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S.

Cupertino, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4751)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2167)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Worth the time!"
    Overall

    Like other reviewers, it took me a while to get going with this, but I was always interested enough to return for more, and am very glad I did. It was never boring - just that such a long saga left a lot of possibilities. Wonderfully written with humor, pathos and fascinating facts and focus of another time and another place. Well worth reading. I'm going to check on what else the author has written!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frankie's Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jim Sterba
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    One summer Jim Sterba, veteran war correspondent, accepts an invitation for a weekend visit from a woman he barely knows, author Frances FitzGerald. He arrives and discovers a secluded little house on the Maine coast, with evergreens and blackberry bushes all around, views of forested mountains, and a fjord full of seabirds and sailboats.

    S. says: "I read this at our camp"
    "I read this at our camp"
    Overall

    I had no idea what I was about to read, since I first downloaded this is 2005 and never got around to it. I'm sitting at our 'camp' in the Thousand Islands area of New York on a rainy day thinking there's no where else like this. Time for a new book, and out rolls a story so similar to our summer life here. I perked up. All the issues of mice, daily food shopping for dinner, enjoying the outdoors, the boat, the weather, the water, mosquitos...yes, the geology of this granite mounded place. My husband has also spent hours working on his own deer fly-zapper! Like Sterba, we live in a big, congested, busy city which we love for the other half of the year, yet we revel in the the simple life here, rain in the canopy of trees that barely reaches me on the ground, the summer T-storms, the simplicity of life here. We often welcome friends but warn them there's little to do compared to many standard vacation places, and yet we hate leaving. I thoroughly enjoyed this story - is it a little slow? Oh yes, in the best possible way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (229)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Great a 2nd time!"
    Overall

    My husband and I read this book several years ago, and on a cross-country trip this summer we easily agreed it was one we could enjoy hearing again. Having just listened to Will Patton narrate The Glass Rainbow, we were reminded what an evocative reader he is and how much he brought to the beautiful story and language of Thirteen Moons. Having taught some of this history to 5th graders, I found wonderful passages to share with them. The strength and clarity of these characters came through in the writing of the story. We highly recommend it. For those who have suggested it is a slow read, I'd say it is, and pleasurably so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22931)
    Performance
    (9574)
    Story
    (9648)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A Discovery!"
    Overall

    What a nice suprise to find a new author and set of characters - well delineated, interesting, compelling. Apparently, it's one of a trilogy, the next one coming out late June. Starts a little slow, just a little, but well worth sticking with. The girl is really a new voice in a story and I hope she appears in the next book too. My husband and I both liked it, so give it a try.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (856)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Really good read!"
    Overall

    This seemed a little slow at first, but that turned out to be just the right voice and tone for this story that spans generations. It was always intriguing and engaging. I often sat in my driveway waiting for a good part to finish before going in to the house from work. The historical reminders were woven in well - it's just a plain old good story and I was sorry when it ended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "One of the Best!"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed a real connection with Kingsolver's works in the past, and was thrilled to see this available on Audible. I felt like Barbara Kingsolver was reading this to me personally as I drove to work. Her narration is superb. It's a beautiful, literate, lyrical, fascinating story, and I was sorry when it finished. Maybe the best since Kite Runner. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Quite Good"
    Overall

    I was dismayed by the reviews which suggested the narration might spoil this audiobook for me since I had already downloaded the book. Though I didn't especially like the voice given to the main female character I ended up thinking it fit her well - high pitched, exciteable, brittle, forced at times. Anyway, the story was compelling, the situations interesting and not predictable. Sometimes I wondered what the story was really about, but it didn't matter. Eventually, it all came together in the Epilogue, and I'm glad I read it. It is long, and I was a bit unsure when the Love Canal story line came along, but still, hung in there and glad I did. I do recommend the book (it might be a girl-book), and it was a good way to experience JCO for the first time in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (539)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Not a"
    Overall

    My husband read this first and I thought it sounded like a guy book. I was so wrong. This book was fascinating, and held my interest until the end. It would be hard to believe if it was fiction, but every detail pulls you into real characters, well fleshed out. They and their mission drew me in. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1017)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Good memories of this book"
    Overall

    At first I wondered where this story could go, but was intrigued and couldn't 'put it down'. Little by little I was drawn into Smithy's story. At first I though the narrator's voice was a little ordinary and unemotional, but soon I realized it was perfect for Smithy! I have passed this on to other Audible readers in the family, and continue to think about it after finishing. I recommend it, definitely. It ranks pretty high for me for this year, so far!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • R is for Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. Now, at 32, she is about to be paroled, having served 22 months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.

    Bill says: "Kinsey in Love?"
    "A good read!"
    Overall

    I have read all of this series, and this is my first Audible version. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narrator fit perfectly for Kinsey's character and attitude, and the other characters came through well also. The plot was a little different than her previous stories, and I enjoyed that change-up as well. Very readable, and I wanted to hear it all.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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