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Patti

i buy at least one hundred books a year. of all types. just want a good story with a good reader. not so complicated.

Bolton, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 ratings
  • 1299 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
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  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (877)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "YIKES"
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    What would have made The Tehran Initiative better?

    It was fine in the beginning but the more Christian proselytizing the worse it was. Wish it was in another category so that I didn't waste my credit.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Do not know. But I do know that I will not look at the number of stars. I WILL read the reviews. I would have been tipped off and saved the time and money.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Robert says: "WHY THE CHANGE IN NARRATOR!!!!!?"
    "Needs another narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like to read series in order so no matter what I was going to buy this. But I was not happy.


    What didn’t you like about Buck Schirner’s performance?

    I don't like him like I don't like Dick Hill. Other people do, Its a matter of taste. Why the switch from David Chandler. I don't understand why the publishing company decides that in a series there should be different narrators. Maybe they don't listen to books so they don't get it. You get used to the way characters are read and the change is painful.


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

    No


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby Town: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (210)

    Hollywood's newest wunderkind is Peter Alan Nelson, the brilliant, erratic director known as the King of Adventure. His films make billions, but his manners make enemies. What the boy king wants, he gets, and what Nelson wants is for Elvis Cole to comb the country for the airhead wife and infant child the film-school flunkout dumped en route to becoming the third biggest filmmaker in America.

    J. says: "Nice Elvis Cole story"
    "It's hard to get past a narrator"
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    What did you like best about Lullaby Town? What did you like least?

    I'm not sure that I can really comment on the book. I can't get past the reader. Bought Lullaby Town so that I could listen to all of the series but the narrator sounds so much like Dick Hill. I just finished returning all the books I have bought narrated by him as his narration grates on me. Don't know if I will get through this one. I have to read it instead.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sounding like Dick Hill.


    Do you think Lullaby Town needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a follow up book read by the same man. I have already bought it but may have to return. I usually listen to a book straight through. I am having trouble listening for more than 30 minutes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3563)
    Story
    (3588)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "I have waited for a long time for this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This may be one of my favorite books of all time. Been asking Audible for it for years. I would highly recommend The Handmaid's Tale to everyone who loves books. So well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing. The writing. The narration. The narration.


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

    I can't find anything else she has read. Would listen to anything that she has though. Just told a friend that she is one of best narrators I have heard.


    If you could take any character from The Handmaid's Tale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Of Fred. And I don't really know why. I found her so multidimensional that it would be interesting to ask her questions.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16058)
    Performance
    (13327)
    Story
    (13953)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "The narrator is terrible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't really know about the book. Could not get past the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded like she should be reading to children.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give me my credit back. I could only get through five minutes. Should have listened to sample.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (704)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "a waste of a credit"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was hoping that this would be great. Michael Crichton's last book and all. I read all the reviews and thought what the hell. I cannot finish this drivel.


    Has Micro turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What character would you cut from Micro?

    they are all pretty bad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (587)

    A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

    Cidney says: "Who is Crew?"
    "expected more"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a better story line. i need to connect with a least one character when i read a book. it was impossible with this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    don't know


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gideon's Corpse?

    the whole book was a failure


    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2039)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1556)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Ok but was expecting more about SEAL activities"
    Overall

    I was hoping that this book would really explain what it was to be a SEAL. Wasn't really interested in his personal life. May be the right book for someone else, especially a Christian who won't mind the "life lesson" in the second half.

    14 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1633)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Maybe the best book I have ever listened to"
    Overall

    I read the reviews of other and decided to buy this book. One of the best things I have ever done. The book itself is great but the narrator adds another dimension. I was really sorry when it was over. Now looking for another listen but after Shantaram, nothing seems as compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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