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Renae

Gold Canyon, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1031)

    The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

    Jean says: "A Short Victorious War"
    "Marvelous story outweighs weak narration"
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    It's taken me some time to adjust to this narrator but I've grown accustomed enough to her that I don't mind quite as much... and the terrific continuation of Honor Harrington's adventure is worth it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3082)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2821)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Misled by summary"
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    Not what I was looking for. If the story had continued to be as compelling as chapter one, I would have finished it. Returning this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2031)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Excellent"
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    One of my top 10 favorites. Left me smiling, laughing, crying and so glad I had listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2643)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Story only half-baked"
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    A story and concept with great promise but the story barely fleshes out before it's over in a cheesy ending. The mystery is easily solved and the bad guys are dispatched with no great chase or detecting or suspense. What follows the end I can only guess are Scalzi's notes for his premise. I listened to Wil Wheaton's narration which was fine.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1854)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Not up to par"
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    Not even close. I'm forcing myself to finish this book and it is a chore. This is one of the most boring books of the series. I'm a big fan of the series and very forgiving on the few books that weren't very good. The story is not engaging there is no action. It's mostly just interview after interview which oft times become monologues. Uninteresting characters. Susan Erickson can't pull a rabbit out of a hat on this one though she tries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1324)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Flat out excellent"
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    Oh that there were more audible books like this one. If you are weary of the endless book series, YA fiction, vampire-zombie, etc., get this book. It's like coming home to real story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1236)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Mike Naka says: "beautifully written and narrated!"
    "A refreshing change: An Adult Dystopian Novel"
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    Good concept and well told but with very annoying quirks of the author. Too often the author leaves out the pronouns which grated more than anything. I persevered and did enjoy it enough to get the author's next book. But I doubt I'll get anything else he writes. I just don't like his style enough. Based on other reviews I expected this to be visually stunning but the stunted narration style and the funky sentence structure didn't work for me. What I did like was that every detail of how the world "ended" wasn't spelled out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2864)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Hoped for more ... got less"
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    I really enjoyed Nora Robert's The Witness read by Julia Whelan so I looked forward to this one. This was a poorly written and flatly narrated story. The characters were so one dimensional and I just didn't care about any of them. The main character being the most milquetoast of all. A predictable story I can manage if it's well told and the characters are compelling.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4365)
    Performance
    (3690)
    Story
    (3711)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Awful Production!"
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    So when I saw that book two in this series was considered the Audible Book of the Year in the Thriller Suspense category I jumped right in. Huge mistake and a waste waste waste of a credit. I'm returning it. Simply put, I don't need a sound track to my audible book. I should have remembered this from the other Baldacci book I'd not finished: Split Decision. This book felt too performed and ruined the whole experience for me. Couldn't get past it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

    John says: "Worst Wilbur Smith book ever"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    I wanted to love it but there are several things hard (impossible) to overlook the first being the horrific female voices by narrator Rupert Degas. Nail on a chalk board doesn't come close to describing it. Second, Wilbur's misogyny continues full bore. On the one hand he wants you to love and admire the women in his stories but then he unleashes such unspeakable, graphic violence on them you really have to wonder. The violence, physical and emotional, to women in this book is astounding. What kept me listening, oddly enough, was the narration. When Rupert Degas wasn't doing female voices he was brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (959)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "One of my favorite audio books!"
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    I highly recommend! Who'd have thought that listening to Penny Marshall for 8 hours or so could be so very enjoyable. I never watched the LaVerne and Shirley show but am familiar with the movies Penny directed. Penny's self deprecating presentation of her life-to-date was charming and informative. She gives us an inside look into an age of TV gone forever which only makes one long for it once more. I'm left very impressed by Penny's accomplishments however haphazard they may seem at times. Her recounting of her life makes you feel right there ... esp since we already know most of the people she includes. Many many times laugh out loud funny and often very emotional and worth every cent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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