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Barbara C Houston

Durham, NC United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9947)
    Performance
    (8580)
    Story
    (8600)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Performance is lacking,"
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    I;ve read the entire series, In the early books, Roy Dotrice is magnificent but in this novel, he seems to be limping along. Characterizations so crisp in the earlier books are less clear. Still a good reader, Mr. Dotrice appears to be aging..

    Mr, Martin needs to write more quickly if he wants Mr. Dotrice as the reader for subsequent books,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (679)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Donna says: "Not like the show......."
    "Something Is Missing"
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    I really like Nathan Fillion; he's the reason that I watch Castle and the reason that I bought Heat Wave. His easy humor and self-deprecating grin are nowhere evident in the book. That lack turns this book into sub-par formulaic cops-and-robbers. I wasn't expecting a good deal from this made-forTV book but I got even less.

    Not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "I rather liked this!"
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    Forgive the pun ... but I feel so good after this, I couldn't help myself.

    Dan Rather is 80 but he has the passionate conviction of someone much younger. His love for journalism is evident in his words but it's also in his voice. I rarely like author narration but this one works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (177)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    Teddy says: "Perfectly Haunting...."
    "So Powerful!"
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    Such a small book to hold so much emotional truth: fear, horror, despair, hope. The language is simple and straightforward as the story of a 13 year old Nepali girl, sold into sexual slavery unfolds. The world described is ugly, but it is the nascent hope that I carry with me.

    Definitely recommended for readers of all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (784)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "Definitely NOT for me ...and I'm not kidding"
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    I like celeb bio/memoirs so I thought I knew what I was getting.

    What I actually got was several hours of not very interesting, not very funny, free association. Maybe she was kidding about this being a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (432)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "My Favorite King since The Stand"
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    Mare Winningham's narration is simple, straightforward, without hystrionics; It's perfect for the book.The book deals with loss, fear, pain, love -- all the important emotions. Lisey initially appears to be the boring, unobtrusive widow of an important writer. The picture changes and she becomes faceted as her husband's unpublished work helps him reach to her from beyond the grave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    CH says: "Terrific"
    "John Irving - Master Storyteller"
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    Where does The World According to Garp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook - I'm slow writing the review.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Garp?

    The automobile accident that took place in Garp's driveway is utterly unforgettable. As I think back, I realize there are so many memorable moments; Irving has arranged the story like a string of beautifully iridescent pearls, each piece beautiful on its own but amazing in a whole.


    Who was the most memorable character of The World According to Garp and why?

    Garp, his mother, his wife ... and all the others. Irving writes such wonderfully delineated characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's a Wonderful Life: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By James Stewart, Frank Capra
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role. It aired on May 8, 1949.

    Beth Anderson says: "A Holiday Favorite"
    "Not Quite the Movie But It Will Do for a Quick Fix"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of It's a Wonderful Life to be better than the print version?

    I don't know a print version, but it's not as good as the film. Jimmy Stewart is in the radio broadcast. However, the angel, 2nd class, Clarence, is played by someone with a lisp, and he does not have the lovely sweetness of the filmed character.


    What about James Stewart and Frank Capra ’s performance did you like?

    Jimmy Stewart is such an "everyman" and his voice, separated from his physicality, may be even more effective than in the film. The scene where he asks Mary to be his wife is very touching and his recognition that he loves her comes through even more clearly than in the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Incredibly fun book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Especially to people who have roleplayed Steampunk or V:tM. Howevet, it's also a star-crossed love story, which makes it terrific for those who don't require "Shades of Gray' in romance.


    What other book might you compare Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar to and why?

    The book is NOT comparable to thle "Twilight" franchise; the Griffiths can write,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The heroine is brought before the vanpire king -- and most of the vampires in England.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    , When the lovers have been separated, ostensibly forever, he manages to send her meaningful gift. The only thing protecting her is the word of a vampire prince.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is told with cinematic delight, almost gleeful. I appreciate vampire stories that are high on action, low on angst.

    The book is read by James Marsters/ He is, by far, my favorite narrator. He manages to differentiate among the characters and to read the entire book with clarity and his melliflous voice.

    I can't wait for the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (642)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "Holy Cow!"
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    I have owned a hard copy of this book for ages, but it had been gatherng dust forever. My TBD (to be one) list is only consulted if I don't have something exciting, Sooooo Anita finally came to the top of the list.

    I loved it!.

    Anita Blake is both cynical and moral. Told in first person, Anita's sense of humor keeps the horror under control. The romance is light in the first book but it becomes more physical in later books. Kmberly Alexis, the narrator,is clear and consistent.
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    Fast paced action, well defined characters and intriguing definitions of the preternatural world combned to set me to reading, How much, you ask? I just fnished the first 11 n 13 days. Only 10 more to go!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (463)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Timeless!"
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    My mother loved this book when she read it as a young girl in the early 40s. I loved it when I read it in the early 60s. I've been recommending the book ever snce to young girls. And I just finished it again, only to enjoy it all over again.

    The story describes poverty in early 20th century in Brooklyn but the reality of Francie Nolan's youth could be almost any time, any place. I recommend it highly for everyone. I hope it will bring the joy, it has brought to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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