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B. North

Minnesota | Member Since 2008

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  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Extrodinary Novel"
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    This book works on many levels. It is a mystery story, you won't want to put it down. Most of all Ordinary Grace is an extraordinary work of fiction. It is a coming of age story with themes of family, sorrow, justice, resiliency, forgiveness, and perhaps most of all faith.

    If you like any one book of any one of the following authors I think you will like this book: John Irving, Kent Haruf, Leif Enger, Marilynne Robinson, David James Duncan.

    Also, I really appreciate when audible adds the author interview after the reading, this one was interesting.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (241)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "Great story! Fast-paced ride with the good guys"
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    I almost didn't get this book because of the mediocre reviews and complaints about narration. This is my first John Gilstrap book, and I sympathize with listeners who have listened previously and accustomed this character with a different narrator, always tricky. As a new listener however, I thought the narration was just great and fitting for someone who had inherited a ton of family money and has such outrageous and dangerous adventures and therefore fitting. If you're looking for a book that is fun, not too predictable, with a satisfying ending, and good guys to root for, this is it. A solid 4 star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (112)

    Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves.

    Mary says: "The Hurricane Sisters"
    "Great characters but heavy handed activism"
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    I listened to this after enjoying the Last Origional Wife by the same author. The characters are so likeable, flawed, real and there is just something lovely about this writing. I found the info about domestic violence a little bit heavy handed...I think it comes across more strongly in audible from rather than written form perhaps, but it was listen worthy. Robin Miles provides excellent narration, really loved her voice, she is now one of the my top 5 favorite narrators and hope she narrates many more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3399)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "If Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn had a baby...."
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    This book had the real, complex and tragic characters like a Picoult novel, and the shocking mind-bending ending of a Gillian Flynn thriller (although you have to wait till the end to realize it). I really enjoyed this read, especially the second half where it picks up steam. Don't miss the epilogue, with it's mind-bending revelations!. So many times, I thought I knew where it was going, and usually I was only half right.

    The epilogue also ties up loose ends and answers questions regarding the future, which is very satisfying and rare in this age of ambiguous open-ended conclusions.

    I will admit a couple times it dragged on so I'd skip the last 3 minutes of a chapter and pick up at the next starting point without missing a beat. I listen to relax and don't have that much patience for inner turmoil, which is the only thing that keeps this from being 5 stars for me, however I am impatient and that is as much a reflection on my listening style as on the book itself.

    This book is worth getting and especially worth listening until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Money

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Chuck Greaves
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A newly minted member of Henley & Hargrove, Pasadena's oldest and snobbiest law firm, Jack MacTaggart is assigned to handle an insurance claim on behalf of socialite Sydney Everett. Hush Puppy, Sydney's champion show horse, has died unexpectedly, and attending veterinarian George Wells confides to Jack that the great horse's death was anything but natural. Jack's investigation leads him into the high-stakes world of professional show jumping and down a path to romance, intrigue, and an old blackmail scheme that further implicates his client.

    Faja4x says: "I tried and failed..."
    "A fun read with twists"
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    This is a great book--funny dialogue, good characters, part legal thriller part murder mystery, a bit over the top at times, but always entertaining with twists and turns. I found the narrator a little hard to listen to, boring tone to his voice also at times too much detail about, but it was overall a great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3618)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3136)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "What perfect fun!"
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    This book is smart, really funny, with great dialogue and outrageous situations. It was a pure pleasure to listen to, and I didn't want to put it down. Of the hundreds of audible books I have, this is one of my favorites for sheer entertainment value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1854)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    amyjh98 says: "Not very exciting"
    "A Lovely Nora Roberts book"
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    This is a lovely, typical Nora Roberts book for when you are in the mood for such a romance. The main character is not very realistic or relatable, but sympathetic anyway; the story line is pretty outrageous, but what the heck, I still liked it, that's Nora for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1472)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Marriage plot? What plot?!?!"
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    Hmmm...I guess I needed more plot, more light-hearted moments, more spiritual sincerity in the parts about Mitchell's journey, if you like your stories as messy as real life and you don't need really likeable characters...you might like this book more than 3 stars, for me it was just ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12454)
    Performance
    (11275)
    Story
    (11372)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Pretty good sequel"
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    This book is probably worth reading if you liked the first book. Too few mysteries revealed too late for my taste...in retrospect I would have waited a few years and listened to this when the next in the series comes out so I could listen to them in a row. But I like Tris and the world in which she lives.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3698)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Wow!"
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    Murakami creates this hauntingly strange world with sticky characters that capture the imagination, both the plot and each character is a mixture of light and shadows, enough of a plot to keep me intrigued.

    I have only read the WindUp Girl and that book was only ok for me, so I did not understand they hype about Murakami, now I am so glad I took another chance and read this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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