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Annette

Sand Springs, OK, United States

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  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (627)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Not my normal read!"
    Overall

    This is not my normal genre, however, I throughly enjoyed it. I am amazed at how one can overcome the obstacles to leave such an amazing letter for his children and wife. It sure made me wish I had met him at least once. My prayers for his family.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (696)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "A Very Good History of the Dust Bowl!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Worst Hard Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is pretty high on my list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Worst Hard Time?

    The rabbits -- it put images in my head that have stuck


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Unknown facts of the dirty Thirties.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this on sale. It was well worth the $3.95 I paid for it. I thought the narration was good, and although depressing, the history was well written, and the book flowed well. I suggest reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1608)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Another Bosch Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Black Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top half and I have red a lot if books


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

    No. It was an average story. I did not feel the drama in this book that I have in his past books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the birthday scene. The author nailed the daughter perfectly


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

    Yes the interaction between Bosch and his daughter. I thought those were spot on


    Any additional comments?

    Bosch walked on eggshells with his boss. Not what I thought he would do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1174)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Another Awesome Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a current situation story. Yes, it does take place some years ago, but the CIA is working with terrorism and therefore, it is a current subject. I moves along, with little to no lag. Kept me listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion?

    the character Assad was very interesting in the way he performed his retribution on the Americans that killed his family. He was there without actually being noticed. I like that -- it made the story very compellilng


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ted Nash getting shot. I thought he was a total ass.


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

    John Corey to the Rescue!


    Any additional comments?

    DeMille writes some very good books. I have read all of the John Corey books. Each one was very good. This one was one of my favorites because there was so much activity. It kept my mind jumping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1838)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Good but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Catch Me in three words, what would they be?

    Good, confusing, suspenseful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not sure I had a favorite. DD seemed a little whiney this go round So maybe Alex was may favorite


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It would have made a big difference if the narrator would have distinguished the voices better. I would be listening to DD Warren and the narrator would transition to the other character with out missing a beat. I was unable to notice the switch until she said her name ir relived some part of the childhood memory, etc. It was frustrating to keep having to rewind and start again with the correct character in my head. I feel like listened to this book twice and sometimes three times just to get it right -- the first time through


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

    I am uncertain


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself was a good twisted tale. Improvement from the narrator would have made the story much more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2212)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Zombies Ahead"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Day By Day Armageddon in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, suspensful, disappointed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Day By Day Armageddon?

    sneaking in the boat to get food and shooting a zombie with kill me on his apron.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    He tone was straight on, the way he protrayed the various moments of hysteria


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

    Not really an extreme reaction, but it did scare me a time or two, making me sit on the edge of my chair hoping everything turned out all right. I did hooray when he took down the gang making threats against his group.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read a Zombie book until this one. I was hesitant at first but it was highly recommeded to me. I love the way it was written. While all things have to come to an end, I wish it could have gone on. But it left to the imagination who was the winner in the zombie war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Riveting"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Cypress House again? Why?

    This is my first Koryta novel, but it won't be my last. I loved the performance, the style in which it was written and the book overall. This book caught my attention from the first and kept it going. I could not wait to listen to it after work, in the car, before I went to work. My husband asked if I would ever take the buds out of my ears. Cypress House was just that good to me. I liked the way the characters were built, capturing their essence was not hard to do. And while there were some things I expected, there were a lot that I didn't. Thanks for writing such a good Book Mr. Koryta.


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

    yes. It was not hard to keep up with, which made the book most enjoyable. Once I had an idea of the danger the charaters were in, it was easier to find characters more likable.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    What I truly enjoyed was the way he did the various voices. None were a stretch for me to imagine. Even Ms. Katie's voice was good, not too falsetto the way some male performers do female voices. And while this isn't really about his performance, I liked the way the additional sounds worked within the story. It was a great blend to listen too.


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

    I was especially moved when Wagoner understood his father and went to visit him


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good suspense, I suggest this one,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (638)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "An Interesting Twine"
    Overall

    Wow. I have to say I would not have come across that ending on my own. I found this to be interesting and with a lot of exercise of the brain! I was first frustrated on how the story jumped around, after completing the book, would not have been able to get to point Z without going through the other points. This is my first book fo Mr. Smith. I look forward to reading another. His web drew me in completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beverly Hills Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Rick Barron, a former Beverly Hills cop, has risen to head of production of Centurion Pictures, and he's at the top of his game. But tensions are high in Hollywood, and when Rick's friend Sidney Brooks, a successful screenwriter, receives a subpoena from the House Un-American Activities Committee, Rick isn't surprised. The witch hunt is spreading, and those under investigation are Rick's closest friends - even his wife, the glamorous starlet Glenna Gleason.

    Crusader says: "One of Stuart Woods' Best!"
    "Strange mystery"
    Overall

    This read has to be one of the most affable murder/Senate proceedings I have ever heard. Its almost as if the author made a snarky non mysterious murder. He almost makes a political statement not. The narrator made it sound like Mr. Howe from Gilligan's Island was reading this. It is a book with little depth, and makes me wonder whether this is Mr. Woods' intentional subtle statement of how Mr. Woods really sees Hollywood, and with the way this book was written, actually seems to be appropriate for its subject matter. I listened all the way through and found it a little simplistic and affable, but want you to note that although it is almost engaging (not), it doesn't reach far enough for this reader's idea of a good who dunnit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (683)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Could Not Stop Listening to it."
    Overall

    Wow, all I can say is this is excellent. Angela took this book to a level I don't think I would have see if I were just reading it. The story is in itself interesting, but the Ms. Dawes makes the book. Her cadance and tone are perfect. Riveting, throughly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Off Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Catherine Sampson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

    Hannah says: "Rich, developed and unusual"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is beautifully written and beautifully narrator. The narrator brings you into the story and keeps your interest. The story itself flows with steady stream of interest. I highly recommend it. The twist was a surprise to me, which in itself, makes it worth the read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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