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Denise

A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.

Beverly Shores, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "I loved this book and the reader"
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    This was a very good book; fascinating to listen to. The story moved along exploring the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, as he was trying to figure out what he WAS thinking and feeling, and how that related to what was actually happening. The narrator was first rate. Not many novels manage to investigate those wiggles in life which could move a person this way or that. I'd like to see the sister's story. Bravo. Thanks, guys.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • On Canaan’s Side: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    From the two-time Man Booker short-listed author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere’s life over seventeen days, On Canaan’s Side opens as Lilly mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill.

    Laurene says: "Lovely and sad"
    "One of the Very Best"
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    The blend between Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and Wanda McCaddon's beautiful Irish brogue is absolutely fabulous. This is better than one of the best plays you've ever seen--and it gives you a real sense of the America of the 20th Century and immigrant life. I was so excited to hear the cadence of some of T.S.Elliot's work in Barry's prose. McCaddon must have heard it too. Don't miss this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

    John says: "Dripping With Local Color"
    "PERFECT MATCH"
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    PETER TEMPLE IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE "DETECTIVE" WRITERS. HE'S SMART, INSIGHTFUL, AND READING HIM IS LIKE A TRIP TO THE INNARDS OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN LIFE. PETER HOSKING READS IT LIKE HE JUST THOUGHT IT UP. FABULOUS.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend and a popular musician in the Bay Area scene, is found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows that nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases - especially a long-ago missing girl in New York’s gritty East Village and a modern-day miniature-horse theft in Marin.

    Tavish McT says: "Suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride"
    "Perfect Match: Author and Reader"
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    Sara Gran is my new fave detective author. Claire DeWitt seems to have grown up on hard-boiled dicks & Gran has invented the perfect "best friend" to share insights and prod action: an old French how-to detective book. Carol Monda is a superb reader--just a great combo. I loved Claire D-W & the City of the Dead. This one is great too. We need more, more more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1339)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING--"
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    --if you haven't listened to George Guidall read Craig Johnson's detective series. It's just perfect: great stories, memorable wonderful characters (you look forward to the next book like you look forward to going home)--read by a guy who gets the understated emotions and humor of all the characters.. Walt Longmire is a Sheriff-of-a-Certain-Age in a Western state, whose best pal is a native American he knows from serving in Viet Nam. Plots are believable and intersect small-town Western life with life on the reservation. Old cowboys (and young ones) and older Indians (and younger ones) cross paths in unexpected ways. What a treat. And the women, including Walt's daughter, are smart & complicated & surprising in real-life ways. I'm a fan of Hammett & Chandler & Adrian McKinty & Tana French & Elizabeth George--Craig Johnson is right up there with the best.Another Man's Moccasins focuses more on the Viet Nam life of the main character.At first I wasn't into it, but Johnson writes so well, he drew me in. He mixes the perfect martini--delicious plot & characters, with just a waft of nature & a pinch of spirituality. One is not enough--five is not enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2337)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1741)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "PERFECT BLEND OF VOICE & STORY & CHARACTER"
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    I listen to an awful lot of books. When I saw the latest Longmire mystery was published, I looked it up and am so glad I started with this series at the beginning. I am totally entranced with Walt Longmire's character as interpreted by George Guidall. I saw an episode of a TV show based on the series and they got it ALL WRONG. I toil in those fields myself, and I can't believe producers didn't study Guidall's work and realize that he had created the guy who should star in the show--screenwriters should also have paid attention to Longmire's fabulous sense of humor. Let alone The Cheyenne Nation, Ruby, Vic, the whole crowd is just wonderful to listen to. Previously I knew next to nothing about the "new" West--now at least I have a starting point to learn more.I'm listening to As The Crow Flies now--and it's as great as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6069)
    Performance
    (5263)
    Story
    (5255)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "LOVELY STORY"
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    Anybody who ever worked in Hollywood, or tried to write anything, will find special pleasure in this book. Anybody who ever spent time in Italy or Spokane will, too. Even if you didn't, it's a nice break from murder mysteries. Well told, extremely well read. A big treat. DD

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carry the One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carol Anshaw
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark, country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect, disconnect, and reconnect with one another and their victim. As one character says, "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one."

    Melinda says: "Carry On...Without Me"
    "poetry in storytelling"
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    I started reading (listening to this book from audiobooks) when I was in Dubai recently for a short visit. I also found her book listed in The Week, upon my return home.
    Since I was distracted by a lot in Dubai, as I walked and photographed faces and places I had never seen, I got lost a lot in the first part of the book. This made it all the more enjoyable.
    I kept restarting it and listening again to the story in different parts, and the words kept giving me new pictures to envision and new phrases that gave me a singular view of a character, an experience, a spiritual view, and a connectedness of of the lives of many people I know, and might have known. This is a book to read again and enjoy for a long time. I keep wanting to jot down crystal phrases of feelings. Many thanks, Carol, for giving us this story of love and mystery.

    Ann Declue, MD
    Falling Waters, WV

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Terrific. I loved Ghosts of Belfast."
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    Great characters, insider info, story, fabulous narration. Now I have to read Collusion. Love detective stories; this one has oomph.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Kennedy
    • Narrated By William Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    William Kennedy’s latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. The epic journey of Quinn carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day than Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic Cuban wife, Renata, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature.

    Denise says: "WONDERFUL NOVEL"
    "WONDERFUL NOVEL"
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    I loved this book. Reading could have been better--but great enough. Kennedy wrote it after all. A beautiful job of putting two kind-of-like things (the Cuban revolutions & Albany NY street "riots") together--the whole becoming more understandable than the sums of its parts. It also helped me understand Chicago 1968 better than ever. I almost forgot how delightful musical writing can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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