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Randall

I have truly enjoyed audiobooks since my days of long hours of laboratory work in the fascinating company of my brilliant father. Thanks, Pop! Audible on my phone adds that addictive touch.

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cool Blue Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    New York Times best-selling author Paul Kemprecos' first mystery novel, Cool Blue Tomb, introduces Aristotle "Soc" Socarides - part-time fisherman, part-time private eye, full-time philosopher. In his inaugural outing, Soc is swimming with the sharks - only problem is, he's the bait.

    Randall says: "You will love this. It's that simple."
    "You will love this. It's that simple."
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    Paul Kemprecos is in his element as quirky alter ego "Soc" in this series. I have previously read all of Paul's work, and enjoyed all of it, and eagerly anticipate more. When I heard that Barry Campbell's deep resonant voice would bring the very human first-person character to life in this Audible offering, I was pleased, but having heard Soc's voice in my head through the entire series, I wondered. Some narrators simply seem poorly matched with the voice of the writing. No worries here, Barry is nearly perfect, effortlessly believable.

    I have to admit a preference for 1.5 speed listening, and Barry's style here is well suited for that compression.

    For me, one of the most endearing qualities of Paul's writing is that he eases us into the easy pace of his comfortably flawed fisherman-private eye's world. If you are ready for this, it's fun and the complex texturing of Soc's world just settles in around him. So many of today's books fall into the "make the first two chapters lean and attention-getting" mold. For me, that can result in a shallowness that misses the deep textures found here.

    One more thing... Paul's female characterizations are delicious, sensual and respectful. He and Soc clearly love and understand women.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ricki Lake
    • Narrated By Ricki Lake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    From the beloved teen star, talk-show host, and media personality, an uplifting and revelatory memoir about turning 40, losing weight, and reinventing oneself at any age. Readers first met Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray. They fell in love with her as the spunky, no-holds-barred host of The Ricki Lake Show. And they came to respect her as the executive producer behind The Business of Being Born, a groundbreaking documentary on childbirth in the United States. Now, Ricki’s many fans will get to know her in a whole new way.

    Stephanie says: "Okay, but narration kind of rushed"
    "This should be required listening."
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    If you could sum up Never Say Never in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt. Real. Fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Ricki Lake???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I almost did. Listened twice in 24 hrs, the first keeping me awake until after 2am.


    Any additional comments?

    The messages of this view into the private thoughts of this public personality demonstrate so clearly the impact all of our actions, criticisms and failures-to-act can have on the lives of those close to us. If you listen to this moving account, I assure you names will come to you: you will want someone you know to have a copy. Well done!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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