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Barbara

PLACITAS, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless.

    karen says: "Wish I could enter "unrated""
    "Good read"
    Overall

    I was happy to see another book in John Dunning's "The Bookman" series. I wish there had been more about book collecting in this one but the subject was certainly a key factor in the plot. The ending was a little weak but overall it was an engrossing read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (256)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Great Plot Concept - Slow "Mover""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Moving Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one I'm glad I listened to but it's not one I'd listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    These characters are all in their heads. There is action but for each action there is a lot of detail about what each character was thinking and feeling. I felt that I had to perservere through the story but I wanted to know what happened. It's a very interesting plot with characters that balance one another. What goes around, comes around, again and again. It was definitely worth reading for me although it would not have had enough action for my husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ben Bradlee Jr.
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea.

    Tim says: "Beyond the Diamond"
    "Did not hit it out of the park for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt that I learned a lot about Ted Williams but had to perservere through a lot of boring stuff to get there. For example, all the tedious information about the sports writers did not add anything to the biography as far as I could see. I'm not a huge baseball fan so the play-by-play description of some of the games was more information than I needed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I quit listening a couple of hours before the very end because it became depressing. The son's exploitation of his famous father was more than I could stand.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if the movie was as long as the book


    Any additional comments?

    Ted Williams was an incredible athlete. Gaining an appreciation of his amazing accomplishments was worth the time. He was also a tortured man who probably suffered from some form of mental illness. After reading the book, I wish I could have met him but I certainly would not have wanted to be married to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1849)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Don't miss this great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Yes, the narration alone is worth a second listen. This is a complex story and I am sure that a second listen would catch nuances you might miss the first time through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    PK of course but there are many memorable characters including Doc, Hymie, even Grandpa Chook! I enjoyed the development of PK's character through the people who influenced his life.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, my gosh! That man is a Boer, a Jew, an Englishman, a German, a Zulu and much more in accents that are spot on!


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

    It's too long for that but I looked for every opportunity to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay is a consumate story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "The Pia Trilogy?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    I will never read another Robin Cook book about Pia Grazdani. The first Pia book was interesting but one of Cook's weaker novels. This last book was a total waste of time and obviously designed to get you to read his next one. No chance!

    George Guidall is an excellent narrator and I have no complaints about him.


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

    Not necessarily.


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

    George did well; it was the book itself that was weak.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was interesting to learn something about nano technology. That was the only redeeming quality because the story line was non-existent.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read almost every one of Robin Cook's novels. The previous Pia novel, Death Benefit, was the weakest of his books up until this one. The character of Pia is difficult to believe or understand and her boy friend, George, is equally difficult to believe. Nano is obviously leaving the door open to a third Pia novel. I won't consider reading it.

    It appears that Robin Cook is spending all his time researching and writing about interesting new medical technology at the expense of character and plot development. Well, it just won't sell books! Robin, give it up.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California. None of it is familiar. How did he get here? Who is he? Who was he? While he searches for answers, the world searches for him - beginning with the cops that kick in the door of his dingy motel with guns drawn. Lost and alone, the man who might be Daniel Hayes flees into the night. All he remembers is a woman’s face, so he sets off for the only place he might find her.

    Barbara says: "Plot has potential"
    "Plot has potential"
    Overall

    This book might have been more compelling if it had been edited down by half. If you believe the odd amnesia that Daniel Hayes is supposed to have and if the plot had not dragged on and on, it could be good. I hung in there but it felt tedious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Lacks Plot and Character Development"
    Overall

    I think Alexander McCall Smith should stick to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Everything else he writes is dismal. What plot exists in this novel is left hanging at the end. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting with the exception of the dog. Don't waste your time.

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (460)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "I Managed to Finish Listening"
    Overall

    This book would be much better if it had been edited to half its length. There is far too much extraneous stuff, especially about what Lisa is thinking, feeling, and/or how her breathing is quickening. Come on! I'd like to know if any real person would be as aware of her every emotion, feeling, or quivering as Lisa seems to be. In fact, the character of Lisa, in spite of all the feedback about her response to everything, is not really well developed. I suspect that the author wants Lisa to come across as a strong, appealing woman. I came away feeling that I knew too much about Lisa's responses and not enough about what kind of a person she is. The character of Scott could use some rewrite as well. Rude and manly don't do it. There needs to be more to make the reader want to root for Scott to win over Lisa.
    Then there's the plot or lack of it. When I read the reviews of this book, I thought the plot line had tremendous potential. When I got through the book, I thought that there has to be a better way to develop the plot. I am still confused about how some of the plot is supposed to have taken place. I would not have bothered reading this book had I known how boring it would be. I hung in there just to find out how the author would explain the mysteries. It was very unsatisfying.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (423)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Missing Plot"
    Overall

    The plot for this novel is just not credible. Even if it were, the book drags on and is frankly boring. Grisham can't seem to come up with a new idea. This will be the last one of his books that I purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (282)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult explores a complex and troubled American family in The Tenth Circle, the tale of a broken-hearted teenage girl and the father who will do anything to protect her. High school freshman Trixie Stone comes home from a party and says the boy she loves, and who recently dumped her, sexually assaulted her. Her father never imagined anything so devastating could happen, and now he's not sure how to help his daughter.

    Linda says: "Picoult wrote a disappointing story."
    "Weak Plot"
    Overall

    Having read Vanishing Acts and My Sister's Keeper, I expected more from this book. The plot was too weak to keep the reader involved. The motivation for the things that happened was not believable. I stuck with this story hoping it would improve, but the ending was a disappointment too. I would advise readers to skip this Jodi Picoulet novel and hope she does better with the next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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