You no longer follow Dave

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Dave

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Dave

ratings
27
REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple's intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she's ever known.

    Jean says: "great READ; so-so listen"
    "Powerful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At the beginning, I was confused with all the bits of information about various people. But as the story unraveled, the relationship and meaning came into focus. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10773)
    Performance
    (5993)
    Story
    (6040)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Great Read - Greater Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a paper book I couldn't put down. But when I started listening to the Audible, I realized that I had forgotten more than I remembered. The voice of Jeff Woodman was perfectly modulated with just a hint of Pi's nationality. And the story is one of the great ones.

    Because, as Pi makes clear to the oblivious Japanese - this story is not about being on a lifeboat with a tiger. It is so much more, for it investigates what stories mean in our own lives. Is it about religions - which Pi amalgamates so well? If so, then all three - Hindu, Christianity, and Islam can eat you alive if you're not careful. If religion is metaphorically represented by the floating objects - all are terribly dangerous.

    Anyway - don't miss this great telling of a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "It is like Being There!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    McPherson takes us to a place few histories go - to the grit and venom that arose between 1840 and 1860. The tensions and bifurcation between North and South are explained in a way that I can see the same mind-set at work in 21st Century politics.

    This book explores all the vectors that led to, carried us through, and brought us out of a conflict of minds, politics, and spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tombstone Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    With grit, courage and dogged determination, Joanne challenged the status quo -- and won. Now, as newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, she must battle the prejudice and hostility of a mistrustful, male-dominated police force -- and solve a grisly double homicide that threatens to tear the sleepy desert community to pieces.

    J. Johnson says: "This is no JP Beaumont"
    "Joanna takes charge - sort of"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This second book in the Joanna Brady series is good and well worth the read. There were some bits of the mystery that didn't hold water, but we got the know the characters better. As a United Methodist pastor, I really appreciate the inclusion of a fictional colleague in the cast. The title of the story is sort of added at the last minute, but that seems to be the style these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (408)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "A Gentle Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Travel to Botswana and feel the gracious culture that is on the verge of slipping away. Lisette Licat's style and rhythm is perfect for the story and the place. The characters and their interactions are more important than the mystery - but who cares! A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.

    R. Wagner says: "Viewing the World from a Railway Carriage"
    "A Strange Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I play this book for about 30 minutes as I fall asleep every night - and it is great for that. The plot is easy to follow: just get onboard and ride, meeting incredibly interesting people along the way. This is NOT a Traditional Travellog, but an engagement with the bizzare people and cultures around the globe. The performance is a bit more cynical that I would like, but often fits the scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Dad and Lad - Happy and Sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My wife and I just watched Estevez's and Sheen's movie The Way and found this double biography fascinating, deep, and uplifting. Meet these two flawed and resilient human beings, and learn much from their journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Horses

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    When Thomas Lyon decides to make a movie based on an unsolved crime that shocked the horseracing world in Wild Horses, he discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told.

    Ruth says: "Love Dick Francis, but this is only 2 chapters"
    "Let's Make a Racing Movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dick Francis has always delighted me, and this tale is no exception. The setting is a motion picture location, and the story unfolds in a believable setting. The only caveat is that, unlike a classic mystery, the perpetrator is not introduced in the first third of the story - which moves the tale to the "procedural" genre a bit. Nevertheless, the characters are real and rich and we are taken for quite a ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spectacle of Corruption

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    While inquiring into some threatening notes sent to a Church of England priest, Benjamin Weaver is arrested for the murder of a dockworker. After his conviction, engineered by a crooked judge who has blatantly instructed the jury to disregard the truth, Weaver escapes from prison, intent upon proving his innocence.

    karen says: "Far from David Liss's best...."
    "A Spectacle of 18th Century London"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    David Liss takes you into 1722, with all the sounds and smells and grimy personalities. The first-person hero (brilliantly played by Michael Page) is a Jewish "thief catcher" (read: private investigator) in a world that has no use for him, moving through all levels of society - from the upper class Tory drawing room to the new money Whigs to the "middling sort" to dock workers to the hopeless gin-swilling poor. Anyone who wants to understand why the English came to the colonies, or why the spiritual awakening of a decade later came to pass will learn much by experiencing the corruption of every level of society.

    This is a murder mystery -- which is difficult for an author to pull off in a strange cultural setting, but Liss weaves through all the politics and class struggles with the deftness of a thief catcher, and delivers a surprising conclusion.

    The descriptions and language are as rough as a porter's hand and as noisome as a used chamber pot under the bed. And the politics described are not unlike the foolishness of three centuries later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (906)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "For those who love African culture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are an Afro-phile, then Number One Ladies books will bring the beauty and simple morality of ordinary African people to life for you. The narration is exactly right, with the rhythm of the continent throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.