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Brandon

La Porte, TX, United States

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  • 27 reviews
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  • 284 titles in library
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  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (564)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Melise says: "Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids"
    "Pretty good but..."
    Overall

    I didn't enjoy it as much as The Graveyard Book. However, it was creepy and interesting look at how a child would deal with creepiness. It's good if you like Gaiman.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (403)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "Sherlock Holmes and the child bride?"
    Overall

    It's bad fan fuction. I'm getting from the other reviews that this is not the best book of the series to start out with and maybe I'd have more apreciation for the relationship of senior Sherlock and his child bride if I'd read the others... But Holmes's child bride helping him find his previously unknown granddaughter? That's the stuff of bad fan fiction. It may be "to be continued" but I won't be continuing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Name of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets.

    Ronda Snyder says: "A good example..."
    "A good one"
    Overall

    Patterson has a bad habit of telling the same story over again in multiple books. This isn't a story he's told before, or at least not in my memory. I figured out the twist relatively quickly but I enjoyed watching the protagonist work it out.

    This is a solid effort especially for RNP fans and not as political as some of his books tend to get.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Your Smile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    In The Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long-held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress.

    Brandon says: "Not her best"
    "Not her best"
    Overall

    There was no mystery here. You know all of the big reveals a long time before they are revealed to any of the pertinent characters. And each one of these reveals are made in first person confessions. It is all told rather than shown.

    I felt like all of the action in this book was people thinking about their crimes or their planned crimes rather than seeing them doing anything. It left very little room for intrigue.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Momma's Baby Daddy's Maybe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jamise L. Dames
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Momma's Baby Daddy's Maybe is an Essence best seller by popular author Jamise L. Dames. This steamy tale revolves around the lives of the three Jacobs siblings: wild Kennedy, corporate Simone, and handsome Derrick.

    Cheryl says: "Disappointing"
    "Soapy"
    Overall

    If you like soapy storylines with lots of twists and turns and baby daddy drama, this one is for you. If you tend to eye roll at that sort of thing skip it. I think this would have made a better read than listen because the narrator was distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "Interesting but..."
    Overall

    Anette Gordon-Reed's book is a long and well researched work. Parts of it are very informative. However, she puts a lot of thoughts into her characters heads which may be fine when talking about Jefferson or Martha Jefferson Randolph who left many many many letters to be poured over and analyzed.

    The Hemmingses have no such record and while I didn't always disagree with her assumption about what they were thinking and feeling I did often think it was pretty presumptuous. I don't profess to know the thoughts of people in complex living situations who are living today... much less ones living 200 hears ago.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

    Linda says: "It's Coben at his best!!"
    "Great stand alone for Coben"
    Overall

    Coben fans will enjoy another of his twisty mysteries. This is not a Myron Bolitar novel but it does feature a few crossover scenes with Win and brief mentions of other Cobenverse regulars.

    For non Coben fans it's a quick read/listen mystery filled with twists and turns and unique characters. It's a good listen.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetsmoke

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Fuller
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Screenwriter David Fuller spent eight years researching Sweetsmoke, in the process discovering that members of his family fought on both sides of the Civil War. Cassius Howard is a skilled slave, once his master's favorite. But his master Hoke is now little more than a fragile old man, depressed about an ever-shrinking plantation and losing a son to war. When an old freed woman who once saved Cassius from Hoke's wrath is killed, Cassius risks everything to avenge her death.

    Brandon says: "Loved the book except one odd bit of narration"
    "Loved the book except one odd bit of narration"
    Overall

    I like the book. I like the look at the Civil War period from the perspective of the slave. I like the richness of the characters.

    I thought the narration was well done except for the three occasions where German characters are being narrated. The narrator has an odd accent for them. It sounds more Jamaican than German.

    It's a very small part of the book so I can't say it had a lot of impact on my enjoyment but it was odd each time and if you are a stickler for accents it might be best to avoid it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (247)

    As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

    Roger says: "Slow, weird... but a good set-up for sequels."
    "Darkest Fforde."
    Overall

    I wasn't expecting a book this dark from Jasper Fforde. The characters were interesting. The post apoctolypitic world was intriguing and I honestly eagerly anticipate another book in this series. But the darkness caught me off guard and it wasn't what I was looking for when I picked up the book.

    If you are expecting a less silly book than I think it's easily a four star book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "Great Narration"
    Overall

    I loved the narration of this book. I can see how some people would find it dull but I was interested in all three stories going on within this books. It's a slow moving work but that is because you get wrapped up in so many facets of peoples lives.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (276)

    It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

    Tzungmay says: "As amazing as the previous ones!"
    "Next installment"
    Overall

    It wasn't my favorite of the Thursday Next novels. It wasn't my least favorite. If you are unfamiliar with the series you should start with The Eyre Affair. If you already know and love the Next series Fforde doesn't disappoint here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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