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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 271 reviews
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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (298)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "On A Whim For Fun"
    Overall

    I chose this selection because I was curious about how Tim Matheson would narrate. I knew I enjoyed David Baldacci even though this story was not his usual style. And I was not dissappointed.

    I have never traveled on a train like this in my adult years, but I really want to now. My sense is that in today's society, this travel mode will dissappear just like families sitting around the radio after dinner time has. And as it was not quite a Miss Marple mystery, the tale was fun.

    This is a pleasant diversion, which is one very big reason why I have a membership on this site. Sometimes I want serious, sometimes I want depth. Sometimes I just want pleasant and simple. This book reminds me of how to be a good friend and activities that would help us enjoy life together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17065)
    Performance
    (15149)
    Story
    (15106)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never read anything of Mr. King's before. I doubt I will again. I was mystified with this tale in the beginning. For all the hype about the connection to the Kennedy Assassination, it took forever to see how it did connect. I won't be a "spoiler" but the book had me hooked until the end. It did drag on and on but was truly worth it ...until the climax.

    I have read several other time travel stories and this one had a very interesting twist to it that added all the more suspense and twists. The love story was delightful. The quirks of being from a different time period truly added a humorous and suspenseful dimension. He should have stuck with that. I was so disappointed by the final conclusion.

    The narration was well done. There was a little bit of Maine, not much of Texas, but great differentiation between characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Despite reading reviews ahead of this purchase, I thought this would follow more along the lines of a story even if not identical to the movie by the same name. That title along with the picture do misinform people. So I am of a mixed mind about this selection. The information comes from real sources: letters and diaries (so sad this is becoming a lost art). If anything, it plays up this relationship between the royal family and speech therapist. I am sure they had a good working relationship and were very friendly, but I would not conclude that Logue "saved the British Monarchy." The narration was superb. The story so-so. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but would not make a steady diet of this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (1001)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Really?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    For the number of installments in this series and the praise of so many reviewers, I was so let down by this book. I couldn't get into any of the characters. McGee went back and forth, depending on what his current company said, between brute and savior. The female characters were mostly sluts but more stupid. The scene descriptions in some were so detailed but in others ...nothing. I do not need to have sexual encounters described with lurid minutia but several times I had to rewind to be sure that is was what it was.

    The narrator was decent but his female voices were all irritating. In reality, I don't think he had much to work with.

    I'm not wasting anymore of my credits on this series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parnassus on Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christopher Morley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Parnassus on Wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon, named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.

    A. J. McConachie says: "A Jewel of a Novella"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I remember owning tis book in a beautiful set as a young girl. As an adult, I had no recollection of why I cherished the book, but I did. So when I saw this as a choice, I grabbed it and am so glad I did. A delightful tale, moves very quickly and surprisingly. This is not your typical cast of characters but they are so much fun!! Narration is well done. This could have gone on forever and I wouldn't have minded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7784)
    Performance
    (4507)
    Story
    (4493)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Just Right"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Being used to long books from Diana Gabaldon, this tale was a treat. The characters were delightful and varied. They easily fell into their roles of good person vs. bad. Truthfully, it was not confusing at all going around the entire cast, although at times I got bored with one set over another.

    Narration was spectacular!! Accents were clearly differentiated as were genders. Probably the only thing I did not understand was the "chapter numbers" announced. I guess not having a hard copy was an issue as I would have checked them periodically, but that was not possible when listening.

    Regardless, I have already got the the second in the series and anxiously await the final volume in December.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Candide, is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. One of the finest satires ever written, this lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide witnesses calamity upon calamity, he becomes disillusioned and discovers that all is not always for the best....

    PHIL says: "Amusing, a favorite, well read"
    "Fine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm into classics but this one was beyond me. I guess one has to read it to say "Yes, I did." But beyond that, forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (676)

    When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

    J. says: "Fantastic!"
    "Flawed but Worthwhile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was slow getting hooked on this book. The narration was partly responsible. Starting out with a focus on female characters with a male narration is disconcerting. But I hung in there. The supporting characters did not add that much to the tale, but they weren't totally bad. And about a third of the way through the book, a major TWIST is revealed. Bam!! I was hooked.

    There were some inconsistencies that surprised me from an author that this wasn't their first book. Example, as Coburn is trying to contact his superior, he can't get through as they apparently have not set up a code name or verification process of any kind. However, Honor has just this sort of code with her best friend. And later, Coburn and Honor set up such a system with that friend. Why did he know to do it then but not for his safety and protection of his life and livelihood? Another example is that Honor is convinced to stay active in the struggle because of her lack of action in her own life since her husband died. And it is just that type of inactivity that her father-in-law later acknowledges his role in as they are "making up." Wasn't that convenient?

    The narration wasn't the best I have heard, but far from the worse. He didn't do well with female voices but I got over that quickly. He differentiates between characters excellent, without resorting to ethnic or regional accents (something I hate).

    The love angle wasn't too strong but weaved in well. I do not need graphic descriptions as this story had, but I understand others do. Fine.

    So I will try another of her books at some point. This choice was definitely enjoyable and worthwhile -- a good pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "Maybe You Have to be Armenian"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am just getting to Know Bohjalian as an author. I am not overly enthused with this book or Midwives that I read previously but not willing to give up further books by him. As an Armenian my family is always on the lookout for stories of our heritage. The Armenian genocide has been kept silent, as noted in this story. So maybe one has to be Armenian to connect to this tale. My grandparents were already in this country when the events of this book occurred. But they left knowing it was coming. Other family members and certainly friends did not escape as they had.

    The characters develop well. The premise of a "crash course" in nursing doesn't ring true (especially as I teach nursing) for today, but it may have in 1915. But that is not an essential part of the story. The essential part is the love story. Two people meet and have an instant attraction. They are separated, struggle to get back together, and have horrific experiences during that time. In modern times, the granddaughter struggles to find the truth. And what a truth she discovers. Altogether, it is a beautiful story.

    Did I stay up all night to finish it? No. Is this book one of my absolute overall favorites? No. Is it a worthwhile purchase? Yes. The story is important to be told. The narration was well done. The mini-stories of the minor characters definitely add to it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1529)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story of a mentally ill man doesn't play true to the reality of mental illness, but it comes close. The distortions present can be so disturbing (an understatement). The ripple effect through a family can be so destructive. The difficulty to maintain relationships. All these and more make life with a mental illness, or a loved one with it, a challenge.

    Although this story simplified all of that and more, it does present the points. The father-son, brother-brother, marital relationships are all present with struggles. The ending was a little bit too much like "they all lived happily ever after" for me but it was a good ending for a novel.

    The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (280)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "One or the Other, Please"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The historical points of this topic (typhoid fever) interests me both as a nurse and as a person. But there was little history here. The fiction part was barely of interest. I can only imagine the horror of a young immigrant girl being accused of causing death wherever she went. And then to be quarantined for years with no legal recourse!! How frightening and frustrating! But the author chooses to dwell on Alfred at length ...why? Narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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