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Peggie

Lansing, KS, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Another Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

    Kenneth says: "Powerful and sad"
    "Depressing!"
    Overall

    I tried hard to get into the book because I don't like to waste my money, but after 3 hours I came to the conclusion that the money I spent for the book was far less than the cost of a full blown depression which might result from listening.

    It's disjointed and depressing. The characters' actions make little sense. Here's a man at the top of his game who acts willy nilly and can't understand when his actions throw him in the gutter.

    Best advice is to skip it. If you don't, have a therapist on stand-by.

    0 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3526)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1256)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "The Death Penalty VS The System"
    Overall

    I enjoyed both the reader and the story in Grishom's novel The Confession. As an opponent of the death penalty, Grishom blames the wrong element - the penalty prescribed for heinous crimes. Certainly Grishom's novel makes one rethink their own position in regards to the death penalty.

    In the end, using only Grishom's story as the argument, it is not the penalty that fails but rather the system. Regardless of the penalty, the system allows wrongful convictions especially when prosecutors, investigators and judges worry more about win records, play judge and jury themselves and use trickery to convict.

    With no death penalty, these wrongfully convicted persons merely languish hidden away in prison. Grishom's character found his treatment in prison unbearable. With no death penalty bring forth an eventual time table, even less would be done to exonerate those wrongfully convicted.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (676)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Stick With It, It Gets Interesting"
    Overall

    Started this book once and just couldn't get into it. While I love Australian accents, one recounting military actions just didn't work for me. I think it's a pretty slow start, but about 1.5 to 2 hours in, it really becomes story rich.

    We follow Jacko and Jimmy into two wars, the first with little action, the second with more action than they wanted. They become POWs and even attempt an escape.

    Finally Jacko and Jimmy make it back to Australia and meet up with a former friend of Jackos. They all go into the fishing business, with some very intriguing stories both out fishing and from former experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkside

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    When a midshipman plunges six stories to his death, the U.S. Naval Academy begins investigating an apparent suicide. But there's a bizarre twist: the young man's body is found wearing undergarments belonging to Midshipman Julie Markham, a senior at the academy.

    Greg Rossvanes says: "Talk about edge of your seat!"
    "Fast Paced Action with a Twist"
    Overall

    Another great novel. Well read and well written though a bit strange in some places. Mystery and intrigue - but not the ending you expected. Listened to most of this riding my bike on the Katy trail and thoroughly enjoyed the pace and characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (280)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "If You Liked The Help"
    Overall

    The Devil in the Junior League is a laugh out loud, funny book. Well written, great character descriptions and great realism of those that are simply stuck up for little reason. Yes, there's a lot of unrealistic actions, but they only add to the humor.

    This book reminds me very much in tone of the book The Help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18230)
    Performance
    (8396)
    Story
    (8433)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "2nd Sequel"
    Overall

    First listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This book picks up where that one leaves off. Most of the same main characters with a intermixing of new characters. A bit of mundane politics thrown in to explain the weird and intriguing behaviors of numerous characters. Much of the book is exciting and intriguing though I enjoyed the rapid action of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memoirs of Mary, Queen of Scots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Rebekah Germain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third marriage to the dashing, commanding Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute.

    Bonnie-Ann B says: "Fiction being the key word"
    "English & Scottish History"
    Overall

    The book is mostly written from Mary's point of view. It shows the both the sides of privilege and the inborn beliefs in responsibilities. I found it an extremely interesting listen, well written and well narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (352)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "Only If you want prose without much of a story"
    Overall

    I can't believe people give this such a high review. Yes, the language is beautiful but about 80% of it is totally off the story line. It's like you have to hunt the story amongst the words. There are many wonderful books out there with fantastic prose and I just can't slog my way through this one.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Ford County: Unfinished Short Stories"
    Overall

    Like some other reviewers, I felt cheated. I felt like I was hearing some good story ideas Grisham developed over time, but they somehow petered out and so he never wrote the book. The stories themselves leave you wanting to ask questions or have more development of the characters.

    I also strongly suggest that Grisham stick to writing the stories and pay his normally great readers. Grisham's voice is fine, it's just the weird pausing that he uses which is distracting and detracting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (895)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Intriguing Read"
    Overall

    The Charm School is a bit above the usual spy thriller. The longer you listen the better it gets;. Set in Moscow, two embassy employees find out about a secret Russian operation which uses captured Americans to clone themselves into Russian operatives. Well developed and intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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