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Baycyd

Baycyd

San Francisco | Member Since 2005

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  • 25 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 237 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (938)
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    (947)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Jodi P is back!"
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    I must say, I didn't like the last book (Sing You Home) and started this one with some trepidation. No worries; JP is back as before. Her plots always have so many thoughtful elements -- very gestalt -- and with that one exception have always been a satisfying story. I have to say that I really didn't have much interest in wolves before listening to this book, but now they fascinate me. The way that JP wove wolf packs, families, misfits, reconciliation, alienation and end of life issues was truly wonderful. Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3214)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2838)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Connelly always keeps it real"
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    As a lawyer, I have to say that I like Michael Connelly's legal books more than any of the other legal fiction writers, even Scott Turow (whose secrets are sometimes too easy to figure out). I was shocked when I learned that Connelly is not an lawyer -- his work is that good. He has a fine command of how criminal trials really work, always has an interesting yarn, and keeps me guessing to the end. I agree with the reviewer who was surprised by the testimony by a key character (or a couple of them, actually), and who was moved by the ending. I teared up as well. Peter Giles is a gem and I've followed his narration in other non-Connelly books just to hear him talk. One question -- in this book Mickey Haller talks about getting a couple of women killed by freeing a perp who then murdered them. For the life of me, I cannot figure out which earlier book that appeared in. Any Connelly fan out there who knows the answer? Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visitation Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ivy Pochoda
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Bored and listless, 15-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious. This shocking event echoes through the lives of Red Hook's diverse residents. In Visitation Street, Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope, who yearn for a chance to break free.

    Janet says: "Visitation Street - An odd place to visit"
    "Dark complicated interesting"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this story -- narration was excellent and had exactly the right tone for this nourish tale ... Not quite gloomy not quite despair not quite hopeless but always right on the verge of being lost forever or being redeemed. This one keeps running through my head again and again. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • That Distant Land: 23 Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (32)
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    (36)

    That Distant Land collects 23 stories, interlinked with each other and with the other published "Port William" novels. The stories, arranged in their fictional chronology (from 1888 to almost the present day), become one sustained work, a new novel that spans the entire life and time involved. The range of this book is extraordinary - it offers rest for the weary, hope for the beleaguered, and strength for everyone else.

    M says: "A National Treasure"
    "Loved it -- listened to it 3 times in a row"
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    Oh, I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and the excellent narration. I do not know where Wendell Berry has been all my life, but I have already given this book to half a dozen friends who love excellent literature and they all loved it too. More will be gifted during the holidays. If you loved Our Town, guarantee you will love this one too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1474)
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    (1331)
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    (1325)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Only made it through 1 hour of grating narration"
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    I think I understand that narrator Mary Beth Hurt was trying to sound brittle and arch like the main character, but her narration was way over the top. Grated on my ears (and nerves) so badly that I didn't make it any farther into the story than one hour... after I forget that voice, then I'll try to read this story myself... but that will take a good long while. Too bad. I was really looking forward to listening to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2447)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1350)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "My favorite Harry book so far...."
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    Lots and lots of background about Harry in this one, plus a very interesting story otherwise. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lit: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mary Karr
    • Narrated By Mary Karr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
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    (120)
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    (122)

    Lit follows Mary Karr's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness - and her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in "The Mental Marriott" awakens her to the possibility of joy, and leads her to an unlikely faith.

    Kim says: "Finally! One for the "Win" column"
    "This was my favorite listen of Karr's books"
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    I've read a few times that it's a bad idea for authors to narrate their own books, and I have to say now that I've listened to all 3 of Karr's, I think that's mostly right. I first read Liar's Club and then listened to it, to Cherry and then Lit. The first was a hard one to listen to, but the second was better and the third was best of all. I hope now that Karr is really comfortable at narration -- and really good at it -- that she will do some more. She is one of my all-time favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3189)
    Performance
    (2602)
    Story
    (2571)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Connelly just gets better and better!"
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    First Harry B book I ever listened to was this one, and now I'm going back and picking up the earlier ones. He has definitely gotten better with time. Nice when that happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1138)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "3 for 1 credit -- excellent!"
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    I wish they did this with a few more of Connelly's books. Felt like 3 novellas rather than full length novels, but that was just fine with me. I liked every one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1690)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Enjoyable but not the best..."
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    I enjoy winding down at bedtime with a M. Connelly listen... I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the others. The climax was a little too deus ex machina for my tastes. That said, I'm using my new credit on another Connelly, so I'm still a huge fan!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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