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Carol

Johnstown, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Bonnie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (240)

    When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life - until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape.

    Johanna says: "painful"
    "Oh my goodness. :("
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    What disappointed you about Bonnie?

    First of all, the narrator grated on my nerves. Can't say exactly why, but you know how it is. Sometimes you really like the voice, and sometimes you don't. Secondly, I thought the plot was rather corny, the characters vague. After a while, I didn't care where the heck Bonnie was.


    What was most disappointing about Iris Johansen’s story?

    Everything.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance?

    I particularly didn't like her voice of Bonnie.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Hope to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By J.M. Calder
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A fourth child abduction, an anonymous letter to a mother making a promise - kill yourself and your child will be released - and two women are dead already. Solomon Glass has just survived his own nightmare: a tragedy, an internal investigation and a spell off the force. In his race to uncover the kidnapper, Glass must enter the darkest side of himself.

    Evelyn says: "And Hope To Die"
    "Too dark for me, but well-written."
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    If you could sum up And Hope to Die in three words, what would they be?

    Anticlimactic at end.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Bower is my absolutely favorite narrator. However, I did not like his presentation of the characters in this work. His American accents, I thought, were just a little off, and one of the younger characters sounded old.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dark psychological thriller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1551)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Too much of a good thing!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Edit, edit, edit! Some of the vignettes in this long story are riveting, as is the language. Roberts possesses an exacting command of the English language, which I particularly enjoy. However, the work is too long. Of course, it is just as one would expect, considering he is writing it in prison with, shall we say, a lot of time on his hands.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I chose this book because of Humphrey Bower. I intend to listen to most of his narrations, no matter who the author is. My introduction to his voice was in The Potato Factory; I then finished the trilogy, then went on to Four Fires. I just finished And Hope to Die by J. M. Calder, in which I did not enjoy the voices that Bower used. The characters were American, and Bower has a little problem with our dialects. Nonetheless, if you want to listen to top-notch narration, listen to Bower.


    Did Shantaram inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - skip a few chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book should have been about half as long as it is. However, I would probably try another go at one of his books, now that he is no longer in prison!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (922)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Don't miss Courtenay's Trilogy."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    YES!! You must not miss Humphrey Bower as the narrator. He makes Bruce Courtenay's characters come alive and sit with you in your chair. What a delight! And Courtenay is a master storyteller.


    What other book might you compare Solomon's Song to and why?

    Solomon's Song ties up all the loose ends from the other two in the trilogy - The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. You must read The Potato Factory first, which is my favorite. Solomon's Song is a much more somber telling. But what a story!


    If you could take any character from Solomon's Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why not have a whole banquet?


    Any additional comments?

    I would encourage readers to listen to any of Bruce Courtenay's book. I am just fnishing Four Fires and have enjoyed it thoroughly. I plan to listen to all of his books as well as listen to all of Humphrey Bower's narrations, no matter who the author happens to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3276)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2313)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Blew me away!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Potato Factory?

    The character development by the writer. As nasty as some of them were, I felt I knew them personally.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    What happened to Mary Abacus immediately after getting a job.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Ikey. He was a bad apple, but sometimes he stumbled onto some undeniable truths.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just discovered Bryce Courtenay and will isten to every one of his books, especially with the knowledge that Humphrey Bower narrates them all. What a combination of talent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (655)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Just ok."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. The charcters were not very compelling.


    What was most disappointing about Kaui Hart Hemmings’s story?

    I really didn't grow to like the mother, around whom the plot revolved.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    The father.


    Did The Descendants inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1311)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "A good story and an EXCELLENT reader!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Horse the most enjoyable?

    George Guidall's voice was the perfect one for this story. If anyone ever sounded like an older sheriff out west, it is he. His performance had a very calming effect, and I enjoyed every minute of the book. I highly recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

    Won't tell you - don't want to give anything away!!!


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

    George brought a kind of "down-hominess" to the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I had it on my MP3 player, and it took me only 2 days to finish it. I love to listen while I'm working in the kitchen!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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