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San I Am

Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.

Derwood, MD, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Mirror Image

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (327)

    The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.

    San I Am says: "A light read"
    "A light read"
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    What would have made Mirror Image better?

    Though the premise was intriguing, I felt the author fell into many stereotypes when describing and giving voice to the various characters. Much of the story was far-fetched, so you REALLY had to suspend disbelief at the gullibility of the main characters. The author definitely was formulaic in the need to include the sexual scenes in such a detailed way for what she must perceive as necessary for her targeted audience. So much of the story was predictable; this was a sort of "comfort read" for me, as I knew I would not need to exercise much imagination or thought to figure out the plot lines. Sort of like comfort food - when you want to be entertained, but not to have to work too hard.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting in that one must truly suspend belief that a person's closest relatives could not determine that there was an imposter in their midst. It was just a little too easy for everyone - in particular the protagonists, who predictably fell in love despite knowing nothing of each other and randomly being placed in close - very close - proximity. How is it that the characters - none of them - can figure out that something is just not quite right? Especially the contrast in behavior/personality of pre-accident Carole vs post-accident Carole? Just doesn't add up!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Ummm. Not so much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in wasted time. I suppose I persisted in reading, hoping for a little twist, or something unexpected. But it never happened. For this reason, I describe the book a "comfort read". No need to actually think nor work through any plot twists. There really are not any. Chicken soup for the lazy reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a disappointment, when I can imagine such a superior novel. It's like the author doesn't have the faith in her readers that they need a bit more to chew on. It is the authors who treat their readers with intellectual respect who deserve their devoted following. I am new to Sandra Brown novels, but I am oh so disappointed. I will not be seeking any further enlightenment nor engrossing tales from this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (995)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "A charmer"
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    If you could sum up 600 Hours of Edward in three words, what would they be?

    Just the facts.


    What other book might you compare 600 Hours of Edward to and why?

    The only other story I can think of that deals with similar issues might be "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes. The protagonists in both stories must overcome profoundly different disabilities, but their strength of character makes them intriguing, occasionally confounding, yet extremely relatable.


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

    No, I haven't, but I found his character portrayals spot on - exactly as I would imagine these characters to sound. And...he had quite a range to cover: middle age obsessive man, young, enthusiastic boy, grizzled, stoic elderly father, sympathetic elderly mother, and young, vulnerable mother. Impressive.


    Who was the most memorable character of 600 Hours of Edward and why?

    Edward. When I began listening to the story I thought I had mad a BIG mistake! Yikes. The voice, the detail, the awkward character. But I stuck it out, and every chapter I found myself truly routing for Edward, and when he built the Blue Blaster, I knew he was someone I would love to have as a friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, and I would highly recommend. I was disappointed when it ended, as I really was moved by the characters and wanted more. Though it did end where it had to, I suppose. Neat, happy ending ... which might be my only complaint. On the other hand, as a means of escaping reality, an excellent choice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (903)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "That voice!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to say, I was truly interested in hearing Penny Marshall's life story! but I found her voice and accent so grating that I just could NoT continue! There may be something wonderful to come, but I will never know. I just cannot listen any further (I made it about halfway through before I quit).


    Would you be willing to try another book from Penny Marshall? Why or why not?

    The only thing truly miraculous in this story is that someone as course as Ms Marshall could actually find the success she did. I soooo wanted to like and admire her, but I just couldn't after reading her perspective. From the press she receives, she sounds amazing and admirable, but this book certainly does NOT communicate these attributes.


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

    Blech. Not my cup o' tea!


    Was My Mother Was Nuts worth the listening time?

    No. No. No!!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time unless you are a fanatic Penny Marshall fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2407)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "A bit convoluted"
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    What disappointed you about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    there were definitely moments when I enjoyed the book with its unique, colorful characters. However, I frequently found myself having to go back to try to recall who was who - the narrator has a unique voice, but there is very little differentiation between characters. thus, I had trouble recalling who was who and what their particular relationships were to each other. The narrator's voice, at times, became quite grating and distracting to the central story. I believe this story would have benefitted from additional readers, or at least, a narrator more capable of adjusting their timbre, pronunciation, and point of view of each character. In fact, midway through the book, I just quit, as I could not really immerse myself in the story, as a result of the number of characters who all sounded, at least to me, interchangeable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know about the author - she did tackle an entertaining topic, different from mainstream novels (not quite comedic, though with very comedic scenes, not quite dramatic, though there was definitely drama, interspersed with humor, and suspense, though this was lighthearted and a bit far-fetched). The narrator's voice I found extremely grating; I will most definitely avoid any of her work as I select future titles). Her voice actually overwhelmed the story to the point of frustration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Wilhoite’s performances?

    No, most definitely not.


    What character would you cut from Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    L.G.'s assistant, Audrey, while she served as a pivotal character to illustrate certain stereotypical characters, was particularly annoying - again, there was so little voice differentiation that it was difficult to know who was speaking throughout the story. Perhaps if the character displayed more varied personality or temperament, I might have been more successful at becoming engaged in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered this book on the basis of so many positive reviews. But I must say, until the very final hour/s of the story, I had NO problem setting this book aside to bury myself in another, more engrossing, and better articulated tale. So...it took me quite awhile to finish. I did enjoy the ending, but the path to get there was just too awfully painful. Maybe it's just me, but I found the narrators voice grating and un-imaginative. It's too bad, I wonder if, in the voice of another with more of a vocal range, I might have enjoyed the story more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3314)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3079)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Creepy, different, great read"
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    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    Narrator a Gem!


    Any additional comments?

    I am not usually a big science fiction fan. However, I found this book a wonderfully creepy escape from my usual mysteries, novels, and histories. Mulgrew really made this story! Her capacity to fully inhabit each character allowed the reader to imagine appearances, and motivations were well covered. I loved the original plot and incorporation of the inexplicable during a "typical" moment in time. It takes a lot for me to award 5 stars - the fact that I felt each category merited 5 stars reveals one of my favorite listens to date. Such fun to read - you will not be disappointed with this purchase!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1362)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Great vignettes"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; it's a quick read and a great idea for anyone to do to capture family history, perspective, and complex relationships.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bringing generations together


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoyed


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (348)

    When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis - a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.

    Dave says: "Intriguing twists and turns"
    "Twists and turns"
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    What made the experience of listening to Safe House the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent. He truly conveyed the unique personalities and hidden agendas of the various characters via his accents, menacing tones, sense of fear, confusion, and the various complex relationships between the characters. It was an engrossing tale, as the protagonist is pulled deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and varying levels of manipulation where nothing is as it initially seems. The characters are very well developed and relationships fleshed out. The ending is satisfying and enables the characters (and reader) that some justice


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Lots of twists and bad guys.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Although a minor character overall, I loved the main character, Rob's, grandfather. Loved his personality and contribution to the mystery solving. Quirky and lovable.


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

    How well do you know those you know?


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend; good story, great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5738)
    Performance
    (4923)
    Story
    (4931)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Classic Sherlock"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a quick read and well-timed for the holidays. I'm not typically a big Sherlock Holmes fan, but it was a light, though predictable story. No twists or great mystery here. Even the sleuthing seemed rather obvious, without a clever angle. I can't compare this to other Sherlock stories, so not sure if they are always this simplistic. On the other hand, if you're seeking a simple, entertaining read, you could do worse. It was a great commute listen :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    I enjoyed the accents - the narrator was quite engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out.


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

    So - your goose is cooked ...


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (600)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "A treat"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; quick, witty observations. Self-deprecating, though clever & relatable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene with his son requesting curse guidance hit home for me.


    Who was the most memorable character of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life and why?

    The personalities of his family members, discussions related to family portrait. Also loved his frustration at lack of curiosity of new neighbor related to his career. Many chuckles.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it up, Jon! We need the laughs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22442)
    Performance
    (9081)
    Story
    (9295)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Short & sweet"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Your First Listen to be better than the print version?

    Possibly


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

    Enjoyable, amusing, relatable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Consistently: this is the last time....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Giggle


    Any additional comments?

    Great intro to Audible. Sound quality excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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