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Pat

I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.

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  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2067)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Excellent story, great narration."
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    If you could sum up Zero Day in three words, what would they be?

    Great surprise ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Cole. She was a small-town cop who had to deal with the interference of military cops on her turf. She handled it with class and sass.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I can't choose-both are outstanding!


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

    The ending took me by surprise and that's saying a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment is that all of Baldacci's protagonists are basically the same character. John Puller is just a younger version of Oliver Stone. Great story, but not a lot of imagination regarding main character's background as a military operative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    Corinne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "Don't Ever Give Up"
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    Would you listen to The Last Letter from Your Lover again? Why?

    Yes,there were enough clever plot twists to really hold your interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jennifer. Although I thought she was rather spineless at times, she did what she thought was right, especially for the times she lived in. She always kept her dignity.


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

    True love never dies.


    Any additional comments?

    Jojo Moyes tells such good stories! This story has unexpected twists and two stories that gently wind around each other. True love never dies!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black and Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life.

    Josanne says: "Totally enjoyed this book"
    "A Story of Hope"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although the story is kind of formulaic (another abused wife whose husband is an insane cop who spends all his time tracking down his runaway wife, ie: Safe Haven), the author gives us characters that seem very real, people you start rooting for. I like that the ending isn't as predictable as I would have thought...meaning it feels more like real life than a perfect storybook ending. You can't go wrong with an Anna Quindlen book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "Your life will seem like a walk in the park"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hour I First Believed to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version.


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

    Finally, there is something to hold on to!


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

    N/A



    If you could rename The Hour I First Believed, what would you call it?

    Hard Times



    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book til the end, but there were times I almost gave up. The story is much too long, I really think it could have been half as long and kept the story intact. I found the book depressing. Nothing good ever happens to these poor people! The ending was good, but brief, the only ray of sunshine in the whole book. The narrator's voice was a bit creepy, and I've never said that about any other book. I found it very hard to like Kaelum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Life: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.

    Gabrielle says: "Not Munro's best"
    "Duller Than Dull"
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    What would have made Dear Life better?

    Characters that were interesting.


    Has Dear Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't think this has a genre.


    Did Kimberly Farr and Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but only because they were a make and a female.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Life?

    I can't count that high.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book with great expectations. I consider myself to be an intellectual, and did expect the stories to be esoteric. What I didn't expect was that most of the stories had little plot and characters hard to relate to-such a disappointment. I was bored out of my mind by the fourth story. The narration was also very dull--it sounded like they weren't any more interested than I was. What a disappointment.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2722)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2375)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Nothing is as it seems!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!


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

    The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They captured the presence of each character perfectly!


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

    I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1111)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Denial really is a river in Egypt!"
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    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Hildy is hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HIldy, of course. Even though she is incredibly in denial about her "sobriety", she is bitingly funny and poignant all at once.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hildy's daughter walks in while Hildy is with her crusty "boyfriend".


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me laugh out loud, but also despair at Hildy's stupidity at times. You can't help but love her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1673)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "I didn't want it to end!"
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    If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully touching story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan Train?

    There were many, so it's hard to choose. I think when Vivian gets a computer at 91 and we watch in as she sits in wonder as a whole new world of communication opens up to her...such a simple thing that we take for granted, but her intimidation becomes determination and her excitement is beautifully portrayed.


    What does Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They brought both women to life with real personalities, especially the "bite" to Molly's personality.


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

    If I had the time to commit, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "don't miss" book! Incredibly touching. You sit in wonder at these two strong women who have endured so much, so much loss. I wanted the story to continue!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2052)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Louise says: "Over the Top - and not in a good way"
    "The author tries way too hard to be clever.."
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    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick, he's one of my favorites, but I'm not sure if he decided to be over the top or the book gave him little to work with. Story and narration come off as trying too hard, especially trying to make clever commentary on story events. Pretty disappointing. Sorry, Scott!


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The book ties up all threads and there's nowhere else to go.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger, Marianne Fraulo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike.

    Adrianne says: "Loved It!!"
    "The ending made me cry...loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Silver Girl the most enjoyable?

    The readers were excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meredith....watching her character grow over the sequence of events and her ability to accept what life threw at her with grace.


    Have you listened to any of Janet Metzger and Marianne Fraulo ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    To be honest, I don't know.


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

    Bring a hankie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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