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P. Minor

Indiana/USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 79 reviews
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  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2067)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Slow starter"
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    The book starts out very slow for at least half the book. It's written and read more like a history book than a novel but that history is important to the story and well worth hearing. By the last 1/3 of the book, it becomes more engaging. I had read the last book of the trilogy first, not knowing there were two previous books. When I discovered this, I had to know what happened before and will now listen to book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    ana says: "from a non believer..."
    "Not my kind of story but......"
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    I'm not fond of fantasy stories of any kind and this one is no different. But it is well written and held my interest long enough to finish only because of Meryl Streep. She could make reading a telephone book sound like great literature! It's worth listening to this just for her performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (367)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Narration hurts more than helps"
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    The writing is simple and predictable and verges on Romance Novel territory. And the narrator reads in an overly sweet, gentle voice suitable more for reading children's books and with a halting pattern that was distracting. I had a hard time finishing this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

    Ruth says: "taut writing, narrator perfect - read in order!!!"
    "Beware....yet another duplicate"
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    This is the second time recently I've purchased a book that is a duplicate of one that was published on here some time ago. They change the cover and apparently some other identifier so it doesn't show that it's already in your library and because it's an author you like, you buy it again. I listen to a LOT of books so remembering titles is hopeless for me but as soon as I started listening to this one, too, I knew I'd heard it before. Sure enough, it is in my library but with a different cover and slightly different time. Same narrator and unabridged as is the previous one. I wish Audible would clearly state that for some reason they have re-recorded some books. A big waste of my credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Risk of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A kidnapper is at large; a schoolboy has disappeared. There are no leads, and no closure. The police have failed, and morale at Lafferton Station has collapsed. Then DCI Simon Serrailler receives a call: a child has been snatched in Yorkshire. Has the abductor struck again? The Risk of Darkness picks up where The Pure in Heart left off. It is set in a world in which a widowed husband's crazy grief turns to obsession and violence, and women - both old and young - feel threatened.

    P. Minor says: "Beware.....a duplicate"
    "Beware.....a duplicate"
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    When I started listening to this book, I knew immediately I had heard it before. And sure enough, I already have this book in my library but this one has a different cover art than the first one. Same length and same narrator. Both are unabridged. If you listen to a LOT of books, as I do, you may not remember titles that you listened to some time ago and end up buying it twice. I gave this one a one star for that reason. The original one got 4 stars from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (375)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Outstanding"
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    This was the best yet in the Harry Hole series. It kept me guessing to the very end and I couldn't stop listening.....and can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (858)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "Started out great...."
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    The book started out to be a really intriguing mystery story but by 2/3 of the way through, I wasn't sure I could finish it. It veered strongly off into the supernatural which is a genre I don't care for. And, the descriptions of the surroundings, which normally I like to have in detail, just became a grinding bore. I'm in the 3rd section now but I don't really care how it ends....I just want it to be over. I'm not sure I will finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness: The Witness Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Josie Bates has a full plate caring for a troubled teen, but it's about to get fuller when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disabled stepson - a son Josie never knew he had. When Timothy Wren died at California's oldest amusement park it appeared to be a tragic accident. But now Timothy's biological father and the district attorney are out for blood. Is this a criminal action with merit, a vendetta, or a shakedown? For Josie the stakes are personal. Racing against time to prove someone is framing Archer, her faith in him is tested by his honesty regarding his feelings about his stepson.

    Ken says: "As Good As the First in the "Witness Series""
    "Ruined by the narrator"
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    I'm still listening to the book and I "think" the story is good but I'm so distracted by the extremely fast reading , panting, and quick intake of breath of the narrator that I can't enjoy the actual story. She is reading so fast that she doesn't take time to give the characters any personality. I'd advise buying the paper version of the book and reading it yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather-a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

    Kristine says: "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
    "Narrator too fast"
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    I enjoyed the story a lot but the narrator spoke so quickly it seemed as if she was on a time schedule and had to hurry up and finish. Slowing down to 1/2 speed caused it to echo so I had to listen at regular speed. There were also longish pauses at times that didn't call for a pause making me wonder if I had accidentally turned off my iPod.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two for Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

    Tim says: "So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!"
    "Forgettable"
    Overall
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    As usual, Will Patton's delivery was perfect and was probably all that kept me listening to this story. Unlike most books I listen to....and I've listened to most of James Lee Burke's....I just couldn't keep my focus on this one. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere or have a point that I could identify with. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it but generally, when listening to a really good story, I do not want to stop to do anything else. This time, I was hoping for something to interrupt me so I'd have something more interesting to do. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ripley’s Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time"
    "Excrutiatingly slow and pointless"
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    I wasn't able to finish this 3rd book in the series. I was never really able to get any feel for the personalities of the characters or what the point of the story was. I stopped about half way through as my mind kept wandering off.

    And the narrator has been an issue in all of the books so far. His constant mispronunciation of every word ending in a "g" drove me nuts.
    I had bought the entire series when it was on sale but it doesn't look I will be finishing it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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