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Rockie

Alpaca farmer, gardener, poet. Loves reading & listening to books, music, writing, and learning. Life is good!

Mentone, AL, United States

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  • 15 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 257 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (122)

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Not my favorite Herman Wouk"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was worth the time, yes. The story was only good, however. Not as compelling as "War and Rememberance" or "Winds of War," which I truly loved.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have cut down on some of the long winded monologues by the character Noel and I would have added some danger or excitement to the plot. The story moved along, but nothing really happened. Also, Marjorie needed more of a backbone and Noel needed several slaps in the face.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gabra Zackman?

    I wouldn't look for books with her as a narrator, but I wouldn't avoid a book because she was the narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a long story to listen to, and Herman Wouk is one of my favorite authors. This story was long, alright, but long and drawn out. I was glad, and a tad bit disappointed, when I reached the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Simple Act of Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    Washington, embroiled in midterm elections, did not want to hear the truth about an unsettling series of murders. But when the newspapers reported a fourth killing, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, few people could ignore it.

    Old Hippy says: "Super characters, great plot twists, suspenseful!"
    "Well worth the credit"
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    Okay, I could probably listen to Kevin Kenerly read the Constitution and be enthralled. That aside, this was a very enjoyable listen, and well worth the credit. The plot moved along steadily, kept me guessing, and the characters felt authentic, instead of the glammed up pretend people I find in other mystery novels. I also got a bit of a history lesson, which I appreciate, and may be more true than I've ever realized. I usually only listen to books in one hour increments, while doing chores or driving to town. This one kept me interested enough to finish the book in a week. I will be adding the other Ellory books to my wish list promptly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1302)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Rewarding use of a credit"
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    I loved this book. It gave the other side of the story to Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast." I would recommend reading (or listening) to Hemingway's book first, then listen to this one. It fills in a lot of blanks and gives more detail to what their life might have been like during the Paris years. .This story gave a life-like depiction of Hemingway (warts and all) and the writer he was through the eyes of the woman closest to him.
    I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but I quckly got used to her voice, and before long, it seemed as if I were listening to Hadley herself tell her story, and the narration of the other characters being as Hadley would have heard and imitated them. I just may listen to this one again someday.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Rods

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Helen DeWitt
    • Narrated By Dushko Petrovich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    "All I want is to be a success.That's all I ask." Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then he fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat hundreds of pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel so sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet his for frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brain storm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top - and to the very heart of corporate insanity.

    Josh says: "Wild tale, enveloping reader"
    "Stopped at the first chapter"
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    I don't know what possessed me to purchase this book. It is awful. It might be better with a more enthused narrator. I'll never know, since I quit listening before the first chapter was over. From now on I'll know to give the books a trial listen before I buy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (546)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Unique and entertaining story"
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    I can't remember how I came across this book, but I'm glad I gave it a try. It is unique and entertaining. I liked the way the story is broken up into past and present events to give the reader a deeper undestanding of the characters. I've never heard of Kevin Wislon before, but I'd be willing to listen to another one of his books, hopefully with the same narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26976)
    Performance
    (13604)
    Story
    (13651)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wish I could hear more"
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    I heard great accolades for the book, and the movie, but read nor saw either of the renditions. I'm glad I waited to hear it here, on audible. When it was over, I wanted to hear more. I wanted to know how the characters made out beyond the end of the book, because the narrators gave them so much personality, it was as if I had met them, and became friends with them, and I felt concern for their futures. I felt compassion for the underdogs, animosity for the antagonist, and pity for her followers. This was much in part due to the talent of the author, but hearing it, the dialects, so accurately done by the narrators, brought the entire story to life. Five stars all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (394)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Disappointed"
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    I like fiction that I suppose could actually happen given a certain set of cirmcumstances. This isn't it. This story is just too outrageous to believe under any circumstance. The protagonist suffers absolutely no consequences for his actions, (as neither do his cohorts) and lots of money solves every problem in the end. I am surprised it won so many rave reviews. The narrator read well as "Michael," but if he is going to do accents, he needs to practice more. I thought the character "Elena" was certainly from Russia or a Slavic country. Spain? Really? His southern accent was....passable. I wouldn't recommend using a credit on this book if you enjoy credible fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    David says: "A long work and a great work, but boy is it long"
    "Dreadful narration"
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    I love Russian literature, and Dostoevsky is my favorite Russian author. I looked forward to listening to this classic, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter because of the narration. Perhaps it's my ear, but the proper British accent of the narrator made the story so very, very dry and boring. It was a wasted credit for a great book. (I've since read it.) I'll know better next time to listen to a sample of the narration before purchasing.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1138)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    I downloaded this audio book because of its great reviews, and the plot did keep me guessing, but it seemed as if it kept the author guessing, too. It was as if she wrote the beginning, added on to it, then had to come up with situations and characters to explain Tessa Leoni's thoughts and actions. The situations seemed more improbable as the story progressed. I did like the two narrators to separate Tessa from Deedee. Without that, it would have been confusing. I'm not sure if I would recommend it or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (344)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Pleasant surprise"
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    I downloaded this book as a filler in until I got my next credits, and chose it strictly for its quirky title. (I never heard of the author.) I hoped it would be a good listen, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters are well formed and real, not ultra glamourous, as they have been in some of the books I've listened to recently. The plot held my interest throughout. It also had that real effect. It was a story that could plausibly happen to any of us, and kept me listening to find out how everything would turn out in the end. The narrator's British accent threw me off at first, only because I had to listen just a tad bit closer to understand the words. Once I got used to it, I found his voice smooth and delightful to listen to. I look forward to listening to another one of Ms. Atkinson's books. This one deserves all five stars.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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