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Chris

I enjoy listening to audiobooks while woking in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.

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  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (2731)
    Story
    (2731)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Cold Dish"
    Overall

    I have downloaded hundreds of things from Audible over several years. This is among my favorites. The narrator is excellent. The characters are believable. The plot is believable, but not obvious. I recommend it.

    59 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1219)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "Marisha Pessi is good story teller"
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    Ms. Pessi really spins a good yarn. The story moves along, and really holds one's attention. The characters are interesting and realistic. It was the same in her first novel. Also the same as her first novel, as much as I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed in the ending. It seemed a little far fetched and contrived to me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Test of Wills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

    Carol says: "Difficult to follow the narrator"
    "a good book if you have insomnia"
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    This book is boring and repetitive. The main character spends the whole book questioning the same characters with he same questions over and over until it is brought to an unexpected unrealistic end very quickly. It as if the writer kept writing hoping something new would come to him, but it never did. Then suddenly he had reached a page limit and had to put an ending to things. The result was a poor ending. Don't waste money or credits on this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3188)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Not like the TV show, but a great book"
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    Story

    If you want the sex and violence driven story depicted on the Netflix TV show, you will be disappointed in this book. The book has almost no sex or violence. Rather it is a story of personal growth and loyalty. I found it very uplifting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodbye to a River

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Graves
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In this classic from the Lone Star State, John Graves learns that the river he knew and loved as a youth, the Brazos in north-central Texas, is slated to be dammed at multiple points - and he understands that things will never be the same. Goodbye to a River is a poignant narrative of one man's journey by canoe down the river of his memories. Along the way, he describes the colorful Texas landscape and recounts its rich history.

    John S. says: "Perfect narration"
    "Undoubtedly a great piece of American literature"
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    I have read this book. I have listened to the audio book 4 or 5 times. This travel narrative of a canoe trip down the Brazos River in the 1950's is so many things it is difficult to describe. It is an entertaining story of a man and a dash hound puppy on a canoe trip. It is a story of the history of the last century in this part of Texas with all of the bad and some of the good included. It is the story of a man struggling to cope with the fast coming changes of modern life. However, what it really is, is a complex work that evokes so many thoughts and emotions that it takes me longer to get through it with each listen, and makes me sad it is over every time I finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Connie Ventress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis.

    🌺༺❤ HaloLove ❤༻🌺 says: "Clumsily Charming!! Ms. Addison Holmes is."
    "Stephanie Plum with a Southern (fake) Accent"
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    If you've ever read a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, you have read this book.
    This book has a young women as the central figure who is accident prone; eats all the junk food she wants, but keeps a desirable body; has a love affair going with a police detective; takes on a new risky job because she is broke.... beginning to sound familiar. The only difference is this young women has a southern accent, which is done poorly by the reader. Either the reader is is not a southerner making an attempt to sound southern, or a southerner who is way overacting.
    The same old reused plot of every Stephanie Plum novel became tiresome long ago. A ripoff of it is really tiresome. Spend your money elsewhere.
    By the way, I noticed this novel only because there is a very good piece of historical fiction with the same name. I recommend it whole heartedly.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1766)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Another Great Harry Bosch Story"
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    I look forward to each new installment of the Harry Bosch books, and I am almost never disappointed with the results. They are great mysteries with real life type characters, problems, and solutions. I don't think a series of mystery books gets better than those about Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5732)
    Performance
    (4918)
    Story
    (4926)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Sherlock Holmes - Wonderful!"
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    There is no Sherlock Holmes story that does not deserve a 5 star rating. Get them all for endless hours of enjoyment. I listen over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3820)
    Performance
    (2722)
    Story
    (2727)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "Thought provoking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen Meany is an outstanding character because he is so unusual. i have known a few people like him. They were all strong and successful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is not a particularly joyous or happy story, but worth the time I put in on it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speak No Evil: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Allison Brennan
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The murder of 18-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile - her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity scrawled was across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim's much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence, Carina can't make a collar or a case. She also can't stop Sheriff Nick Thomas, the prime suspect's brother, from conducting his own unwelcome investigation.

    Sara Kesler says: "Terrible narrator"
    "A rehash of a million other books"
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    I believe this person has read a lot of mystery-police novels and pieced together a plot typical for thousands of them based on what she had read. No imagination, nothing new. I didn't like the reader at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (881)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "Sometimes one can tell too much - tmi"
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    I admire Adam Corolla. He is a self made man with good common sense who is not afraid to be a voice for good common sense in the stupidly politically correct world of entertainment. I love his other book (In 50 Years We Will All Be Chicks). This book covers much of the same ground, but is much more biographical with a lot of detail - too much detail. I thought more of him before I heard some of those gross stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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