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Sandra

Cincinnati, OH, United States

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  • 10 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Anne Tyler is my favorite author, this is her best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginner's Goodbye to be better than the print version?

    The narrator gave so much to the character and this performance was excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strange characters


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    He made the book seem real


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

    When the tree fell


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (286)

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "The narrator's voice was terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tried to listen but the narrator's voice was such a distraction that I had to stop

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4226)
    Performance
    (3760)
    Story
    (3757)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I fell in love with Maggie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first I thought I would be disappointed because this was not an Elvis Cole/ Joe Pike book, but I was wrong. this was better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18742)
    Performance
    (16743)
    Story
    (16796)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Very disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    The story was unbelievable, the characters were unlikable


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    ok


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    I don't think cutting characters would improve the story


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1608)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Same old same old"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It was just the same story, I actually fell asleep while listening to it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    I am not sure, I think I would read the reviews before before buying.


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

    Not much


    What character would you cut from Notorious Nineteen?

    All the characters were boring, even the nude beach part


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (372)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "This is a very difficult book to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Lay Down My Sword and Shield? What did you like least?

    I love James Lee Burke and I love Will Patton, but the alcoholism and the brutality in the book is hard for me. the part about the POW camp gave me nightmares and I had to stop listening.


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    I realize now, that this book was written a long time ago and I could really see how aged the book was.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton's performance was the best.


    Do you think Lay Down My Sword and Shield needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Futures

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    A local curmudgeon who has been campaigning to end state-sponsored school funding is brutally killed. A recent graduate of a public high school for the gifted is arrested for the crime and turns to Lew for help. A semi-retired and much beloved singer of children's songs is being anonymously pushed to leave Sarasota, threatened with exposure as a sexual predator. It is up to Lew to uncover the blackmailer and determine whether there is any truth to the accusation.

    mayo9191 says: "great moody book"
    "I have really love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love the fact that this series takes place in Sarasota.


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

    Yes, it was full of twists and turns


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

    Hearing the book lets me use my imagination to visualize the characters and places described by the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "I did not enjoy this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Watchman?

    The story was confusing and didn't make sense. Too much jumping around.


    Has The Watchman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe James Daniels’s voice?

    very good narration


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

    Yes, I did learn a few things about torture


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Stained White Radiance: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia -- their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past -- as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

    Sandra says: "I hate abridged books, there is no excuse for this"
    "I hate abridged books, there is no excuse for this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    I love James Lee Burke. I love Will Patton. I had no idea I was getting an abridged book (my fault) but I could not finish it. DO NOT BUY THIS ABRIDGED BOOK


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Lee Burke again?

    I love James Lee Burke's book and love to listen to them. I will listen to another that is not abridged. I wish there was some way to get my money back for this.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Do not abridge his books


    What character would you cut from A Stained White Radiance?

    enough has been cut


    Any additional comments?

    Please just offer the full version

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Lovin'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie - and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: he'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients.

    JM says: "Cute but flat"
    "Plum Lovin.."
    Overall

    I am very sorry that I wasted my time and money. I hope this is not an indication of future Stephanie Plum books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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