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Sandy

Waterville, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (208)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Thank goodness I reached the end"
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    What could Diane Keaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The dialogue was hard to distinguish between characters. Moved from more likeable sections - reflections on her relationships and family to very boring excerpts from journals, again and again - they dominated. should have stayed as an unpublished personal journal of her journey with her mother.


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

    boredom, just wanted to try and find an interesting part. then I got to the end - thank goodness


    Any additional comments?

    I love Diane Keaton's movie performances, always have. hate herv writing style if this is an example of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (824)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Fulfills curiosity but better Nesbo in later books"
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    Where does The Bat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was dying to read where Harry Hole began, firstly because I'm Australian and secondly for the natural curiosity for the beginning of a series. Always have preferred Sean Barrett - he has done all the narration on the non-US books - so much better than Robin Sachs. So, a good yarn and clearly Nesbo was enthralled with Aboriginal dreaming legends and Aussie slang and behaviour. The character of Harry is formed here and you get insights into his past but not as well crafted as in later books - once Nesbo is firmly on Norwegian soil everything is much crisper, more complex and better developed. If you're a Nesbo and Harry Hole devotee, then this book is a must - can't wait til Cockroaches hits the English translation list.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

    Lia says: "Another Good Jo Nesbo Book"
    "wonderful Nesbo and Hole"
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    What did you love best about The Redeemer?

    complexity of story, development of characters further. surprises along the way and warm human dimension. story telling of the highest order.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    wonderful Norwegian accents, love it when he gives Harry an accented English voice. pace, perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but pleasurable to stretch it out - don't want it to end too soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Demji says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "HAAATE this narrator :( :( :("
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    What made the experience of listening to High Five the most enjoyable?

    Great story, light, entertaining


    Would you be willing to try another one of Debi Mazar’s performances?

    Never - hate her as a narrator, you can't understand what she's saying half the time - her characters all sound the same - she just gabbles - awful awful awful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G is for Gumshoe: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Pfeiffer
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her 33rd birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list.

    James says: "Bad Sound Editing"
    "Another great read (listen!)"
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    Would you listen to G is for Gumshoe again? Why?

    Great story again with Kinsey at the helm - love the narration and the characters - feel like good friends I get to fondly visit every few months. Look forward to my next visit with Kinsey & co


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Eat, Pray, Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment, and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression, and heartbreak. It's 3 a.m., and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing....

    Dianne says: "ever get that sinking feeling..."
    "One woman's piece of pure self indulgence"
    Overall

    I am not sure why this book (and now film) is such a runaway success. I found it an incredibly self-indulgent piece of writing especially in the second half of the book. Honestly I cannot understand what all the hype has been about - clearly I'm out of step with the majority of readers/ listeners! The writing style was at times fluid but often uneven which became annoying. Not recommended, but given that the rst of the world seems to be in love with it - you should probably endure it for yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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