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Vickie

Concord, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (3442)
    Performance
    (2447)
    Story
    (2451)

    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!"
    "Excellent"
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    Best book ever! One of those stories you didn't want to end (and I guess it hasn't because there's two more parts). I'm hoping parts 2 and 3 are as excellent as this,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Painfully slow"
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    I should have paid attention to the one reviewer who said this book moved slowly. The story was OK at best but how long it took to tell it was painful. Tons of detail, little story-line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (718)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Okay but not great"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Bed?

    Can't recall, story plodded along


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator had boring monotone throughout entire story. Many annoying instances of character interactions where one character is participating in a conversation while at the same time going off into their own thoughts... Author interspersed these thoughts within the scene and it comes off weird and distracting hearing this read aloud in that mind-numbing monotone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12986)
    Performance
    (5338)
    Story
    (5385)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Good story, keeps your attention - great for commuting in the car as the book is so darn loooonnnngggg!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18466)
    Performance
    (16484)
    Story
    (16538)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Not Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Didn't like the male narrator's voice for the part - distracting - too much description of relationships/times that wasn't interesting at all


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Predator nation


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice didn't match the type of character he was portraying in my opinion


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    Didn't get far enough in be able to make that call


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2576)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Narrator makes this a snorefest!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Definitely needs a livelier narrator - this guy sounds like some old man of about 80 years. Painful to listen to - I couldn't even make it past chapter 2. :(


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Len Cariou’s performances?

    No No No!


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

    Yuck


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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