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I am a commercial artist working in my studio in central Virginia. Audible keeps me company and extends my painting hours.

Buckingham, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 11 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 876 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Beyond Boring..."

    I am an open minded listener with eclectic taste. I also use audio books as company while I work, (painting) and play, (treadmill at the gym). I pride myself on finishing every one, sometimes to the bitter end. This time, I am almost to the end of the first downloaded section, AND my rope! It is a good thing my current project is interesting because this book, to put it mildly, is not. The phrase, " Who Cares?" keeps running through my head. If, by some miracle, it improves in the next section, I will come back and write a retraction; however, the chance of that looks bleak. Not my cup of tea.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Moderately entertaining."

    I have not finished this book, but I feel compelled to comment on the glaring grammatical errors. I do not remember so many in Tom Clancy's books. Many of my favorite authors make them and I fear that English grammar rules are not taught anymore. At any rate, they are not being observed. Some people say, "what does it matter if the meaning is communicated?" I believe it matters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Best Grisham Yet!"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    As in all of John Grisham's stories, the "Sense of Place". He nails the ambiance of rural Mississippi and the interaction of the characters to a T.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Loved the courtroom interaction.

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

    The soft and lovely accents. He handles them beautifully.

    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham knows how to tell a story. The only other author I love as much is the late Bryce Courtenay.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "Very mixed feelings"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    On the whole, yes. The story itself was quite good. The grammar and syntax were atrocious. There was a lot of repetition and calling the main character, "the man" was quite tiresome.

    What three words best describe Jonathan Yen’s voice?


    Could you see Joshua being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "Oddy has "Jumped the Shark""
    What disappointed you about Deeply Odd?

    The original character in books 1 - 3, was delightful and compelling. Since then, in an effort to introduce new adventures, Mr. Koontz has lost the magic. I am only listening because I purchased the book.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't have a clue

    What aspect of David Aaron Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. I think he does an admirable job.

    What character would you cut from Deeply Odd?

    Can't imagine that would help.

    Any additional comments?

    The scene in the warehouse stairwell stands out as incredibly mind-numbing. I am absolutely at a loss for words to describe how bad this book is.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Saved by Scott Brick ( Sort of!)"

    I could listen to Scott Brick read the local phone directory. Unfortunately, that is about how interesting I found this book. In spite of dashing back and forth between locations and characters, the author failed to arouse any suspense or excitement in me. I generally knew what was going to happen next and simply waited for the inevitable. The characters were one dimensional and I really didn't care what happened to them.The plot was tiresome and I am sorry I wasted a credit.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • When the Killing’s Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    A User says: "Worth the effort"

    I have not finished listening, but am already distracted because someone didn't proofread or check the continuity. Anise went up the courthouse steps in "all white, down to her red vinyl boots..". and a few minutes later, Dave was ranting about why she was dressed all in black. Must have done a switch in the loo!
    That said, I found the subject interesting but it is not a book I would listen to again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Lee says: "Disappointed"
    "I'm So Depressed..."

    and I haven't even finished! Apparently, I am not the only one. I don't know if the reader contributes to the "darkness", but I believe it is mainly the writing. I hope Ms. Cornwell has not "jumped the shark" with the series. Sorry I used a credit on this one. Psychoanalysis seems to have replaced forensics or at least pushed it to the side.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

    Amazon Customer says: "B O R I N G!!!!"
    "S is for Sorry..."

    I have eagerly awaited each Kinsey adventure, as has my husband. We were both disappointed. While Ms. Grafton's style and character development were excellent as usual, the plot left much to be desired. I thought the ending came out of Left Field and was almost an anti-climax. I am sure the tedious and boring work of a PI is very much like this book; however, it doesn't make for a very enjoyable listen. The talent of the reader goes without saying. She is always superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Maps

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Spiegelman
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John March is a former cop now working as a P.I. in Manhattan. Haunted by his past, work is what keeps him sane, but his current case threatens to have the opposite effect. It involves an attempted extortion; an investment banker with some serious skeletons in his closet; and a money launderer diabolically adept at both psychological and physical intimidation.

    Jerry says: "Incredibly mixed bag, this one..."
    "Mixed Reaction"

    I usually choose male authors for the simple reason that women have a tendency to overdo their description. Part of the enjoyment of listening is using one's imagination to create scenes and characters in the mind. This author was able to sustain my interest with the intricate plot, but he described in minute detail every interior, article of clothing, and physical characteristic. Even in the most dire circumstances and exciting action, he stopped to mention what everyone was wearing. If this is a first novel, I certainly hope Mr. Speigleman writes more books, but learns to leave something for the listener to visualize.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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