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Lin

Canby, OR, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Consciousness Plague

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Levinson
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From of the author of The Silk Code, winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel, comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard-boiled police-procedural mystery.

    Carl says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK WHILE DRIVING"
    Overall

    This book has an interesting premise, but unfortunately that is where the interest ends. The narration makes it impossible to stay focused on the plot. The story's value cannot be determined because the read is boring. If you need a book to help you fall asleep, choose this one, because there's nothing here to keep you awake. WARNING: This is definitely NOT a book to listen to while driving or while operating heavy machinery . . . may cause drowsiness!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays - except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston - and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town - it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.

    3AM Mom says: "Like Holiday Snowflakes"
    "Fun Holiday Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a particularly fun listen for me as I am familiar with Leavenworth, WA. Being set in that Christmas town setting sets the holiday tone for this fun romance. This multifaceted story juggles friends and family relationships as well as newly discovered romance. I appreciate that the language is appropriate for anyone to hear and the romantic scenes are loving, but tame enough that no one will be offended by their content Moms can listen to this story in the kitchen while cooking Christmas goodies or can listen to this in this the car between shopping malls without concern for what the little ones will hear as they overhear this story. The story encompasses all someone will want in a romantic Christmas story that brings the cozy warmth of family and friends together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

    Paula says: "Good Story"
    "An original holiday story with meaty content"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Whether you're following this series or this group of characters is new to you, you will find them pesenting a holday story well worth hearing! So many holiday stories are predictable, honey-sweet stories that don't challenge the listener. The characters in the series have become old friends over time, but whether you're new to the series or not, you won't be sorry if you choose this story for the holidays. At first, I wasn't sure that I could listen to Christina Moore as the narrator, but I've found that she's become the perfect voice for characters that I've grown to love. I am not a quilter and thought the subject matter might be boring, but I was wrong! I learned about history while treating myself to a 'clean' and 'uplifting story' that was meaty in content and very different than the usual holiday story line. It was wonderful to be able to play this book in the presence of children and friends without needing to apologize for curse words or x-rated content. If you choose this book, you'll have a rich story with historic content that you will find enriching to your modern holiday. Sometimes, we grow tired of 'so many sweets' at the holidays and we find ourselves craving some calories with nutritional content - you'll find that in this story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (201)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "Warning - Not suitable for children!"
    Overall

    This Audio book is great for adults, but adult subject matter makes this inappropriate for young children. A theme carried throughout this book is that of a man lusting after a young girl. If this book were a movie, it would be given an "R" rating.

    0 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (419)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "The Hit Man is a Hit! Don't Miss This One!"
    Overall

    This book has got to be the bargain of the year! Robert Forster's read was exceptional. I will look for other books read by him in the future. In "The Hit Man," Lawrence Block created a character that is both believable and surprisingly likeable. The casual, everyday approach to the subject of murder will surprise and entertain the reader. My only regret with this book is that it had to end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10375)
    Performance
    (5634)
    Story
    (5667)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "The Life of Pi"
    Overall

    This was one of the best tales I've ever heard. I had to go back to check that it was fiction more than once. It was totally facinating with an unuasual storyline. It's the kind of story you keep thinking about months after hearing it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Highflying army career women Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook are both victims of sexual harassment by their superiors. And now they're both dead. FBI psychological profilers start the hunt for a serial murderer; a smart guy with a score to settle, a loner, an army man, a ruthless vigilante known to them both.

    Tim says: "Reacher is great. The Reader is not."
    "The Visitor"
    Overall

    The story was great; the narrator was poor. If someone is going to read a book, they should learn to pronounce the names of the locations correctly. It was irritating to hear Spokane pronounced "Spo - cane" when it's actually pronounced "Spo - Can." I would also have to say that Lee Child was incorrect in his descriptions of the Portland, OR areas and in his description of the size of Spokane. So even though the story was incredibly good, it was irritating to hear locations I'm familiar with described poorly and pronounced worse. Even so, the story was worth hearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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