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L. Davenport

Scottsdale, AZ | Member Since 2007

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  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Decent subject matter but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Biran Emerson's reading drove me a little crazy, it's not his voice, it's the way his tone fluctuates because he's


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Emerson’s performances?

    absolutely not


    Do you think America's Secret War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if it's edited.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5693)
    Performance
    (4926)
    Story
    (4920)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "I don't get it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Beautiful Ruins? What did you like least?

    I can't figure out why people like this book so much. The story was meh, the characters were meh... I just don't get it. I finished it but I think that was just because I was trying to figure out what the hype was about. I think I might prefer more character development. With the story switching around as it did I really didn't care much about any of the characters and their stories. The narrator was good though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jess Walter? Why or why not?

    probably not


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job keeping the characters distinct and he seemed to have read the book before he narrated it (pet peeve of mine when they don't)


    Did Beautiful Ruins inspire you to do anything?

    not so much


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (564)

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "the bronx goes to San Francisco?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to audio books on the way to work so eh, it doesn't matter


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    COMPLETELY!!! Narrator has a speach pattern I found VERY distracting and I haven't a clue in the world why most of the characters sound like they just flew in from the Bronx. Anatoly is supposed to be "hot" but the narrator's bad Russian accent made him creepy. And on top of that, to me every single woman in the book sounded like a drag queen...from Brighton Beach.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is fine although the characters are not bright (at all. Let's not call this a mystery) but the narrator killed any prospect of another Kyra Davis book in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1059)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Really awful narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different reader


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

    It was hard to get past the narrator. Mispronounced words? Really? You're getting paid for this and you can't look up a word? Shame on you!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Holloway’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Do you think Some Girls Bite needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, with a different reader


    Any additional comments?

    Part of the blame should go to Chloe Neill...How can you allow an audio book to be released if you haven't listened to it...and I CAN'T believe she did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Rental

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (330)

    Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds—has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.

    Sharon says: "Perfect fun summer reading!"
    "meh, just okay"
    Overall

    I have to admit I have a BIG problem with bad narrators... I think she's from New Jersey and that accent kept sneaking into her southern characters voices. Ick, not good. AND, another pet peeve of mine, she mispronounced a lot of words. The story is cotton candy, fluff and took me back to my time at the Banks but I will NOT buy anything read by this narrator again... Bad choice for me...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4131)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1441)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Just plain fun!"
    Overall

    This book is absolutely ridiculous and I absolutely loved it...as did my two co-workers to whom I leant it. Suspend disbelief and dive in, it's funny and wonderful

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Michael McClelland, the brilliant murderer introduced in the first Alan Gregory novel, has left the Colorado State Mental Hospital - and he's coming after Alan's family. The timing couldn't be worse; like a wounded animal, Alan is in a vulnerable state, facing severe doubts about his professional life, his marriage, and his own psyche.

    Ruth B. says: "Boy was this a good one!"
    "Dick Hill? hmmmm, not so much"
    Overall

    The book itself is reasonably good but I had a bad time with a Dennis Farina knock-off reading a book about a good-looking, outdoorsy Colorado guy. If there was a way to define it w/in Audible.com, I would request to NEVER view any books read by Dick Hill. Apologies to Stephen White.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rory Freedman, Kim Barnouin
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as "soda is liquid Satan" and "you are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin", it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations.

    Erica Marie says: "I stopped drinking soda immediately after"
    "Overkill...no pun intended"
    Overall

    Not a horrible book but not what it's supposed to be. It truly is a book pushing vegan-ism. The first couple of chapters are somewhat funny and maybe a little convincing BUT when they got to the slaughter houses I bristled, said to my CD player "Sorry sweetie, 60 Minutes already covered this" and ejected the book...and rejected the remaining CD's.

    I think the authors might have been a little more effective without the overkill on animal killing.

    1 of 4 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1315)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    She's got a great voice and it's a good story. Really easy to listen to. (I can't imagine why she didn't narrate her other book on Audible)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "wake me when it's over"
    Overall

    remember high school? There was that guy who thought he was clever...but he wasn't? Well, he's back...and he's still not clever.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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