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Joan

Rice, VA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (546)

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    "Another Sweet Story"
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    How nice to be able to listen to the wonderful narration of Lisette Lecat telling the tale of another phase of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency! Always a pleasure to slow down a bit and continue the story of Precious, Grace and their families. If you've read others in this series, you certainly won't be disappointed with this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    John says: "Worthwhile"
    "Boring"
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    The narrator does a fine job and I thought initially this would be an interesting listen. It's just too hard to follow. Maybe I haven't paid close enough attention. Still, I felt lost as I went from chapter to chapter. Just not enough substance to hold my interest.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher Scotton
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.

    Mel says: "Loved it in Spite of..."
    "Beautiful Poingnant thought provoking"
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    I didn't know what to expect with this book and am so glad I decided to give it a listen. This will be one of those books that I will think back on. The characters were so beautifully described both in what they said and did. And the author didn't lay it all out in order. The book switched back and forth which added sweet mystery to the lives of the characters. This is a really good book and I do hope the author keeps up his good work. The narrator also did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2105)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Tried Twice Based on Reviews - then threw in towel"
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    I tried, really, to get into this book. Felt I hadn't been paying attention so rewound to beginning after an hour in. Many reviewers suggested things perk up in the middle. Maybe so but I have more to do with my time. This was just too slow and tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6639)
    Performance
    (5843)
    Story
    (5845)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Lots of Whiney Elementary School Moms"
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    By the time I made it to the end of this book, I realized there was a very important message. But getting to that point was, at times, torturous. I've generally made it a point in my life to avoid the types of women characterized in this book......mostly stay at home moms who are obsessed with themselves and their children and who are quick to pass judgment on any women who are not of their ilk. I nearly didn't finish the book. While the narrator did an excellent job, she was too excellent!!! She brought these complaining women to life! However, this is a very clever book and I ended up listening for the conclusion. The book redeemed itself. Not sure I'd recommend it. Again, these women, save for Jane, were just too full of themselves.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (426)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "A Most Beautiful Book"
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    Such a wonderfully written book. I tend to listen to mysteries or high drama and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this story. The descriptions of both the characters and the land made the story come alive. In a time when most things are so 'in your face' the time spent listening to My Antonia was like a mini vacation. So glad for the opportunity to hear a sweet American classic. And the reader was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3301)
    Performance
    (2514)
    Story
    (2509)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Reacher Can Do No Wrong!"
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    I love Jack Reacher!! I don't care how corny the plot may be or how predictable the outcome, I am totally entertained by the Reacher books! Dick Hill is his usual excellent self. Go for it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1099)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Good Ole Flowers!!"
    Overall
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    This is not a prize winning book - it's simply a good story. Flowers can do no wrong in my book so I'm probably a bit biased. There were some interesting twists and turns which made the book worth the time spent listening. Really like the ending!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By A. B. Guthrie
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Originally published more than 50 years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers.

    Bone says: "A simple story"
    "Good Story - Lame Ending"
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    This is a good classic listen/read. Lots of good descriptions of the way westward and life during the early to mid-1800's. The characters were well developed and came to grow on me. Overall, I enjoyed the story but the ending was just that - an ending as if the author just stopped writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2623)
    Story
    (2628)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    Overall
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    I can't say this is not a decent listen. It has good characters, a tight plot and good twists and turns. But Baldacci seems to be taking the route of James Patterson and others who just seem to pump out books. It's as if they use a central theme, change the characters and go for it. There are so many many many details in this book and they just go on an on and of course, they all come to a 'logical' perfect conclusion. Again, not saying this isn't a good story - I just feel like I knew the ending having read all of Baldacci's other books. Only 3 stars and truly, I think I'll give the next Baldacci a pass.

    27 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen McQuestion
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    Marnie is just 35 when her boyfriend, Brian, drops dead of a sudden heart attack. Stunned by his death, Marnie finds her greatest grief is for Troy, Brian’s son whom she has raised as her own since he was a kindergartener. When he is reclaimed by his train wreck of a birth mother, Troy’s departure drives Marnie to a grief group at the local rec center. There she finds unexpected allies, three strangers who join her in an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to reconnect with Troy.

    Gillian says: "I You Liked "Enchanted April"..."
    "Very Predictible"
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    Not a terrible story, just very childish and predictable. More of a story for an older teen than for someone who enjoys a more complicated, intriguing read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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