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Pete

Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (467)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "a little disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    maybe, I found this book a little less enjoyable than the previous Harry Hole stories. This book takes you to very dark place. Watching a loved one become lost in drug addiction is not for the faint of heart. I think Nesbo hits the nail on the head depicting what the addiction does to an addict's mind and soul. But having seen this happen to friends ("back in the day") and to kids of friends and family, I just don't enjoy it being used for entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?

    This is still a Harry Hole story. All the wonderful characters with all their strengths and weaknesses. And the plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing right up to the end.


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

    Robin Sachs is amazing. He has a way of whispering in your ear. I love his voices and the pace of his reading. He is one of my favorite readers.


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

    Well, if I did not have a life outside of listening to great books, I would have.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (177)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1144)

    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
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1252)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "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
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (35)

    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
  • The Eagle Has Landed: Liam Devlin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.

    Mark says: "Halfway through, and am taking a breather..."
    "Better than the movie."
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    What did you love best about The Eagle Has Landed?

    This was a very interesting story, and had been made into a wonderful movie in the 70's. the book goes deeper into the history and background.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite was the leader of the German commandoes. But that may have been influenced by the fact that a young and dashing Michael Caine played him in the film.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it would be the ending of the book. Different from the film, I found it gave a credibility to the story that left me believing it really may have happened.


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

    I wish I could have. I was on a road trip that made it a little easier. Being alone, I was able to continue listening when on food stops.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the reader. the pace was good. I could differentiate the different characters. It was a good listen. Great book. So glad I listened to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Engaging and delightful."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Magician's Assistant the most enjoyable?

    The characters, story line and reading combine to make a most enjoyable experience. This is a surprising gift of a story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician's Assistant?

    Los Angeles raised Sabine's first visit to a super Wal-Mart in Nebraska.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Ziemba – was your favorite?

    Dot Fetters. That said, it is almost a toss up with Sabine and Kitty.


    If you could take any character from The Magician's Assistant out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Phan, who was Parcival the Magician's partner. Phan had such an interesting life, full of drama and the tragedy of war. Yet, his character was so peaceful and loving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like all of Ann Patchett's novels, is completely unique. Where does she come up with these stories? Who would ever come up with these situations and characters? Ann Patchett, I guess. This is an earlier novel and has a lighter tone and more likable character than some of her later novels. I keep this book on my ipod and find myself going back to it over and over again. I even find myself making notes of certain sentences. Karen Ziemba reading is clear and engaging. Karen was able to get all the characters and regional accents consistently. She has an easy to listen to voice and her pace and differentiation of the many characters is wonderful. Karen Ziemba was a perfect reader for The Magician's Assistant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1960)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "surprisingly entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    informative, enlightening, engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book brought flesh and bones to names we all recognize. I was fascinated by the many things Genghis Khan brought to us. I also appreciated the honesty of the writer concerning Genghis Khan's personal failure as a father and how it impacted his legacy.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s performance did you like?

    It was very easy to listen to this book for long spells at a time.


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

    Epic story of a great leader.


    Any additional comments?

    I try to read nonfiction once in a while to balance my leaning toward dark fiction. This book was a surprise. It was so interesting. I found myself telling my husband about Genghis Khan over coffee in the morning, poor man. I really got caught up in the story. The end of the book is a bit sad as his children and grandchildren were not able to carry on his values.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5196)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3177)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "A dog's view of a family's journey."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version. I cannot imagine the print version to be more entertaining. The reader brought so much gravitas and wisdom to the dog, Enzo.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    Traveller, the story of the American civil war through the eyes of Robert E. Lee's horse. This story is told by a dog. His take on the situations and people is very "dog-like". But the story is that of a family facing very human situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick one favorite scene. Perhaps when Denny took Enzo for a ride in the formula 1 race car. Enzo loved it so much.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    I love the title, would not change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dog lovers, especially those who have been blessed with a long and loving relationship with a four legged friend, will really enjoy this book. Life can be hard and people often respond to it in ways that hurt others. A good dog will willingly share the load and the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Invisible Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jeanne Ray
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    >A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she's only really missed when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she's invisible - truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she's been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover immensely.

    Pete says: "Surprising."
    "Surprising."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this was a very entertaining book. I was surprised to find myself pondering deeper issues in what I had imagined was going to be a total bit of fluff.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Invisible Women?

    when a visitor noticed the narrator was invisible even though her family had not noticed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the invisible women visited the high school


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

    comedy meets consumer advocacy


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the reader. Hope to hear more of her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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