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Diane

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  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (157)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Be careful"
    Overall

    You should know that this book is filled with the f-word throughout - much more than most books. Younger listeners are probably accustomed to this type of language used freely, but it's offensive to me.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4989)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1876)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Great!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me a little while to "get into" this book, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Great story with lots of twists. Perfect narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2287)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "It's time for a new narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am (was) a big Jack Reacher fan, but Dick Hill is getting too old to play a big, strong, tough-guy. His voice makes Reacher sound like a 75 year old. I listened to it on 1.25 speed and that helped, but the believability of the story is ruined by the narration. Sorry Mr. Hill. You are a talented guy, but it's time to move on to other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "Hated the end!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Parts of the book were good, but I kept waiting to see how it was all going to come together and it never did. Strange, strange, story. Could have been 3 separate books. The narrator was very good but I wouldn't waste a credit on the book. Absolutely ridiculous ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal Enterprise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looked perfect: a big house, pretty wife, two kids - a St. Paul success story. But Tomlin has a secret. He's lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank. Then he robs another. As the red flags start to go up, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another.

    Richard Delman says: "Laukkanen & Ballerini have everything."
    "Very entertaining!."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was terrific. The story was full of unexpected twists and turns. I'll be looking for others by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4054)
    Performance
    (3661)
    Story
    (3689)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Outstanding narration/disappointing story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Handmaid's Tale?

    I've listened to more than 150 books, but I have never listened to one where I appreciated the talent of the narrator tremendously but disliked the story more. Because of the other reviews, I kept waiting for the story to get better. It didn't. The ending was the worst. Claire Dane's narration was the only good thing about it.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (556)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Half and half"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Three Cups of Tea? What did you like least?

    I like true stories and found Greg Mortenson's to be inspiring at first. I did learn a great deal about the cultures in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but was put off by a sort of anti-American turn the book takes near the end. It's not one I would recommend to my friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middle of Nowhere: A Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Ridley Pearson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The "blue flu" has struck the Seattle Police Force and the majority of officers are on an unofficial strike. Overworked and understaffed, detective Lou Boldt is committed to remaining on the job no matter what. But when a string of robberies and the brutal near-murder of a female cop descend on the city, the pressure of being a nearly one-man operation threatens Boldt's psyche and his marriage.

    Snoodely says: "Intricate plotting"
    "Enjoyed it"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot. Very believable. Glad I bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rabbit, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

    J. Kovler says: "A Thinking Man's Novel"
    "hated it"
    Overall

    Absolutely hated this book. Way too much flowery language; pointless story lines; the whole book could have been cut down to about 30 minutes! UGH

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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