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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
    (375)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (2989)
    Performance
    (2777)
    Story
    (2771)

    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
    (1347)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1248)

    >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
    (1100)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (553)

    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
    (833)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (750)

    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?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "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
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1241)

    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
    (333)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    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.

    Barbara 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
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4465)
    Performance
    (4175)
    Story
    (4187)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Stephen King wrote this - really?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needs better character development and more suspense. The characters were sterotyped and the plot predictable. I thought this was going to be a mystery - it wasn't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Mr. King has created so many memorable characters. I always think of him as a man who truly likes and respects women but in this book the women were just awful. His main character, a retired, overweight, suicidal cop, was a total cliche. I know I'm being harsh but Stephen King is a really talented writer and I had high expectations for this book.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The reader did a good job overall.


    Could you see Mr. Mercedes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sadly, I can see this being made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson.


    Any additional comments?

    The book did hold my interest.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glory in Death: In Death, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1572)

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

    Barry says: "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    "I can't stand Eve Dallas"
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    What disappointed you about Glory in Death?

    I purchased the first 8 books in this series because I got a great price. I thought they were mysteries - I didn't realize there would be so much corny romance. I will continue to listen because the stories are ok, I'll just keep fast forwarding through the supposedly "steamy" sex.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

    I wouldn't buy a book at full price. I will listen to the ones I have already purchased.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Overly dramatic and she makes the main character seem really hostile - I think this is why I dislike her so much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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