I think it would work better in print. The material is a melange of filed statements, one-person interviews, school essays, diary entries. They are dated, but skip around in time. I often wished I could go back and see where this bit fell in the overall plot "development" which I put in quotes because it was never developed, just finally conveyed enough information to get what happened. The narration was OK given those constraints. It had to be by a woman because the overall message is that men are bad, bad, bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wilde West

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Walter Satterthwait
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    It is 1882. Oscar Wilde tours the U.S., delivering lectures on art and literature. In each city where he appears, a woman is murdered, dismembered, and flayed. Six people are traveling in Wilde's entourage. Could the monstrous killer be one of them? As a down-on-his-luck lawman investigates, he is pulled into the flamboyant world of the outspoken writer.

    Wilde West is a remarkable mystery, filled with quips that could easily have flowed from Wilde's pen.

    Livelightly says: "The narration is all"
    "The narration is all"
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    If you could sum up Wilde West in three words, what would they be?

    A vehicle for Frank Muller. This is a light story of Oscar Wilde's lecture tour of the American west in the 1880s. The story is fun but nothing remarkable. What is treasurable is Frank Muller's narration, and this is the perfect vehicle for it. He gets to be a French countess, a German count, a Negro valet, a pansy (not Wilde in this story), Doc Holliday, a drunken marshal, a murderous lout, and New York wise guy, and a winsome local lass, and others. What a performance. Give yourself a treat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1790)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Legal procedural"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Conflict of Interest to be better than the print version?

    Never read it in print, but the narration was very good, despite failure to convey female voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Should say Abby - but she was left incomplete


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    understated, and a bit self-critical


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

    made me want the next one, which I gather will be in May


    Any additional comments?

    not bad at all

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Benefits

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance company, John Walker knows when people will marry, at what age they will most likely have children, and when they will die. All signs point to a long successful career---until Max Stillman, a gruff security consultant, appears without warning at the office. It seems a colleague with whom Walker once had an affair has disappeared after paying a very large death benefit to an impostor.

    Julie says: "My favorite book from one of my favorite authors."
    "Chasing rather than chased"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good Perry. He usually has his principal characters being chased around the country using ingenious skip technology, but this time, the principals are chasing the bad guys with some of the same smarts. Good change of pace. Kramer is just the right reader for Perry.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (92)

    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
    "Goes farther than expected"
    Overall
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    I put this off for a while because I thought that fiction could not do justice to the Philby Burgess conspiracy. But this is not really about the 50-years ago conspiracy. It's a contemporary spy chase yarn with an academic protagonist caught up in spy doings and killings, with pretty girls turning up. Putin is in it under another name. That made it lighter and not a bad way to spend time. The reader was good enough not to be noticeable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (366)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "Not really about politics"
    Overall
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    Story

    I had always ween ATKM on lists of the best American political novels, but in re-reading it 30 years later if found it more southern gothic with politics in the background. You think of Huey Long of course, but his life and the political implications of it were much more significant than that of Willy Stark. Michael Emerson's read is creditable, given the richness of the southern accents he is empowered to convey. I was mildly disappointed overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "A learning experience"
    Overall
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    I thought that Bel Canto was terrific so I have made a point of reading everything else Ann Patchett has written. This is middling -- not as good as State of Wonder or the one about being reared in a home for unwed mothers, but better than Run and the non-fiction book about her friend who died. A homey sort of tale. I'm a guy and it's a girl's book. All about developing relationships among disparate women who have nothing in common but a distant relationship with a gay impresario who is now dead. Social commentary. Worth the time but not much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4390)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3192)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Ann Patchett's Second Best"
    Overall
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    I have been waiting for Ann Patchett to write something as good as Bel Canto, and I'm still waiting. But State of Wonder comes in a clear second. I usually don't like women narrators because they work too obviously hard to convey male voices, but this one did a good job and the most important characters are women anyway. Surprisingly good insights into corporate culture. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Apt Pupil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power - and the seductive lure of evil.

    Parusski says: "Not for the squeamish!!"
    "Creepy"
    Overall

    I got this book because Frank Muller was the reader and he always makes a book worth listening to. I had never heard of this particular Stephen King novel, and I think its appeal will remain limited. A suburban kid, seemingly straight but soon creepy, becomes attached to a former Nazi prison camp commander and their lives merge in California. Muller is very good with the accents and inflections as usual, and I got engrossed in the book, but I don't really feel edified by it. Kind of creepy, as the author tells you at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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