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Kathy

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  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1963)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version, and now I wouldn't want to. I loved Odd so much, I think, because of David Aaron Bakers narration. I fell in love with Odd.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd, of course, then Stormy. What a wonderful couple! The names for them are perfect.

    The story gives them an interaction that is beautiful to behold. The narration brings that love to life! As a person unattached, the story and the narration made me long for just this type of relationship... someday...


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    He gave Odd Thomas such a personality! So much like the person who is described in the book. I feel like the nurse who is heartbroken that he is 'taken.'


    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    Well, besides Odd & Stormy I loved Chief Wyatt Porter because of his love for Odd. And Little Ozzie for his love and embracing of himself. And, again, Baker gave him a terrific voice. As well as Shamus Cocobolo - a character I was hoping we'd hear more from.


    Any additional comments?

    When I purchased the first book I didn't realize it was a series. Just bought the next one and hope the "wonderousness" continues!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1153)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "The story never ends because generations go on..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Just finished listening to "The Son." A story of three generations of a Texas family that begins with a son, Eli McCulloch, from one of those generations being taken and subsequently raised by a band of the Comanche Indians.

    The story tells of amazing and horrific traditions and practices. It is weaved with adventure, love, hate, misery, inner conflict and drive to survive and for success. The tragedies go full circle over and over. All of this intensity described by the people who lived it, almost matter-of-factly.

    I listened and listened. And when it was over I just cried. I felt for, related to, was proud of and ashamed of the heritage of the Native American Indians, The Mexicans and The Americans - all "my" people.

    A great book read, in part, by the great Will Patton, among others.




    The Audible description does it a disservice because it does not describe it as being a tale by three people in multiple generations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Big Bottom Blessing: How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Teasi Cannon
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Loving the girl in the mirror isn't about changing how you look, but allowing God to change how you see. Teasi Cannon’s lifelong battle with body image nearly destroyed her. Yet today she feels blessed - not because the size of her lower half has changed but because her perspective has. In her often hilarious, no-nonsense style, Teasi's gut-honest journey and transparent insights will propel every one of us who struggles with...you name it - bad hair or chubby cheeks, skinny arms or wide hips - to realize our value and beauty.

    kimbereley says: "Love it! Laughed,Cried and Shared it with my girls"
    "Wasn't sure why I kept listening, but I did."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It has a good message.


    Would you recommend My Big Bottom Blessing to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It has a good message.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Pam Ward?

    Probably not. I would depend on the context of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a bit hokey, and the narrator ads to that. But the message is good, so I kept listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7001)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3371)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Good story, hard to listen to"
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    What did you love best about The Passage?

    I liked the characters and their development. I liked that there is a piece of the puzzle of the story missing and it comes out little by little.Others have commented on the beginning of the book jumping into the future, I thought it was a good method of telling the story because as the story unfolds it looks to the past and all is eventually revealed. That's part of what keeps you interested.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every. Single. Character. has the same tonal "lift" at the end. of. every. single. question. It sounds like an east coast tone, but man everyone from the the African woman, to the vampire kid, to the Texan, to the California, men, women & children had. the. same. annoying. tendency. I came to cringe on every time someone asked a question. I'd be engrossed in the book then lose the connection when I'd hear that annoying tone. Also, I don't know why the book had to be read with the done of "dread" through the whole time. Even happy parts sounded depressing, with a quavering that made me think everyone was always crying.
    (Some sections were very well read. Especially the section where there is a lot of repetitiveness, "Who am I?" He did an awesome job of that part, making it so it wasn't monotonous. And the names of the souls.)
    I had this experience with another book read by the same narrator, but took a chance this one would be different. I won't do that again. Except I've bought the second book and will just resign myself to having to suffer through it because I want to know what happens next.


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

    No, partly because of the narration. I did have stretches where the story overcame the telling of it.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was horrible. It is beyond cliff hanging, it is just cut off. If you don't know that this is part of a trilogy you are saying, "WTH!" Because the story is just cut off. If someone were to read this and not go to the second book, it would feel as if the last part of the last chapter had been left off.I could not understand the meaning of the title and that is not explained until the very end.I changed my review from 4 to 3 stars, but would like to give it 3 1/2. Still, I want to hear the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (2995)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Lot of action"
    Overall
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    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was ok. Was the most 'action packed' book I've listened to. Will make a good action adventure movie.


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

    It was predictable, but still interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    The ENTIRE book was read at 'high intensity' level. It seemed it never came down. Everything was 'edge of your seat', even if it wasn't. For me that dilutes the real nail biter parts. Since this is a series I might try another book and see if I still get the same feeling about it. Not sure if Snyder always reads like that or not - hope not. But then again, I felt the same way about Frank Muller, then grew to love hearing him read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving away too much, of course the kids and the girl.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (961)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "OK, but not the "thriller" I was expecting..."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. I listen while I work, so it was time well enough spent. But, it did not make me sit in my car because I could not turn it off like some books I've listened to.


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

    The audible recording is in two parts. The story took almost all of part 1 to develop. In part two we start to get into the "thrilling" parts, but it never did build up as expecting. Part of the story was pretty predictable.


    What three words best describe David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance?

    heavy accents, acceptable


    Was Into the Darkest Corner worth the listening time?

    I'm not sorry I purchased it, but it did not live up to the reviews I read.


    Any additional comments?

    The biggest challenge of the story was to convey the flip-flop between time frames of the story - It was partly told in the past and partly told in the present. I thought that perhaps some voice differentiation, or inflection may have helped to distinguish what was then and what was now. If you happen to miss the date in the intro to a section it could become confusing.

    It wasn't the best, but was no where near the worst. It ended up being a pretty light read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4514)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1811)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Scott Brick, oy vey..."
    Overall

    Oh no... just started listening to this book and hadn't realized that it was narrated by a guy who gets on my nerves - Scott Brick. He gives EVERYONE a Jersey lilt at the end of every question. Everyone! Russians, Libyans, and Californians. I knew it was him from that #$%^& lilt at the end of the first question of the book. I hope I make it through the book - I vowed to never listen to him again. This was an accident.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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