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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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216
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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2498)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Don't fall asleep to this listen-You been warned!"
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    Joe Hill really writes an awful (in a good way) novel..this was ucky creepy and I'm still thinking about it a week and another good listen later. It was truly not a fun listen and really got to me but I still am glad I listened. Made to be listened to rather than read, Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek "Voyager" fame shows her narrating ability in Hills' iconic horror novel..she has a flexible voice that can do many registers from high to low and displays an excellent ability to put the creep into creepy. Don't fall asleep to this novel..it will bring on BAD dreams......garenteed!

    This is the kind of plot that makes the horror genre honk its horn in excitement. While there are some reminiscent scenes similar to Hills more famous dad's iconic novel "Christine", Joe Hill doesn't stand on literary parents productivity with this example of his work.

    This book may wreck Christmas for some of you..I'm glad I listened to it in the spring as I don't want to hear "Holly Jolly Christmas" for a long time.

    I'm quite serious about listening to it while falling asleep. I did and my brain was full of the monstrosity of the Rolls "Wraith" trapping ME and taking me for a ride while I slept.

    I need to find a NICE book to listen to while I fall asleep I guess.

    11 of 12 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
    (538)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (493)

    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
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    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
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    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
    (253)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    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.

    JL says: "A series without a hero"
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Director

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.

    Charles says: "Well Done."
    "Average-even George Guidall didn't rescue this."
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    Meh...

    I love Guidalls narrations...lately I've been listening by narrator rather than author..if you can't stand a narrator, why bother with the listen,right?

    However, even George Guidall wasn't able to turn this average spy story into a page turner.

    Don't waste your money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nash
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    After surviving a brutal childhood, it's hard work that has brought Melanie Brennan the good things in life: college and being accepted into a prestigious graduate school. Even so, she clings to the belief that it will be magic that will bring her true love. But it's not magic that pulls her into a life or death struggle alongside her too-handsome professor, Andrew Richards, to find evidence to clear him of charges that he blew up his lab to cover fraud.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "An average listen..Maybe not worth a credit though"
    "An average listen..Maybe not worth a credit though"
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    I purchased this on sale and am glad I didn't spend a credit on it. Whle I might not return it, I wasn't blown away.

    I found the protagonist a bit fluffy and the probable bad guy sleazy.

    Can't highly recommend..there are many much better novels out there.

    Average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "fun to listen to"
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    Purchased this when I noticed it as recommended..I had caught an evening of MASH episodes and decided to listen to the book while I refinished furniture on my deck...
    A fun listen with all the familiar characters..Reilly is still my favorite.

    Ideal for MASH devotees-recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildwood

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Colin Meloy, Ellis Carson
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in – or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend, Curtis, deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval - a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

    Ashley says: "Read it Yourself"
    "Magical-ESPECIALLY if you live in PORTLAND"
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    What a wonderful novel. I purchased the large mass market book at the Portland, OR. Audubon Bird Society in "Wildwood" one day when I ws taking my grand daughter for a hike. When we read about the adventures of sprue and Max in the very area we were hiking, grand kid got very excited..my reading wasn't fast enough!

    I really prefer the paper version of Meloys fascinating story, however having someone else read it was just fine. You miss the wonderful drawings however, so I'd encourage your purchasing copies of the book if you plan to share this with your children.

    As a Portlander, knowing the Forest Park trails as I do makes the read even more fun..you might read this with a map of the ares--Maloy is spot on with his descriptions of the area. We were on Swan Island last week and I pointed out the Bluffs to grand kid and she was excited to see that it was real! I predict a "Wildwood" Tour one of these days

    Great to share-but do buy the book too. Drawings and not to be missed!

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (547)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "UnBelieveable, Frightening,> YA Dystopian Listen"
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    As a 71 year old who lived thru the years of coat hanger abortions, no birth control and giving birth @ 17 and unwed to a child I had no business trying to raise, I had very mixed feelings about this YA book. I hope that women's rights are never put in this position and have marched and strived to allow women to make personal life decisions, such as are not allowed in UnWind.

    I think, that at some time. every parent of a teen might wish for a way to just send the hormone driven creature someplace else but the idea behind this novel horrified me more than Hunger Games did for some reason. The child I had at 17 is now in his 50's and a great adult. I'm happy I didn't have to make a decision for abortion myself, but believe that is a women's right to do. I have to admit that, there were times when I could have retroactively followed UnWinding but, of course, it isn't available.

    I purchased this because I really enjoy Luke Daniels narrations, though this isn't one of his best it is an excellent example of this talented voice artist. At the beginning I thought I'd bought a real loser however I decided to follow the directions of the reviewers who encouraged readers to keep listening and after a few hours I was engrossed in the story.

    I encourage all readers who can keep an open mind to listen to this novel-or read it , whatever you wish to do. Consider how things were in the 1950s and never allow this kind of situation to happen.

    A truly dystopian novel..and recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (386)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Fairly good novel-Superior Narration"
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    I purchased this book because it was on sale AND narrated by Luke Daniels. As others have mentioned, Daniels can read the phone book and entertain me. He's the kind of narrator who canl lead me to a book I might not have been interested in previously. Reading the reviews, I was going to not purchase this Scalzi like story except that Daniels narrates it and , damn, he's one good narrator. Did I mention that?

    "Enlistment" is, sadly, a John Scalzi rip off-and Scalzi frequently admits to following in other SF writers footprints. Enlistment was so similar to Old Mans War Old series, but isn't nearly as well written't ......OMW was a great series and Enlistment is so-so.

    Andrew, the depressed welfare kid who hasn't ever had anything of quality in his life, is a young version of Scalzi's "John Perry" an aging man who traded his failing health and senior citizen boredom for a new mutant body and opportunity to help save human life in the galaxy.

    As there are only 2 goods so far in Kloos series we shall see if it continues to follow OMW. If so, I'd recumbent just buying Scalzis novels..they are excellently written, much better than those 2 that Kloos has written.

    Except for Luke Daniels..I'll gave this 4 starts simply because Luke Daniels has the ability to make any book into an excellent one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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