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K. Birchfield

karenbee

Seattle | Member Since 2003

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  • Silent Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies.

    Snoodely says: "Bring T. Jefferson Parker into your life!"
    "A very likeable "Silent Joe""
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    Where does Silent Joe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good book and the character of Joe is refreshing and likeable. If you like books about Orange County, CA, Michael Connolly, or James Lee Burke, you will probably like T. Jefferson Parker and "Silent Joe".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Trona is tough, somewhat innocent, gallant, and honest. He was cruelly scarred as a baby and seems grateful every day of his life that he was adopted by the Tronas.


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

    No I haven't.


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

    The book was very interesting and well written. I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting and wished there was a series with Joe Trona.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    0 of 0 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
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1388)

    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!"
    "Creole Belle and narrator Will Patton are Superb"
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    What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton, narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of Clete Percell.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were in the Keys at the end.


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

    I enjoyed the many things I could learn from author James Lee Burke; from the US Civil War, Vietnam war, WW2, Nazis, Iraq war, dialects, accents, plight of the poor, Katrina, the Gulf Oil "Spill", the psyche and integrity or lack thereof of our fellow man, Movies, Music, Cajuns, Creoles, Friendship, Joy, Alcohol, Heroin, Addiction, Torture, Beaches, Lesbians, Cross Dressers, Prison Inmates, the Elite Rich Class, Redemption, Dreams, Forgiveness and the list goes on and on. When you read a James Lee Burke story you can immerse yourself in his poetic descriptions of Louisiana and so much more.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3351)
    Performance
    (2948)
    Story
    (2956)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Remarkable disappointment"
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    What would have made Wild better?

    I have not finished listening to this but after the part about the deceased mother's horse, I found myself wishing that the main character and her family was lost forever on the Pacific Crest Trail. Many of the characters, including the main one- are not likable.


    Has Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different book to read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, I had nothing invested in the success of the main character.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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