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Nancy

United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 144 purchased in 2014
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  • No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Miranda July
    • Narrated By Miranda July
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    In a series of stories that are shocking, sexy, charming, and ultimately unforgettable, Miranda July explores the hearts and minds of characters who are desperate for human connection and yet don't know what to do when it actually happens.

    Xavier says: "One of the best"
    "Yuk"
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    This is probably the stupidest book I've ever run into. Did a publisher actually pay money for it? I'm very sorry I did!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "I've found a new author with a promising series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Actually, the title says it all in a nutshell. I had never been introduced to Brett Battles or this series. The plot moved right along, the characters were well rounded persons, and the ending, while a little predictable, was well written. As always, Scott Brick was perfection. Some will say his voice is monotonous. I would say he reads without attempting to act it out with phony, irritating inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross, a vacation to the Holy Land quickly becomes another opportunity for the rabbi to utilize his cool-headed wit. As a favor, the rabbi looks in on Jordan Goodman, son of Barnard’s Crossing’s favorite grocers. Jordan has adopted the beliefs of a fundamentalist Jewish group, and before long, he is the only suspect in a local murder.

    Nancy says: "Love this series"
    "Love this series"
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    I had read the initial day-of-the-week books in this series in hard copy many years ago. They are all gentle stories without being "Romance" novels. Since George Guidell is among my favorite five narrators I decided to give the audio version a try. I was not disappointed in either the novel or the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2313)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "What a Surprise"
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    I gave up Norah Roberts years ago thinking I was much to mature and sophisticated for "chic" books. Poppycock!
    Thiis story is the most riviting, with characters you get to know and like (or dislike), with narration that's easy on the ear, than most I have listened to recently. I think I may have to try another soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leann Sweeney
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (154)

    Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.

    Linda says: "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."
    "Too bad about the reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If it weren't for the overly saccharine, wannabe actress, I might have given this mediocre book three stars, but with my teeth aching from listening to her, I just can't do it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Gregg Gilmore
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In the latest novel from Susan Gregg Gilmore, sometimes you have to return to the place where you began to arrive at the place where you belong.

    Nancy says: "Good Grief!"
    "Good Grief!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I may never know whether this novel has any merit or not. The voice, accent, and phrasing of the narrator is so irritating I just can't listen to it. I gave it a go for nearly an hour and couldn't take it any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (795)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Surprisingly Good Listen"
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    I thought I knew Nevil Shute as a dry, humorless author. Not true in this case. The concept of this book is wonderfully imaginative, sensitively written with a good deal of tongue-in-cheek. I'm off to see what other Shute novels are available. I thank Audible for making this too tempting to resist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Nunez
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Nunez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tracing the four days from the moment she gets the call that every immigrant fears to the burial of her mother, Elizabeth Nunez tells the haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences of the 'sterner stuff' of her parents' ambitions for their children and her mother's seemingly unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use. But Nunez sympathizes with her parents.

    Nancy says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    Failed to keep my interest; you may have a different experience. I have found that authors don't always make the best narrators of their own works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of August

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anne Rivers Siddons
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

    susan says: "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Did I read the categories wrong? Pre-teen would work except for the sexual references. Young adult doesn't fit; I don't know any young adult who is immature enough for this book. Adult? None of them to be found among the "girls". I don't suppose there is a category for soppy, silly, poorly read books. Dumb is the kindest word I can find for this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (461)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Dumb and Dumber"
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    The concept of this story is really quite clever but the writing itself is awful. To say it is sophomoric would be too complimentary; juvenile is more descriptive. I won't even go into the poor grammar which I find inexcusable in a book reaching publication. Life's short, too many good books, don't waste your time with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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