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Pete

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  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (516)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Not the best in the series,"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not a writer.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Louise Penny? Why or why not?

    I loved the entire series. this one did not hold me like the others in the series.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Impeccable.


    Was The Long Way Home worth the listening time?

    It rambled and lost me from time to time. I found I was not listening and had to go back.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (135)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    "What is really going on?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I never really figured out who was telling the truth, or what the truth really was. I liked the setting and the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The son. He was trying so hard to be fair to both of his parents. It is hard to know what to think when people you love are saying different things and both seem crazy.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    I loved the son. And also the role of the mom.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked it all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the locals were particularly unappealing. They just seemed unreal. Still, if they were in some kind of cult, I would imagine that it could actually happen. I have seen parents make really bad decisions late in life and how surprising it can be for grown kids. I think the book was believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (356)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "I hope I never have to go to a hospital."
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    What did you love best about The Good Nurse?

    i loved the narrator. I think Will Collyer's performance was great. Hope he does more books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Nurse?

    When the police realize the hospitals have been hiding evidence from them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was really liked by the scene where the police show the evidence to his good friend. Her reaction of shock and pain as she grasped the truth was moving. I loved her bravery and courage to do the right thing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In many ways this book was terrifying. I hope to never spend any time as a patient alone in a hospital. I want to have a very suspicious body guard with me at all times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sort of reminded me of ZODIAC. It took so long for the police to figure out what was going on. Of course in this case, the various hospitals knew and hid the information about what this nurse was doing. A lot of people died who would not have if they had been honest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (899)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Great trip down memory lane."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago. And I watched the tv mini series. The pictures in my mind may have been influenced by the mini series. But I found listening very enjoyable. I loved the narration. Played it in the car on a long trip with my spouse and we both enjoyed the tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really have a hard time picking a favorite. I think Ory would be the best choice. He had to change his attitude about so many things during the book. I felt I had a much better appreciation for the real people who lived through our civil war.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the story read aloud just makes it so much more personal. I loved the narration.


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

    I am not good at this sort of question.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not great literature. North and South is a great yarn set in a real period of conflict in our nation. Many people have their own personal stories of relatives who lived through the time. I think this book helps to flesh out those stories. It is interesting how quickly the pulse of a nation can change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Charles says: "Cringeworthy"
    "A whole new look at our National Parks."
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    What did you love best about Ranger Confidential?

    The personal stories of Rangers and other workers in the Parks. The descriptions of the different parks make me want to visit them soon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ranger Confidential?

    One of the rescues at Half Dome in Yosemite.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

    The narrator. Most of the book was written in third person.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think I did listen to it in two sittings. If I had started in the morning instead of at night, I probably would have not been able to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I had a friend who worked at King's Canyon National Park during the late 70's. I found the woman's perspective about working for the Park Service pretty much like my friend had described. I had no idea that much of their work involved dealing with pretty hard stuff. I hope the Park Service is doing a better job at helping their rangers deal with the stress and trauma. I would really like to visit more of our National Parks after reading this book. Definitely worth the credit.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

    Mark says: "Slow to start but great second half"
    "great story, frustrating reader"
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    Where does The Accidental Tourist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters and how they change


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The main character is named Macon. The reader constantly pronounces it Mee con or meegun. it sounds as if he is saying megan. I find it really annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a great book. I read it years ago and later saw the movie version. it is funny and charming and the characters are rounded out and believable. I am not enjoying the audible version as much as I had hoped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (400)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Surprisingly entertaining."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but found the audio version to be wonderful. I loved the narrator. His voice is not craggy or accented. His reading is clear and not marred by mispronunciation. I was hooked from the very beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This book is full of excitement and surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Robert Crais. I was drawn in almost immediately. I really cared about the main character. The plot has turns that were truly surprising. Nothing was really over the top. Great story. Hope to read more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1475)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "another great one!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

    It would spoil the ending to answer that.


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

    I have only heard George read the Walt Longmire stories by Craig Johnson. His reading is perfect for this book. He has clear voices for all the characters and is very easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I almost did being in the car all day on a road trip. Wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    i have enjoyed all of these books by Craig Johnson. They are all wonderful. Each one is exciting and surprising. the last hour of this recording has a chat between Craig Johnson and George Guidall. This conversation was so enlightening. A wonderful treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1383)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Another great one!"
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    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    This was another thrilling mystery read by the amazing Will Patton. Perfect combo, Burke and Patton. I enjoyed learning more about the effects of the oil spill on the region.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accent. And the voices of all the characters. I love hearing Will Patton read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I was totally engrossed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Words Can Say: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Barclay
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks - a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's World War II diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected - and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.

    Patti says: "Oh Lordy"
    "Great vacation from everyday life."
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    Would you recommend More Than Words Can Say to your friends? Why or why not?

    While I found More Than Words Can Say a little bit light and predictable. I could relate to the main character's situation. I also liked the characters and descriptions of the area. I would really like to visit them there. Also, it is read by Cassandra Campbell who has a very nice voice and delivery. This was an enjoyable read as long as you don't expect lots of action and angst.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can think of several. I bought it because it was set in the area around Syracus, NY. I live a bit further north, but am somewhat familiar with the area. The description of the lake cottage culture seemed dead on. And the characters were developed pretty well, too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it was really nice because of Cassandra Campbell's voice and pacing. I really found it easy to listen to her. There was a sort of mystery/problem in the book that I did want to get to the end of. Also, most of the people in this book were the kind of people you would like to know. No cussing or sex that I can remember.


    Any additional comments?

    This really isn't my kind of book. I am drawn more to Swedish detective stories. That being said, the reader and the story were interesting enough for me to finish the book. The characters were interesting and rang true, as did the events. The book dealt with a woman learning about her grandmother's secrets and deciding what to do with the knowledge. I could easily relate to that. Revelations can effect different people in a family very differently. Sometimes knowledge can be a burden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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