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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Brava, Valentine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels, called “dazzling”* and “tiramisu for the soul,” are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

    Taryn says: "You have to understand NY Italians"
    "Not the Best of Author and Narrator"
    Overall

    Although this book was enjoyable, it did not have the "snap" her previous books have had. Like someone else said, I kept waiting for more to happen. It also seemed to recant the love woes of a teenager with Valentine's going back and forth about Jeanluca (sp?). The other parts of the book, relating to family relations, were better.

    I had to go back and see who narrated "Very Valentine" as Campbell was not at her best in this book, as well. It seemed she was always talking in a breathless, quiet "I am about to tell you a secre" voice regardless of what was being said. I don't remember it being that way in her previous narrations.

    All in all, if you like Trigiani, you will like this. And I wanted to keep up with the series. But it isn't her best work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5623)
    Performance
    (3803)
    Story
    (3811)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Difficult to Follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What I loved about this installment in the Outlander series is the variety of story lines. We are following Brianna and Roger back in modern times, Lord John and his son and family, Ian and his trials along with some new friends, and of course Claire and Jamie. What I did not like is that going back and forth, the time line did not stay consistent. It truly got difficult keeping track of what happened, especially when names from the past are brought back up.

    Davinia Porter as always does such a stupendous job narrating!!

    And lots of cliff hangers are left to start up the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
    "Not What I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my second "course." As much as I absolutely loved the first one, this course was a huge disappointment. I expected more of a literature appreciation type discussion of great titles. This, however, was the instructor just telling the story of his favorite books. Yeah, every so often he brings up his list of characteristics of why a book is great, but there is not the literary discussion I craved. His narration was animated, for sure telling a good story. But when bringing up the discussion points was awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (588)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Charming"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charming children's story. Introduction was full of praise for the author, but Iam not quite sure the story was worth all that praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Donald says: "Best Audiobook Ever"
    "Worthwhile But Lacking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is nothing to sway any real passion either way about this story. Adam was wronged with a murder trial but found innocent. The town apparently disagrees with that finding. He goes away but comes back. The twists and turns that follow are largely not believable. Or involves something that I don't care about. The explanation for why it all happened (and I won't spoil the ending) is the craziest of all. Truly good police work would have discovered some of it out. But apparently that is what this town was lacking, and that definitely includes Robin, Adam's lover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Not Bad But Not Real Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Everything about this title is mediocre. The narration is fair but male voices are significantly lacking. The storyline is good enough but has so many "Really?" type moments that is just isn't credible. It never appears as if the heroine is in danger, but the storyline just wouldn't' go that way! The characters were likable but still middle-of-road. I just wouldn't bother with title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pauline A. Chen
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering facades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace.

    Robin says: "excellent story, of chinese origin"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like ancient Chinese literature, this is a book for you. Despite the difficulty of strange names, it is easy to follow the players. Three young women's lives come together by way of family connections. Times go from plenty to poverty. The women have no power yet they are the ones to strategize their survival. Narration is well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dressmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good enough story but definitely does not rank in my top choices. Each of the characters were well developed but what wasn't developed was the relationships between each. For example, Tess becomes very loyal to Lady Duff-Gordon. That happens very quickly so I reckon that is a strong character trait of Tess's. There is no story-line to promote that loyalty. In fact, if anything, the story lines would create the opposite. None of the relationships that are developed have any explanation to them. Explanation really isn't the right word, but none other comes to mind that is any better. A good story is good because of how it comes about.

    The historical details of the story are interesting. I did not find the narration as distressing as some other reviewers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17873)
    Performance
    (15891)
    Story
    (15848)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never read anything of Mr. King's before. I doubt I will again. I was mystified with this tale in the beginning. For all the hype about the connection to the Kennedy Assassination, it took forever to see how it did connect. I won't be a "spoiler" but the book had me hooked until the end. It did drag on and on but was truly worth it ...until the climax.

    I have read several other time travel stories and this one had a very interesting twist to it that added all the more suspense and twists. The love story was delightful. The quirks of being from a different time period truly added a humorous and suspenseful dimension. He should have stuck with that. I was so disappointed by the final conclusion.

    The narration was well done. There was a little bit of Maine, not much of Texas, but great differentiation between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Despite reading reviews ahead of this purchase, I thought this would follow more along the lines of a story even if not identical to the movie by the same name. That title along with the picture do misinform people. So I am of a mixed mind about this selection. The information comes from real sources: letters and diaries (so sad this is becoming a lost art). If anything, it plays up this relationship between the royal family and speech therapist. I am sure they had a good working relationship and were very friendly, but I would not conclude that Logue "saved the British Monarchy." The narration was superb. The story so-so. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but would not make a steady diet of this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1035)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Really?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For the number of installments in this series and the praise of so many reviewers, I was so let down by this book. I couldn't get into any of the characters. McGee went back and forth, depending on what his current company said, between brute and savior. The female characters were mostly sluts but more stupid. The scene descriptions in some were so detailed but in others ...nothing. I do not need to have sexual encounters described with lurid minutia but several times I had to rewind to be sure that is was what it was.

    The narrator was decent but his female voices were all irritating. In reality, I don't think he had much to work with.

    I'm not wasting anymore of my credits on this series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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