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LB in Dallas

marlin515

Dallas, Tx United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (485)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Linda says: "Misled by description"
    "Not much about Philomena"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    More about politics and gay lifestyle and rights than about a mother's search for her son. Very little is said about her after the adoption.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Sixsmith again?

    Maybe, the book title had not much to do with the story but some parts were interesting.


    Have you listened to any of John Curless’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his voice and narratopn.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Man: Jason Kolarich, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    The 24-hour news cycle is abuzz when the police arrest homeless Iraq war veteran Mike Stoller for the murder of a young paralegal on her way home from night-school class. Stoller doesn't deny killing the woman, but his post-traumatic stress disorder is so bad that he has no real memory of that night. Jason Kolarich agrees to take the case only weeks before trial, and realizes that, unlikely as it seems, his client is probably innocent. The murdered paralegal had been tracing a money trail leading to terrorists.

    Lannette says: "Best one ever! Love this author!! Buy this book!!"
    "Good Mystery Writing"
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    If you could sum up The Wrong Man in three words, what would they be?

    Good Mystery Writing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I liked the way the story developed as various layers of the story were revealed.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the narrator but had a bit of trouble hearing the characters that talked in a whisper.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Below Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 10th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April - or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?

    itinerant says: "starting to fray"
    "Fact Checker and Continuity Editor Needed"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or David Chandler?

    Sure, love most of the books.


    What could C.J. Box have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I started listening just as we finished a trip in our motorhome so the poorly researched RV information 5 minutes into the book grated on my nerves. Motorhomes are driven 5,000 - 10,000 miles to year with the average closer to 5k. No one would buy a Fleetwood to drive 80,000 miles in a year, that might be more realistic for a charter tour bus or a city bus which would be on a much more upscale chassis. Fleetwood's highest end model sells for 1/2 the price mentioned. Anchorage Alaska to Key West Florida is 5,200 miles so the 65 year old retired farmer character in the book would do the equivalent of 8 round trips between those 2 cities per year? Not believable. Typically a motorhome of that size is driven from one RV park to the next with a car in tow that is used for local trips to the grocery.
    Tour busses and high end luxury motorhomes are built on something like a Prevost chassis which starts at about a million dollars.
    There are some continuity issues as well with this book from previous books.


    What aspect of David Chandler’s performance would you have changed?

    He was fine, no change needed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, movies are rarely as good as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't start off a book with such poorly researched subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    A Wicked Old Lady from Boston says: "Incredible"
    "A Fun Trip Back"
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    Where does Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say but a really pleasant read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the years I lived in Sarasota! This was like a trip down memory lane for me. I loved following along the roads I knew so well. I had a Siamese cat from Nokomis who had kittens, one of whom was named Ghost by my friend in Tampa who adopted her, so I found it funny there was a cat with the same name.


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Great voice for the characters. Can't imagine anyone doing it better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Crime wave in Sarasota, Florida!!
    Seriously, one book has more crime than the average year in Sarasota, Siesta Key hardly had enough going on to make the Herald.


    Any additional comments?

    Why isn't the whole series in audible format? It should be. I'm having to download the rest to Kindle and actually wear out my eyes reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Catskill Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns and murder.

    diana121 says: "Spencer and Hawk"
    "The Basic Premise was Bad & Couldn't be Overcome"
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    What disappointed you about A Catskill Eagle?

    None of the behaviors of Spenser or Susan made any sense based on the development of said characters in other books by the author. For example: Susan says something like "He is a violent man but would never be violent to me." It just doesn't sound like something the character, a future shrink, should say.


    Would you recommend A Catskill Eagle to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only buy if it's on sale really cheap.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A bit less monotone melodrama would be nice.


    What character would you cut from A Catskill Eagle?

    Susan could be cut from this one and Spenser and Hawk could chase bad guys and it would be better.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (876)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Totally Original, One of a Kind Lady"
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    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Penny is one of a kind, can't compare her book to anyone else's. She is no B.S. honest and sincere. I love her fearlessness in her business dealings. She is more candid than most of us could ever be.


    Have you listened to any of Penny Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There was a lot of Penny in Laverne. Many of her stories sounded like things Laverne could have pulled off.


    Any additional comments?

    Her airport security story was pretty funny. Some people are so unique they shouldn't need an ID to get through security.
    I was impressed with the value she places on frends and family and the joy she finds in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Blixen
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

    Mark says: "Transported there"
    "Not loving the narrator"
    Overall

    I wish Meryl Streep had read this as her voice was more compelling in the movie than is this version. One of the few times I enjoyed reading a book much more than listening to it and I listen to quite a few. I could read it better. It is a great book, get a copy and read it yourself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (476)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    An interesting book describing ranching life in early Arizona, before air conditioning. Having previously read Glass Castle, I found this was an interesting look at the lives that shaped the author's mother, and gave a more sympathetic view of Rosemary. An interesting read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (398)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Patchwork quilt in need of repair"
    Overall

    I too feel this is a stitched together story made from unfinished leftovers. It felt disjointed as though some unpublished work was thrown together to make a book. Some segments were well developed and good reading but didn't mesh will with other parts of the story. I only hope this is just cleaning off the shelves in preparation for a new and better book by Mr.Conroy because he can write some great stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    When Sheriff Paul Davidson proposes marriage to Anna Pigeon, he doesn't get the reaction a man might hope for. Intrepid park ranger Anna runs all the way to the furthest scrape of American ground not found in Alaska or Hawaii. How's that for a no? Anna takes a new post as temporary supervisory ranger in Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West. Dry Tortugas is the site of the former prison for Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War.

    LB in Dallas says: "Back story is boring!!"
    "Back story is boring!!"
    Overall

    Most of the Nevada Barr books impart some interesting information about the parks she uses as her backdrop. This one covers the Dry Tortugas off the south west coast of Florida. The Civil War era flash back story is dull and interrups the suspense of the current day story which would otherwise be pretty good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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