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Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2009

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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
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (2364)
    Story
    (2368)

    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!"
    "LOVE this series!"
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    Would you listen to The Potato Factory again? Why?

    This one is going in the classics list!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    I loved Ikey, performed & written so clear I could picture his treacherous visage everytime he spoke.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ikey trains his boys on the tricks of the street I was fascinated not only with the bare facts of survival in the London streets but also with the strange love they felt for one another


    If you could take any character from The Potato Factory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ikey, so he could teach me his tricks!


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this trilogy on spec with a 2 for 3 trilogy sale. I was in the bush & whenever mt I-pod ran out of juice I immediately started up our emergency generator so that I could keep on listening! You can't stop.
    I would highly recommend this whole series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (782)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "What a great, original book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Luminaries the most enjoyable?

    I went into this book for the historical fiction and came out of it thinking, that of the thousands of books I've read, this was truly written in the most original way.


    Any additional comments?

    The authour, by tying the character sections into the state of the moon, writing shorter sections as the moon waned, kept things moving along. At the end, a flashback explains all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8350)
    Performance
    (7534)
    Story
    (7529)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham just keeps getting better!"
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    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    Fantastic plot development, deep, interesting characters you can see in your mind, always a surprise around the corner


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that I ended staying up all night listening to it and I'm really tired. What a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing - with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

    Vicky says: "Fun short book; enjoyed the read but a B"
    "Fun short book; enjoyed the read but a B"
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    If you could sum up The Switch in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyed the listen


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elmore Leonard? Why or why not?

    yes, I like Elmore Leonard but he has written so much over such a long career that some are just better than others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Retirement Plan: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits? Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois' sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice. When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life.

    'Nathan says: "Rooting for the "bad guys" has never been so good!"
    "Adequate; but didn#t know it was lesbian lit"
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    Would you try another book from Martha Miller and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    nope


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

    Th narrator suited the book, but I didn#t


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    May like it if you are involved in the lifestyle


    Any additional comments?

    too much time spent on lesbian lifestyle & not enough on the story

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3532)
    Performance
    (3247)
    Story
    (3264)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "I LOVE this series! funny, intriquing"
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    Would you listen to Heir of Novron again? Why?

    Yes, I love this one so much that, unless he puts out a new book soon, I will keep rereading all 3 books


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Th narrator just seems perfect for this story. He nadles the humour, the adventure, & even the softer storyline perfectly. The different charcacters were well defined & seemed to suit


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1353)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Burke & Patton knock one out of the park again"
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    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love listening to Will Pattons melodic voice read the beautifully descriptive words of James Lee Burke. The man maked you feel like you're in the deep south living amongst the many real & flawed characters. You can feel the autumnal breezes, smell the flowers & sea air and feel the humidity as the story unfolds.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Right up until the end, you are never really sure who the 'bad guys' are; or rather, who are the 'worst guys'


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    And what a voice Patton has! Sometimes, if I'm having trouble sleeping, I put on one of his previous 'read' narrations so I'm not afraid of missing plot points, and I let him read me to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disapointed in this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1336)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Once you speed Joe Hurley up, it's great!"
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    What about Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley ’s performance did you like?

    Johnny Depp was a good choice for narration; but when the other chap takes over, I had to speed up my i-pod for the 1st time ever. You find yourself getting frustrated waiting for the word to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave me an insight into Keith I never thought possible & I had to chage all my pre-conceived notions on how the man lives. It finally gives answer to the question "How can Keith still be alive living as he does?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Merry Wives of Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Hess
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme - a charity golf tournament! This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced - a top of the line bass boat - nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport...including a killer.

    Margo says: "Merry Wives and Merry Murder"
    "Good to visit Maggody Again"
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    I'ver read every Maggody book, but this is the 1st one I've listened to. Love the story but was not happy with Mrs Jim Bob and Estelle's 'voices.' Could have had more fun with the pastors voice as well. The rest of the narration was fine. The story was once again the kind you couldn't put down (or pause, I guess). Definitely worth every cent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (754)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "5 star for story; 1 star for narration"
    Overall

    Once again, a great story; but the choice of narrator is just 'off' for this story. It almost put me off listening, if the story wasn'y so good. So listen to the narrator before you buy; you may prefer to read this one the old fashioned way

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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