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Sammie

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Bozeman, MT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Vanished: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Seven years ago, Sarah Mason's five-year-old daughter vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could. Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child's terrified voice whispers, "Mommy, help, come and get me . . ." The call is cut off, but not before Sarah's heart goes into overdrive.

    Valerie says: "Great listen"
    "Needs a good editing"
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    I'm only partway through the book; at the point of trying to decide if I'm going to continue or not.

    The writing suffers from an abundance of non-essential details, and the author uses three descriptors where one would have been sufficient. I'm a dog person, and even I found her multiple descriptions of Sweetie Pie tedious. And, I'm starting to count the number of times she uses "the thing is".

    I would have been much happier if the narrator had used her normal voice for the character "Jake" -- her growly, constricted voice has me hating the guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (471)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Cardboard characters"
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    I am having difficulty believing in any of these one-dimensional people. Kevin is evil incarnate from the moment he is born with none of the characteristics of a toddler or child. His mother is shallow and narcissistic. His father is a 2D cardboard cutout, never seeing anything wrong with his evil son. The mother and father never discuss anything, never question, never seek help for their son. The self-indulgent mother ultimately feels pride in her evil son's accomplishments.

    This tricky topic could have been made a compelling read had it addressed the development of psychopathy. But it appears the author has no psychological understanding of human emotion or motivation. She never addresses any issues, answers any questions or provides any insight. I finally quit listening.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Row

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kay Kendall
    • Narrated By Tatiana Gomberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    It's 1968. The Cold War is hot, the Vietnam War is raging, and the women's movement is beating a far-distant drum. When Austin Starr's husband decides to protest the war by emigrating from Texas to Canada, she goes along, with the biblical dictate of "whither-thou-goest I will go" ringing in her ears... No activist herself, Austin is homesick, drowning in culture shock, and now, her husband has been accused of murdering a fellow draft resister, the black-sheep son of a U.S. Senator.

    Kay Finch says: "Lots of Tension"
    "chick fic"
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    Wish there was a "chick fic" heading on some of the books I've bought. I knew I was in trouble in the first chapter. The heroine inched along a wall in the dark, hunting for a light switch, and fell over a body - as in actually falling and landing on the bloody body. How can you fall so heavily when you're inching along? Writing was mediocre, plot was unbelievable, the heroine clueless. Don't remember the narrator, so she must not have been bad. Actually, after two weeks, I barely remember the book at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (379)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Only for the true hardcore CJ Cherryh fans"
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    What would have made Cyteen better?

    It needed to move a lot faster and give the characters a little more dimension. Justin, for instance, is very important to the story's development and resolution, and yet for parts 1 through four, all he does is moan "Oh, God" about his troubles without actually addressing them.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    The resolution or "punch line" of the mystery was obvious from the first 50 pages or so. I almost felt insulted that it supposedly was the big "wrapup" to the novel.


    What didn’t you like about Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis ’s performance?

    Jonathan Davis' reading of the computer library transcripts was ok. Gabra Zackman did fine with female characters but fell short with most of the males, especially "Uncle Dennis", who I found to be almost a caricature of an elderly gentleman.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read probably 20 books by this author, but this was the first time I tried an audiobook. Even with it sped up, I found the pace dreadfully slow and the final resolution of the book to be totally unsurprising. Maybe CJ Cherryh is someone I should stick with in print where I can skim when it gets too slow ....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Anthony Wilson says: "Wonderful"
    "Lighthearted and Funny"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story, the characters, the atmosphere of Delhi (both old and new) and I especially enjoyed the narrator. I ordered two more Tarquin Hall books after finishing this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Blunders in History: Kashmir

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By The History Channel
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Right up to the moment when India and Pakistan became independent, the last British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was undecided as to which country should incorporate Kashmir into its borders. It was decided by the Hindu Maharajah that his largely Muslim state should join India. His decision precipitated a virtual state of war between the two countries and a bitter territorial dispute that persists to this day.

    Master Yoda says: "a shallow introduction to the problem"
    "Terrible"
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    Any additional comments?

    Shallow, redundant and unnecessarily convoluted, jumped around from one point to another, then back to the beginning again. And the announcer at the "break" kept saying "Great Wonders in History" rather than blunders... fortunately it didn't cost much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss New India

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bharati Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Farah Bala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    Anjali Bose is Miss New India. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali's prospects dont look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

    Ember says: "Worth the credit, and your ears!"
    "Almost couldn't listen to it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story line is good, but Ms Bala's narration is slow, stilted, and when she does Anji's voice (and other female voices), she somehow broadens her mouth and talks in the back of her throat in the worst caricature of a


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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