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Anthem, AZ, United States

  • 25 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 378 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Death of a Kingfisher: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm

    When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

    Chablis from Seattle says: "A delightful, tangled web of intrigue!"
    "Not up to parr"
    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Graeme Malcolm?

    I have read or listened to almost all of Beaton's books - Hamish McBeth and Mrs. Raisin. I liked them all but this one was missing something, besides being unbelievable.

    Also, while the narrator isn't bad and I wouldn't mind him in another book, his performance in this one was a disappointment. For one thing, he was just too British sounding for a story in the Scottish highlands. But he also just didn't capture Hamish's personality.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Graeme Malcolm?

    I wouldn't listen to another Hamish McBeth book with him. He might be "okay" in other locations.

    Was Death of a Kingfisher worth the listening time?

    It wasn't horrible... I did listen to it.. but I wouldn't be inspired to read another Beaton book if I didn't know her other books were better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Wise Man

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Henry van Dyke

    You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they traveled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man? This one-hour audiobook contains the complete text of Henry van Dyke's original story, artfully brought to life by a colorful cast of characters under the direction of David Nevland.

    Linda says: "Classic story/w horrible narration & dramatization"
    "Classic story/w horrible narration & dramatization"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator and the corny sounding dramatization

    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the O. Henry story itself.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accent was not a pleasant one. Nor was her tone of voice. Then, whenever someone spoke, there was an insertion of a male voice with the vibrato turned up. Very distracting and corny.

    Did The Other Wise Man inspire you to do anything?

    I love the story but I didn't finish this audio version because of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    JDP says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "I don't get it"
    Would you try another book from Francine Rivers and/or Kate Forbes?

    I think I probably don't, for the most part, like most historical romances and this book certainly didn't change my mind.

    Has Redeeming Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't normally read romance. I do love history but historical romance seems to not be something I care for.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did a good job considering what she had to work with. The writing style was not great.

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

    Disappointment, disbelief, offense.

    Any additional comments?

    This is supposed to be a modern day story of the book of Hosea but so much in this book disturbed me. Really, the guy in the story stalked the woman, a prostitute. Then he basically kidnapped her after she was beaten almost to death by her pimp. While she was still very ill from injuries, he called in a minister to marry them, getting her to say a feeble "Why not?" in place of the "I do" while she was still in bed, injured, confused and not mentally competent due to the beating. H then took her home to his farm and wonders why she wants to get away.

    Sorry, the God I know doesn't violate people people's wills.

    If you want a book that makes it okay to stalk women, overwhelm them while they are too sick to speak up for themselves because God tells you to do it ---'ll like this book. But I suggest you read a little history on women's issues.

    BTW, I am an evangelical Christian, and I believe the Biblical story of Hosea is a beautiful story of God's unconditional love for us. But this was not the same story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I didn't care much about the characters and I didn't think the book had the

    Did Craig Wasson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    so so

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

    probably not

    Any additional comments?

    I very much dislike horror and have never read a Stephen King novel or seen a movie adaption. I've always heard he was a very skilled story-teller, though, so when this book came out, I thought it would be a great opportunity to enjoy a great writer. I like both history and time travel, and was 11 when Kennedy was assassinated so it also sounded interesting from that point of view as well.

    Perhaps I expected too much but i was disappointed.

    For me, the most important thing is a book is that I care about the main characters. I didn't dislike the main characters, but neither did I like them or care much if their lives worked out.

    A second thing I require in a book is that if it is set in the past, I want to truly feel immersed in that past. In reviews, I read that King had researched the price of groceries in 1958, etc. Well, so what if you get the correct price of groceries but don't create the atmosphere of 1958-63? It

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    Richard says: "Audiobooks don't get any better than this"
    "Great series, great narrator"

    I usually only buy audible books that have 10 hours plus listening time (more for the money!) but bought The Kalahari Typing School for Gentlemen when I was sick with a cold and wanted to listen to something light (I had read the previous 4 books the old-fashioned way). But after listening to Ms. Lecat's narration, I've ordered the next in the series from Audible too. Both she and Mma Ramatswe rock!

    If you haven't listened to a No. 1 Detective Agency Series, i recommend it. Not exciting crime here --just human foibles investigated by a delightful cast led by the traditionally build Mma Ramatswe.

    I have never had much interest in visiting Africa but after reading this series (and seeing the HBO/BBC television mini series), I find myself wishing I could go to Botswana and walk the streets of Gabarone, visit the African mall, and drink bush tea on the porch of a nice, traditionally built Botswanan woman, though I doubt if any real person could measure up to Precious Ramatswe.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "Over the top in places but still good"

    Generally, I enjoyed the book and learned many things.

    That being said, before buying this book, you should know: Napolitano is an ardent libertarian, 2)he is, to put it mildly, opinionated 3)in at least one instance, maybe two, in my opinion, his opinions "border" on conspiracist 3)some people will be offended by his treatment of Lincoln and other publicly revered persons - he ignores the tension Lincoln felt between his desire to see an end to slavery and his desire to save the union, saying (incorrectly) that he [Lincoln] was not concerned about slavery prior to the war - he also calls him a tyrant due to his actions re; the press during the War (actually, I'd agree on the latter, but still, some people don't like their idols torn down, so i am warning you) and finally, the Judge seems to use the argument of state's rights when it is convenient and the argument against state's rights when that is convenient.

    Nevertheless, with those caviats, I highly recommend the book. You may not agree with Napolitano's opinions but the book is quite helpful for understanding the thinking behind libertarianism and those who believe original intent. It may even convince you.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "If you like Miss Marple and Mrs. Pollifax"

    I' m sure this kind of book isn't for everyone, but if you like Jane Marple or Emily Pollifax, you'll like Georgie. An amusing cozy mystery/adventure in which a young royal (35th in line for the throne) adjusts to having no money, no household help and tries to survive by doing menial work and special investigations for the queen.

    The narrator does an excellent job.

    42 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • My Side of the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jean Craighead George
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel

    Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

    Ron says: "revisiting a childhood classic"
    "My favorite as a child"

    I first checked this book out of my school library in 1961. I was a 10 year old book worm from a dysfunctional alcoholic family who wanted to run away from them all and have total control of my life. I knew I couldn't do so, but did I ever enjoy reading about how Sam did it - and how, in the end, he realized he needed people in his life, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Douglas says: "Fantastic!"
    "Good but.."

    Much of this book I found fascinating. I grew up hearing about the death march and reading more details was sobering. I was disappointed that there were several people who figured into the story whose ultimate fates you did not end. Perhaps the authors couldn't get details if they died in the war or even afterwards. But i am sure that even if they couldn't furnish details, they could have at least determined if they survived the captivity itself. I would like to have known.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Daniel Okrent

    Here is a brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America's most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of Americas favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

    Linda says: "Strictly an account"
    "Strictly an account"

    This book is probably okay for what it is -- I was just expecting something different.

    It gives the lobbying and legislative history of both prohibition and repeal in some detail. It also talks some about the lawlessness of gangsters that occurred in the '20's and touches on the instability of a society that basically nullifies a law by ignoring it.

    I felt it did not do justice to the things that led to Prohibition. Don't misunderstand -- I am not pro-prohibition. In fact, I'm for the legalization of drugs. Nevertheless, while the author did talk about the role of women and women's suffrage in connection with the law, it did not really go into any detail about *why* women supported it - in other words, the social problems women, who were without legal rights or protection in a society where saloons were all men bastions and drunkeness often resulted in poverty and abuse against which they had no recourse. Instead, the author concentrated on anti-immigrant feelings which certainly were a factor, but not the whole story.

    So, for a bare-line history, an okay book. For analysis, not so good - even in those areas he addressed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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