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RueRue

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  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (314)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "Character-driven Western"
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    Would you listen to The Sisters Brothers again? Why?

    I rarely re-listen to books, but this one deserves it. Great narration by John Pruden ! He captured the characters with his voice and intonation perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, Eli, is of course the best.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to him previously, but based on this, I am looking for more books narrated by him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is reminiscent of a Joe R. Lansdale story, similar flawed but sympathetic characters and a dry humor that I found appealing. Loved it !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Range of Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this exquisite, emotionally rich novel, New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg offers a deeply satisfying story about the bonds of love and the balm of friendship. A young man named Jay lies in a coma after suffering a freak accident, and his wife, Lainey, is the only one who believes he will recover.

    RueRue says: "Uplifting and Hopeful"
    "Uplifting and Hopeful"
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    A lovely, uplifting story of handing a tragic event with grace and hope. The story has wonderful, sympathetic characters, and makes quiet observations about so many things that are ordinarily taken for granted. There is not a lot of "plot", but I was pulled into this small, simple story. Very life-affirming

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marc Levy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (13)

    On the morning of July 9th, 2012, New York Times investigative reporter Andrew Stilman is jogging along the Hudson River when he feels a sudden, sharp pain in his lower back. He collapses in a pool of blood. When he regains consciousness, it's May 7th 2012 - exactly two months earlier. From that moment on, Andrew has 60 days to uncover his murderer. Sixty days to find out who wants him dead and why. From New York City to Buenos Aires, Andrew embarks on a gripping race against time.

    RueRue says: ""B" Movie reading"
    ""B" Movie reading"
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    The plot will keep you listening, but the writing, narration, and characterization are definitely second rate. The equivalent of watching a "B" movie, entertaining but without much substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This House Is Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls.

    Celina says: "Truly Chilling !!"
    "Suspenseful and Atmospheric"
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    Beautifully written, Victorian gothic/ghost story. I was a little let down with the ending, but it was unsettling, and maybe that's the desired result ? No question, though, that John Boyne is a fabulous writer !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    One minute, silly Heather Babcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail. It seems likely that the cocktail was intended for the beautiful actress. But while the police fumble to find clues, Miss Marple begins to ask her own questions, because as she knows...even the most peaceful village can hide dark secrets.

    RueRue says: "Excellent Agatha Christie"
    "Excellent Agatha Christie"
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    Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator, and she does a great job voicing the multiple characters in this charming British mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Kuhn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

    Robin says: "adorable, for american anglophiles"
    "Queen for a Day"
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    Would you listen to Mrs Queen Takes the Train again? Why?

    Probably not a repeat listen, but it was a charming little story, humanizing Queen Elizabeth. Being Queen is not an easy job !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of Oxygen

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby, Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    From the award-winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits. Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy. Now barely able to make ends meet editing the town's struggling newspaper, she manages to stay afloat with help from her family. Then her mother suffers a stroke, and Holly's world begins to completely fall apart.

    RueRue says: "Emotionally moving and uplifting"
    "Emotionally moving and uplifting"
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    What did you love best about The Virtues of Oxygen?

    The character of Vivien truly brought emotion to the story. The story has great heart, the characters are mostly sympathetic, and it was a heartwarming, entertaining story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Susan Denaker, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    "There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about ...angels.

    A User says: "Good beginning Good end. Stupid Middle.."
    "Good story, but implausible ending"
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    What did you like best about Secrets of Eden? What did you like least?

    It was quite effective to have (4) narrators relating the story from varying perspectives. Several timely topics were incorporated into the story (spousal abuse, faith/loss of faith ). Well written. But the ending was out of sync with the prior narrative. I felt cheated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Blue Angel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rebecca Rotert
    • Narrated By Andrus Nichols, Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is teeming with the tensions of the day - segregation, sexual experimentation, the Cold War and Vietnam - but it is also home to some of the country's most influential jazz. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. Sensual and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet self-destructive woman whose charms tend to hurt those around her, and no one knows this better than her daughter, Sophia.

    RueRue says: "Dysfunctional parenting"
    "Dysfunctional parenting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not the most enjoyable book, although it was well written. I disliked the character of Naomi. I liked Caitlin Davies narration but thought Andrus Nichols was too cold.


    Could you see Last Night at the Blue Angel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    There were some very cinematic moments in the story, and it would lend itself well to film. It would be a pretty serious movie, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Violet Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine.

    gustavetoutant says: "Great Story"
    "What a dissappointment !"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is strictly for those who think a Harlequen romance is good reading. I couldn't get past the overly cocky, "I'm too cool-for-school" persona of Vivien. It was SO distasteful that the entire book was ruined for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Beatriz Williams? Why or why not?

    I loved her previous book "A Hundred Summers", so this was a major dissappointment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Life of Violet Grant?

    Re-write the character of Vivien !


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "Small Town Life"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was no story. The characters were well developed but just sort of drifted through the narrative. Was the author trying to make the point that life is as aimless as this story ?


    What was most disappointing about Nickolas Butler’s story?

    The lack of a plot to drive the narrative.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were (5) narrators. The best was Henry.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This would be a good choice for someone who longs for the sense of community in a small town.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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