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ME In Tx

HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "Not the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer (editor) and/or the narrators?

    Like Brad Meltzer but this compilation wasn't as good as most of the Mystery Writers selections. Disappointing.


    Would you recommend Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Just not that entertaining,


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    With this much variety, there were some really good and some not so much!


    Was Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box worth the listening time?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The compilations I have read before have been great! This one was kind of blah.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World and Town: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gish Jen
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius, daughter of an American missionary, has lived to see both her husband and her best friend die back-to-back in a single year. But two years later, it’s time for Hattie to start over. She moves to a small New England town where she is soon joined by a Cambodian American family and an ex-lover—now a retired neuroscientist—all of them looking for their own new lives.

    ME In Tx says: "Nothing like the descriptive!"
    "Nothing like the descriptive!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are looking for religion bashing ~ this one's for you!


    Has World and Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will stick with better trusted authors. I always want to read new authors in the genres I enjoy. This one didn't do it.


    What three words best describe Janet Song’s voice?

    Realistic, believable, pleasant


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from World and Town?

    Just the whole premise of the book!


    Any additional comments?

    It is SOOO disappointing to read the description of the book and then it is nothing like the sales pitch. The characters in this book spend the time questioning the "church lady" and her intentions in befriending the young character. She influences her to burn down a building, lie to everyone, point suspicions at others. Then the question is asked about the young girl, "Is she becoming a creationist?" Horrors!!! There are enough religion bashing books who proclaim to do just that. We don't need these closet ones who take the money and sell a bill of goods.
    I really wish I could get my money back!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1088)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela J says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "SOOOO disappointed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    WOW when did Amy Tan start writing porn?
    I wait and wait for her next book BUT this one was not worth the wait! So disappointing.


    What was most disappointing about Amy Tan’s story?

    Graphic, gratuitous sex all through the book.


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

    Disappointment for me. Sadness for her.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give more of a preview on books when trying to sell to us!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1256)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "RIP Bryce Courtney"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Persimmon Tree the most enjoyable?

    Humphrey Bower brings such life to each character, you forget it is being read by one person! As usual, Bryce Courtney has written a memorable book that I look forward to
    reading again! (After I finish ALL his books)


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

    EVERYTHING!


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

    The beach scene!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am so sad Bryce Courtney died recently ~ I do so look forward to reading his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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