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Melissa

Houston, TX, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • To the Death

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    When a terrorist bomb explodes in Boston's Logan Airport, Admiral Arnold Morgan, the president's most trusted advisor, moves quickly to break the cell in the United States and ship the Islamic fanatics to Guantanamo Bay. In response, the Hamas high command, meeting in Gaza, hatches a vicious plan to assassinate the admiral the minute he leaves the United States. Desperate to protect the admiral at all costs, the president must summon the most dangerous Navy Seal team that the USA has to offer.

    Charles says: "To the Death"
    "One long, unbroken cliche"
    Overall

    I've read a lot of the Patrick Robinson suspense books and enjoyed them all, until now. At the end of "To the Death" he retires Admiral Morgan. If this story is any indication, it's high time. I don't know how the author managed to work in as many cliches and cliched events, but it was unbelievably corny. I probably will not take a chance on any more of the Robinson works for a while. Save your credits and use them on something else.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (686)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Jean says: "The fight for the middle class"
    "She's like me, I wish I were like her."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elizabeth Warren tells her own story, which is so like many of ours. Born and raised in small towns with working parents who did all they could to give us a better life. My parents, like hers, succeeded in setting me on my path. I just wish I had been as effective in working for others as she has been.

    Although she is not a professional narrator (like Barbara Rosenblat, my favorite), hearing her read her own story in her own voice was a pleasure. I grew up in Texas so the Oklahoma accent sounds good to my ears. I appreciated the genuine emotion that she was able to show, especially when talking about her children and family, including Otis. She gives a level of detail that does not become tedious, and a strength of personality that does not become overbearing.

    Stay the course, Sen. Warren. We need you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: Mitford Years, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (348)

    After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

    Sara says: "Mitford Changes With The Times"
    "Thank goodness John McDonough is back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good?

    The story is as good as the others in the Mitford series and having John McDonough back as the voice of Father Tim is the best part.


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

    Love his style. He portrays all of the characters well. You never have to guess which character is speaking and he is particularly identifiable in this series as Father Tim.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (151)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "Still Hooked on Anna Pigeon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Burn the most enjoyable?

    Story is compelling. Never tire of this series. Just wish Barbara Rosenblat were reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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