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Kelli

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REDDING, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 39 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1566)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "i should have listened to sarah"
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    amidst all the glowing praise for this audio book is one written by a reviewer named Sarah. her description fits my experience almost perfectly. i have to say that I didn't enjoy the subject matter as much as she did, partially due to the "herky jerky" aspect of mr bryson's narration. while a brilliant writer, mr brysons speaking voice is strangely lulling. I found myself mentally wandering away from the story often, and struggling with the odd emphasis' and cadence of his speech.

    to soften this review, I have to say that "A Walk In The Woods" is one of my favorite books, ever, and I have read, and enjoyed, most of his other books. this is the first audiobook of his work that I have attempted to listen to.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1192)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "my last Longmire book"
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    As I slogged through this latest madcap adventure (sarcasm) of Walt's, I realized that the only reason to continue through to the end is George Guidall's narration. I also came to the realization that it isn't enough. Once again Walt makes completely illogical and baseless decisions based on "his word", jeopardizing his relationships with the people he professes to love. In this instance, he risks missing the birth of his first grandchild, by his daughter, whom he professes to love above all else. All the while mentally pontificating over the obligations one has to the ones that love them. The entire book is maddening in this regard.

    And once again, Walt heads off into a snow storm in Wyoming (while the book takes pains to stress that wyoming storms are nothing to to trifle with) grossly underdressed, unprepared, and with an overconfidence that should get him frozen to death. he encounters a situation in which he should die, but he is miraculously saved by ___. it is so close in plotline to the escaped convict goes up the mountain book, as to be embarrassing.

    Lastly, while I enjoyed the spirit references in the earliest couple of books, their appearance here is ham-handed and cavalier. In the past, the author had treated them with a certain reverence. Here they are plainly devices used to deliver a couple of pieces of information that could have been delivered in a more plausible way. It very much feels, and reads like he phoned this one in. Walt... I wish you well, but we part company here. Good luck. At this rate, you are going to need it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1153)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "One of the better tales so far"
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    I enjoy this series, for the quirkiness of the characters, and the introspection of the main Inspector. I like the overall themes of tolerance. they area fun read/listen. I enjoyed the discovery of the Hermit and his treasures, the introduction of the native people of the Charlotte islands. I will be looking into that more. Enjoyable books, fun listens. It had a little twist that I didn't expect at all.

    (am I the only one who despises Peter? what a terrible terrible person. I have zero empathy and really hope he suffers some kind of accident and dies, in a later book. Not giving anything away here, just venting.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Dwell in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb.

    Keenan says: "Gold Standard"
    "start with the beginning of the series"
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    This is not a stand-alone book. I think you must need to read these in order. I was able to get 2 hours into it, but the plot line wasn't much advanced, it was mostly the individual characters being concerned for each other, that took up a lot of time. 1/5 of the way in and the many main characters have just touched base with each other and reassured themselves of each others safety. or not. (not giving anything away here). Didn't really care for it. the "detective"-ness of it is subpar. more of a character study i think, and since I have no previous involvement or investment in the the characters, it is completely uninteresting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (703)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "plot does not engage."
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    i tried really hard to like this book. i have been disappointed with the last several books I have tried, so I was determined to make it thru this one, and like it.

    I like the writing, the sentence structure. how the whole thing is set up and described. the author likes words, likes to weave them and use them to their full advantage, and it shows. The narrator is quite good, great accents, nice cynical note, self-deprecating humor, touches of overall humor... all good.

    the story though. ugh. just. not. interesting. ghosts rising from the dead, demons free to assume human form and interact with mortals, cool. people who can see these ghosts and interact with them, find out the problem, banish them, even cooler. it all sounds great.

    but the execution of the plot line is blah. not terrible, like bang your head against the wall terrible, but can't-keep-my-attention bad. i just didn't care what happened. the guy would come up with a scheme, or get into some trouble, and... i just didn't care.

    i do not love books that throw you into a new situation, or new way the world works, without some type of explanation. the explanation can come as the story moves along, but some sort of explanation is required. that didn't happen here. it makes me feel like I am fumbling in the dark. do not dig it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24220)
    Performance
    (22245)
    Story
    (22254)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "surprising and entertaining"
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    I bought this based solely on the reviews, and I am delighted that I did. It is unexpected and treat to listen to. I am not a big fan of technical talk, and I my eyes did glaze over at a couple points. But I came back when I wasn't driving, and managed to get past those parts, lol.

    extremely well written, the character is totally likeable, the prose well structured. One of the reviewers was lamenting the fact that so many obstacles were encountered. I have to say that yes, there were a lot of obstacles, but in reality, wouldn't there be? A manned mission to Mars? bound to be a ton of unforeseen stuff. the story is original, and I will be eagerly anticipating mr weir's next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "classic, enjoyable davenport"
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    somehow I missed this one. back int he day, i read these books like crazy. love the cast and crew. began listening to the latest ones, about a year ago. at some point figured out that I missed the one where letty is introduced. glad I went back and found it.

    I'm not a fan of the narrator. i do not care for his delivery, nor the way he seems to suck all the teasing and humor from the text. I don't know if it is just me, but when I read these, there is a wry and sly humor to lots of the interactions, and that is missing from the narrators delivery.

    As solid entry into the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5620)
    Performance
    (3585)
    Story
    (3587)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "main character is hard going"
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    overall i enjoyed this book and will try the next one. the author has a love for words and a nice lyrical quality to her writing. In this particular book, the main character is completely unlikable. i understand the need to create drama and compromising situations, but books in which a supposedly "intelligent" character makes improbable mistakes in judgement are difficult for me to forgive.

    The supporting cast are very good, especially the sister, the partner and the sub-partner. it's a believable storyline, although i deduced the culprit early on. No spoilers but if you are a fan of detective dramas, and have read say 20 decent ones, you too will figure it out early on.

    despite all that, it is a good read/listen. i am eager to see if the quality improves when the main character is not this damaged, jerkish man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1495)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "wasted my time"
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    I have been reading these books for 20 years. I am not sure if it is me that is tired of them, or Ms. Grafton. Kinsey just never seems to move forward. In this book she makes the same bone-headed choices and lets another batch of people take outrageous advantage of her, for NO APPARENT REASON other than this book needing to words on a page. Everyone is this book is crabby, if not downright bitchy. Even henry is put out.

    So much of this book is filler. "I took out my overnight bag and set it on the counter in the bathroom. Grasping the small blue zipper tab, I pulled it to the right, revealing my toilette in miniature. So as to be prepared in the morning I removed form the bag my toothbrush, a small minty-smelling container of floss, a travel sized tube of toothpaste with a dent int he middle from previous usage, deodorant, foot powder to ward off any nasty fungus i might pick up from the grimy carpet, moisturizer, mascara..." aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhh!!!

    it is also a bit jarring to adjust to the shoehorning in of a 2000=era problem to 1988. As far as remember, bums at off ramps wasn't really an issue at that time. i just didn't find the premise believable. but maybe i'm just crabby =)

    If you are a diehard fan, then you might like it. Dietz and Cheney make appearances, wiggling their eyebrows, Kinsey does her stuff, kinda. I almost feel like Kiinsey is tired of herself too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8903)
    Performance
    (7769)
    Story
    (7791)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "horrific narrator"
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    I didn't get far. This book has b een praised for the lyricism of the writing and the poignancy of the story. Those reviews are why I purchased it. So it baffles me that the narrator was so uninspiring. He could have been reading the classified ads or perhaps the periodic table of elements. from what I did listen to, i have a feeling that this book will be better read, than listened to. jmo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1728)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "better than average installment"
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    the evil-doers are well done in this installment, and I like the introduction of the small town sheriff. I like that Lucas reverts to some of his old-school habits, which is why DearReader falls in love with the character. He's gotten a tad stodgey lately. better story than a couple of the previous books. a solid addition to a familiar series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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