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D. W. Potter

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  • Deadlock: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Deadlock, V. I. Warshawski’s second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. Once again the subject is murder - this time the “accidental death” of Boom-Boom Warshawski, an ex-hockey star and V. I.’s beloved cousin, who fell - or was pushed - off a rain-slicked pier on Chicago’s busy waterfront. Convinced that Boom-Boom was in fact killed because of information he had uncovered about criminal doings on the shipping lines, V. I. begins a long and frustrating search for her cousin’s murderer.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loving V.I."
    "Well Worth the Listen!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very well worth the time. Nice story, interesting characters, and wonderful descriptions on Chicago.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sara Paretsky before, how does this one compare?

    Somewhat better than the 1st book.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She brings a skill and talent to her storytelling which is most pleasing. She has become the voice of VI Warshawski to me.


    Could you see Deadlock being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakdown: A V. I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago’s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families.

    Jean says: "Another interesting story from Paretsky"
    "Rich Detail but the Conclusion Left Me a Bit Flat"
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    Would you listen to Breakdown again? Why?

    Perhaps. There are a few points I'm sure I missed, but overall I've finished it and don't feel the need to re-"read" it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sara Paretsky? Why or why not?

    Of course. Entertaining as all Hell.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    In this one, she does a good job giving varying voice to the characters. Her reading is well modulated and transitions from one speaker to another, or one "scene" to another are good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As is usually the case with these novels, the endings are poignant yet somehow uplifting. It leaves me wanting more (evidence by the fact I've listened to 15 of the 16 available).


    Any additional comments?

    I dinged the story a bit as I found the means used to expose the murderer a bit clumsy and over done. Other than that, the story flowed well and was entertaining enough

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2273)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Finally Got Around to it."
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    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    Yes. ...To both.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected as I had listened to an radio performance of it some years ago.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    Pleasing voice, well trained, and with just the right amount of flare to give the story a little extra something.


    Do you think Brave New World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    "...needs...", no. As Mr Huxley passed away in 1963, it would be a little difficult anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2447)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2189)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "An enchanting presentation"
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    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an audiobook in and of itself, it is in the middle. As a book from my childhood, pretty high. However, Anne Hathaway's performance is marvelous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has been, and I'm certain it always will be, The Tin-Man. Anyone wanting to love so badly is aces to me.


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

    Transport back to my childhood when my Grandmother read it to me.


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

    I wouldn't make a film of it. The 1939 version is perfect for me. ...Although I found 1978 Dianna Ross version fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9543)
    Performance
    (7579)
    Story
    (7616)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Beautiful! Simply beautiful."
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    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes! It's just that good!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    The ending.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    One of the best matches of voice of the narrator to the voice of the story I've listened to in my time as a member of Audible.com.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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