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LB in Dallas

marlin515

Dallas, Tx United States | Member Since 2002

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  • By Myself and Then Some

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lauren Bacall
    • Narrated By Lauren Bacall
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart, she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

    LB in Dallas says: "She has such a great voice! A great Listen."
    "She has such a great voice! A great Listen."
    Overall

    A fascinating stroll down memory lane with such a great talent who knew so many legends. Very gracious and classy lady with a great voice to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Julie Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "Not much about Philomena"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    More about politics and gay lifestyle and rights than about a mother's search for her son. Very little is said about her after the adoption.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Sixsmith again?

    Maybe, the book title had not much to do with the story but some parts were interesting.


    Have you listened to any of John Curless’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his voice and narratopn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    CoastalKate says: "Incredible"
    "A Fun Trip Back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say but a really pleasant read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the years I lived in Sarasota! This was like a trip down memory lane for me. I loved following along the roads I knew so well. I had a Siamese cat from Nokomis who had kittens, one of whom was named Ghost by my friend in Tampa who adopted her, so I found it funny there was a cat with the same name.


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Great voice for the characters. Can't imagine anyone doing it better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Crime wave in Sarasota, Florida!!
    Seriously, one book has more crime than the average year in Sarasota, Siesta Key hardly had enough going on to make the Herald.


    Any additional comments?

    Why isn't the whole series in audible format? It should be. I'm having to download the rest to Kindle and actually wear out my eyes reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Catskill Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns and murder.

    diana mcdonald says: "Spencer and Hawk"
    "The Basic Premise was Bad & Couldn't be Overcome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about A Catskill Eagle?

    None of the behaviors of Spenser or Susan made any sense based on the development of said characters in other books by the author. For example: Susan says something like "He is a violent man but would never be violent to me." It just doesn't sound like something the character, a future shrink, should say.


    Would you recommend A Catskill Eagle to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only buy if it's on sale really cheap.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A bit less monotone melodrama would be nice.


    What character would you cut from A Catskill Eagle?

    Susan could be cut from this one and Spenser and Hawk could chase bad guys and it would be better.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Totally Original, One of a Kind Lady"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Penny is one of a kind, can't compare her book to anyone else's. She is no B.S. honest and sincere. I love her fearlessness in her business dealings. She is more candid than most of us could ever be.


    Have you listened to any of Penny Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There was a lot of Penny in Laverne. Many of her stories sounded like things Laverne could have pulled off.


    Any additional comments?

    Her airport security story was pretty funny. Some people are so unique they shouldn't need an ID to get through security.
    I was impressed with the value she places on frends and family and the joy she finds in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Blixen
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

    Mark says: "Transported there"
    "Not loving the narrator"
    Overall

    I wish Meryl Streep had read this as her voice was more compelling in the movie than is this version. One of the few times I enjoyed reading a book much more than listening to it and I listen to quite a few. I could read it better. It is a great book, get a copy and read it yourself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    An interesting book describing ranching life in early Arizona, before air conditioning. Having previously read Glass Castle, I found this was an interesting look at the lives that shaped the author's mother, and gave a more sympathetic view of Rosemary. An interesting read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Patchwork quilt in need of repair"
    Overall

    I too feel this is a stitched together story made from unfinished leftovers. It felt disjointed as though some unpublished work was thrown together to make a book. Some segments were well developed and good reading but didn't mesh will with other parts of the story. I only hope this is just cleaning off the shelves in preparation for a new and better book by Mr.Conroy because he can write some great stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    When Sheriff Paul Davidson proposes marriage to Anna Pigeon, he doesn't get the reaction a man might hope for. Intrepid park ranger Anna runs all the way to the furthest scrape of American ground not found in Alaska or Hawaii. How's that for a no? Anna takes a new post as temporary supervisory ranger in Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West. Dry Tortugas is the site of the former prison for Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War.

    LB in Dallas says: "Back story is boring!!"
    "Back story is boring!!"
    Overall

    Most of the Nevada Barr books impart some interesting information about the parks she uses as her backdrop. This one covers the Dry Tortugas off the south west coast of Florida. The Civil War era flash back story is dull and interrups the suspense of the current day story which would otherwise be pretty good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Native Tongue

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (249)

    Ex-reporter Joe Winder had been working in the public relations department of a sleazy family entertainment park, The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, when he chanced upon a news-breaking story inspired by the disappearance of two blue-tongued voles and the bizarre death of Orky, the killer whale.

    Tricia - Audible says: "A Perfect Summer Listen!"
    "How does the narrator do it?"
    Overall

    How can anyone read a Carl Hiaasen book out loud without laughing insanely! Yet, inspite of the over the top hysterical attributes of his books, there is a serious underlying message about what is being done to damage our natural resources. A great read or listen.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Spooky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Evanovich fans rejoice! Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when Stephanie thinks her life can't get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel. A man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments.

    Joann says: "Classic Stephanie Plum"
    "Hysterical"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story more than the other non-numeric named books. Absurd story with crazy characters woven together quite well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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