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Angela

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Nashville, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (832)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "A Little Bland"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love the Vor world that Ms. McMaster Bujold has created. It feels real to me and I want to know what happens to these people I've come to know. But this book just makes me miss Miles. It's like attending a family reunion only to find out that your favorite cousin isn't coming. Not a bad book, but Ivan just isn't as interesting as Miles. After reading this book I re-read Memory. In retrospect, this book feels more like an Afterword. I'm glad to know what became of Ivan but can't see myself ever reading this one again.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I love Mr. Grover's performances. I always feel that he loves the material as much as I do and takes great care to accurately portray the author's intention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4012)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3420)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Delusional Parenting at It's Best"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I think lots of stories have been written about parents not having a clue. Maybe my problem with this book is due to not having any children myself and to having parents very much involved in my life as I was growing up. Add to this the fact that my partner is an inner-city school teacher who has very real stories about the behavior of "children" who have completely uninvolved or absent parents and I am left with a main character whose deliberate ignorance comes across as infuriating. If you are that uninvolved and clueless about your own kids, do us all a favor and stop having them please. I just found this book and especially the main character more frustrating and nonsensical than anything. But at least I cared enough to finish the thing. That's something.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16578)
    Performance
    (14736)
    Story
    (14780)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I didn't see that one coming"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    Deliciously dark and twisted is how I would describe this book. It's like watching a train wreck - you can't look away. Both of the main characters are outrageously bad but boy is it entertaining. I like that the author doesn't clearly make one character a shining example of human perfection and the other "the bad one". My loyalties kept changing as new information was uncovered. This was just so much decadent fun! Even now, months later, I think of this book. I'm still conflicted about the ending but, really, it's just a minor detail that in no way changes the amount of enjoyment I got from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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