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Chris

Hillsborough, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 27 reviews
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  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Touching Memoir"
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    Moving account of a family's tragic loss of a beloved daughter. Mr. Rosenblatt's calm, even narration of what had to have been an incredibly painful experience was remarkable. His writing style is both simple and gracious. He chronicles events after his daughter's sudden death: how he and his wife stepped right in and smoothly as they could helped their grief-stricken son-in-law cope with life and their 3 small children. He speaks freely of his and his family's pain, help from wonderful people in their lives, and also stories and events from his children's early lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Your Friends Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Paula Daly
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Natty and Sean Wainwright have a rock-solid marriage and family. When their younger daughter falls ill on an overseas school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty's best friend from college, Eve Dalladay, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the Wainwright household. But Natty returns home to find that Sean has fallen in love with Eve. Natty attempts to start anew, but Eve is there to knock her down again.

    teddy the maltese says: "A new British Mystery"
    "Great story and narration"
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    Well written with really good characters. Eve is one of the best literary villains I've come across in a while - I absolutely hated her! I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25124)
    Performance
    (20877)
    Story
    (20863)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Very well-written, and perfectly performed by all three narrators. Compelling story, with believable characters and plot. I was especially moved by Rachel and her struggle with life after Tom. I figured out about midway through what the solution to the mystery was, but that only made me more eager to finish the book. Hope to see more by Paula Hawkins, and I'm going to look into other books the narrators have done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1464)
    Story
    (1465)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Helps fill the Mitch Rapp gap"
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    Fast paced, action-packed and high body count. Narrator was pretty good, even didn't mind his foreign accents (tho I don't think Arabic accents roll the R's as much as he did...). Good characters, Dewey especially - need more of him! Definitely worth buying book #2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Colleen Oakley
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant "Cancerversary" with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: Her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect - but not because she's afraid for herself.

    Lulu says: "Lots of Problems"
    "Poignant Story"
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    After reading the summary, I was expecting a teary downer of a story, but instead found it almost uplifting, even a bit inspirational. I liked the characters and the believable way they interacted with each other. The medical scenes weren't overbearing - enough information to get the gist of what they were dealing with, but not so much that it becomes a Medical Drama. Mostly it was about how Daisy deals with her life, and her relationship with her husband (and other characters), with this new, terrible prognosis. Rebecca Lowman excels at this type of narrative, and she performs all but the last chapter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outside the Lines: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    When Eden was 10 years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness.

    Gretchen says: "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
    "Bad Narrator Spoils Yet Another Audio Experience"
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    I didn't get very far into this to be able to rate the story itself. Candace Thaxton was too distracting - speed up, slow down, speed up again, all in one sentence. Returning this one. (but I LOVED Hatvany's "Safe With Me" - I'm not giving up on this writer, just Candace Thaxton)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe with Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. A year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose fifteen-year-old daughter, Maddie, survived only because Hannah’s daughter had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.

    Chris says: "Riveting Hatvany"
    "Riveting Hatvany"
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    Loved this story - at times it moved me to tears, and at other times made me want hit him (listen and you'll find out who!). The 3 narrators were perfect, especially Rebekkah Ross. This is my first Amy Hatvany, and I'm looking forward to trying more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "Slow start, but it grew on me"
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    It took a while to get into this story, but as I got to know Ove better it dawned on me that this is a really sweet story. I laughed aloud a few times, and was deeply touched some, too. Narration is good - just the right amount of gruffness for Ove, and the accents and inflections of the other characters were well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1502)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1331)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "One of Silva's best"
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    Riveting story, great narration. Seems a bit faster-paced for a Gabriel novel, which makes it that much more thrilling. Many of the same characters from The English Girl appear here, and play more involved roles. Really love this series, and this one is top-notch.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bank of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Suspenseful, compelling, and utterly believable, The Bank of Fear is unparalleled spy fiction in the best tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré—a twisting tale of the ruthless greed and money laundering behind today’s headlines.

    Chris says: "Outdated"
    "Outdated"
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    Set in the early 90's, this isn't old enough to be historical, but old enough to make me impatient. ("...he was even known to take a cellular phone with him to the movies..."). Also, 95% of the books I've listened to that were narrated by George Guidall have been great, but once in a blue moon he reads in a sort of slower, prissy style, and this is one of those. Maybe I've been spoiled by more modern spy thrillers (such as the unsurpassable Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series). I might have loved it if I'd listened to it when it was new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of the Alamo

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Harrigan
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Edmund McGowan is a gifted naturalist whose life’s work is threatened by war. Mary Mott is a widowed innkeeper forced to rely on her own resources for survival. Mary’s 16-year-old son, Terrell, is a young man about to experience his first taste of love. Sprinkling in real-life figures such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett - Harrigan gives a human face to a true American legend. Told from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders, this New York Times best seller recreates a time and a place where honor and gallant death shaped generations of people.

    Chris says: "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
    "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
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    This would have rated "riveting", if it was maybe two downloads instead of three. Good characters; interesting to have "real" ones, such as Bowie and Santa Anna. Bogged down at times; some scenes were just longer than they needed to be. Still a good enough story to stick with it, and George Guidall's narration was great, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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