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Debra

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 192 titles in library
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  • The Last Place

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Laura Lippman has claimed all the major prizes in mystery writing and is a New York Times best-selling author. In this seventh novel from Lippman's acclaimed series, Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection - one that points to Tess herself.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very enjoyable"
    "well-written and suspenseful"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat did a fantastic job reading it. Although there was a great deal of suspense, I have to say it was one of those books that you don't actually want to finish because the journey was so enjoyable. I have since listened to two more Laura Lippman books, which I have also enjoyed. This one is well worth the time and cost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "I really wanted to like this one"
    Overall

    This book had all kinds of indicators in its description that made me think it was right up my alley. However, I just found it disappointing. I think the most obvious problem, as an audiobook, was the narrator. I'm sorry to say I found her delivery lacking. What really annoyed me was the way she read the voices for the male characters. It was so forced and artificial, I couldn't buy it. There was a male character who was an MIT-educated software developer, and he sounded like a whiny surfer dude. Why? This may be a cosmetic sort of criticism, but it really bugged me. The story itself I found to be "just okay," not awful, but not terribly gripping either. I didn't hate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "awful"
    Overall

    This book was horrendous, absurd, and nonsensical. I should have checked this before downloading; I regret it and want that time back. It's an awful, nonsensical "mystical" "New Age" story that is terribly written. It makes no sense. It's insulting to anyone with a terminal illness. I felt like my intelligence was insulted. I'm sorry. I really disliked this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (257)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "so much fun, and surprisingly touching"
    Overall

    This audiobook I think was the only one for which I HAD to drop everything and finish listening to that day. How can you not love Kathy Griffin, who makes an art of being confessional, reading her own autobiography?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for Chocolate: Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In Dying for Chocolate, intrepid caterer Goldy Bear has moved to the posh Aspen Meadows Country Club, where her tasty concoctions are a hit with the wealthy residents. But when her boyfriend, a local analyst, perishes in a car accident, Goldy suspects that his death has all the ingredients of a homicide.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narrator saves this story."
    "fun mystery that made me hungry!"
    Overall

    I was unfamiliar with this series, but I enjoyed the audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat is a great narrator, although I had trouble visualizing how her voice matched the physical description of the character. This is, I'm sure, purely my own quirk, and should not be taken as a general criticism. It was a fun mystery that certainly kept up the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Jim: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christian Moerk
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

    Book Worm says: "Great Story"
    "thrilling and suspenseful"
    Overall

    I don't know how this book managed to be as suspenseful as it was, when the reader knows the ending early on. And yet, the novel still had me on the edge of my seat. The Irish accent is so pleasant to listen to. The narrators were fantastic. It's definitely worth it to listen to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26927)
    Performance
    (13558)
    Story
    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best audiobook ever"
    Overall

    I am keenly aware of the discomfort of hearing so-called Black dialect written by a white woman. And yet, the story itself is amazing, gripping, and told with such a beautiful command of voice that the reader/listener genuinely feels like she knows the characters. It's one of those books where I felt
    I could see every room described, every person, every setting. The cliche is true for this book: I laughed, I cried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1349)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Charming"
    Overall

    "Charming" is the first word that comes to mind. It's an old-fashioned word that I don't use often, but the story is old-fashioned, out of the ordinary, and completely charming. It made me want to visit Guernsey, that's for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "edge of your seat"
    Overall

    If you like fast-paced thrillers, this is a great one. I bought this book to kick off my Audible membership; we had a road trip to take, and I wanted an exciting audiobook for the drive. Although the level of violence makes it almost painful to listen to, it is definitely an exciting book. The trip felt like nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

    Elizabeth says: "A good laugh"
    "I know there's a ton of backlash..."
    Overall

    It's an entertaining book. I was drawn in right away; I felt like a friend of Julie's, rooting her on through her story. Yes, I got this audiobook after seeing the movie, which I also enjoyed. Without cynicism, it's a fantastic, absorbing audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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