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Joan

Dripping Springs, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Summer breeze"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Bellwether the most enjoyable?

    A friend and I listened to Bellwether while on a road trip, and this cheerful, breezy romance kept us laughing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We liked the characters, especially Flip, the helplessly helpful administrative assistant, the humor, the way the story revolves around fads, and the skill with which the author developed the plot line of the book. It was a great vacation book - light, well constructed, and thoroughly enjoyable.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Torn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Andrew Wehrlen
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Darius Cobb wasn't thinking of man's extinction. He honestly never gave it a thought. A college professor and part time country singer, Darius worried only about teaching and playing his guitar until the day he is attacked by cockroaches and is placed into a special government quarantine. There, he and the others start piecing together the inevitable. Using his knowledge, he begins predicting the events that unfold. Together he and his group plan and then implement a long term survival plan.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "End of the world with typical craziness"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Torn better?

    Decent writing, characters that a person can relate to, and a plot that, if not believable, is interesting.


    What was most disappointing about Jacqueline Druga’s story?

    The characters were all annoying.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andrew Wehrlen’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It's probably the worst book I ever listened to - should have been "tongue in cheek", but it wasn't, it was just aggravating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (566)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Our friends in Botswans"
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    Would you listen to The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection again? Why?

    Life continues for M. Ramotswe and M. Makutsi, with the small joys and sorrows that make up all our lives. These are peaceful, pleasant stories, written with humor and love, that have a good place in our lives. Someday I'll start the series over again, and enjoy the stories about our neighbors in Botswana.


    Would you recommend The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, provided they understand that these are not thrillers, mysteries, or romances. They're comfortable rather than exciting, gentle rather than challenging, like a light, refreshing cup of tea on a normal afternoon while you're waiting for the kids to come home from school.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1140)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Mixed review"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Blackout and All Clear are really one book split into 2 sections. It's a great story of the Battle of Britain, but not the best book to listen to, simply because of its length, and the endless conversations. Despite this, I learned a great deal about a subject that was never covered in school, the characters were very real and Willis is a superb storyteller. The performance was excellent, and I wouldn't hesitate to select another book by the author or reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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