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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Learning to Swim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sara J. Henry
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

    Howard says: "A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery"
    "Looking For More"
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    I did enjoy this book. There were problems, it was not perfect, but it was definitely enjoyable. First of all, the recording had some annoying skips. I was shocked by this and have never experienced it before from Audible. It should be fixed.

    The author begins with a sure-fire event to draw the reader in quickly. Troy Chance rescues a child thrown off a ferry. It was a gutsy move. To not involve the authorities right away was strange. It helped make the story but I never got a good enough reason for that action (or lack thereof). Then Troy begins to investigate what started the whole process herself. This also was gutsy, but mostly foolish and risky. She has a brother who works in law enforcement who comes into the story periodically but not enough to be real. Or maye he shouldn't have been part of the story to begin with.

    There are many loose ends (two big love interests that are not acted upon, for starters) that are obvious potential jumping off points for the next book in a series. Troy frequently voices her perceived lack of sex appeal but them immediately is placed in a situation where the author portrays her as a knock-out. The conclusion of the story was not satisfying to me. It kind of came out of nowhere. Or maybe it just wasn't consistent enough with the breadcrumbs being left as the story is being told.

    Narration was well done, like the story itself it was not perfect but enjoyable.

    I will try the next book by this author, but I won't hold my breath waiting for it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (761)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "All But the End"
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    Sandra Brown is a good author. Stories are realistic and character development is thorough. I was getting anxious to hear how the two main characters would eventually connect even as she was introducing them.

    The narration was fairly good. Mr. Hill did well for the most part, but this story was being told mostly by Jade, the woman. So having a man's voice tell it was disconcerting. His range of variation for females was not the best.

    All came crashing to a rotten end, however. The climax of Jade's plan (which was predictable) came too soon. And more should have followed. Then it was followed by the longest and the worst sex scene that was totally unnecessary. You knew it was coming, but goodness gracious it did not need to go on and on.

    So overall it was not awful, but the ending was just miserably disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3814)
    Performance
    (3354)
    Story
    (3359)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Sad But True"
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    This selection did not live up the expectation of the first two in the trilogy. Maybe because I lived through this portion of history it did not seem as exciting. I was getting lost by the characters and bored with everyone's sexual encounters. Enough is enough. The narration was good but the story wasn't as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

    Clare says: "More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!"
    "So Much Fun"
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    How can you not root for the success of the poor relations? Though the story line is simple and rather outrageous, it is all fun!! And all the fun is only made better by Davina Porter narrating. Can't miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5370)
    Performance
    (4974)
    Story
    (4961)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Very Good"
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    The series continues to keep me interested, but it does get confusing at times remembering all the story lines and characters. I swear some are thrown in for use in future volumes, but add nothing to the current tale.

    I cannot imagine these books without Davina Porter. In fact, as much as I have enjoyed the TV series so far, I miss hearing Davina's voice and think somehow she should be added. Hint! Hint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2182)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Interesting"
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    This recommendation by a friend proved more interesting than I imagined. The story works around a few known realities of Louise Brooks, a silent movie star, but Louise is not the center of the story. Cora blooms throughout this tale. In the middle of the book (maybe a little further along), a dramatic surprise is introduced. The story could easily have ended there but doesn't. And I'm glad it didn't.

    I consider the narration uneven. When not speaking for the characters, McGovern presents very sophisticated voice. But when either Cora or Louise speak, a midtown corny voice is used, one that doesn't fit nor is it convincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6309)
    Performance
    (5357)
    Story
    (5373)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Can't Wait For #3"
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    Even though it was a little difficult to follow all of the characters from the first installment, it was a great read (listen) and fascinating!! The hours flew by. Narration was wonderful. Can't wait to get to the last installment!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Hilary Tindle
    • Narrated By Hilary Tindle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Why looking up matters... A positive attitude is important, but until now we didn’t know how important. In Up, a practicing physician and NIH-funded researcher draws on her research and experience to show that our outlook on life - our unique patterns of thinking and feeling about ourselves, others, and the world - may be the key to how well and how fast we age. From wrinkles to cognitive decline, our outlook affects our health at every level.

    Patti says: "A Must For Everyone!"
    "A Must For Everyone!"
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    I heard about this book and was fascinated but waited to purchase it for almost nine months. Then I didn't listen to it for another eight months. But within the first five minutes I wondered why I took so long. I then purchased an electronic version because I wanted to "see" so much of what she wrote about in order to communicate it to others.

    Seeing other reviews about this book it saddens me that it has not necessarily caught on to the audience that needs to read it the most: the "lay" population. I see a lot of doctors and nurses (myself included) who recognize the value of this topic. But the word needs to get out there to everyone else!

    This book was well written. It has clear language about evidence based research findings. The writing catches and keeps your interest. The author reads it very well. I love everything about this book!! I will use the information not only in my personal life, but also in my professional life: as a nurse an as an educator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8628)
    Performance
    (7753)
    Story
    (7760)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Hesitatingly Worth It"
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    I have not agreed with others when they rave about Sue Monk Kidd's books. I enjoy her writing (enjoyed her Guideposts entries years ago much more) but haven't fallen in love with them. I was hesitant then to get this book. I was not aware of the fact-based foundation until Kidd revealed it in the recording at the end of the book. Her explanation of how she came to write what she did, fact here and fiction there, made me like the story much more, for some odd reason.

    It was Sarah's character that gave me pause. I did not see her as the driving character she must have been in real life. Her desires for a real and full life were well presented, but I also saw her being drawn into her situations by others and not initiating actions on her on.

    Hetty and her story, on the other hand, was fascinating. I saw her truthful (especially her statement about how her and Sarah's lives were both restricted but for different reasons) wisdom and struggle throughout. I could understand what she felt and why she did what she did.

    And Angelina's role in the story seemed to come in as an afterthought.

    Narration by both was well done.

    I say get the book as much because everyone else has in order to be able to intelligently discuss it. but don't get it because you think it might be compelling literature.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tallgrass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    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"
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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
    (3353)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (2975)

    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"
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    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

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