Rockford, MI | Member Since 2014
This book is a pure delight. I expected to hear Garrison Keillor narrate all of the poems, and while his soothing voice began the book with Psalm 23, followed by Raymond Carver's "At Least," and John Berryman's "Address to the Lord," he was not the only narrator. I was surprised to hear the voice of Billy Collins reading his poem, "Nightclub," and a number of other poets and narrators reading their own or other poets' works. I also own a hard copy of this great anthology which is what prompted me to buy the audio version. At night, I put in my earbuds and listen to this book in bed as I fall asleep.
Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.
I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.
I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."
Hearing poetry read is a deeply contemplative experience, preferable to simply reading it in print. I hope that audible will add more books of poetry to the catalog.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this book was the narration. Barbara Rosenblat makes the character of Emily Pollifax come to life.
Mrs. Pollifax's adventures are incredible, and Barbara Rosenblat his her character down pat, from her voice as an elderly woman, to her emotional ups and downs. I loved the characters in the story and wanted to keep reading.
Absolutely the helicopter adventure!
I am not usually a reader of "cozie" type mysteries which I thought this would be, but there was a sale and I decided to try the book. Now I am engaged with Mrs. Pollifax and plan to read through the series.
This is a modern language poetic New Testament which offers an insightful, interpretive approach to biblical understanding. It is true to the "message" (the heart) of the Bible rather than precise literal word interpretation. I bought it precisely so that I could read it over and over.
Read anything by Eugene Peterson. He has a pastor's heart, a prayerful world view, and is an excellent writer!
I was not particularly impressed by the narrators or the music, but I did not buy this book in order to be entertained but to be immersed in the message.
It will change your life.
The narrator's voice -- her Irish and English accents were perfect for the story
I have not listened to other books by Tana French, but I have read them. I realized after I began listening that I had previously read the print book, but I was so charmed by the narrator that I went through it again. I am a Tana French fan, but this book could have been cut in length. It seemed to go on and on and on... but I stayed with it because of the writer and the narrator. This is the second book of the Cassie Maddox/Sam O'Neil series and I liked the first one better.
Her Irish accent and her excellent reading. I look forward to listening to other books by this narrator.
I did not find this to be a particularly dramatic story, but more of a police procedural whodunit.
I felt the story was a bit contrived and it was hard for me to accept the look alike premise.
For this book yes. The narration was superb and added to the dramatic story.
Joe O'Lauglin, the main character, a psychology professor with Parkinson's disease.
The climax of the story
I bought this book because every single review was positive, and I add my five stars to the group consensus. This may well be the most intense, gripping, can't put it down thriller I have ever read.
It pays to read reviews. I am very glad I purchased this book.
I would recommend the book to anyone who likes action thrillers, car chases, shoot outs, escape scenarios, or espionage.
I was surprised by the ending and where the assassin seems to be heading next, but I will continue with the series in order to find out how he deals with new challenges
Definitely the hit man who is likeable in spite of his chosen profession. I never expected to be rooting for an assassin.
About 2/3 of the way through the book there is an occurrence that pulled some heartstrings, and heartstrings make a story.
The narrator was very good and the action kept the story moving. I was never bored.
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in being informed about the characteristics of dangerous people. A written copy of this book could be advantageous, however. Each chapter is summed up with a list of over 100 characteristics of each dangerous personality type, followed by an equally long test intended to help identify if a person is dangerous. If you want to tally results, that is difficult to do using an audiobook. If you simply want to hear the information, this audiobook is well done. After listening to this book, I have requested a library print copy in order to do the tests.
This is not a work of fiction, so I can't specify a memorable moment, but the summation of the book which lists ways to protect oneself from possible harm is a good wrap up. I agree with the quote from Louis Pasteur that Navarro offers: "Chance favors the prepared mind."
This question is not applicable to a work of non-fiction.
Many of the safeguards against dangerous personalities are common sense things we learned as children, such as not getting into a stranger's car, but there are other cautions that had not occurred to me. What impressed me the most was Joe Navarro's consistent and repeated warning that dangerous people do not change but normally escalate their behaviors and that getting away from them and detaching are the best options. He gives ideas for how to do that. As an FBI profiler who interacts with these individuals, he has the knowledge to back up his advice.
This is not a psychological report but a lay person's tool for understanding how to assure protection for harmful people. As Navarro states: For our purposes, iIt is not necessary to understand WHY someone is dangerous or how he became dangerous, but only to recognize the danger and exercise self-protection.
I have not read the print version so I can't compare, but Mark Hammer is an excellent narrator. The dialogue, the descriptions of small town Georgia, the depth of racism in the 1920s and the upheaval of integration moving into the 1960s were vividly portrayed through the audio version.
The plot kept my interest and there were many moments where it kept me on the edge of my seat, mostly because it was told in stages. This is about three police chiefs in a small town in Georgia who gain information about missing boys who have traveled through the area.. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s, each of these chiefs gains information about a predator, but his capture is a long time coming. This momentum toward resolution drives the story.
The climax of the story towards which this novel had been building.
The victimization of the young boys.
This book is #1 in the Will Lee series and I liked it a lot. I chose to read it after seeing several positive Audible reviews. If I had not read those reviews, I probably would not have chosen this book, because I am not a fan of Stuart Woods "Stone Barrington" series.
This is a wonderful story, narrated by a superior reader, and I will definitely listen to it again.
I read Great Expectation in high school decades ago and had forgotten much of the story line, so I decided to reread it from an adult perspective. Dickens is timeless and his ability to pull heartstrings is incomparable. I was drawn into the character development of Pip, waiting to see where his choices and actions were leading him.
When Pip discovers who his benefactor is and what that will mean for his future.
We learn our best lessons through failure.
Those who prefer short, fast action books may not favor Dickens. To give a current example, I would compare Great Expectations to Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch. It takes time to develop a story in which the main character seeks his identity, comes to grips with his failings, and makes decisions about how to proceed with his life. I loved it, and I loved the narrator, Michael Page!
Absolutely! The superb narration brings the characters to life in a way the written word does not. Barbara Rosenblat could read the phone book and make it interesting!
I did not see this as a bite-your-nails thriller but there several escape by the seat of your pants scenes in the book.
I did not have a favorite scene in this story.
The Amelia Peabody series is not meant to pull heartstrings but to amuse and entertain.
Trapped in a lost civilization, Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson, and her son Ramses solve a mystery while trying to escape. Precocious Ramses leads the villains on a frustrating chase.
I might listen to this story again, simply to relive the poetic images described by a superb narrator.
From the point in the story where two men step from the woods intent on violation, I was hooked until the end.
This book is descriptive and written in first person narrative. Unlike books that are mostly dialogue, this story is introspective as the narrator looks back on a fateful experience in his past and the lessons learned from it. Will Patton's voice delivering James Dickey's poetic and haunting prose kept my interest all the way through.
I think the denouement where Ed, the main character, comes into a deeper understanding of himself and the frailty of human nature is what will stick with me.
This is a story about four men chafing at the bonds of mid-life who decide to add some excitement to their lives by taking a canoe trip into unfamiliar territory. A quote from the book is: "...another life--deliverance." That is what they are seeking at mid-life. Their deliverance comes differently than they had expected and in different ways for all of them.
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