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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1142)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was a very good entry in the series by this author. There was good connection from previous characters and storyline, but new and interesting events to carry it to a different end.

    I know a little about Philadelphia but Walt knew much more, somewhat odd since it was his first time there. No matter. His friendship with Henry, his love for his daughter, the connection with Vic (or "the terror" as she is known in this book) and her mother all present fascinating material to read.

    As previously, the narration and direction is fantastic. Mr. Guidall once again superbly displays nuances that differentiates between the characters and enhances them with his reading. He is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.

    Do yourself a favor, get this series and enjoy your summer!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

    Andrew says: "I laughed so hard I missed my exit."
    "Narrator is Awful"
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    This classic tale is well worth its reputation. Certainly this is from a different era than much of today's stories. But that is what a classic is. The story is relaxingly funny. However, the narrator is a poor choice. There is not much female dialogue and all is awful. Just doing a "normal" voice would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (162)

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "Not Like My First Nutrition Course"
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    Over 40 years ago I took a Nutrition course as part of the required curriculum for my nursing degree. I remember next to nothing from it and not just because it was so long ago. It was boring. I am now teaching nursing and a general consensus among faculty is that a nutrition course is no longer needed. Valid or not, this one is not to miss! This course is full of current research, relevant information for making choices, and presented in an excellent manner. It is long but worth every minute. A huge disappointment is that the Guidebook referred to frequently is not available. That would be so nice for reviewing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (751)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "What a Reality"
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    I no longer consider myself innocent. As a health care professional, I considered my food choices and felt I was being cautious where I needed to be. What I did not know was how we have been manipulated in our choices. I have felt the frustration that I want to make my meals from scratch (a true child of the 50's) and have found it more difficult to do that over the years. Now I know why.

    So now as I battle my own obesity and Type 2 diabetes, I have a better understanding of what not to buy and why. Thank you, Michael Moss.

    Now truth be told, I love a good suspense tale. And Scott Brick is the best narrator for that genre. But I am not convinced he was the best choice for this book. He did read like it was a huge conspiracy (which it is) but it became a bit much. I got through it and still admire his talent, but ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3178)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "History Made Live"
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    It is often true that authors are not the best narrators of their work. But this is not the case in this book. O'Reilly introduces this as a suspense tale and that is what he gives us. Even if you remember it all (which I did not) from your school days, this is so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "Certainly A Light Hearted Treat"
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    Definitely a winner made even more so by the narration of Davina Porter!! The premise of this book is hilarious: a bunch of misfits gather together and with what little they have (and can steal) they thrive! And if their family members are embarrassed by it all, the better for it! The characters are delightful (plenty for future adventures as well). Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (2964)
    Story
    (2928)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Another Winner"
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    Just when you think Grisham cannot get any more creative ideas to write about lawyers, he does it. This is a delightful tale unlike others he has written. There is certainly a cause (or two) to put across, but they are not the main topics. And it doesn't even have a fairy tale "they all lived happily ever after" ending. The narration is excellent. The writing captures and holds you throughout. You will not be disappointed with this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (338)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Boring"
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    I admit I could not finish this listen. The most interesting part was Caroline Kennedy's introduction. The remainder did not hold my interest. One fascinating aspect was how much society has really changed since the tapes were made. The wife of that era has long gone. Secondly, Jacqueline's perspective is so tilted to protecting the legacy of her husband that I found her musings unrealistic. Thirdly, I still cannot place myself in her life. What she is talking about differs so from my world, with all the money and connections that was second nature for her. I just had to stop. I'm sad I bothered buying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Words Can Say: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Barclay
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (35)

    Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks - a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's World War II diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected - and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.

    Patti says: "Oh Lordy"
    "Oh Lordy"
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    I do wish I kept track of why I purchase what I purchase. I have no clue about this one. The story is awful enough but the narration makes it even worse. I went back to see what else I have listened to by this narrator. She was sappy in them as well, but not so bad as in this story.

    Granted, both of my grandmothers had died before I was born so I know little of the joy of having one in my life. But this was too far fetched, even for romance novels. I will warn readers I am about to do a spoiler alert.

    Generations do differ but not to the point in this story. War time made things very different. So Grandma fell in love while hubby is off at war. Then when he dies, she consummates the love. And then she leaves him, and they both suffer forever ...apart. And this is devastating to granddaughter? Really? And what was all the big deal about this devastating car accident that was irrelevant to the plot.

    And granddaughter convinces next door neighbor guy to read it with her? And he is as excited about the suspense (not!) as she is? Oh come on. And of course he has a horrific love history that he gets over oh so quickly for her. And this relates how to Grandma's story?

    I could go on and on but others have expressed these faults well. The whole book was really awful and made worse by the terrible narration. She distinguishes characters nicely. But everything is so sugary, sappy sweet!! Yuck!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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 ...."
    "It's Good"
    Overall
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    If you're a Baldacci fan, you will overlook the deficits of this book. He doesn't quite follow the formula of most of his books (which we still overlook, again, because we love the formula, I guess). He does allow for suspense and intrigue and turns and twists as he can do so well. He leaves a number of open doors for future series (does his brother ever get out of prison? why is his brother really in prison? where is his own personal life, no less a love life?). If you're a real Baldacci fan, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (137)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Awful"
    Overall
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    I remember howling out loud years ago when I read Accidental Tourist. And for some reason I never went back to any other of her books after that one. But this book does not have that same draw. It is a dull story of a dull man who married a dull woman and had a dull sister. I gave up. Narration was fine but it didn't help this boring, awful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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