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Ronald

Elmira, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "boilerplate DeMille"
    Overall

    Spencerville has all the familiar literary conventions of author Nelson DeMille. There is the strong, smart hero, the beautiful love interest and of course the despicable powerful bad guy. A true DeMille fan will love this epic. Unfortunately it is formula-like in predictability for someone who has listened to many others in his body of works. When I finally got to the end it was certainly satisfying but also a relief to finish it. I need a break from this author for a while but will return for more eventually. I'll be looking for a next book that isn't so formula driven.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1284)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Very Engrossing!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    very well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were a number of elements woven in that emerged later in the story. They weren't all necessary to the telling but they added nice touches to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Early on when Rebecca help with the mare and foal.


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

    When Rebecca and Betty found the missing boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Did not think I would like it at first but reversed my position as I got further in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (625)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable to listen to. The narration is top notch and the story, although familiar because of the screenplay, remains very suspenseful. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "Didn't like it"
    Overall

    I read the glowing reviews for this book and just don't get it. I loved Started Early, Took The Dog and that's why I selected this to read. The endless character studies of Ruby's long dead relatives that lead nowhere finally wore me down and I stopped listening. It's funny and smart in some places but not nearly enough to hold my interest for 12 hours. There is a story in there according to other reviews but I couldn't find a thread of it for as long as I listened. I dislike giving up on books so will probably return and begin it all over the next time I need a change of pace listen. If my opinion changes when I get through it all, I promise to amend my remarks.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "Bene!"
    Overall

    A good departure from ho-hum mysteries takes you into the life of a police inspector in Sicily picking up clues in a 50 year old homicide case. Other current murders are presented as every-day occurances carried out with Mafia vengance. Hats off to the narrator with the perfect Italian accent for the reading. This one: well worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (251)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall

    Except for her tragic demise, the main character of this novel, Mamah Borthwick Cheney is fairly uninteresting to read about. While she was an early advocate for women's rights, her portrayal was not nearly as engaging as were the parts that dealt with Frank Lloyd Wright. To the credit of the story, I enjoyed learning more about these years of his life and how much he loved and sacrificed for her. I know, I should have gotten a book about FLW. One more critism, the verbal exchanges between Mamah and her children are so trite! My opinion: Sorry, not worth the time.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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