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Noreen

WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
    "Shorts are Super!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! An excellent variety of stories I would not have read otherwise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every story had an outstanding reader, even if the story was not my style, all stories were entertaining and thought provoking.


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

    Everything!


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

    Story-time shorts are super!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7931)
    Performance
    (7151)
    Story
    (7148)

    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)"
    "Bravo John Grisham"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Michael Beck is so fantastic! The story is fantastic! I couldn't stop listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Judge. Of course I loved Letty and our hero attorney, noble and idealistic. The Judge wanted to use his power to heal the families and make things speedy and right.


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

    Oh yes! He is always a treat!


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

    A marvelous mystery, history, family drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1116)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Fallen Angel Crashes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    Not if they are all like this one. George is a wonderful reader. I have heard him on other books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funny, plausible, bio, but no more ridiculous combinations of terrorists, church type back drops and of course a murder where our hero saves the world. OMG!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes, he is a pro!


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    The stupid terrorist who thinks he can tunnel under the Dome of the Rock, just to blow it up. INSANE!


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the TRUE facts at the end of the story. But come on! Either tell the true story, or just take ONE aspect and make up a good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5503)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3468)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Art of Racing in The Rain"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I got bored.


    What could Garth Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I did not feel the tension or surprise of this story.


    What three words best describe Christopher Evan Welch’s voice?

    Convincing, pleasant, tonal.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was going to be more "Marley & Me" or "Lassie". But after awhile I lost interest in the canine/human relationships.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2278)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1932)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Broken Harbor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    The parallells of the life of the detective Mike Kennedy's personal Broken Harbor and the crimes committed there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    The interview of the best friend, and the detectives trying to piece together evidence of the crime.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The second interview with the wife in the hospital. So full of tension.


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

    "Broken Harbor" Can detective Mike Kennedy solve a clase so close to home, that may undo him?


    Any additional comments?

    Such brilliant parallells of mental, emotional, social and personal brokenness. Tana French is a great story teller! On the edge of my seat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1349)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "The Snowman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Robin Sachs?

    Maybe, as long as it is NOT a serial killer book. No redeeming value to this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    The children.


    Do you think The Snowman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO. I was left disappointed. Best left alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Very confusing at first. I didn't know I needed to take notes to keep track of characters, when I don't usually have to. It may have been the names are hard to remember because they are Norwegian. This is NOT anything like "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". I took 2/3 into the book to finally get hooked. I almost gave up after the scene in the forest. I vow to never read another serial killer book. No redeeming value.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Polar Star: No Hunt for Red October"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Martin Cruz Smith and/or Frank Muller?

    Maybe


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Fishing Industry of the Soviets was most interesting. The least interesting was some of the villans.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Good characters. Good voice.


    Do you think Polar Star needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could. I was expecting a little more intrigue like Gorky Park.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Einstein His Life & Universe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The performance by Edward Herrmann is so perfect.
    He is such an important person, and his story is so inspiring.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have no interest in physics or higher math. This is story of a great scientist and humanitarian.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The letters and piecing his life together is fascinating!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing! Superb!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7170)
    Performance
    (6242)
    Story
    (6222)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Witness"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    Maybe. This was very good. Not so for another Nora Roberts book which I didn't like.


    Would you recommend The Witness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


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

    Good reader.


    Do you think The Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could indeed. But it was ok where it ended.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eureka: A Free Story from 'The Last Girlfriend on Earth'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Simon Rich
    • Narrated By Simon Rich
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (242)

    The stories in Simon Rich's new book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications - losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it - and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor, and just in time for Valentine's Day, the story “Eureka” takes listeners for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

    Jean says: "a waste of time"
    "Eureka: "Last Girlfriend""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well for a three minute teaser, it was very good. However I did not run out and order it. I could have gotten into it, but found others I really wanted to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3517)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1919)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Faithful Place"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Faithful Place again? Why?

    Yes! Such a good story! And I am looking forward to others by Tana French


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

    Yes! The mystery, the family, the back story. ALL GREAT!


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Our detective, Frank Mackey of course. But ALL the characters were so real. I felt so bad for the parents, the families stuck in the old neighborhood, not able to get out of a poor neighborhood. I loved Frank's answers to his little girl's questions about the family, and life in general.


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

    Outstanding! It touched on many emotions and levels of family dynamics.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Job! A great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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