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Kaye

Napa, California, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (403)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Nightwoods"
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    A quiet, unassuming story beautifully told in typical Frazier style. Details are so clear one can almost feel the moss crunch underfoot. I found the characters to be real and true for the time period and location.

    The setting is the quiet Appalachian landscape in the 1950s. The author offers his readers a most captivating, often poignant portrayal of Luce, the young woman who unexpectedly inherits her sister's troublesome, emotionally scarred twins. Hers is a battle of wits with her sister's husband whom she suspects is her sister’s killer - as she seeks to protect the children from him. Her only friends are the unassuming Stubblefield who becomes protector to her and the children and Mattie the mountain woman of indeterminate age.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Truly Southern"
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    If you are southern or enjoy books about people in the south you will love this one. As a southerner I felt as if I knew the characters in this story. At times it is funny, touching and often downright hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8343)
    Performance
    (7529)
    Story
    (7524)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "The John Grisham of old"
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    I very much enjoyed John Grisham's early books but sort of went off him when he seemed to get in a rut however, he has come back strong with this one. I loved this one, he did a great job with lots of surprises in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2274)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Disappointing"
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    I have always been a big David Baldacci fan starting with Absolute Power and since have read everything he has written. Unfortunately he has strayed a long way from his earlier books and this last one was really nothing but a lot of shooting and blowing things up. There was very little actual story and consequently I felt very little if anything for the characters. Now I don't mind a bit of violence as long as there is a good story that goes with it but come on, give us someone to care about!

    I do realize there are some that like that sort of thing and I guess DB has decided to appeal to those people but I for one long for the stories of Oliver Stone, Absolute Power, Wish You Well, etc, etc.

    The readers were quite good and the sounds impressive sadly, that's about the only good thing I can say about the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1244)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Riveting"
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    Would you listen to Fallen again? Why?

    No, I never listen to stories more than once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The resolution


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

    The emotions


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a mystery, suspense lover you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Bidinotto
    • Narrated By Conor Hall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal. A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "A great philosophical action romance..."
    "A Thriller!"
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    Would you listen to Hunter again? Why?

    No. I don't listen to books more than once


    What did you like best about this story?

    A newspaper writer searching for justice


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hunter was at the McBain meeting


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

    Who deserves justice, the victim or the criminal?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Homecoming: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Charlotte Pitt’s mother, Caroline, travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, where Dracula first touched English soil. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge, but the amateurish script produces a disastrous first read-through. As tempers flare and wind and snow swirl around Netheridge’s lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm - an eerily opportune arrival, for this enigmatic figure, one Anton Ballin, turns out to be a theatrical genius.

    Linda says: "Another favorite!"
    "An enjoyable little Christmas mystery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Homecoming to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book so no opinion


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a very interesting ending. While I'm very good at guessing 'who done it' I didn't guess this one until right at the end.


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

    Very good narrator


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

    Not moved me no. But there were a couple of surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book and not just at Christmas time as Christmas didn't really enter into very much other than the holiday season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skipping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    Best selling author John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

    Lisa says: "Simple Pleasures!"
    "Cute"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Skipping Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read but realized I had seen the movie...Christmas with the Kranks


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing stands out


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of it


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

    It was short so fairly easy to do that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (580)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Wonderful Book!"
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    Would you listen to Trustee from the Toolroom again? Why?

    No. Only because I don't listen to books a second time


    What did you like best about this story?

    A lovely story about a very good man that didn't have a lot but loved what he did and loved life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly there are too many to pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't love this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (596)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Good Story. Not such a good narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art Forger to be better than the print version?

    I very much liked this story however I almost stopped listening in the beginning as the narrator sounded very whiney and annoying. If you stick with it past the first few chapters the narration improves though could be better.


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

    It kept me interested, not necessarily on edge of seat.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

    Whiney, annoying


    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    In this rollicking tale, best-selling author Dixie Cash - author of My Heart May Be Broken but My Hair Still Looks Great - sets Salt Lick's own sleuthing cosmetologists on a collision course with the Big Apple. On an all-expenses-paid trip to a New York PI convention, the Texas Tornadoes hope to do some serious shopping. But that's before they stumble across a serial killer.

    Julia says: "Silly but Decent Plot"
    "Entertaining!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes the most enjoyable?

    The reader was very good with a fairly authentic accent, made for a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes we need an uncomplicated book, one that is just fun and this one fits the bill. A good listen, I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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