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  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1203)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Another great read from Craig Johnson"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this and any of the Walt Longmire stories. I enjoy the wit of the author and just as much, the way they are read. The characters are believable and I enjoy the obviously well read author's observations. He is always self-effacing and wise at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Longmire with Henry Standing Bear as a close second.


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

    Just the Longmire series. It took me a little while, with my first read to get used to his pace, but I am there now and I always have a hard time waiting for the next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10163)
    Performance
    (9301)
    Story
    (9319)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Beautifully written, intelligent and entertaining"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Goldfinch is one of the best Audible reads so far, and I have listened to hundreds of books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theo is the main character, who throughout the book matures and develops. However, I most appreciated the wild and reckless personality of Boris, the way the book is read and especially the accents of characters like Boris add a lot to the texture of the book. Hobie is a close contender, thoughtful and gentle. I loved Andy too, so intelligent, so awkward so believable! There are no weakly developed characters. All are very much alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Very difficult to say. I will say that I listened to the last chapter of this book several times. I even bought the e-book so I could remember some of Theo's comments on what he has learned, the place of secrets in our lives, the placing of art and beauty.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the beginning of the book was slow but don't let that turn you off; you would miss the whole trip! I really appreciate an author that is capable of taking me deep into the feelings and senses of the characters. This book engages all your senses; it also makes you think.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7192)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (2986)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Fascinating and well told"
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    What did you love best about A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    I have a scientific background (medical) but my husband's background is in history. We both loved this book and the way it was told. I think anyone interested in what this planet is about will enjoy this book and you don't need a strong scientific background to understand it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Something I will always remember is a quote that explains the way the scientific community (or any other organization) receives new ideas or discoveries: "First they say it is wrong, then they say it might be right, but it is not important, and finally they credit the wrong person." Oh how true!


    Which character – as performed by Richard Matthews – was your favorite?

    The history of scientific thought is rich with wild and weird characters! It is really hard to pick. I, however, cannot help but admire the insights of Albert Einstein -- and at such a young age! (and I do not pretend to understand the theory of relativity!) at the same time, to see that he accomplished so little in his later life. He was uncomfortable with quantum mechanics (who wouldn't be) and wasted the rest of his life trying to discredit it. How much did we miss?


    Any additional comments?

    The author explains just how unlikely we are to be here, and how brief our existence has been, and is likely to be. He describes it as being on a razor's edge. It makes me feel so fortunate to be given a life on this little blue planet! And how slim are the chances that we are here at all?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (2962)
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    (2977)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Another great story with an ethical dilema"
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    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Intense. Troubling...


    What other book might you compare The Storyteller to and why?

    I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "A Beautiful, Sad story Well Told"
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    Where does Ordinary Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is hard to compare this book with most of the books I have read. It is basically a story of a family in a small town that experiences a terrible tragedy. The characters flow from there. I read a lot of mysteries and some human interest dramas. This is really both and is guaranteed to keep the readers interest.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot and character development were excellent. The story is told in the eyes of a boy and is told in a way that feels appropriate. The characters are not perfect. They are human in every way. From the very beginning of the book I was hooked. At no time could I predict the outcome until the very end. I especially appreciate how well the story is read with each voice distinct and real. I should add that spirituality or religion has a large peace in this book but it does not come off preachy. I am not a religious person but this book was not at all offensive in that regard.


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

    No, but I will be watching for him in other books.


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

    If I answered that, I think I would give too much away!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (640)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "One of Burke's best -- and they are all great!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tin Roof Blowdown to be better than the print version?

    Probably, but I read a lot of Burke as well. He is one of the America's best contemporary authors. I enjoy his ability to engage all your senses. He make you feel the breeze, see the bayou and smell the leaves. He puts your whole body and all your senses into the book. The added flavor of New Orleans and the voices make all his books resonate. Will Patton adds a lot. He makes the characters really come to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tin Roof Blowdown?

    The descriptions of what it was really like during Katrina and the despirate reality for those left behind.


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

    I have listened to several of the Robicheaux novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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