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Barbara

Mesa, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sawyer Allerde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

    T.W. Spencer says: "A Great Listen"
    "Narration lacked emotion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is good - I'd like to read more about the two MCs.


    What aspect of Ray Ramano’s performance would you have changed?

    During the sex scene, the narration did not really convey much emotion. It kinda sounded like the narrator really didn't want to be reading that part of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (456)

    McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

    Ginny LaMere says: "OMG FANTASTIC book"
    "A waste of time"
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    Performance
    Story

    I don't normally read romances, but because this was set in Kentucky and included horses, I decided to listen to it. I don't know whose idea it was to have a man read a book where the main character is a woman, but it was a bad idea. "Tender" moments just sounded silly. The story is weak - how could a lawyer on the run from some of the most powerful men in New York hide in Kentucky, where she applies for and receives a license to practice law? There wasn't enough about horses to make this even remotely interesting. There was not even a semblance of reality to the story - apparently the whole town is white, so there was no hint of racism (which I know from experience is alive and well in Kentucky). I fast-forwarded through much of it just to say I did finish it, but it was a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together and Whiskey wants to help.

    Randal says: "Wonderful listen"
    "A sweet story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an enjoyable, somewhat sweet, book. At first, the characters seemed somewhat flat, almost caricatures, but as the book continued, multiple layers of their personalities emerged. Robert Nieman did a good job, although there were a few odd gaps between words. This is a male-male romance, so there is some explicit sex, and those parts were read well. Sometimes the readers of explicit sex scenes seem to want to rush through them as quickly as possible without any emotion, but Mr. Nieman did not do that.

    If you are looking for an easy MM romance, I recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Break In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (257)

    Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "One of the Best Audio Books Ever!"
    "enjoyable read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love horses and mysteries, but the two don't always mix well. Dick Francis does it right. The main character loves horses, and expounds on the personalities of the different animals in a sympathetic way. The mystery develops and resolves slowly - no real AHA moment, but a very satisfactory resolution. I love Simon Prebble's reading - good intonation, understandable, and he doesn't overdo the differences in the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (832)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay’s story?

    The story.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the Power of One, and was expecting that caliber of writing for this one. Unfortunately, I did not get that. The first book was very lyrical - almost magical as if the author were telling a story from the mists of time. In Tandia, the plot wandered around, had very abrupt jumps from one person's story to another's, and just did not flow like the first book. And PeeKay says something so sexist (which he seemed to think was a compliment) to Tandia towards the end that I almost stopped listening. The ending was somewhat bizarre. I just can't recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "A bit of a struggle"
    Overall

    This book is difficult to review. The writing is lovely, and the narrator is excellent. However, the constant reporting of every little action became monotonous after awhile. During the last quarter of the book, I actually started fast-forwarding, just to skip all the minute details that really added nothing to the characters or the story, to find out the "beginning" of the stories. I most appreciated the depiction of life during the war. The descriptions of the after-effects of the London bombings were illuminating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7441)
    Performance
    (3777)
    Story
    (3781)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Excellent listen!"
    Overall

    I have never written a review, but I had to for The Passage. I was hesitant to buy this book because of the length. Frequently, long modern books seem to use a lot of words that really add nothing to the story or characters. This writer did not do that. The story was intriguing and well-told, and the characters were very believable. I was sorry to see it end. It could be the beginning of a series; in fact, I hope it is. I would very much like to read more about this post-apocalyptic world.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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