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Gordon

portola valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 155 ratings
  • 364 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

    Gretel says: "Better than I expected..."
    "The Bayou Trilogy"
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    Woodrell has an excellent ear for dialogue. His settings are first rate. And he writes a good yarn. My only complaint is that most, if not all of the characters speak with the same voice, using the same colloquialisms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children Act

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (501)

    Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

    Bonny says: "McEwan has written perfection in this novel."
    "Fantastic!"
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    This is one of Ian McEwan'sbest The interplay between legal arguments and personal ones is magic.

    Also the narrator is better than excellent. She captures the voice of the teen ager, who Has a profound effect on the judge. Very psychological.

    ]Ann Gordon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watergate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Mallon
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    For all the monumental documentation that Watergate generated - uncountable volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs - it falls at last to a novelist to perform the work of inference (and invention) that allows us to solve some of the scandal’s greatest mysteries - who did erase those eighteen-and-a-half minutes of tape? - and to see this gaudy American catastrophe in its human entirety. In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew.

    Tad Davis says: "A great listen"
    "too many characters"
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    The author should have selected a significant person in the story, in order to develop a point of view - Rosemary Woods would have been a good choice.

    Ann Gordon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accident

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

    Dorothy says: "A Little Bit Like Cotton Candy"
    "Affected Writing"
    Overall
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    Pavone goes off on too many tangents with descriptions that do not further the direction of the story. He seems to like phrases that run after each other without a point, other than to inform the reader that he knows a lot of trivia.

    Ann Gordon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3955)
    Performance
    (3512)
    Story
    (3505)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Pretentious"
    Overall
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    Histrionic, too many awkward similes. Author doesn't know if she wants to write a romance, science fiction or non-fiction. Needs editing.

    Ann Gordon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By David Haig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.

    Gordon says: "This is a Gem!"
    "This is a Gem!"
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    US is the best book I have read in a long time. I am a very fussy reader and return almost as many as I keep. David Haig is a master of dialog, making subtle adjustments for younger characters. When will the next book by David Nichols be available?

    Ann Gordon

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1266)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Extraordinary"
    Overall
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    Adam Johnson is a fantastic writer, in the full sense of the word. I look forward to his next book.

    Ann Gordon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schmidt Delivered

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louis Begley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Best-selling author Louis Begley created a beguiling icon of middle age in About Schmidt. Recently widowed, pushed into retirement by his law firm, at odds with his family, Albert Schmidt captivated readers with his cautious courage. Now he is facing ever mounting challenges of life, love, and age. Schmidt is happy living with his affectionate young girlfriend, Carrie. His grumpy daughter, on the other hand, seems to want only money from him.

    David says: "Keep Schmidt Alive"
    "Near Perfect"
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    Excellent characterization and setting. Up until the end, the story was believable. The ending however was poorly constructed and hard to believe. Begley is less convincing when he tries to make nice.

    Ann Gordon

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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