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Elle in the Great NorthWest

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1149)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "UnBelieveable, Frightening,> YA Dystopian Listen"
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    As a 71 year old who lived thru the years of coat hanger abortions, no birth control and giving birth @ 17 and unwed to a child I had no business trying to raise, I had very mixed feelings about this YA book. I hope that women's rights are never put in this position and have marched and strived to allow women to make personal life decisions, such as are not allowed in UnWind.

    I think, that at some time. every parent of a teen might wish for a way to just send the hormone driven creature someplace else but the idea behind this novel horrified me more than Hunger Games did for some reason. The child I had at 17 is now in his 50's and a great adult. I'm happy I didn't have to make a decision for abortion myself, but believe that is a women's right to do. I have to admit that, there were times when I could have retroactively followed UnWinding but, of course, it isn't available.

    I purchased this because I really enjoy Luke Daniels narrations, though this isn't one of his best it is an excellent example of this talented voice artist. At the beginning I thought I'd bought a real loser however I decided to follow the directions of the reviewers who encouraged readers to keep listening and after a few hours I was engrossed in the story.

    I encourage all readers who can keep an open mind to listen to this novel-or read it , whatever you wish to do. Consider how things were in the 1950s and never allow this kind of situation to happen.

    A truly dystopian novel..and recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (847)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "If you enjoy Longmire you'll enjoy this series"
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    Very similar to the Longmire series this initial novel in the Iron Lake series by Wm Krueger has much of the rustic and rural outdoorsman type of story. Set in an isolated town of Aurora Minn. on the boundary between Canada and the US, former sherif Cork O'Connor seems to spend much of his time as a detective for friends and family.

    Similar family relationships add a pleasant note to the book though as we are introduced to the family, Cork and wife Jo are separated with new lovers for each of them.

    I did find the plot fairly predictable and had figured out the bad guy before the story was half over..but the story is still good and David Chandler is an excellent narrator.

    Well worth your credit and time, I suspect I'll end up with the entire series of audible books on my iPad, just as I have all the Walt Longmire ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (752)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Thoughtful coming of age in the midwest story"
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    Wm Krueger has written an emotionally charged story of, primarily, the coming of age of two young boys in 1961 rural Minnesota. The sons of a local preacher and mother who gave up a career to marry their older sister is the family star. When a series of misfortunes hit the town this family is torn apart as are other characters.

    Speaking of characters, Krueger has developed each person in his novel with grace and thoroughness, telling not only about their summer of ;'61 but their pasts. I enjoyed Gus very much and felt he added a lot to the boys growth.

    The conclusion surprised me a lot and In mysteries I find that a welcome part of a story arc.

    I feel fortunate to have listened to two 5 star novels in a row thru Audible. These both were books I would never have purchased were it not for Audibles Return policy for members..I am encouraged to try authors I've never heard of before.

    Thanks Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (174)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "Another excellent story in the "Still Alice" genre"
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    As a senior, "Still Alice" hit me hard..very real to me.
    Left Neglected' took a bit longer for me to get into but was, in conclusion, just as well written and performed as "Still Alice" did.

    At the beginning I saw the husband and wife as very self centered people-living just to have a successful job with their 3 children sort of left wanting attentive parents. The "Left Neglect" that occurred to the wife totally changed their lives.

    Worth a credit and made me want to buy the third book by the author that Audible has available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By the Sword: Repairman Jack #12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Jack is hired to find a legendary Japanese sword, a katana stolen from the Hiroshima Peace Museum and brought to New York City. Central characters include the members of a weird Japanese cult, a young Japanese businessman (who is the brother of a character killed in Legacies) and his three Yakuza bodyguards, plus Hank Thompson, the Kicker cult leader from Bloodline. The cult, the businessman, the Yakuza, and the Kickers are looking for the sword as well.

    beth says: "NEVER, EVER, EVER change a narrator in a series."
    "Dick Hills narration sucks/Skip This Episode"
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    I know,the majority of Audible listeners seem to love Dick Hill's narrations but this was so awful I couldn't bear to finish. Hills totally bogus accents, be it Julios P.R.,Abes Yiddish-isms or the many Japanese accents in this novel were so poor I cringed..and I couldn't keep the story straight..finally just gave up and decided to go on to the next episode with Christopher Price at the mike.

    I notice this was recorded in 2008 and it could be that Price was not available then, perhaps this recording was done before Audio books really caught on..and "Bloodline" is noted as being narrated by Hill also,but apparently Price has re-done it and Audible just hasn't changed the test to note that...in any case I'll listen to this again when Price or the new narrator who did the Early Years prequels redoes "By The Sword.
    But for now..I consider this a waste of a credit and it's going back.

    I sure wish Hill didn't do the Jack Reacher series also,since I'm kvetching about Him in this review. Sorry for the bitch session, but I'm just so frustrated.

    Skip this episode..nothing lost IMO.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gateways

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a car accident in Florida. They’ve been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he heads south to Gateways, a retirement community on the Everglades. The woman Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses that he’s “special,” like her. To protect his father from becoming the next fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must uncover.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "So Far My Favorite R.J. story"
    "So Far My Favorite R.J. story"
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    I'm packing to move and have had Repairman Jack running on my iPad for over a week now, one after the other. So far this is, in my opinion, the best story of the first 7. Including The Early Years---this series has kept me interested and helped m not be bored while packing....Don't know what I'm going to do when I get to Book 15!

    Recommended, but it's best to read/listen in order.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark City: Repairman Jack: The Early Years, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    It's February 1991. Desert Storm is raging in Iraq but 22-year-old Jack has more pressing matters at home. His favorite bar, The Spot, is about to be sold out from under his friend Julio. No longer merely reactive, Jack takes the fight to his enemies and demonstrates his innate talent for seeing biters get bit. With a body count even higher than in Cold City, Dark City hurtles Jack toward the climax of this formative New York odyssey in which all scores will be settled, all debts paid.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Repairman Jack Early Years Book 2"
    "Repairman Jack Early Years Book 2"
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    After being quite disappointed in the first novel in this series, I decided to go ahead and listen to this, the second book, I liked it quite a bit better than the first book..especially since there weren't hanging story lines as there were in the first book...

    I enjoyed this so much I purchased the third in this series plus the first one in the original series..

    Recommended for those who like fix-it type guys with a touch of paranormal

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (530)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "An interesting prequel to the series"
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    My first exposure to Repairman jack, I understand the similarities between this series and the Reacher series by Lee Child. Sort of. I think Child a more superior author with Wilson running behind on the 'uber fix it guy' front.

    I enjoyed most of the book except for the ending which left so many unfinished plot lines that I was quite disappointed and frustrated by it..and wondered if I even wanted to purchase another book in the series...

    Maybe followers of these books have discovered the answers to all those different unanswered questions but I found it a pretty poor way to end a book..

    Alexander Cendese was a great narrator - I especially enjoyed his take on Jacks Yiddish speaking buddy Abe.

    If you are into these books, I'm sure you'll enjoy this newcomer to the series, a prequel subtitled The Early Years. If you don't mind abrupt cliffhanger endings than it shouldn't bother a true fan too much. It just wasn't a great way to start a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Key

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Her narrow escape from blue-eyed assassin Tom Booker has made former data analyst Dani Britton question all of her choices-like trusting "good guys" who carry badges. On the run and haunted by the government-sanctioned massacre of her coworkers, Dani finally settles in remote Redemption Key, Florida, at a bar where strong drinks and shady deals are the norm.

    karen says: "Odd little book"
    "S. G. Redling is a great author!"
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    I have developed a real liking for Dani Britton, the protagonist in 2 of S.G.Redlings novels and I sincerely hope there are more coming.

    This is a series that needs to be heard/read in order..there's a lot of history in book 1 that would be lost if you start with the 2nd book.

    Dani is a plucky smart young woman who has moved to the Florida Keys to escape whoever is trying to kill her and her best friend.

    Redling is a superior author IMO, I've just discovered her?/his? books and have enjoyed every one of them-especially Flowertown, which was an Audible Daily Deal a couple of weeks ago and turned me on to these novels.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of Redlings stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow File: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.

    Anne says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "The 1st of (so far) 2 Dani novels"
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    I love the protagonist! She has emotional and physical issues. She's still a real person even though she's the POTUS. Lot of character changes of 'what the He**? is going on make for a very riveting "The President Dies" type novels..and it really sucked mien!

    Similar to "6 days of the Condor" in many ways, Dani just wants to know what is going on while she went out of the office for a few minutes to get lunch..but she can't seem to discover what the H**L is happening????? then saddling rehiring characters a few months later..never know what is going to happen here!
    narrated by narrated by Tanya Eby-who is an excellent choice for this series.

    Use your credit and ENJOY this Post app novel that might well be the "TRUTH" I had a difficult time deleting the S"P:OILERS in this novel so please, give me a break!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.

    Joe Bloggs says: "Visions of the Future of Motorcycle Gangs"
    "Flashback to the 60s--Hells Angels ride!!"
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    I had the dubious 'good' fortune to experience the Hells Angels @ Bass Week for almost a decade, especially around Memorial Day Weekend and The Fourth of July..which sometimes can be as long as 5-6 days depending on what day The Fourth comes! We found, as a whole, the members to be courteous and friendly, especially to both my young sons. My gouges son, wh was toddler to 6 year old during these summers, remembers Hells Angels MC members tousling his curly red hair. We shared a cabin with good friend who had children the same age as ours. And we had to go to the store, one of the 2 in 'town' at least once a day. My girlfriends and I soon found that wearing our bikini toe and cut off shorts to the store wasn't really good idea.
    We also had the pleasure of watching the Angels water ski behind rented ski boats and even went to Willow Cove to offer water skiing lessons toy these guys...and yes-they do water ski in their colors..back then colors were most frequently work on denim jackets with the sleeves torn off...

    Anyhow, it was a real memory blast to listen to Hunter Thompson's non-fiction story about his experiences with the Hells Angels-I purchased it because my son, who is now is in his early 40's, has good memories about his experiences at Bass Lake and with the Hells Angels. He said I'd enjoy it and surprisingly enough, I did.

    Narrator Scott Sowers did an excellent job relating this story about his year-or-so long experiences hanging out with the Oakland CA chapter of the Angels. I had hoped this would go into the Altamont disaster when the Greatful Dead hired the Angels (and paid them with beer, no less) to provide security for an open air concert akin to Woodstock as far as security fences goes...that is a great story and I'd love to hear it from Sowers POV..but he was no longer hanging out with the Angels then.

    If you are an AARP member (over 55) or West Coast person and have memories of that era I recommend buying this book. If you are a motorcycle enthuses it's a good look at the history of a significant time in 20th century cycling.

    Well written and narrated I recommend this story to almost anyone with interests in this field.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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