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Rae

Billings, MT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Line of Fire: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn’t last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan’s dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan’s most pressing fear - the exposure of a dangerous secret - has become a peril too real to ignore.

    Corinne says: "I Miss the Crazy Patients"
    "Great story - narrator is not right fit for Alan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Line of Fire the most enjoyable?

    I have been a fan of Stephen White's series for years. Very disappointed at how poorly the narrator's voice works for the Dr. Gregory character. He sounds just right for the older, jaundiced cop sidekick, but not for the fit, youthful, vigorous Alan.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Younger sounding narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to follow Stephen White. He is a super story teller and always has done enough research in whatever related topic (in this case, suicide) the story brings in so that you really learn something besides being entertained.
    Really really wish they would find a narrator that fits the Alan Gregory character. This guy doesn't deliver as a young, vigorous, intelligent Doc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6517)
    Performance
    (6040)
    Story
    (6063)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Amazing."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    This was a great story, excellent narrator. It kept my attention throughout. I don't want to ruin the tale but I really always wondered what happened to Danny. This was quite a satisfying "next chapter" of his life and introduced new characters with whom he could have additional adventures. I can't wait!!!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is extraordinary. Perfect for this type of story; doesn't yell at you or get hysteric, even at the scariest parts. That somehow adds to the suspense in a more believable way than a narrator who is seeming to goad you into a reaction. He was pitch perfect throughout.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm not going to reveal the story, but there were many moving parts, especially the love and protective instincts the protagonists had for each other. I also valued the way King has of not telling you every single thing and instead showing you the events unfolding.
    Everything rang true!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1370)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Gripping, engrossing suspenseful tale"
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    Would you listen to Creole Belle again? Why?

    Gripping, engrossing suspenseful tale interwoven with such strong visual images of the degradation caused by the oil blowout makes this one of my favorite James Burke novels, right up there with "In the Electric Mist."


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

    I was completely involved in Clete's reconnection with his daughter and her finely drawn and complex character and what that whole scene added to the continuing relationships that anchor this series. For a while, I was worried that the dear old grumbler wasn't going to survive this story.


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

    He absolutely personifies Dave Robicheaux. These stories wouldn't be nearly as compelling without his rich performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The challenge that Alafair had with living up to her high standards of friendship with Clete's daughter were very true to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6913)
    Performance
    (4878)
    Story
    (4867)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "I loved this book, well written and well performed"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    Historically accurate, the story kept me engrossed and the personalities rang true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just very well done.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotions were presented honestly, sometimes sweet, sometimes horrific, but never mawkish.


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    Can't think of a better name.


    0 of 0 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
    (15358)
    Performance
    (12678)
    Story
    (13319)

    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"
    "Worst book I've ever downloaded - absolute porn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I hate this choice - wish I could return it and warn everyone else not to buy it unless they are into porn.


    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different subject


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Fury at Audible for not warning me this is porn, not literature.


    Any additional comments?

    Either change the description or delist it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "Very interesting POV, solid historical background"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Winter Palace?

    I found it fascinating. A plausible autobiography of a Russian girl from a meager background who becomes a maid and confident to both Empress Elizabeth and Empress Catherine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Varvara's growth and maturation through stages of survival, hero worship, fascination with political intrigue, friendship in all its various hues through loyalty, betrayal and eventual independence accurately portrayed the arc of a woman's life.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Winter Palace and why?

    Empress Catherine was an amazing larger-than-life political figure who dominated an era, foreshadowed by the examples that life presented her, her mother and Empress Elizabeth, both of whom embodied the very best and worst in human traits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (879)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "One of the best in the Audible library."
    Overall

    The story is a captivating and very real combination of sadness and euphoria - so true to life. The dialog interactions suit the times and the nationalities and the narrator has perfectly pitched the voices; he disappears into the story and the characters shine through. I didn't sense a note out of place. It's going up on my mind's top shelf next to "The Help" as the best hours I've spent listening in the last two years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & the Journey of a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sheila Weller
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version. Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel. Except it's all true.

    N. Speroni says: "Good, but..."
    "Very disappointed"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to the "back story" of a period I lived through and artists I admire. The narrator was so annoying - couldn't even pronouce correctly some of the names and word she was saying. On top of which her lame attempts to emphasize the lyrics to the songs was so bad that I couldn't even finish listening. A real shame.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "Decent story, great writing"
    Overall

    Good yarn, but Bascome's tone gets whiny after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team, Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli, to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.

    Babs says: "What's next? Scarpetta kidnapped by aliens?"
    "Very very disappointing"
    Overall

    I can't hear the story because the narrator is so caustic and cynical in her presentation of everything that I am fighting my reaction to her throughout.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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