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Hiking1957

Hiking1957

Portland, Oregon | Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • My Soul to Save: Soul Screamers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (385)

    Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it!"
    "Love this 2nd ish story in the series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Soul to Save to be better than the print version?

    Don't know didn't read the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's different at least for me. I don't usually go in for the YA stuff.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    I love them all. She does a great job!!!!


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

    I would like to have but I usually listen while in my car or riding my bike.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this 2nd (or 2nd and a half) story in this series. I don't typically go in for the YA stuff but I find the story interesting and I love ALL the characters, even some of the bad guys. I also love the reader. She does a wonderful job. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (270)

    Trying to work things out with Nash, her maybe boyfriend, is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

    Diane says: "Prepare for Emotional Torture"
    "Still loving this story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the voices and how they vary enough and the story is wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Tod. He is innocent but wise and funny and complicated. Just and all around great guy.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    I love them all. I think she does a great job with all of them.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1345)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Didn't really like this one."
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    Would you try another book from Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne (translator) and/or Grover Gardner?

    No, I don't think so.


    Has The Hangman's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    No opinion one way or the other.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like this book. It was too gory and the good guy always being there to save the day just didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Suprised!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was a good read.


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

    Not that I know of.


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

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book and I have to say that I was a little surprised by the end. This was on the list of books to read for my mystery and crime book group and I don't think that I would really classify this as that but it was an interesting read/listen and I enjoyed the characters and the rich accents that I thought the reader did an excellent job of portraying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law: A Molly Murphy Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Bette says: "A GREAT READ...NOT A GOOD LISTEN"
    "Loved the readers accent!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murphy's Law to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book so I really don't know, I just know that I enjoyed the audio edition.


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

    I don't think the book was supposed to be "keep you on the edge of your seat" kind of book. It did keep me interested and I was always eager to hear the next stage.


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Greevy – was your favorite?

    Molly of course.


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

    I would have liked that but that usually doesn't work out for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this one and will be looking for the next one. It will be interesting to see how her business goes and whether she tells the rest of the truth to her suitor. I love that it had some history and I really loved the readers accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transcendence

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gabriel Horn, Amy Krout-Horn
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Vimont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Transcendence is a mesmerizing audiobook of magical realism seamlessly woven with threads of primal wisdom. It will reacquaint listeners with the profound beauty of our mother planet, while turning their mind's eye to rarely realized realms of possibility. Transcendence by Gabriel Horn and Amy Krout-Horn has won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the category of visionary fiction.

    Lora says: "Wonderful literature, wonderfully narrated"
    "Just not my kind of read...listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I had a hard time connecting with the story and felt lost most of the time.


    What could Gabriel Horn and Amy Krout-Horn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm not sure. It is just not my type of read/listen making it even harder to follow for me.


    What about Daniel H. Vimont’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job of changing his inflections from character to character.


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

    I am probably not the right person to ask this as this is not the type of read/listen I enjoy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (448)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "Ugh...this was hard to get through."
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    What would have made Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy better?

    Nothing that I can think of.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't like anything about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh...this was tough to get through. I started with the book but after 35 pages I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to make my way through the book so I got the DVD. I decided that watching a movie wasn't right so I got the book on CD and tried to listen to it in my car. I have to say that I was lost most of the book and only picked up a few things. I got more information in my book club but I definitely won't be looking for any more of these book. Definitely not my kind of read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (836)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "I agree!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    I don't know as I didn't read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I have to say that I agree with him. Outlawing all guns isn't going to solve the problem. But, perhaps outlawing the ones that are solely for the purpose of slaughtering (not game hunting) might make a difference and stricter requirements to purchase guns and better background checks might make it better. Putting all of these things into effect couldn't do anything but make a difference to the better. Although some might say "a little too little and a little too late", but in some things a little a little late is better than nothing ever. Maybe taking these steps will save some of our grand kids and great grand kids from the horrors that we are seeing today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (828)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "This was okay."
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    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Sean Barrett?

    Probably not another one from Jo Nesbo.


    Could you see The Bat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't think this should be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This was okay but I have to say I did have a hard time following it toward the end. Seemed to jump all over the place and in the end I really didn't like any of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (859)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "This was interesting."
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    What did you like best about The Murder of the Century? What did you like least?

    The history was what I liked best. It was a little slow moving.


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

    I don't think that I have listened to other book by Paul Collins.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was a good performance.


    Do you think The Murder of the Century needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This was interesting. It was about the murder and about the tabloid wars that this murder started. Very interesting times for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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