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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (785)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is well worth the credit to listen to. Although not the deepest of fiction (what do you expect, really?), it certainly is a valuable choice.

    The characters are real people, people that could live next door. There is certainly enough humor and sass to keep the story light. But there is also mystery and intrigue, how is it all going to come together in the end? I found it very entertaining.

    The narrator is wonderful. I find that narrators who make a huge effort to have huge changes in their voice fail. Grove Gardner does not do that. There are subtle distinctions, but not enough to sound fake.

    So this book is slightly more than beach fare, but not heavy enough to bore you. I also appreciate that this Andy Carpenter, although irreverent at times, is not loose-moraled. He shows respect for his parents, loyalty to loved ones (he doesn't take advantage of either an estranged wife or the new girlfriend), and is a good frend (even if only because of superstitions).

    Enjoy this book. I look forward to reading others in the series.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Tallgrass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers". Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair.

    Laurie says: "A nice read"
    "Wonderful Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It was so good to really get immersed in a good listen!! The time was simpler and the characters revealed that. What was good was good and what was bad was bad. The main family exemplified strong values. They stood up for what they believed in and acted out in appropriate ways for what was wrong. I loved the scene where a number of men at night were going to "raid" the camp. In simple honesty, the wife started greeting the men by name, asking about family and work and such. Very simple, but very powerful. She knew and stated that if they were called out by name, they would be ashamed of what they were trying to do and leave. And that was exactly what happened. Simple, honest, powerful.

    For a story about how a Japanese internment camp changed a local village, there was not much about the "prisoners" in the story. There was enough to show how the main family tried to do what they could to provide a good example and interact with them as much as possible. But the Japanese families were just a side event, even though their existence was the basis of the story.

    Narration was excellent. This is definitely worth the credit. I will purchase more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2642)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Not Worth 30 Hours"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to several very long books. I will not pursue additional books in this series as this one wasn't worth it. The story itself was interesting and carries/carried much potential. But the pompous characters, almost all, were ridiculous. There were stray ends that could have taken the story along a variety of directions. Many never went anywhere and were unworthy fodder.

    Narration was decent.

    One distracting piece was a lack of attention, I feel, to accuracy of the era. I have read enough books placed in this timeframe and maybe I am used to their attention to the differences from our times. For example, paper was a scarcity. It was hard to come by and therefore treated with such respect. It lent to an unbelieveability for much of what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (828)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a good story even though there was a great deal of predictability to it. I have never read any of this series before and usually don't start with one in the middle. But based on the other reviews, maybe I am glad I did as I did not know that I was missing some good interaction that was present in previous writings.

    The narration was not the worst I have heard, but certainly not the best. Do not let that stop you from listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (597)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Best in a Long Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lately I have been going through a dry spell of books I have not really enjoyed. My book club chose this title and despite the good reviews, I was reluctant. The story was interesting from the start. Narration was superb with a talented inclusion of accents and differentiation between characters. We follow Rachel through the normal up's and down's of anyone's life. Hers were, of course, slightly different than usual but there is the story. She was separated from family at an early age but connected with others soon after. When that connection was lost, other loved ones filled her life. She had teenage rebelliousness. She sought out love an had some failures. She married and had a child. Her husband died. And she continued on to fulfill her dreams that she had held on to through it all. I didn't want it to end but when it did, I was satisfied. I look forward to reading additional works by Mr. Brennert.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

    KarenB says: "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    "Much Better Alternatives"
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    I was hoping for more from this book (and ultimately the series). There is not a lot of depth in the storyline or the characters. Their lives and actions are very simple, with none of the richness that makes a story interesting. There is a good mystery with a number of possible choices and a twist or two. However, never once was I disappointed to stop listening temporarily.

    To make it all worse, as most others have noted, the narration was absolutely awful. It sounded like the efforts of character differentiation were too extreme. Her normal voice would have been fine. But many of the voices were fake sounding and certainly overly dramatic, and that should have been noted (and changed) during production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1199)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "It's Already Been Said"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Many other reviewers have commented on the poor quality of this narration. What a shame because this story deserved better than that. I was fascinated by the uniqueness of this dilemma and couldn't wait to hear more. But that was contrasted with the frustration of not being able to understand what was being said. I am all for authenticity of accents, but that doesn't mean quality should be lost: poor enunciation and dropping volume at the end of the sentence being the most significant deficits.

    But for all the richness and detail that went into character development and setting the stage for this drama, the author really blew it at the end. The climax that should have been never quite made it. I don't want to spoil it but there was a significant turnabout at the end that was told briefly with no significant detail or explanation. And then that end went on for two groaning segments that did not bring it together. What a disappointment. I want to scream "Let's have a do-over!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1983)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Nothing of Substance New"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Having been around the block a few times, I have been exposed to much that has been published both about Kennedy's life as well as his death. This book did not deliver much of anything different. That being said, O'Reilly does a great job narrating and it is a good story bringing a number of points together. So if you haven't read or heard a lot about this time of life, this is a good place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vig: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    A beautiful woman paid it with her body. A seedy lawyer used somebody else's money. It's the vig - the exorbitant interest mob loan sharks take on their money. Now, in the city by the Bay, everyone has to pay.

    Patti says: "Okay but..."
    "Okay but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book didn't quite hold my interest. I found my mind wandering frequently while listening. It might have been my issue but regardless, I was not thoroughly impressed with this story and found myself wishing it was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5977)
    Performance
    (4127)
    Story
    (4135)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Difficult to Follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What I loved about this installment in the Outlander series is the variety of story lines. We are following Brianna and Roger back in modern times, Lord John and his son and family, Ian and his trials along with some new friends, and of course Claire and Jamie. What I did not like is that going back and forth, the time line did not stay consistent. It truly got difficult keeping track of what happened, especially when names from the past are brought back up.

    Davinia Porter as always does such a stupendous job narrating!!

    And lots of cliff hangers are left to start up the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
    "Not What I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my second "course." As much as I absolutely loved the first one, this course was a huge disappointment. I expected more of a literature appreciation type discussion of great titles. This, however, was the instructor just telling the story of his favorite books. Yeah, every so often he brings up his list of characteristics of why a book is great, but there is not the literary discussion I craved. His narration was animated, for sure telling a good story. But when bringing up the discussion points was awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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