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Pamela

Beckley, WV, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed The Company, you'll love The Amateur. Both books are well-written and excellently narrated. Shorter than The Company, but long enough for hours of entertainment.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Making the Puritans, purely delightful"
    Overall

    This is not my normal type of book, but I saw Sarah Vowell on John Stewart's The Daily Show and thought I would give it a try. Ms. Vowell's ironic twist on the world of today and the world of the past made me laugh and think. Ms. Vowell reads her own work which makes it even better. Who else could deliver her words with the proper touch of humor mixed with history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Burke Never Fails to Please"
    Overall

    As usual, many intriging characters and a twisted plot. The troublesome Bobsy Twins from Louisana are at it again. James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave and Clete are wonderful characters. I thought Tin Roof Blowdown would be his best, but maybe not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CrazyBusy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Edward Hallowell
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.

    Pamela says: "Crazy Busy-Nothing New"
    "Crazy Busy-Nothing New"
    Overall

    Edward Hallowell, an expert in ADD, tries in this book to broaden his horizons to include the rest of the world. I am ADD, have loved all Hallowell's previous books and found a lot of good information in them. In this one, I found a description of our "crazy busy" world built on a lot of Hallowell-created terms and little helpful information.
    If your goal is to understand our modern world or to assure yourself that you are no crazier than the rest of us, this books is for you. If you are looking for practical suggestions to get control of the madness, they are there, if you have the patience to wade through the description to get to them, but they are nothing more than common sense. If you are ADD this book is not for you.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2984)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (992)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "More of a demon than an angel"
    Overall

    I love Dan Brown's other books. This one is just not up to par. The number of times the main character "almost" dies gets pretty silly. Really! While marooned on a drifting iceberg, she beats an SOS with her ice axe and gets rescued by a passing submarine. After that, I started cheering for the "bad guys".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Anne Murphy is smart, gorgeous, and young, the red-headed rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates. She leaves town for Fourth of July weekend to prepare for a high-profile trial, but when she buys her morning newspaper, her own photo is plastered all over the front page. And the headline, "Lawyer Murdered", supposedly refers to her. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive.

    Rhonda says: "Excellent book!"
    "Annoying"
    Overall

    I found myself cheering for the bad guys. I wanted anybody to kill Anne Murphy. I read the book to the end so that I could write this review. If you are really bored and this is your only choice, read it. If you are a fan of better authors (Grisham, Turrow, Evanovich) you will be disapointed in this weak, stupid, annoying heroine. It does have a nice twist at the end, if you can stand it long enough to get there.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7884)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3110)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Not waiting for the sequel"
    Overall

    When I found out that this book was written by a teenager, I was impressed. Until then I was mostly annoyed. I finished it, but I just as easily could have stopped in the middle. The similarities to Tolkein and McCaffrey bothered me, but the predictable plot and flat characters bothered me more. I won't be waiting for the sequel. One visit to this world is enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Music of the Spheres

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Redfern
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    With The Music of the Spheres, Elizabeth Redfern emerges as an evocative and elegant writer of startling power, her gifts for characterization, atmosphere, narrative, and rich moral drama marking her as a new star in her own right.

    Marilee says: "The little know world of emigre London, circa 1795"
    "A difficult book to follow"
    Overall

    Some books are easier to listen to than others. This book is difficult to follow on tape because of the French names. It is a slow start and had an only mildly satisfying ending. The characters are also difficult to relate to. I never really cared about any of them.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (2148)
    Story
    (2141)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Good company for a long time"
    Overall

    I loved this book! It kept me spellbound for many hours. This is one of my Audible favorites. I liked it so much that I bought the print version for my husband. When I get interested in a storyline, I want it to go on forever. This one almost does.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    In Pearl's stunning debut, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell join forces to catch a serial killer whose gruesome murders are modeled on the torturous punishments of Dante's Hell. "Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." (Library Journal)

    Pamela says: "Join the club"
    "Join the club"
    Overall

    If you can't get enough mysteries to fill your listening time, this one is worth a try. It's a quaint, historical, literary mystery that starts slowly, but has lots of twists and turns. Not the best I've come across, but not the worst. An interesting look a Boston in the 1800's.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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