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  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "What a sweet read"
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    This book is beautifully written and performed. The story is wonderful and has the feel of clearly depicting a time gone by. There were times I laughed out loud. The characters had life and I was interested in them and their lives.

    If you have never read Doig before, this is a great first read. You'll be hooked.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (938)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Not so good"
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    The writing style is not prose and yet not poetry so it fails on both fronts. Interesting Dystopian situation, fun that it takes place in Colorado and some on the Western Slope.
    It takes way too long to work though so small a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Antiquarian

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gustavo Faveron Patriau, Joseph Mulligan (translator)
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Three years have passed since Gustavo, a renowned psycholinguist, last spoke to his closest friend, Daniel, who's been interned in a psychiatric ward for murdering his fiancée. When Daniel unexpectedly calls to confess the truth behind the crime, Gustavo's long-buried loyalty resurfaces and draws him into the center of a quixotic, unconventional investigation. While Daniel reveals his unsettling story through fragments of fables, novels, and historical allusions, Gustavo begins to retrace the past for clues.

    Laura says: "Amazing story- Great read"
    "Amazing story- Great read"
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    This is an amazing book- full of stories that dovetail into the main plot. Much to think about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    "John Waters Rocks!"
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    I was not as interested in his imaginary "best" and "worst" trips- bit his actual trip was a fantastic read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Hollymobu says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Long, long"
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    Very interesting concept- How would humans live in a world with no sun? What native life would evolve in that environment? This book is about twice as long as needed- It's repetitive, repetitive and 20 hours long,long!
    Where are the men? The population seems to be women, old men and adolescent boys & girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (340)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "My first and last Nesbo"
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    What an absurd conclusion- *Plot Warning* The main character (cop) sends his *girlfriend* into a "sting" operation with a serial killer and rapist... Oh, and the police chief authorizes the operation? I don’t think so!

    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
    (7632)
    Performance
    (7263)
    Story
    (7274)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Technical survival manual - No Fun!"
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    This book is great if you are into the technical aspects of survival - how many square feet of soil is necessary to grow a potato... How many liters of liquid oxygen to stay alive for X length of time... All the calculations when something goes wrong. There is very little story and lots of technical detail- No fun!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Country

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Willard Wyman
    • Narrated By Ken Marks
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A wrangler for some 40 years, Willard Wyman landed two Spur Awards for High Country as Best Novel of the West and Best First Novel. Little more than a boy, Ty Hardin is apprenticed to a legendary packer even as the Great Depression takes its toll on American families. >High Country follows Ty through his packing apprenticeship and into World War II.

    John says: "A very enjoyable listen! One of my favorites."
    "The Last Great Mountain Man"
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    Ken Marks is perfect for the narration- the way he carefully pronounces "t" when it is at the end of a word- has the sound of one of the Westerners of whom he speaks.

    You have to fall, at least a little, in love with Ty Hardin. His country, his mules and his life.

    This is a great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relation of My Imprisonment: A Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of fait all true believers must endure.

    Laura says: "Russell Banks Rocks!"
    "Russell Banks Rocks!"
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    Ah, the surety of the religiously devout! Banks nails this story and concludes with hilarity. One of the greatest modern writers here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gun Seller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hugh Laurie
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

    connie says: "May he write on!"
    "He's a better actor than author."
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    Laurie is a much better actor than author- I'd prefer if he would read books- he has a great voice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (682)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "BORING!"
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    This book is slow and dull- the author tells us whats going on then again then again, then explains it again- I couldn't get through it- made it to the second half and was still facing ~ 6 more hours!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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