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JS

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  • Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    Elvis Cole, wisecracking private eye, finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case. A wealthy WASP entrepreneur appears to have murdered his wife. A hot-shot defense attorney takes the case and hires Elvis to find proof that the L.A. detective - rumored to be dirty - fooled around with the evidence.

    Steven says: "Readers Make or Break an Audiobook."
    "Great narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sunset Express the most enjoyable?

    The reader captured Elvis Cole as clever, funny and low key, not as the typical tough guy.


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

    Although the ending was predictable in some ways, there were still surprises. I did have a hard time turning it off.


    What about David Stuart’s performance did you like?

    Loved him. He portrayed Elvis Cole the way I imagined him to be from reading many of the books.


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

    I could have.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2022)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Fabulous Book about An African Game Reserve"
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    What did you love best about The Elephant Whisperer?

    As wonderful as the rescue of the elephants was, I loved the relationship of all the people with the land and all of the animals.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine anyone reading/listening to this book and not wanting to visit the reserve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (875)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "What if you could do it all over."
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    Where does Replay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best. I read this book when it came out and always remembered it but not the name. I stumbled on it when Audible had a 2 for 1 deal going and was hooked all over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeff. As he keeps reliving his life, he tries so hard to get it right despite all the loss.


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

    If you could live your life again what would you change?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Patrick MacDonald
    • Narrated By Michael Patrick MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (123)

    A breakaway best seller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a mini-skirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children.

    Shantanu Sharma says: "If I could' I would've finished the book in a sing"
    "Great Memoir about Growing up in South Boston"
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    Where does All Souls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top of the list of the ones I have listened to recently.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Michael as it is his story about loving Southie in spite of the forced busing, violence, and loss of siblings.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Patrick MacDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Southie, the Greatest Neighborhood.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in the Boston suburbs and lived in Boston in the same time period and never understood until now what it was like in South Boston. I was one of those outsiders who, the one time I ventured in to see the St Patrick's Day Parade, was hit by a beer bottle.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonflower Vine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jetta Carleton
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    On a farm in western Missouri, during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy’s fate will be the family’s greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive - and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.

    JS says: "Have loved this book since 1964"
    "Have loved this book since 1964"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Moonflower Vine the most enjoyable?

    I have read this book many times over the years and was very happy to see it was finally on Audible. It is a lovely book about a family of 3 daughters starting in the early 1900's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like each family member having their own section of the book to tell their own story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

    I didn't think she got Leonie's righteous character right and all the young men sounded like old men so perhaps not.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Moonflower Vine and why?

    Leonie. She is so earnest, full of opinions and idealism and never getting loved enough for it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8271)
    Performance
    (7626)
    Story
    (7642)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Exciting and creepy."
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    It took me a bit to get I to it but I soon was unable to stop listening. I have always thought The Shining was the scariest book ever. This wasn't as scary but it was good to know what happened to Danny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    When the True Knot take the baseball boy. Memorable and awful.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’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?

    I couldn't listen at night because it would have kept me up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5094)
    Performance
    (3815)
    Story
    (3835)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Slow start but exciting finish"
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    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    It took me a it to get into the book but it got faster fairly quickly so, yes, I'd listen again to see what I might have missed early on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny, the hero. He seemed authentic as a insecure but typical know it all teen boy.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card – was your favorite?

    The queen.


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

    No, but I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're an Orson Scott Card fan, you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6551)
    Performance
    (5670)
    Story
    (5661)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Some lovely writing but too choppy."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be better read instead of listened to. It was hard for me to remember what time I was in.


    What was most disappointing about Jess Walter’s story?

    There were too many characters and too much jumping all over the place in time. Although I'm an old movie fan, I thought the Richard Burton scenes were dull.


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

    The reader was good with the Italian.


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

    There were touching moments and good writing and I was glad I waited to see how it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1452)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Mel says: "Soberingly Funny"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A great story about an alcoholic in complete denial about the impact alcohol has on her life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy. She seemed like an authentic old time New Englander and a very authentic secret drinker.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is Hildy's memory of loving Frankie as a teenager and sneaking onto harbor boats during their summer romance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29065)
    Performance
    (25655)
    Story
    (25728)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Surprises along the way"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was very exciting with an ending not at all what you are imagining when you start listening. It is also very well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    When he finds the shed.


    Which character ??? as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ??? was your favorite?

    He was my favorite although very frustrating.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't listen at bedtime or I would never sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a reason it's been so long on the best seller list. Great book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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