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Rio Delta Wild

I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

Harlingen, TX | Member Since 2004

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  • 66 purchased in 2014
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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "human inclinations"
    Overall

    Martin takes a self-absorbed neurotic into his first halting human relationships, past romantic disappointments, into responsibility for a helpless human being. The humor carries the listener through the guy's ridiculously boring daily existence into genuine appreciation for his condition. This story is excellent and Martin uses real genius in his choice and development of characters and story-line. I was well-gratified by listening, wondering about my own neurotic tendencies, without being pushed to do so.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Zhu Xiao-Mei
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of 11, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly.

    Vira says: "Music, Philosophy, and Life"
    "Realities of the artistic life in recent China."
    Overall
    Performance
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    There was a bit more music theory than I enjoyed, but a real musician would probably love that very facet of this tale. In the west, we have an idea of the trials Chinese citizens endured, but opening up those sagas is still vitally important. The narration was good, in my opinion, and the stories were sad without the aftertaste of hopelessness. I also appreciate Zhu's thoughts on western and eastern religions. We need to see how our attitudes are interpreted by other cultures.Thank you, Zhu, for sharing your life experiences with us. You are a very strong woman and I bow to your persistence in the face of adversity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (963)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "I'm sure this is better than the movie!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've seen the movie, you MUST hear the story. The Patriarch of the Muslim family is such a strong character that you abhor and love him simultaneously. A film can never do this title justice! Narration is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1662)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Good for you! A pleasant escape!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I loved this story. As usual, I listened to it at least twice to follow every character and each twist and turn. This tale has a delightful mix of characters and great poetic justice for the true villains. I hope that folks in "old folks homes" find this title; I enjoyed it vicariously, as I believe they might also. I find Steven Crossley an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3915)
    Performance
    (3608)
    Story
    (3606)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Listened to this twice! Unexpected twists/turns."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I love that "Robert Galbraith" continues to create inventive tales.
    I had to hear this twice to make sure I followed all the details of the plot and noticed all the characters. I'll continue following Galbraith's work and I find Robert Glenister to be a pleasant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (916)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Entirely amazing! Wonderfully inventive!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, Mrs. Pollifax was definitely unexpected, continually and wonderfully. This is a fun read, although Mrs. Pollifax is often having the very opposite of fun. I love this author and will probably read many of her titles. The narration is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (158)

    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Jan says: "Hated to see it end..."
    "London in my childhood. Wonderful narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am amazed at the deprivations suffered by the English during the years of my early childhood. These stories are especially endearing to me as I so thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the British Isles some years ago. Jennifer Worth has such a talent in telling stories and revealing characters, as well as analyzing the situations she observed in her career. I was thrilled to find Book 3, and I will probably read anything she chooses to write in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1307)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "George Guidall is great! wonderful characters!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I taught many students from native tribes at Albuquerque HS. With no understanding of the different customs and beliefs of native peoples, I often felt a lack of connection with many of the students. I wish I had read the Walt Longmire series before that teaching experience. Because I lived near many reservations and love the desert west, I feel a strong connection to these stories and the people in them. Learning about the many differences among the native peoples, I am hoping to overcome my "belacaana" shortcomings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Sugar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Natalie Baszile
    • Narrated By Miriam Hyman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

    Henry says: "Guy book too"
    "Growing sugar cane in the recent South."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters, the struggles, the small victories, the reality of race and farming and being human are expertly woven into this intriguing tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old man who becomes the advisor/salvation of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending scene was very gratifying.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sugarcane farmin' in the South ain't like livin' in California!


    Any additional comments?

    Am anxious to hear anything more which this author creates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Scott says: "Women Wronged"
    "Sad, inspiring, wondrous, pathetic, and more..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. I love Maeve Binchy's stories. They're about real people and especially the importance of connecting with others.


    What other book might you compare Chestnut Street to and why?

    Other titles by Maeve Binchy. Her writing is truly unique, and the villages and neighborhoods she writes about are places I aspire to be one day.


    What about Sile Bermingham’s performance did you like?

    She's wonderful with the different characters and accents. You can tell that she understands the intent of each story and the attitudes of each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Connections.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm truly sorry that Maeve is no longer with us. I've listened to everything available in audiobooks, and now I'll try to hunt down each of her other titles in paperback.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Dexter Yates loves his fun, carefree London life; he has money, looks, and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Baby voice"
    "an entertaining village"
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    Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

    yes. I've already listened to it twice. I just love the characters and the different plots and subplots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story concentrated on the wide range of goodness one finds in humanity and the silly predicaments we find ourselves in.


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    For the most part, she did good vocalizations which set the characters apart as distinct.


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

    I loved the part where Henry saved the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Alison Larkin's baby noises were annoying, but on the second listen I suppose I was ready for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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