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Patty

Lyons, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (620)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "A walk down memory lane"
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    Would you listen to This Time Together again? Why?

    I really loved Carol Burnett when I was growing up, My family watched her TV show together each week. Listening to her many stories about the cast, her family, and her personal life was a great listen. This is best for those who already know and appreciate Carol.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Amazing story...too much "telling""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this a friend. The story is another incredible tale of WWII, one with which I was not familiar. I wish the writer created more story and less telling about the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter FitzSimons? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would try another book, but I didn't think his approach to writing this book did the story justice. Without the amazing story to build on, I wouldn't have enjoyed listening as much. It got a bit long.


    What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

    Good reading, no complaints.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy discovering new stories from this time period, It is quite amazing just how many interesting events happened to "ordinary" people. Reading stories about WWII from different perspectives, county locations, and different people's jobs or involvement helps round out my overall understanding and appreciation of how much was happening concurrently in so many different places and to so many different people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (938)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Interesting and compelling but..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My recommendation to a friend will depend on who the friend is. The story lacked a certain depth and at times it slipped into "romance novel" mode by adding too much detail for me. It didn't fit with the rest of the book's style. Lots of violence. Interesting to have it take place within 30 minutes of where I live. I bought the book after hearing a review on an NPR program (Colorado Matters). Liked the idea of reading a Colorado author. I wanted to finish the book but was getting a bit tired of the sameness of the story throughout.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not a "happy, everything worked out great" ending but not unsatisfying either. It fit with the rest of the story.


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice helped identify the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get your guns ready...


    Any additional comments?

    This book deals with a future that seems more possible than a lot of futuristic books. Incorporating a flu pandemic, water issues, global warming, etc. hit on topics that may actually catch up with us one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Recipe for Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    It's the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for; the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to defy the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother's recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.

    Patty says: "A romance novel in disguise"
    "A romance novel in disguise"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book started out with some promise but fairly quickly became what I would term a romance novel. I didn't make it past part 1. Skip this book and find something with better writing and a better story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara O'Neal again?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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