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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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  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1088)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
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    Ive read all of Picoults books. Some are better than others. This one is better than average. Sort of My Sisters Keeper meets Dances With Wolves.

    I dislike reviews that are, really, a synopsis of the plot but as the first reviewer I feel obligated to give a Non Spoiler brief of the story. Man with family becomes engrossed with wolves. Leaves family to fend for itself and devotes his early adulthood to research.
    Wife resents, divorces wolf man. Older gay son splits for 6 years and younger daughter resents this move, gets bratty, acts out. Dad has auto accident with daughter in car and has TBI. Son has authority to make life decisions about pulling dads plug. Daughter resents.

    As is typical for Picoult, each chapter is written from a different point of view, and the narrators vary in their ability. The dad, Luke, tells a good story. I didn't care for mom, Georgie, particularly. Cara and Edward, the children are pretty good.

    I wasn't bothered by the change in voice from chapter to chapter as I know that's Picoults style though others may find it difficult to deal with.

    It wasn't wonderful, but it was a thoughtfully written book about family situations none of us ever want to be a part of. Worth the credit but may appeal to women more than men.

    51 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (363)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Laurette says: "Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south"
    "Somewhat juvenile but still entertaining"
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    Appropriate for a 10+ year old to listen, the story of the early 1960s in the south brings a lot of emotion into this story arc. I loved it and think my 10 year old grand daughter will also get a lot out of the story. If anything, it will bring up points to discuss about the strife between blacks and whites, it takes place around the beginning of the equal rights strife.

    Starla is a young woman who wants to find her mother. Starla believes mom is a famous singer in Nashville and after messing up at home, where she lives with a crabby grand mother. Starla decides to walk 600 miles to find her mother.

    As the story progresses, the listener is introduced to a number of wonderful black characters, especially strong black women, who direct her towards the successful life she is seeking.

    As someone who was an equal rights activist during that period, I can relate to the situations and incidents author Crandall brings to this thoughtful story.

    This isn't a trashy young adult novel but is appropriate for young adults who are interested in this period of American life.

    I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonder of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments.

    Elaine M. Panzeter says: "Where there are miracle there is greed"
    "Excellent Novel-Recomended"
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    I enjoyed this story so much-ther plot was effective and there weren't any holes that I couldn't fill.

    Julis Whelsn is a wonderful narrator, though her mens voices aren't very good, she brings great feelings to the story. Her diction is sharp and emotion is drawn from the story arc that brings the reader/listener tino the plot.

    No spoilers here....you need to listen to it to understand the issues that are brought out in this story.

    I enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend it to readers/listeners who enjoy tension and a bit of mystery in their reads.

    It's not great literature but it is a wonderful listen and superior 4 star book and narration.

    ENJOY!!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1191)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "Young Male Adult type of Science Fiction--Mediocre"
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    The begging of my young adult grand son to listen to this led me to purchase it for our road trip.

    If you're not of that age, or if you're a woman who enjoys good kick ass SF-don't bother with this series.

    Full of mediocre sex scenes, the protagonist, James McGill sleeps with every woman he meets. Plus he is so unrealistic when it comes to being in a military outfit that it's absolutely silly...NO MORE Larson for me. My grandson paid me back for this book so I'm not out any money at least..apparently it's perfect for juvenile minds-but there is so much better in this type of military SF out there..John Scalzi's "Old Mans War' comes instantly to mind.

    Buy that instead

    Big wow.

    Don't bother with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2766)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2569)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Sophomoric Young Adult semi Si Fi"
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    I can't understand the 5 stats..is it just because young twenty somethings like the juvenile sex scenes? The almost super hero attitude that James McGee, boy mercenary, exudes via B V Larsons first book in the 'Undying Mercenaries'?

    Whatever it is, get real reviewers! This is non scientific, unrealistic juvenile Si Fi thats got little actual entertainment value.

    I've never been in the military, but I worked for a big multi national corporation and even in that world, someone who is as out of step with his superiors wouldn't be promoted-much less even kept in the business or service. He argues with his superior officers constantly, defies orders and goes off on his own. Great if one is an independent mercenary such as Jack Reacher or John Rain or even a local county sherif like Walt Longmire but no, James is a grunt newly..canon fodder really. With a BIG MOUTH.

    Yet his continual bucking of orders gets rewarded! In any military he would be discharged with poor references.

    And the constant bed jumping..ah yes, just what a 22 year old wants to read. McGee gets any girl, then leaves. Every time. And these women are not written well..they are paper thin surface creatures while McGee is written large.

    Boyett does an ok narration-not superior but it goes with the tone of the story line.

    The plot is fairly good..at least there is a beginning, middle and conclusion..the book stands on its own feet and you don't HAVE to buy the second in the series-which if anything is worse that this one.

    There is much better Science Fiction out there-look for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1682)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "Perfect for a horny 20 something male"
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    I purchased this 2nd episode in the Undying Mercenaries series at the frantic request of my 22 year old grandson. We listened to the first novel on a long road trip and he wanted the second for the trip home.

    The first one was basically a young adult/teen script. the men were heroes, the women were plastic se objects of hard assed bi$ches. No regular strong women. Sadly it gets much worse in this second volume.

    Great for a 20 something with no real idea of what an actual woman is like, Larson writes his female warriors as surface characters..which is really sad. The protagonists, James, sleeps with any and everyone..and even if the women complain about his male ho attitude, he simply shines them on...this isn't what I want my young adult grand kid to be like at all! I realize this is a comic book in audio form but really, can't Larson endow some of his female characters with an actual personality? The closest he came was to the native woman (who he screwed of course) who showed some guts...but not much.

    I can't recommend this for actual adults..or for women who are the least bit sensitive to ranting masochistic writing.

    I'll get the third boo for my grandson..so figure 22 is a good average age/maturity for a man who might appreciate this series.

    The plot is fairly good...the narration is fine. My complaint is the writer. I guess I know not to count Larson in as a SiFi writer I can appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London Twist: A Delilah Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    For Delilah, the Mossad's top seductress, the parameters of the assignment were routine. The contractor: MI6. The objective: infiltrate a terror network, this one operating out of London. The stakes: a series of poison gas attacks on civilian population centers.There's just one wrinkle. The target is a woman - as smart, beautiful, and committed as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust suddenly out of her element, the twists and turns of the spy game are nowhere near as dangerous as the secrets and desires of the human heart.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "VERY sexy Lesbian moments-be prepared"
    "VERY sexy Lesbian moments-be prepared"
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    WOW can Eisler write a killer woman with woman sex scene. If this isn't your thing, I suggest you avoid this novella length supplement to the John Rain series.

    The story was a great one and sex wasn't the only thing it was based on..a good plot line and we got to know the new character fairly well.

    Enjoyable if you enjoy reading a sexy book...not much more than a Nora Roberts book but more explicit IMO.

    A shortie..don't spend a credit on it..just buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Khmer Kill: A Dox Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Eisler narrates a 'Dox' shortie"
    "Eisler narrates a 'Dox' shortie"
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    A very short and thus inexpensive (don't spend a credit on it..I do mean short!) story of Dox, John Rains buddy and an experience in Cambodia.

    Worth the bucks, I enjoy Eislers narration a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (358)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "Not A Great 'Assassin type' Book-MEH"
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    I enjoy bad ass assassin type books.ie: Delilah in the Barry Eisler 'John Rain' books is a total killer woman.

    Donna in the Housewife Assassin is a silly woman.

    I'm glad this was an Audible special and I only paid a few bucks for it..it was worth that. I finished it but for a book that plays women for a laugh I didn't get many laughs.

    The narrator was just ok..I won't go looking for other books narrated by her and I most likely won't download any more of the authors efforts.

    I think there is a good opportunity for a writer to pen novels about women in the field..we all know that the 'Honeypot' woman has been involved in spying for many years.

    Donna isn't a good example. Actually I found the whole thing slightly ridiculous.

    It's a real "Meh"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Kathryn says: "Labor of Love--"
    "An interesting combo of bad guys in therapy"
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    I've read all the John Rain and Jack Reacher books and several of the Cotton Malone so I had a pretty good background in ind of the characters stared in this short story.

    The idea was a good one and the execution effective-but there really isn't a plot or single story line that nicely combines the characters.

    If I hadn't been a fan of all the main protagonists I'd ask for a refund..as it is I doubt it will ever get a second read from me.

    Narration is ok but gosh I'm so tired of Dick Hill and Scott Brick being the go to narrators of almost every bad guy...c'mon..there are some great male narrators out there. Hill and Brick aren't the only ones available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    C. Telfair says: "Exciting!"
    "A different "Iron Lake" mystery"
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    "Heavens Keep" takes place in Wyoming..home of Walt Longmire..what an opportunity for 2 great authors to get together with two of my favorite characters..Walt and Cork O'Connor. Maybe then the name of the mountain range that Cork wanders thru searching for Jo would have been pronounced correctly. As it was, the mispronunciation was consistent but grating.

    New to the series in his second book is Narrator Buck Schimer. Since his voice is quite similar to David Chandler, there isn't a glaring difference, though Schimers "Henry" is very different.

    I enjoyed this episode very much. It was so totally different from the previous novels and this added a diversion that needed to come..plus a dramatic change of characters and addition of a couple of new characters.

    Finally, I have very much appreciated the maturing of O'Connors youngest child in Kreugers writing. Kids don't stay the same, yet so often authors 'insert cute 6 year old here' for some family and never let the kid grow up..or we meet the child only as a grown up, with decades of back story we'll never know as readers. Kreuger either is or will be a great dad some day if he treats his own kids the same way as Cork and Stephen interact.

    This entire series is well worth your credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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