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P. Minor

Indiana/USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 89 reviews
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  • 159 purchased in 2014
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  • Bleachers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was the best quarterback to play for the Messina Spartans. 15 years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into a football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him.

    Patti says: "Great listen!"
    "Engrossing story"
    Overall

    I don't like sports. I don't like football, especially. I think people who are "stuck" in their high school or college years are silly and immature. BUT......it doesn't matter here. The story isn't just about football or sports or guys revisiting their youth. It's much more than that and the story of how one single man could influence the lives of so many was mesmerizing. Another wonderful story from John Grisham. The only negative was the narrator....John himself. He should leave the reading of the story up to a professional reader...one who can act, more or less. John reads in a very monotone like style and it made telling who was "speaking" in the story very difficult to figure out and it tended to tone down the emotion of the story too much. But a good story inspite of the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Distortion: Moonlighters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Nan Gurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    A husband's lies can have deadly consequences. When Juliet Cole's husband of 15 years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers' demands.

    Susannah says: "Loved the Story... but why the switch???"
    "Should be listed Christian literature,"
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    A very formulaic and predictable novel written in the tone of a jr. hi level book. If constantly blaming god for what goes wrong and then praising god for what goes well is your thing, then you'll enjoy this story. I found it repugnant. Put that together with a narrator who sounded like a syrupy kindergarten (apologies to kindergarten teachers) teacher and you have a diabetes inducing listen. I couldn't finish it and didn't care how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    Lisa Jackson's novels of romance and suspense race up the best-seller charts. In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose.

    mary says: "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    "No ending is a terrible ending!"
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    I had planned on giving this book 5 stars because it kept me guessing and changing my mind about the guilty party until the very end.....and I'm still guessing. I do not appreciate buying a book that requires me to buy yet another one just to find out who did the crime in the current one. This is just a very sneaky and underhanded way to get more money out of the author's readers. I am not sure I will buy the follow up to this book. It's just too much like a bait-and-switch scam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

    Don says: "Good story"
    "Stilted, flat narration"
    Overall
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    The story line was ok....fairly predictable but still interesting enough to keep me listening despite a lousy narrator. This narrator just didn't sound like Tempe at all. She was flat, stilted and without personality. Apparently this woman was not the narrator I"ve heard on previous Tempe Brennan books and I will avoid any read by her from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Is Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Healey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

    Amber says: "A contemporary mystery for non-mystery lovers."
    "Disturbing"
    Overall
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    As a woman rapidly approaching 70, I did find this novel compelling and also disturbing as a very accurate look into the decline of an elderly person's ability to even control his own thought processes. The "mystery" is the least important part of this story. The story of the gradual breakdown in the character's personality is far more interesting. Having been responsible for the care of my childless aunt who was stricken with Altzheimer's, I can now better appreciate why she acted the way she did and why nothing I did made any difference at all.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2802)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2470)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Unbelievable and poorly written"
    Overall
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    If you love fantasy stories, this may be perfect for you....the escapades of the lead characters are so over the top that they seem more like a Superman or Batman story. The conversations are written like they were made by a grade school author...flat, simple and not the way real people talk. The male narrator had a stilted reading manner , pausing at odd places as if it were the end of the sentence ....and then going on with the remainder of the sentence.
    I thought it would never end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1697)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (496)

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "Very good story, poor narration"
    Overall
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    Story

    I almost quit listening because of the flat, halting tone of the narrator. He doesn't "perform" the story but just reads it in a flat , monotone voice and halts or pauses in odd places. But I stayed with it and really did enjoy the story itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1431)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Wish I could give it 10 stars!"
    Overall
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    I don't give many 5 star ratings. I listen to too many books to be impressed by many of them but I honestly wish I could give both this book and this narrator 10 stars. They were perfectly matched and I did not want this story to end.
    Like most people of my generation (mid 60's), I read this book in high school and found it boring and didn't like it at all. It is wasted on the young who haven't faced any hardships in life yet and they can't possibly understand the impact of it's lessons.
    But now when I listen to it I can feel the dust in my throat and the bugs biting my skin and the heat beating down on me. I know the pain of the parents watching their children starve and the humiliation of the men , especially, who could not take care of their families.
    And, I could see how we as a country are starting to repeat those same mistakes that culminated in the massive poverty of the majority of Americans in those years.
    This is a must read for all adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "Disgusting and unbelievable"
    Overall
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    Where to start with this bit of junk writing. If you like violent, explicit sex with very little story line....you'll love this. It goes off track even more with the rapid growth of bed bugs exposed to radiation. Really?
    And, to make matters worse, what story is there needs to be read by a male narrator. It just doesn't fit a female's soft voice. This woman did a decent job I guess considering she had little to work with.
    I won't be buying any more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2535)
    Story
    (2547)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "cheesy sound effects and sophomoric writing"
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    Did David Baldacci actually write this drivel? The writing is very "simple" and the characters are not developed in any way. There are large leaps in time and action during the story....so much so that several times I thought I must have drifted off and missed something essential. So I rewound to find what I'd missed only to find I'd missed nothing. The story line just jumped ahead and left info out.
    But all of that would have been fine if the cheesy sound effects had been left out. The sudden eruption of gunfire and the chirping of crickets to indicate a walk in the woods....really? Have we become so simple-minded that we can no longer conjure up an image based on the written words? And the sound effects just sounded like someone got a new sound board and wanted to try out all the buttons. Awful.
    Please, leave out sound effects and let the narrators spin the images from the written words.
    Baldacci's last few novels have been so poorly written that I doubt I'll waste money or credits on any more of them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (2935)
    Story
    (2939)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Modern day adult Grimm's fairy tale!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star is that I several times stopped listening to do other things and really didn't want to come back to it. The supernatural just isn't my cup of tea and I didn't care much how it ended. That said, Kate Mulgrew's performance was so outstanding that I did keep coming back to it and she got me through it. The story was good, I guess, for the subject matter. Well written but even better performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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