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PattyQB

Portland, Oregon | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
  • 124 ratings
  • 1577 titles in library
  • 300 purchased in 2014
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  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Probably one of the most outstanding listens ever!"
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    Right up there with "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The Prince of Tides" for depth and complexity of an intriguing plot that grabbed me right away. The skillful weaving of past and present kept me guessing (and riveted) until the end. Along with Cassandra Campbell's inspired performance, I could not stop listening until I found out what happened. Then I did it again, slower, savoring the ingenious way this story was told. Such beautiful prose...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Louis Bayard
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

    Booksmith says: "Truly Engaging and Clever"
    "I love the history!"
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    I always learn fascinating history (that previously held no interest for me through
    Louis Bayard's novels. But Simon Vance's narration called me to this one about
    French life after the revolution, the political fears that still plagued those who had anything to do with the previous monarchy even a decade later when Louie 17 was instilled on the throne. In this story about a royal son thought to have died in the Black Tower, the doctor who may have saved him and then his son- the voice that reconstructs the tale using his dead father's long buried diary and at the insistence of the (in)famous police detective Vidocq, (a former criminal) an incredible time in French history was revealed in a nonstop listen that I will repeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Now, Don't You Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    In the latest in Rhys Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she’s married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer.

    Joe says: "I love Rhys' books"
    "Enjoyed the entire series!"
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    Not usually looking out for historical fiction relating to New York, but Irish immigration interests me a lot, especially because it came at different times creating a strata in NYC of old and new, powerful and disadvantaged. But they were all spirited and passionatly political. Enter Molly Murphy and my favorite historical subject, women challenging the status quo and I'm in for the duration- consuming every book- and always left wanting more. Rhys Bowen had done it again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Effigies: A Faye Longchamp Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mary Anna Evans
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Archaeologist Faye Longchamp and her friend Joe Wolf Mantooth have traveled to Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help excavate a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw Nation was born. When farmer Carroll Calhoun refuses their request to investigate a nearby mound on his land, Faye and her colleagues are disappointed, but his next action breaks their hearts: He tries to bulldoze the huge relic to the ground. Faye and Joe rush to protect history - with their bodies, if necessary.

    PattyQB says: "Not just a Mystery- but great Historical Fiction!"
    "Not just a Mystery- but great Historical Fiction!"
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    I love everything about this series, including author notes at the end at the end of each book that clarifies facts versus fiction, and where to find more information on the topics used in her plots. Interpersonal relationships are complex but love interests clean enough to keep it from being labeled a "romance". And if the science doesn't inspire a new generation of archeologists, ...then maybe someone should check for a blood pressure...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2229)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1389)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Top of my short list!"
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    Pat Conroy does a remarkable job of weaving the various stories of individuals in a family- the unhappy, emotionally unpredictable parents who decieve and lie about everything; their three children who learn to keep family secrets above all else. They survive through their bond and cope with life in different ways, especially when events and circumstances invade their tenuous understanding of the world. South Carolina and southern creedo come alive with rich discriptions of landscape and humorous cleaver dialogue as their story is revealed by one of the sons to a New York psychiatrist after his (twin) sister trys to commit suicide.

    Frank Muller makes this audio 5 stars. I am ashamed to admit I had avoided this title due to the lingering images of violence from the movie (over two? decades ago- I'm impressionable.) But, when desperate for a new, well told story, I rely on my own listening experience and turn to a narrator I can trust for good taste and performance (no matter my preconceived notions) of a story. And Mr Muller expertly applied his craft with a 5 star delivery, again. Unfortunately Frank is gone, but he left other delightful rides like "Wilde West" that I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "Where are my scissors?"
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    I generally deplore abridged books but I'd have taken the scissors to this unabridged one in a heartbeat. For characters built up to be intelligent, they sure had idiotic inner dialogues and rediculous assumptions about each other. It was writtin like a soap opera in that one could skip an entire week of episodes (or whole chapters in this case) and still know what's going on due to endless repitition and mussings of each character over the same scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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