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Eloise

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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  • Ill Wind: An Anna Pigeon Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joanna Gleason
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Karen says: "Ban Abridgements!"
    "Not Barr's Best"
    Overall

    I am a Nevada Barr fan, but this one didn't fit together as neatly as the plots of her other books. At the end, there were still some loose ends. Perhaps because it was abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "I should have listened to the negative reviews"
    Overall

    I was perhaps expecting too much when I heard this author was like John Irving, but I was still quite disappointed. The book lacks character development. Instead of following the main character through life and watching him grow, we follow a grumpy man while he stays grumpy and doesn't really learn anything new about himself. The book has some entertaining moments, but overall is a bore.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (360)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    This book is just riveting. Its characters and story become so real, and the narrator's voice is beautifully matched to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4650)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1931)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "So what happened?"
    Overall

    This book was great all the way to the end, when it ended abruptly and very dissatisfyingly. Also, the love story was very cliche, and didn't add anything to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (675)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "A little too racy for me"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, but the sexual theme of the book got a little old by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Welcome to the world's first ghost/horror/detective/time travel/romantic comedy epic. The "hero" is Dirk Gently, who will probably never make his way into the great tradition of hard-boiled, sophisticated detectives. Missing cats and messy divorces are his specialty, but now, he has to clear a college friend of suspicion of murder.

    Patricia says: "Dirk Gently"
    "Classic Adams"
    Overall

    Classic wacky Douglas Adams. He builds an entire book around several ideas that seem normal, until you delve into what they really entail. Read by the author - always good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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