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Carolyn

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  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    This book was one of the more interesting ones I have read. It was informative and entertaining. The author has definately done his homework as he has provided good insight, with statistics, into how we make decisions. It's really worth reading. I have told all my friends how great and suprising this book is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (394)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    connie says: "not run-of-the mill chick lit"
    "Had to Abandon"
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    Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Clifford Norgate?

    This was the first book I have listened to by this author and narrator. I found the narrator very difficult to listen to and the book dragged on. I will not try another book from this author or narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have a few items on my list that I am torn about. It will either be Orphan Train or Fortune Cookie.


    What didn’t you like about Clifford Norgate’s performance?

    I found his pronunciations to be very difficult to understand. He seemed monotone at times and just plain dull.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I had to quit after 4 hours, so there wasn't much in terms of redeeming qualities in my opinion. There was one character who was endearing; however, I cannot even remember his name. That's how unmemorable the story was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "It started out good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Gibson again?

    Probably not. It was not funny enough (which I like) and it veered more towards soft porn, which I did not expect.


    What three words best describe Susan Bennett’s performance?

    Flat, unemotional, semi-versitle with voices


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More humor.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (685)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Totally Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure I would recommend this to a friend because it is geared more for teens I believe. However, It was a very fun read and I had all of the remaining books in my wish list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacky is the STAR. The girl has pluck and is very energetic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where she is transported (I don't want to give away any of the plot) to the deserted island.


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

    Orphan of the High Seas


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Moving Story"
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    Would you listen to Change of Heart again? Why?

    I probably would not listen to it again, because I never listen to books twice. However, I would most definitely recommend it.


    What other book might you compare Change of Heart to and why?

    It is very reminiscent of the Green Mile. Still, that did not detract me from the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was not so much a particular scene that was my favorite, but my own realization of who Shay Bourne really is.


    If you could rename Change of Heart, what would you call it?

    The title is perfecrt!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1146)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Intriguing premise, but definitely a teen book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. My friends are a bit older and this type of genre would most likely not be in their "have to read" lists.


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

    The most interesting aspect was that knowing what Cashia actually does as a "sorter." You don't find out its relevance until closer to the end of the book. The least interesting was her interactions with Kai. For some reason, he just bored me.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Simses’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I can't compare.


    Do you think Matched needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe there is a follow-up book, as you are left wondering what happened to her love interest Kai. I can't say more in fear of spoiling the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    These books all based on utopian societies really hammer on the lemming effect. The fear of death and negative consequences of our actions overrides all other sensibilities. It's pretty amazing what you will endure in the name of self-preservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7842)
    Performance
    (4563)
    Story
    (4548)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Not a historial fiction fan"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Yes! Ken Follett's World Without End and the Pillars of the Earth were excellent reads.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Absolutely


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Although I did not enjoy the book, the narrator was very good. I would have stopped reading if it weren't for John Lee.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was hoping for a bit more. My mind drifted often. This type of content just doesn't thrill me. The interpersonal relationships were interesting however.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life With Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Judy Reene Singer
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said colleague, to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond "collie" calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt's child.

    Suzanne says: "entertaining, and charming"
    "I swear I have that problem too"
    Overall
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    There are times when I can sympathize with the main character in this book over her misunderstanding of certain words. I hear so many thinks incorrectly; however, I have always blamed in on my hearing. Anyway this was a good book. It is a bit of a love story, but not much. Mostly its about a divorcee picking up the pieces of her life and finding out what she is really about. The most annoying part of the book was the fact that she did keep misunderstanding words and phrases and I would sometimes have a very difficult time trying to figure out what the actual wording should have been. Although most of the time the reader let you know what was actually said, I struggled to reconcile the word or phrase with what she thought she heard. After a while, I just wished she omit those misunderstandings.

    Overall, it was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    FanB14 says: "Sarcasm Reigns Supreme"
    "Coming to Terms"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is about "Coming to Terms". It's coming to terms about dealing with the consequences of your actions, about coming to terms with life and death, and coming to terms about the past. The main characters in this book are believable and are full of emotion. This book is sad, poignant and redeeming.

    The narration was very good. There were some areas I felt he should have been a bit more dramatic when the situation required it; however, overall it was well done.

    In my opinion, read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (692)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Dull"
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    Don't get me wrong. I love dogs. Hence, I downloaded this book. I did not love it though for a myriad of reasons: 1) The dog was a growler/biter. It's hard to like the bad guy in a movie or a novel, and although the dog is not a "bad guy" he is less than likable. 2) I found the narrator to be dull. 3) The story dragggged for a very long time. 4) There were too many unbelievable events that took place in the book (if you read it, you will see what I mean.) and 5) many of the characters were unbelievable.

    Overall, I would not recommend listening to this novel. You are better with one by David Rosenfelt who also writes doggie genre mysteries.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4186)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3543)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Thought it would have been better"
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    I thought this book would be quite a bit better based on all the positive reviews. However, I felt it dragged, especially at the beginning. It took a long time for the author to set up the story and I kept waiting for the spying to take place. I think the narrator did a pretty good job of giving each character a different, distinct voice.

    Overall, the book was adequate, but I will not be reading another of this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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