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Kathleen

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  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (473)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "All about the narration"
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    If I was reading this book I doubt I would finish it. Although much of the story is fascinating, I think all the philosophy and self aggrandizement would get very tedious. However, the narration is absolutely brilliant - the characters come to life, the different accents are flawless, it is hard to believe that one reader could have such a diverse range. Humphrey Bower has raised the bar for all readers.

    5 of 5 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
    (999)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (893)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "A Snooze"
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    I have 3 hours left of this book and I have totally lost track of the plot. I am a huge MC fan and had preordered this book before there were any reviews. Sadly, this book has been a real disappointment. I'm not sure if the story is any good because I am unable to focus on the boring, monotone narration. It's really hard to understand why this audio book was even released. You would think a best selling author would have a great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mark Beckloff, Dan Dye
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Amazing Gracie tells the story of Gracie's first morning, racing around Dan in the snowy yard, and her determination to prove to her step-sisters, Dottie the Dalmation and Sarah the Black Lab, that she's one of the girls. But when Gracie's delicate constitution starts turning into anorexia, Dan must find a solution. In three days he is baking her the cookies that will spur her appetite, launching Three Dog Bakery, and transforming their lives forever.

    Traci says: "Wonderfully Inspiring !"
    "Too cutesy"
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    I was hoping for a serious story about living with deaf dog (we have a deaf bulldog in the family) but this was just a cutesy story about starting a business read in a cutesy style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (507)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Phenelzine + cheese & pickled herring ='s murder?"
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    I am half way through this book and am really enjoying it. At times I even get a " Gone Girl" vibe even though the stories are very dissimilar. My problem with the book (and the reason I am not giving it 5 stars) is the cause of death. At the risk of giving out a minor spoiler - the possible cause of death was murder caused by giving an MAO inhibitor along with certain foods that can cause a hypertensive crisis. In the book this medication had apparently been prescribed as a PRN to augment her other treatment. Now to the problem - MAO Inhibitors are not prescribed as PRNS for several reasons: like other antidepressants they do not work immediately, you need to be on them for a period of time to notice their effect, also, they can interact with other psych meds and would be dangerous if given with other types of antidepressants and we can assume someone who is bipolar and on numerous meds would be taking some sort of med for depression. I was a psych nurse for many years and long ago the use of this drug was fairly common. Patients were informed to avoid certain foods but compliance being what it is, I am sure plenty of beer and pizza was consumed despite the warnings, yet, never have I heard af any problems occurring because of eating "forbidden" foods which leads me to believe the risk may not be that great.
    "Presumed Innocent" is one of my all time favorite books and I'm guessing "Innocent" is going to follow a similar storyline which is fine with me. I just wish I didn't have to believe a psychiatrist would have prescribed a patient 10 tablets of Phenelzine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3902)
    Story
    (3901)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Couldn't get into it"
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    The writing was excellent, the narration was okay, the characters were original as was the plot. Why only 3 stars? I enjoyed parts of the story but often had to rewind because I hadn't been paying attention. This only happens when a book is not holding my interest. After 17 hours (plus rewind time) my mind was still wandering and I really didn't care how it ended.

    0 of 0 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
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1546)

    >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"
    "Enjoyable and informative"
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    As an animal lover, I really liked this book. It didn't make me want to pack my bags and go to Africa (too many snakes and insects were described), but it did thoroughly entertain me and I learned a lot, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (587)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "A very talented writer"
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    I look at authors who have one crappy best seller after another, and I wonder why I only happened on Adrian McKinty by accident. His books are original and the writing is excellent. Gerard Doyle does a great job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1018)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Interesting"
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    I enjoyed this book. It's rather slow, oppressive, and dark which is right up my alley. It is really a character study, and the mystery lies in the characters of the two "wicked girls".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1344)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "I had forgotten what a great story this is."
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    Years ago I read this book and watched the miniseries. I remember being very impressed as well as disturbed by the story. Listening to the book again brought back just how good the story is -I had forgotten so much of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Strange book"
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    A fun listen. I totally identified with the main character as I'm always imaging vermin in my house. I did feel sorry for her as I know she was miserable. I was a psychiatric nurse and I know the torture a person suffers when no one else believes their fears. You'll have to listen to the book to find out if there really were bedbugs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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