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MEMcL

Carlsbad, CA | Member Since 2003

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  • 50 reviews
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  • 73 purchased in 2014
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  • Worst Fears Realized

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Stone and his ex-partner, Dino, are facing every policeman's worst fear: the people close to them are being murdered, probably by someone the two of them sent to prison in the past. To complicate matters, Stone finds himself involved in a distracting relationship with a woman who may be as dangerous as she is beautiful. As the body count multiplies, Stone and Dino race against time to find clues to the brilliant killer's identity.

    MEMcL says: "A good listen"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    This wasn't a great book, but a very pleasant one to listen to. The reader was excellent and the story really held my interest. I found myself looking for periods of quiet time to listen to the next chapter. So, all in all, it was worthwhile.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "A very well-done book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a "special" on Audible, and when I started to read it, I wasn't sure that I would like it. After all, the description of the book pretty much tells the whole story. Except that it doesn't.

    The writing by Steve Lopez is so non-judgemental of this musical prodigy. He is able to describe in a very benign manner the oft bizarre Nathaniel Ayres and his life living on the streets of LA and coping with schizophrenia, somehow making sense of his behavior. It was touching and insightful, and a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1063)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "I loved this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, I could listen to anything that George Guidall narrates, and Suzanne Toren was excellent also. It was a touching story, and although I usually find reading about the Holocaust difficult, the story was not maudlin and guided by relationships. The sense of what was lost was so poignant and believable, and the ability to persevere through life bravely illustrated. Very well written and with good human insights. I was sorry to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gloria Gaynor, Sue Carswell
    • Narrated By Gloria Gaynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Gloria Gaynor’s number-one hit single "I Will Survive" debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum. Over three decades later, it still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere. Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Here, she shares 40 of those inspirational, true stories.

    Linda Lou says: "Hmmmmm.......? NO!"
    "A Lovely, inspirational experience."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is unlike any book I have listened to, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gloria Gaynor's reading of it was wonderful...I could listen to her voice all day. It was filled with wonder, and not at all preachy. The stories were stories of overcoming a life's sadness or tragedy, but I didn't find them maudlin or depressing, but inspiring in overcoming some pretty overwhelming circumstances. It was fast-paced and I was sorry to see it end. A worthwhile and memorable listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1042)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Hang in there!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not only did I not like the narrator, he made me mad! I had to turn the volume way up to be able to decipher the mumbling, uninflected reading. I nearly gave up on it a number of times.

    But, I continued, and found it to be a sensitive, interesting portrayal of an impossible family situation. The characters were, for the most part, well-drawn and depicted. The ending is a tear-jerker, and I wept for all the losses and poignant dilemmas. The book did move me, and was well written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5759)
    Performance
    (4985)
    Story
    (4979)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "I guess that I missed the point."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After a series of very enjoyable listens, I read the reviews for this book and thought that it sounded good. Despite a number of starts and stops, I just could not engender any interest in the story. I kept thinking that it would get better, but for me, it did not. I gave up just into the second part.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    bluebelle says: "My Favorite Book!"
    "I am obsessed with this series, and this author!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to my first book by this author, and didn't realize that it was the second in a series of three books. (Shadow of the Wind; The Prisoner of Heaven; The Angel's Game) The Spanish names of streets and characters can be confusing at first. But, I love the use of language and beautifully crafted dialogue, as well as the complicated plot. So, I started over, and read all three in the right order.

    There are many questions to be answered, and I found myself going back and listening to previous chapters. The intricate story web is not to be taken lightly, and the characters are so finely drawn, and with wise observations of human nature sprinkled in. What a joy it was to read, and reread these books! I plan to let it rest for a few months and then listen to all three all over again. I know that there are nuggets in there that I missed this time. It was kind of like reading the Count of Monte Christo, or the Man in the Iron Mask. Weighty, wonderful literature and skilled story telling.

    All three books were read by different narrators, but each was wonderful. Of all the Audible Books that I have listened to over the years, this is my favorite and most admired series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prisoner of Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (147)

    Internationally acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed.

    MissSusie66 says: "Brings together the stories from previous 2 books"
    "I am obsessed with this series, and this author!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to my first book by this author, and didn't realize that it was the second in a series of three books. (Shadow of the Wind; The Prisoner of Heaven; The Angel's Game) The Spanish names of streets and characters can be confusing at first. But, I love the use of language and beautifully crafted dialogue, as well as the complicated plot. So, I started over, and read all three in the right order.

    There are many questions to be answered, and I found myself going back and listening to previous chapters. The intricate story web is not to be taken lightly, and the characters are so finely drawn, and with wise observations of human nature sprinkled in. What a joy it was to read, and reread these books! I plan to let it rest for a few months and then listen to all three all over again. I know that there are nuggets in there that I missed this time. It was kind of like reading the Count of Monte Christo, or the Man in the Iron Mask. Weighty, wonderful literature and skilled story telling.

    All three books were read by different narrators, but each was wonderful. Of all the Audible Books that I have listened to over the years, this is my favorite and most admired series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (708)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "I am obsessed with this series, and this author!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to my first book by this author, and didn't realize that it was the second in a series of three books. (Shadow of the Wind; The Prisoner of Heaven; The Angel's Game) The Spanish names of streets and characters can be confusing at first. But, I love the use of language and beautifully crafted dialogue, as well as the complicated plot. So, I started over, and read all three in the right order.

    There are many questions to be answered, and I found myself going back and listening to previous chapters. The intricate story web is not to be taken lightly, and the characters are so finely drawn, and with wise observations of human nature sprinkled in. What a joy it was to read, and reread these books! I plan to let it rest for a few months and then listen to all three all over again. I know that there are nuggets in there that I missed this time. It was kind of like reading the Count of Monte Christo, or the Man in the Iron Mask. Weighty, wonderful literature and skilled story telling.

    All three books were read by different narrators, but each was wonderful. Of all the Audible Books that I have listened to over the years, this is my favorite and most admired series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1684)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "I can't wait for the next book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Conflict of Interest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is such a well-crafted plot. It kept me guessing for the whole book. I loved the reader and went to the Audiobook website to try to find another book read by David LeDoux, but most of them are short stories, or science fiction. Not my cup of tea. But, in my opinion, both the author and the reader are first-rate, and I will watch for further offerings by either of them. I did see that Amazon has a new book by Mizner available for pre-order that will come out in May. I hope that it has the same narrator, and that it will be available as soon as published.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1121)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "My favorite Daniel Silva book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am about to do something that I have never done. I finished "Fallen Angel" this morning, and I am about to start it all over again. George Guidall was a wonderful narrator (as always), and I felt as if I was just eavesdropping in on conversations.

    Now, that I have the plot and storyline down, I want to go back and listen for all of the wonderful details and historical facts in Rome and Israel and other European settings in the book. Silva's writing is so colorful and descriptive and interesting, and this time through, I can concentrate on that.

    Overall, a wonderful book!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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