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Sandra

I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

Philomath, OR, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • About Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Anthony Doerr received waves of accolades for his short story collection, The Shell Collector, a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and an American Library Association Book of the Year. This is his eagerly anticipated first novel.

    Carol says: "An unusual life story"
    "actions speak louder than words"
    Overall

    Anthony Doerr can write on and on. This isn't a book that I would have picked up to read but I am very glad that I listened to it. To have words wash over you while out running or driving in the car is a pleasure. It is a simple story of a man who falls in love with a married woman and in the end leaves her and their child. He spends the rest of the book trying to work his way home.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (338)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Don't forget the serial doctor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Good Nurse the most enjoyable?

    It reminded me of James Stewart's Blind Eye


    What did you like best about this story?

    How hard it is to report and catch this kind of deviant and the risks some health care people take to stop their colleagues' actions.


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

    He is a good neutral reader


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

    Cheaper by the dozen


    Any additional comments?

    Many reviewers apparently aren't familiar with Dr Swango. He killed many patients but not quite as many. He came across as crazy but was able to migrate even to different countries. The Africans figured him out sooner than the Americans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (160)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Sandra says: "Santini should have stayed dead"
    "Santini should have stayed dead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    In the Great Santini,, Bull dies. In the Death of Santini he rises from the dead and I wish he had not. Listening to this book was like watching sausage being made. I didn't want to hear about the many frailties of Pat Conroy. He came across as whiny. I couldn't understand how he could have his hated father on book signing tours.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Haven't seen this month's selection.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes but I don't know that anyone could have elevated it.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I think Pat Conroy has mined this "dysfunctional family" about as much as possible. Move on Pat.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (383)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Cook Don't Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Marcus Samuelsson and/or Marcus Samuelsson?

    I enjoy watching the celebrity chefs on TV and thought that I would like to hear the story of this Ethiopian, Swedish chef's story. The story is interesting if you are interested in the stories of people like Anthony Bourdain. MS can't read his own work outloud. He is awful. English is his third language which makes his pronunciation somewhat difficult but still... There is a lot of ego in this book, I expected that. I just think it would have been better served by a better reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hard path of a potential chef.


    What didn’t you like about Marcus Samuelsson’s performance?

    Stinko


    Do you think Yes, Chef needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The best parts are said.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep cooking Mr. Samuelsson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1900)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (880)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Great, unknown story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a fascinating story, well told


    What did you like best about this story?

    TR is always interesting


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

    Can't say


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

    Liked it from start to finish, the description of the rain forest was so unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    I can' wait to hear her newest book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Closing Time: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joe Queenan
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Joe Queenan's acerbic riffs on movies, sports, books, politics, and many of the least forgivable phenomena of pop culture have made him one of the most popular humorists and commentators of our time. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s.

    Sandra says: "I don't understand"
    "I don't understand"
    Overall

    This book only had one rating and it was just 2 stars. This is an amazing book. It is sharp, funny, sad and so acute in its description of growing up poor. The author and his sibs were abused by a drunk father and an indifferent mother. He doesn't whine, he tells about his way of surviving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (460)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "very good listen"
    Overall

    This was an amazing listen. I do not follow tennis closely but I wish that I had watched him play more after hearing this book. He is brutally frank about his feelings for Pete and Brook but beautifully frank about his love for his wife Steph. Graff. What a lonely life and what a happy finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (369)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "Triple bodice ripper"
    Overall

    Hated the reader, hated the story. I should say, the excuse for a story. It was a platform for three separate generations of "amazing, endless sex". A very little WWII and post 911 intrigue tossed in.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lush Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Price
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

    Richard Delman says: "Eerily real"
    "Great voice"
    Overall

    The reader had a good voice but the author had a great voice. The language of New York was so rich. I really enjoyed listening to this book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cullen Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    At age 23, Cullen Thomas was, like most middle-class kids his age, looking for something meaningful and exciting to do before settling into the 9-to-5 routine. Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he set off for adventure in Asia and a job teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. But he got more than he ever bargained for when an ill-advised stunt led to a drugsmuggling arrest and a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

    Kathleen says: "this book could not be better"
    "A lesson before living"
    Overall

    This careless young man thinks that he can do what he wants in a foreign country. He smuggles dope into Korea. He is caught and then is sure that he will be let go because he has never had to face a consequence before-he is an American after all. Korea has other ideas and he spends time in jail. He could have left that country bitter but instead learns many valuable lessons. He grows up. He comes home a very different person.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (221)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Not quite as thrilling"
    Overall

    This book isn't quite as thrilling as the Devil in White City because the bad guy wasn't bad, just hen-pecked and the good guy wasn't good. Larson always intertains with science. It is my least favorite of the three he has written but it still is fascinating reading about the beginning of wireless transmission. I can't wait to see what his next juxtaposition will be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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