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Michele

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Fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Going After Cacciato

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato, a classic novel of Vietnam, captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked that strangest of wars. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris.

    Darwin8u says: "Shadow Sculpture Built out of War's Debris"
    "Going To Sleep"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this might be a riveting novel based upon early hype. It's not. I fell asleep so much I couldn't follow the thread. You HAVE to want to listen to this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tim O'Brien again?

    Not sure.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    He didn't have anything to work with and didn't do anything to help it.


    What character would you cut from Going After Cacciato?

    That isn't the point. The book is a flop about Vietnam and the veterans who served and fought there.


    Any additional comments?

    Pick another book.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
    "I Just Can't Listen To This!"
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    I barely touched the surface. I can't listen to this and follow it...between the stupid accent that I don't need to listen to, and the difficult story line, this is a hard "read" to listen to. I'll have to get the book on my Kindle to enjoy this because I just can take it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!

    Lisa says: "Did not like the narrator"
    "Love The Series and This Narrator"
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    I just love the early Sue Grafton's and this narrator. Judy Kaye is Kinsey and I hear her voice as I read the newer books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (921)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Stick To The Real Sherlock Holmes"
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    Just like the movies, especially now...you can't beat the real thing. I tried to listen, I really did...but anything pulled me away from listening, I even cleaned the oven and listened to music instead of this.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1657)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "I Should Have Stuck to The Movie"
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    What would have made Lonesome Dove better?

    Anything...it was just really hard to listen to it....couldn't even picture things after seeing the movie.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strategic Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine's when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is "of counsel," walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone's undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they're willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner. But almost as soon as he's taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion.

    Matt says: "Skip it!"
    "What Is With This Performance?"
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    What did you like best about Strategic Moves? What did you like least?

    Typical Stuart Woods/Stone Barrington novel that doesn't disappoint in entertainment department. But to some degree I do tire of him landing on all four paws inheriting and getting million dollar checks and such.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    Not on audio if it's the same guy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tony Roberts?

    Anyone but Tony Roberts. Everyone but Dino sounded like a British aristocrat slumming in NYC and the CIA. Dino sounded like a pirate parrot from a Patrick O'Brien novel. That right there grated on me through the entire listen.


    Was Strategic Moves worth the listening time?

    That is a Yin/Yang kind of question. Thank the Audible Gods it was only 7 hours and change.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell Tony Roberts to can the pirate parrot voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1194)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "It Never Grows Old"
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    Would you listen to The Prince of Tides again? Why?

    Yes. It is a wonderful book to listen to. Pat Conroy knows how to tell a story and makes you, literally tells you, to buy an airline ticket to the low country.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of the story as Pat Conroy does with all of his work. I wait in anticipation for his next book.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He just tells the story and doesn't do gimmicky crap to force us to know he is changing characters. Too bad he has passed away.


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

    I think that's been done.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1419)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Bipolar In The Bedroom"
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    What did you love best about The Marriage Plot?

    I think it was spot on in many respects especially if you live with a depressed person.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is accurate and brings in facets of the "educated" from rich to unrich in their personal and imperfect lives.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job.


    If you could rename The Marriage Plot, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you live with a depressed person, be prepared to explore your own marriage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3043)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Run, Run Now, Don't Try to Listen"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Ann Patchett...probably Sue Grafton


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had nothing to work with.


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

    Regret for buying it


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it. It is absurd. It is unbelievable. Why would a drug company, a doctor, a

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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