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Candace

I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!

ISLESBORO, ME, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (981)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Burke read by Patton always a great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely...Will Patton is by far a master in the art of capturing the personality of every character. I've ordered books because Will Patton was narrating. Check out "The Son", Patton is great.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Every vignette leaves you wanting more. I totally enjoyed having Gretchen Horowitz return. James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed with a Dave Robicheaux story. This one had so many unexpected twists, you couldn't help but be on the edge of your seat. Don't hesitate to order this book.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I mentioned earlier, Will Patton is by far my favorite narrator. If you've never listened to him before, you are in for a treat. I get a charge out of his Clete Purcell interpretation and swoon over his Louisiana drawl in his Dave Robicheaux portrayal.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1040)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Fabulous Story with a Wonderful Narrator"
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    This is the best book I've heard this year and will recommend it to everyone. The story is inspiring and the narration is great. Want to read more of Nevil Shute and eager to listen to Robin Bailey narrate again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "Missing the Grover Gardner and Andy Carpenter Zing"
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    I just assumed this would be filled with the quick wit that I've come to expect from a David Rosenfelt novel. I found it lacking, but interesting enough to listen to instead of watching TV. I was entertained by the novel taking place in Maine, as I live on an island off the coast of Maine and am familiar with the restaurants and areas he mentioned.
    I hope he soon returns with the 5 star Carpenter/ Gardner duo... plus Tara.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (486)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Depressing"
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    The story had enough substance to make me continue but it was very depressing. I will not be recommending this story to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (550)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Love the story wished Tim Conway had narrated"
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    I would have given this book 5 stars but for the grating narration of Dick Hill. Tim Conway has always been a favorite comedian of mine. I grew up watching McHales Navy and the Carol Burnett Show and became a big Tim Conway fan. It was an interesting book, but had to take several breaks because of Dick Hill's irritating narration. This is not the first book I ordered narrated by Dick Hill and abandoned. It was my adoration of Tim Conway that inspired me to complete it, the other books I ordered that were narrated by Dick Hill I never finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    Renee says: "I can even finish the book"
    "I'd rather listen to the wind"
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    Stuck in a car on a road trip with this book and started looking for a tree to drive into. A predictable, unrealistic tale laced with descriptive sex....yuk. The entertainment came from wondering if this book could get any worse and yes it progressively deteriorates. It's a waste of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (252)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Good Story - EXCELLENT Narration"
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    Whenever I have a lengthy project I hunt for a story narrated by Will Patton. This was a good story and Patton's captivating timbre made it into an excellent listen. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking on Water

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A year earlier, Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen lost everything he held dear - his beloved wife was killed in a terrible accident; his partner stole his business from him; and the bank foreclosed on his home when he couldn’t pay the mortgage. With seemingly nothing left to live for, Alan set out to walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West. And now, after walking more than two thousand miles on a journey filled with surprises, dangers, and revelations, he approaches his destination - and the most important decision of his life.

    Jean says: "Enjoyable book"
    "I have enjoyed this series every step of the way!"
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    I have enjoyed The Walk series every step of the way. Richard Paul Evans delivers not only in text but in narration. I can not recommend this author and this adventure more highly than to say I have shared this with everyone I love...those who enjoy listening received an audio version, those who prefer reading were sent each sequel as soon as it was in print. A great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9345)
    Performance
    (8561)
    Story
    (8572)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Why never to ask what someone is thinking"
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    Under all the monologue there was a good story...........too much monologue, it went on and on and on and on and on and on


    Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes - from this author


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    No...could have been a good story if cut in half.


    Any additional comments?

    Too drawn out........hopelessly frustrated listening to every thought the main character had and always hoping it would advance faster.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (160)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Sandra says: "Santini should have stayed dead"
    "Brutal Narration - couldn't finish"
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    What disappointed you about The Death of Santini?

    Both the prologue and the book's narrators were remedial at best. Surprised at Pat Conroy's stumbled prologue delivery. Dick Hill was brutal. Reminded me of a third grader reciting the adventures of Dick, Jane and Sally. Too bad. It was disappointing as I was eager to hear Pat Conroy's newest book. Plan to read it as soon as I can erase Dick Hill's voice from my memory.


    What could Pat Conroy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Selected Will Patten to read it - including the prologue.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    NEVER


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1154)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Not particularly suspenseful, poor narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the beginning was good and then it spiraled downhill. It was hard to listen to the narrator portray the whiny child Lauren and any/all women characters. The most irritating parts of the book were Lauren's continuing questioning and Nathans continuing indulgence.


    Would you recommend Option to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I am not planning to listen to any more Nathan McBride novels and will avoid anything read by Dick Hill.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No, absolutely not. I did not enjoy his portrayal of any of the characters, especially women's voices. He also spoke slowly as if telling parts of the story to a mentally challenged person. Those parts created for me more frustration than creating suspense. Overall, I plan to avoid this narrator and will opt to read the book myself.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too many good books and great narrators like Will Patton and Grover Gardner to listen to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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