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Elle in the Great NorthWest

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4846)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2643)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Clancy doing what he does best"
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    Which is throwing eleven-teen-billion balloons into the sky in the first 1/5th of the book, spend 3/5th crocheting them together and the last 1/5th showing you what you couldn't figure out for yourself as he knits those strings into a lovely ball gown worthy of the Oscars.

    The story is nothing new in Clancys work but the performance by Lou Diamond Phillips saves what could have been a dry book (with it's minute details of the exact piece of iron and the bullets that fire from it ad nauseum. LDP can make even these things interesting.

    There are the requisite number f good guys who get killed being where they don't belong and bad guys getting caught being bad guys.

    This novel takes place after Ryan Sr. leaves the white house and Jack Ryan Jr is moe into the action than good old dad.

    A good story line, not great, but good brought up nicely by the performance. Kudos to Clancy for choosing Lou Diamond Phillips for the performer. Great accents, great women's voices.

    Fully enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Excellent Police Procedural novel-new author-GREAT"
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    I think this was an Audible 'deal' book that I paid a few dollars for, in any case, it would be well worth a credit. The protagonist is a retired NYPD detective who finds himself wound into a serial killers plot to destroy a small police department in upstate New York.

    I found the story arc to be well constructed and tightly written with wonderful character development and excellent visualization of the area where it takes place. I felt I came to know the people and the surrounding territory as I listened. Since I enjoy books where I get to know the characters, I enjoyed listening very much.

    It's a longish book, which makes the need for a good narrator even more important. George Newbern is new to me and I like the way he reads the story..I'm putting him on my list of narrators to check out.

    I got the feeling this was the start of a series, but haven't checked..I hope Newbern narrates following books.

    If you enjoy police procedural type of novels, this is a good one for you to try

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Black Stump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    When Stanton Laird, American geologist, goes prospecting for the Topeka Exploration Company in the savage Australian outback, he finds something a good deal more precious than oil.

    Robert says: "Australia is defined."
    "Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator"
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    I've gotten on a kick of listening to books I read when I was in college, in 1960 and there abouts. Nevil Shute was a wonderful author and "On the Beach" was a seminal book for me, as a young person raised in the "Drop and Cover" bomb raid trials every school in Los Angeles practiced. The atom bomb was very real to us..but that has nothing to do with "Beyond the Black Stump", does it?

    I read this as a senior in high school and was fascinated by Australia when I did. The vastness of the continent amazed me, as did the primitive way people lived in 1955 in the outback..the frontier.

    This book is dated, but fully shows the bigotry that was rampant back then, before the civil rights movement here in the States. If you can get by that, and not want to re-write the way things were, it's a great story about two people who fall in love. About Australia in its time of just starting to be civilized. About the excitement of the oil speculator and the misery of an arid land with no water.

    As for the narrator, Davina Porter is a favorite..she narrates all Diana Galbendon's "Outlander" series and does a credible job of an Australian accent.if you enjoy Bruce Courtenay's books about that land you'll like this slightly different outlook on it.

    Recommended-Highly

    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
    (536)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (478)

    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!"
    "Absolutely Delightful Listen Highly Recommended"
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    As the daughter of an engineer, this book tugged on my heart. For anyone not of the technical bent, tis a wonderful listen for the story.
    Narrated by the iconic Frank Mueller, this classic Nevil Shute novel brings back excellent stories written beautifully. And narrated by Mueller, a person of acclaim in the history of audiobooks, makes this a one in as hundred type of listen.

    Romance, a very likable protagonist and the effect he has on his followers as a writer for an engineering weekly magazine, a bit of suspense with the sailing of a yacht and so on, this is a wonderful listen for anyone.

    Highly Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Support

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Dr. Toby Harper works the night shift in an emergency room. She spends her daytime hours alone with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When elderly Alzheimer's patients from the same retirement home start dying mysteriously, Toby is the only one suspicious enough to investigate. As a result she finds herself, her mother, and her own sanity at risk.

    suepoulin says: "Very Engaging!!"
    "Solid but dated medical thriller"
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    Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.

    This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.

    I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.

    Not worth your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    Eleanor says: "Good by not great"
    "Meh"
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    Mediocre "FBI agent falls for the bad girl, the bad girl is really good" type tale.
    Tanya Eby is just average as a narrator..she doesn't do justice to the sex scenes that are written in a so-so manner.

    I listened to the whole thing but didn't feel compelled to pay attention very closely.

    It's going back. It was a Daily Deal so it's really no biggie...no credit waste.

    I really appreciate Audibles Return Policy..Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Marjorie says: "Edward Stretches Himself"
    "Not quite as gripping as "600 hours""
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    I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.

    It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.

    Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (548)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Luke Daniels IS Edward"
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    Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.

    Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.

    The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.

    Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.

    The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unsouled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Luke Daniels is one superior narrator"
    "Luke Daniels is one superior narrator"
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    Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?

    Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.

    I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.

    Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.

    This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!

    Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unwholly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand.

    Leah says: "Can not wait for #3!"
    "Not as good as the first novel but still gripping"
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    This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.

    Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.

    Recommended if you're into the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Audie says: "As Good As Book 1"
    "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
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    I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.

    The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.

    You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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