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Helen Rangel

Edmond, OK United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2401)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Cutting for Stone"
    Overall

    Although the story and narration is exceptional, the author dwells on all the details much too long. Its hard not to say to the author, "Get on with it". I would recommend the abridged version of this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (1000)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Long and somewhat disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought the novel would never end....but I just knew a good suspense was lurking just a few minutes away.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    OMG....what a let down. Little to no suspense. I guessed it two hours before it ended.


    What three words best describe Catherine Taber’s voice?

    slow, melodious and boring. I can see why they choose her based on the character but I almost fell asleep during part of her long narratives.


    Was Gray Mountain worth the listening time?

    Barely but I thought the subject matter was so important and well researched.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd still recommend it...as with all Grisham novels, I learned so much and was appalled if the content is close to the truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "Don't Miss this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspicion to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator was great and read all the different characters well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was so unpredictable and the ending a complete surprise. But as a skier, the skiing scene, kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Kearney – was your favorite?

    The main character of course


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

    Definitely, I had to listen to the last two hours while fixing dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like too read another novel by Joseph Finer soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.

    David says: "A very fun read!"
    "One of the best Joe Pickett Novels ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Free Fire to be better than the print version?

    It amazes me how CJ Box can just put you in the setting of Yellowstone Park. I could just imagine the geysers and hotpots. He builds the suspense little by little and you never know who's the bad guys until the very end. I couldn't put it down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free Fire?

    As with all C.J. Box's novel, the narration is great. Joe Pickett is a man of few words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the Old Yellowstone Inn is superb. I can't wait to visit Yellowstone this fall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7404)
    Performance
    (6730)
    Story
    (6743)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Tedious...Would we ever learn the killer's name?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    A good try by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling. The narrative dragged on and on with minute details. The plot was good but the book itself was much too long. Kudos to Robert Glenister, the narrator. I wouldn't have finished the book without his talent. The epilogue was the best part of the novel.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    He performed all the characters admirably.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    no....just too long and too much finite detail.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Train Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Only six major rail bridges cross the Mississippi River and connect one half of our country to the other. When one of them collapses as a freight train is crossing, the FBI sends agents Hush Hanson and Carolyn Lang to investigate. Hush and Carolyn suspect a bomb, but there are no clues to suggest who planted it.

    Rebecca says: "First book of Deutermann that bored me to death"
    "Don't miss this one! Another great novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    He did it again. Keeping us in suspense. His development of characters was superb. And the narration just added more to an already great novel. His detailed description of trains just put you there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1813)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "So much fun..very entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is just a cute, entertaining book when you want a tiny break from the Thrillers you enjoy so much. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is superb and really makes the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    When the body of a young, black Navy lieutenant is found chained inside the boiler of a mothballed battleship in a Philadelphia shipyard, there is no question that it's murder. Stung by past scandals, the Navy moves to control the investigation by appointing one of their own, Commander Dan Collins, to take charge of it.

    Helen Rangel says: "This is a great novel!"
    "This is a great novel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a suspenseful novel and one you shouldn't miss. If you're not familiar with military jargon, don't let it stop you from reading on. You'll understand before you know it. It has lots of twists and turns in this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4851)
    Performance
    (4169)
    Story
    (4145)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A light, entertaining Mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    This is the first book I've read by this author. It was a entertaining but yet a solid mystery. Listen closely......Some of the heroines narrative was especially humorous as her antics solve the mystery. Its worth the buy!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

    Nina says: "Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry"
    "Anne Perry does it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Sudden, Fearful Death?

    A great novel. Her development of characters and descriptions of scenes are vivid. You feel you can actually imagine the different places in London and the countryside. The plot twists and turns so you can never predict "who dun it"! Give these novels a chance and you'll be hooked!


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

    Yes, her narration is superb.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "Don't listen to one of the newest Reader's critics"
    Overall
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    Where does The Broker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its excellent. In fact, I've just listened to it again. The character development is wonderful and learning so much more about Italy is great too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I kept wondering, how was Joel Baakman, going to get out of this situation. The ending was quite a surprise.


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

    Micheal Beck was absolutely wonderful. He brought the story to life. How did he learn to speak Italian that well?


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

    Suspensful, full of twists.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to the readers critic on this one. a few minutes into this book will win you over. One of Grishams best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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