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Robert

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  • Beyond the Black Stump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    When Stanton Laird, American geologist, goes prospecting for the Topeka Exploration Company in the savage Australian outback, he finds something a good deal more precious than oil.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator"
    "Australia is defined."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Beyond the Black Stump rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Good story, not Shute's best but even that is still worth the read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprises here.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter???s voice?

    Limited, Clear, Experienced


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27633)
    Performance
    (14222)
    Story
    (14276)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Winner for All"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    These characters were truly believable. The swing of emotions leading to this book caused me to get some "looks".


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good understanding of the southern way of talk, how the accent accentuates the emotions being communicated.


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

    I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triggerfish Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida, and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street.

    Janels says: "Excellent Serge--captures Tampa perfectly!"
    "Catch 22 in Florida"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Triggerfish Twist again? Why?

    Absolutely! I've gone back through chapters already as I missed some of the dry humor. This book caught me laughing out loud in the airport.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters stood out. Serge was the leader.


    Did George K. Wilson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes although the voices weren't believable to the characters


    If you could rename Triggerfish Twist, what would you call it?

    Triggerfish Catch


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (329)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "I want to take a Nostalgic train trip now."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pure, simple entertainment, could stand a few twists


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    Too transparent.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Relived some wonderful train trip memories.


    Was The Christmas Train worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    You will look up the Amtrak schedule after you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undercurrents: A Lou Boldt - Daphne Matthews Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Police Sergeant Lou Boldt heads a special task force within Seattle’s Homicide bureau. His job: find and stop the Cross Killer, a twisted, perverse serial murderer who has eluded police for six months and paralyzed the city. But when a body washes up on the shore of Puget Sound, Boldt thinks the killer has finally made a mistake. This body shows some of the work of the Cross Killer - but a job badly botched. Did this woman die while trying to escape? Did she knowingly jump in the water to preserve a clue? And is she now desperately trying to tell Boldt something?

    Elizabeth says: "Waste of a credit"
    "Outdated"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The outdated criminology methodology made me wince.


    What was most disappointing about Ridley Pearson???s story?

    I'm sure it was captivating when first published.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Male and female voices overlapped.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the local.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish audible would publish the original date as opposed to the audible date of issue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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