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Sandra

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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  • The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
    "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
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    Twain's viewpoint on the German language was written a long time ago. He has been one of my favorite writers since I was a child and this is one of his funnier pieces. It is only surpassed by his story about crossing the Platte River near Julesburg CO where I currently live.

    He tells a story about a buffalo climbing a tree after a hunter that makes most people laugh out loud.

    I advocate reading more Twain for the good of your digestive and respiratory system!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2782)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2033)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Good Book, So-So Narrator"
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    This is one of Nelson De Mille's convoluted mysteries that's fun to read. Since my eyesight has deteriorated, I listen to a great many books. Scott Brick has become too used to the cadences of De Mille's writing so the books are sounding alike. On the other hand, maybe I need to work a bit harder and actually read a couple of them to find out if the fault is in the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mette Ivie Harrison
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.

    Jonathan says: "One Non-Misogynist Man's Opinion - Worth Reading"
    "Well Worth the Credit!"
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    I'm not a member of the LDS Church, but I was a minister's wife and the author realistically recreates the life of a woman connected to someone of stature in a church. Her questions, attitudes, and problems reflect this life very realistically. In truth, though, I ran into very few murders, but they make the book more interesting.
    I especially liked the description of the process of cleaning the fellowship hall after a funeral dinner and the details necessary. This brought back memories.
    I was pleased to 'read' this book and hope to see more from the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (324)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Return to Fear"
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    A visit to the time of the Cold War when we were all afraid it would turn to disaster. Compelling characters and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1444)
    Story
    (1455)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Bobby says: "Agonizing"
    "Baldacci Gets Better and Better"
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    This is one of the Puller stories and even better than the ones before. Baldacci is honing his writing craft well and varying the characters well. Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy read the books extremely well with exactly the correct tones and emphasis.

    Well worth the credit and the wait!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hawken's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone - except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history - as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

    Laurie says: "good story but painful narration"
    "Another Romance/Action Combination"
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    This book is a romance that introduces the characters of Jake Robinson and Crash Hawken, two of Brockmann's group of SEAL operatives. The main characters are bigger than life, but the exaggeration is enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvard's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker believes that there is no room for women in a combat zone. It's too dangerous, too tough, and with P. J. involved, too distracting. He might respect her sharp intellect and her shooting abilities, but he still doesn't want the responsibility of making sure she stays alive. But P. J. isn't a woman who backs down easily, and to her mind, Harvard has a lot to learn. She just doesn't expect him to be so eager to instruct her on other subjects, like trust, desire - and maybe even love.

    Bookbell says: "I enjoy All Suzanne Brockmann's Books"
    "Education Is in the Eye of the Educated"
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    Yes, this is a romance, but the action involved adds interest to the usual story line. If you're a fan of adventure novels with some romance, this is a good book for you. Ms. Brockmann is very adept at creating unforgettable characters with strong, memorable traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inquisitor's Key: A Body Farm Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (50)

    Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical but evidence for authenticity soon grows stronger.

    Norma says: "You go a long way before a story"
    "Fascinating History, Fabulous Suspense"
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    The Body Farm staff goes to Europe - Avignon, France - to be exact. In the process, they analyze old bones (whose?), deal with current problems (drugs and smuggling), art history, and church history. I enjoyed it because I really like gathering more information about hitherto un-investigated questions. Bass does a masterful job of mingling a plot line with all the other factors.

    This is an enjoyable listen and kept me raptly occupied for quite a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1038)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Useful Book, but Wasted on Audio"
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    This is an excellent organizational book with very practical ideas and resources. Unfortunately, I like to refer back over and over again to sections of this type of book, so I bought the soft-cover version, too. It's now required bathroom reading to remind me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Wedding: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (225)

    After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid - the gorgeous best man. She's stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn't mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are.... Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed.

    Kd says: "Almost Perfect"
    "Mistaken About the Story"
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    I thought this would be a story about a wedding -- with a mystery as a large portion of the story. Boy, was I wrong! This is a modern romance with all the sexy(?) details graphically described, little plot, and a sense of 'why did I waste my money?' at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona's Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery. An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

    Rhonda says: "Terrible Narrator"
    "Engaging and Complicated Plot Line"
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    This is a continuation of the stories about Joanna Brady and being Sheriff. The plot incorporates several different families, personalities, and plot lines to create an exceptionally good read.

    It's interesting to see how authors develop their craft. J.A.Jance is certainly developing and getting better. Then, too, from past stories, I wonder how long she's been trying to get rid of one of the characters--a thoroughly disagreeable person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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