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Patricia

Redding, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4105)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2660)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    Good story, well narrated. Writing was not great, but it was good. I'm going to get the second book in the series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3155)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2367)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Very difficult to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not been able to get past the first section. I've tried several times after reading the reviews that say it gets better beginning in the second part. The language in section one is so archaic that if you get distracted at all while listening, you get totally lost. It simply is not enjoyable to work that hard at listening to a book. My plan is to go see the movie and then try again. Maybe then I can even skip part one and see if the book becomes more entertaining in the second section. At this point, it is a waste of a credit and very disappointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3381)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Great book - horrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Killing Lincoln is an awesome book, for as far as we went in listening to it. Why Bill O'Reilly narrated his own book, I will never understand. His unique diction and reporter's manner of ending his sentences might be okay for his TV show, but it DOES NOT work for book narration. In fact, it is so terrible that we had to turn the book off. My husband, who is a big Bill O'Reilly fan and was really looking forward to listening to him read the book, was the one who finally said, "turn it off, I can't stand it anymore." So our recommendation is buy the book and read it for yourself. If Audible or O'Reilly ever gets a qualified and credible narrator to read his work, we will try listening to it again. At this point, it was a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17580)
    Performance
    (15631)
    Story
    (15583)

    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"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I haven't read Stephen King in years because I felt even though he is a fantastic writer, his style was just too gory and frightening. I took a chance when I read the summary and I was not disappointed. WOW! What a wonderful premise that is well written, exciting, gripping and unpredictable. The violence that was in the book was within acceptable limits for someone like me who doesn't like books that make me overly uncomfortable. It was all part of the story and very tolerable. The narration was superb and I just couldn't stop listening. Well worth the credit! Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1636)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "It was okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Ice Limit is well written, but tends to drag on. I was okay and I made it all the way through, but mostly because I didn't want to waste a credit. At times it was engaging. I would say it was "okay."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (754)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    After waiting so many years for the last book in the series, I couldn't buy it fast enough when it came out. It is a great continuation of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written and Sandra Burr did a very good job with the narration. I did not agree with some others who said she spoke too quickly. I thought the pacing was excellent, the accents pleasing and her performance added to the entire book. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars was because Auel did one thing that was a tad annoying. She would repeat different details several times during the book as if those details had never been given. For example, the physical description of Jondalar or some of Ayla's experiences with the Clan. It was a bit strange to do that, but not too concerning. Overall, a great read! So satisfying to finally get the last book. YES!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (547)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Worth the credit"
    Overall

    Picoult develops the main characters well and the story is a good one. She does a great job presenting both sides of a very emotional issue.

    I suppose someone thought putting the singing in between sections was a good idea. I found it extremely annoying and was so relieved I have a fast forward feature on my Droid x. I don't want to be mean, but the singing was not very good and the songs were long and drawn out and a bit pointless.

    I do think the book was worth the credit. I was drawn back to listening to find out what would happen. The ending was a bit predictable, but satisfying. The narrators do a good job. The epilogue was too brief and disappointing. I would have liked more detail in the summation of the book.... just to feel better closure with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1147)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Trying to get through it"
    Overall

    I am trying really hard to get interested and keep going. The narration is so annoying. I have never put the term "over-acting" to an audio book, but the female narrator makes it sound like a bad play. I am on Chapter 4 and felt the need to write this review before others waste a credit. So far, I have little identification with any of the characters and the story line is bizarre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1974)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. My only hesitation is that the accent given to Winston Churchill sounded more like a Boston accent than an English accent and it kept distracting me. That was only a brief part of the book, though, and the narrator was otherwise very good. Certainly worth the time and the credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (10510)
    Performance
    (5755)
    Story
    (5798)

    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"
    "Good"
    Overall

    The best thing about The Life of Pi is the very cool ending. The book is not one of my favorites, but was worth the "listen."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4808)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2223)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    Well written with excellent narration, Cutting for Stone is well worth the 2 credits. This is one of my absolute favorite Audibles. I finished it about 8 weeks ago and still find myself thinking about the characters and the story. I highly recommend it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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