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Gypsy Wife

Gypsy Wife

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  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (396)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Wow! Knocked me off my feet!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Secret of the Seventh Son to be better than the print version?

    I don't know; haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Secret of the Seventh Son has an amazingly different plot that continued to build and become more and more disturbing to me while entertaining me immensely.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't had the pleasure of listening to him before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you thought Area 51 was too frightening to exist, think again!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most entertaining and engaging thrillers I've listened to in some time. Cooper's novel was referred to by one listener as a combination of Ken Follett and Michael Connelly. I agree. Cooper's characters are certainly less complex, but in this case the story carries the characters and is complex enough that we don't need deeper characters. I agree; this novel is perfect for a blockbuster film, and would adapt very well to the screen without losing the story. I can't wait to see this in the theatres.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (741)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Great Narrator tries to save an Unbelievable Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator's interpretation, voices and accents are quite enjoyable despite the weak story. I guess it was worth it, but I won't listen to another of this series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    No. I'm not a fan of fantasy, which is how I would describe this story. I love police procedurals and mysteries, and anything about archaeologists is always fun. But after hearing a couple of books in this series, I just don't think I can listen to any more. I guess I draw the line at a wealthy, aristocratic FBI agent who rides in a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce and can operate on himself. Of course, it seems as though half the characters in the book went to medical school. Just sayin'. For those comfortable with more fantasy-laden scenarios, these books are well crafted with a sophisticated, well-rounded vocabulary and likeable characters.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    I like his adeptness with difference voices and accents.


    Do you think The Cabinet of Curiosities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's done.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to complain about two writers who have actually done a nice job of developing a story and moving it along so well just because I don't like the over-the-top fantasy aspects. I prefer more realistic characters and stories, but for those who like their fiction wilder, these are well crafted stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (448)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Forever Bosch!"
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    Where does The Burning Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite Bosch stories.


    What other book might you compare The Burning Room to and why?

    It reminded me of Connelly's The Black Ice and the history behind Cal Moore's life. The mood was similar as well.


    Have you listened to any of Titus Welliver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. This one was a little quiet, though there is plenty of suspense and food for thought as to how the characters relate to one another.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one time. Titus Welliver's narration at first does seem monotone and a bit dull, but as you listen, you will begin to appreciate the tone, which to me matches Bosch's character. Some audio books I've listened to lately have too many narrators and too much "acting" so that they sound like radio plays instead of a good book being read. I personally enjoyed the narration more and more as I went along in the book. Yes, I had to pay close attention. Like really reading a book. Takes more work than watching TV.

    I liked Bosch's new partner, Lucy Soto. She's destined to be a crusading troublemaker like Harry himself, in and out of 5150 and tailed by internal affairs. Like Bosch, she cares and she's willing to work. She's a woman on a mission. She makes mistakes, is changed by them, and moves on. I hope we will get at least one more Bosch novel with her as Harry's partner. She could easily be Connelly's new series lead detective. I'd like to see that happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River City: A Jason Colefield Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Doc Macomber
    • Narrated By Jerry Lyden, Giz Coughlin, Todd Lewis, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    After investigating the tragic shooting of a child during hunting season, the FBI and River Patrol combine forces to uncover a potential serial killer. With yet another life hanging in the balance, Deputy Jason Colefield discovers that the answers he seeks point him to the one place he doesn’t want to go - the buried memories of his own childhood.

    Gypsy Wife says: "A narrated book or a radio play?"
    "A narrated book or a radio play?"
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    What did you like best about River City? What did you like least?

    I liked the plot and the characters. I felt the narrative, which uses many voices, sounded too much like a poorly produced radio play. Especially the female characters were jarring in some places. When I listen to a book, I want to listen to a book, not to a play. Just a personal preference.


    What other book might you compare River City to and why?

    Can't think of one offhand.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The main narrator could have done the entire book and given it more of a flow.


    Do you think River City needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like the main character and would be interested in following his career and life.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be interested to hear what other listeners think about the multiple narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive-By Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
    "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
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    What disappointed you about The Drive-By Wife?

    I wanted to like it because the author seems like a nice guy and is trying hard with his marketing, but this book missed the mark. One-dimensional, uninteresting characters I didn't care about, ridiculous, unbelievable situations, too much exposition, too formulaic. I just didn't like anything about it and only finished it in an attempt to be fair to Mr. Wells.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've downloaded the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Childs.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Torres?

    Mr. Torres did the best he could with the material.


    What character would you cut from The Drive-By Wife?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, no more stories about privileged, boring, narcissistic yuppies making stupid mistakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10462)
    Performance
    (5358)
    Story
    (5397)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "He's the Master, I'm the constant reader"
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    If you could sum up Under the Dome in three words, what would they be?

    Completely engrossing; poignant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    Can't say; it would be a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say; it would be a spoiler.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I never cried, though I felt extreme sadness. I did laugh and cheer.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my second listening to Under the Dome. It's a very long book but very well worth the time. On the second reading, I knew what was going to happen so I could spend time appreciating Mr. King's well honed craft. I became aware of foreshadowing I had missed, rock and roll references, historical references, and literary references, including the mention of Jack Reacher, a character created by Lee Child. (NOT Tom Cruise, no matter that he did a good job with the part in the Jack Reacher Movie). I enjoy watching Mr. King pay homage to his favorite musicians, his favorite music, and his favorite fictional characters, not to mention his fellow authors. He's just a master of the craft of writing. If you don't re-listen to your books, I highly suggest you do so. This custom will enrich your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1136)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "I give up!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not even Will Patton's mesmerizing voice could save this slow, bleak story. I can't finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a plot.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I could listen to him read a pizza menu.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Light in August?

    The scenes between the first page and the last page.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because a book is a classic doesn't make it good to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (44)

    Jack Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about. When threatened, you can run or fight. Reacher fights, aiming to clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Satisfying Reacher story"
    "Satisfying Reacher story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I think this is an excellent series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the new dimension added to Reacher when he learns he might be a father. Lee Child never disappoints me with his Reacher stories.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick's voice is both powerful and flawed. He sounds like Reacher to me, very worldly and experienced but not at all sophisticated. Reacher doesn't put on airs. Neither does Dick Hill.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jack Reacher is NOT Tom Cruise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (609)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Engrossing classic"
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    What did you love best about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    The interweaving of philosophy and real life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "Not on a par with the Tara series"
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    What did you like best about On Borrowed Time? What did you like least?

    I liked the somewhat different plot line. I didn't like that much of the story line was, to me, not plausible. I kept thinking, is this guy really that stupid?


    If you’ve listened to books by David Rosenfelt before, how does this one compare?

    Not on a par with the writing nor the narration of the Tara series, but a decent attempt at a different style for Rosenfelt.


    What three words best describe Chris Ensweiler’s performance?

    Amateur, trying, lacking


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I think a movie producer could fix the broken parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I love conspiracy theories, but I don't care much for stupid main characters. The lead character fell for too many outrageous coincidences, and brother, is he naive when it comes to women. I won't include any spoilers, but you will be shaking your head at some of the things he falls for in this book. The narrator is trying hard but his voices are very lacking, especially his bad guys who all sound phony. There was one point where he did a good job so that I recognized a particular bad guy when he spoke from behind. I think he will improve as he goes along in his career. As for the writing, it was a decent attempt at a thriller but not up to the par of the Tara series with their wry humor and interesting characters. But, hey, I'm picky.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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