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Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 247 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "Warning: Terrible narrator!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent narrator that doesn't engage in cheesy dramatics (and terrible, unneeded accents). I could not finish the book as the awful reading was too distracting. It actually made me cringe, partly because it was bad and partly out of embarrassment for the narrator. She reads the book like a high school girl engaging in empty gossip.

    Has Spook turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will check that this narrator is not the reader for anything else I buy. I wish I had listened to a sample beforehand.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Quigley?

    Whoever was the narrator for Roach's previous book, Stiff.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spook?

    I don't know, because I couldn't get through the book due to the terrible narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had checked who the narrator was and listened to a sample before I purchased the book. I may check the book out of the library in print to finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Flamenco Academy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Bird
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan

    Rae's life falls apart when her father dies of cancer and her mother joins a religious cult. The only person who understands Rae is local bad girl Didi, who is experiencing a similar loss. Both girls fall in love with handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, whose aunt teaches at the university's flamenco academy. Rae and Didi take the class and become obsessed with the dance.

    Victoria Weisfeld says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Torturous chick lit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea, maybe a 12 year old girl?

    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Bird again?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Fairly good pronunciation, albeit a little over-dramatic. Oh wait, that may have been the writing.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Flamenco Academy?

    Everything that had to do with the two main characters. That would have left the story about the Flamenco teacher, which was the more interesting thread in the book.

    Any additional comments?

    This made me not want to listen to Flamenco or hear Flamenco ever again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Home Run"
    If you could sum up As the Crow Flies in three words, what would they be?

    great listening fun

    What was one of the most memorable moments of As the Crow Flies?

    The introduction of a new character in Chief Long

    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Timing, depth and additional humor. He is definitely the voice of Henry.

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

    No, my husband and I enjoyed savoring it over a series of excursions

    Any additional comments?

    Author Craig Johnson has developed a memorable series with Sheriff Longmire, but all the previous books I have listened to have had some confusing plot sequences and tended to linger on overdone self-reflection or description to the point of being repetitive. The books had a lot of loose ends that one overlooked because of the strength of the character development and the engaging and smart writing style. In this book, Johnson pulls it all together in the right balance of plot, character, and humor. It is his best one yet and just plain good fun to listen to. George Guidall is the perfect reader for it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Shadow: A Spenser Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Daniel Parker

    Spenser is investigating the Port City Theater Company, where the director claims he's being stalked. When an actor is shot dead during a performance, all clues lead to the local Chinese Mafia, whose roots run deep in this drab waterfront city. With Hawk and ex mobster Vinnie assisting, Spenser eventually triumphs in one of his most compelling adventures.

    Amazon Customer says: "If I could give this no stars"
    "terrible reader"

    Good plot but the reader is terrible. He sounds like David Sedaris, which gives a whole new interpretation to the Spenser crew. At first I thought it was a parody. It's amusing, then tiresome, and ultimately unfortunate, as this might be one of the more interesting books of the series. Yes, bring back Joe Mantegna, bring back anyone but this guy. I will say that his interpretation of Susan is better than others though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Poor reading"

    I think I will have to read this book in print. The reader was so bad and overly cute in his presentation that it ruined the book for me. I couldn't finish it, as the reader was so damn annoying. It makes Dr. Feynman sound like a total idiot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Damage Control: Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument, an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain and into oblivion. The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and to make matters worse, a thunder-storm is looming on the horizon. Hours later and miles away, the subsiding rain reveals gruesome evidence.

    J. says: "Meanders Too Much!"
    "fun read"

    It's a fun read but she runs out of steam at the end. It's heavy on dead bodies and relationships, and a little short on plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inherent Vice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49..."
    "bad reader"

    This might have been good, but the reader was so bad, both in terms of timing and voices, that I couldn't finish the book. Also, it could have used some serious editing -- the whole thing rambles in a rather self-indulgent, "ain't I so clever in my hippie talk" way.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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