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Sandra

Julesburg, CO, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    I enjoy Amy Tan's work because she is not only a terrific storyteller, but a master of the craft of writing. This book is fascinating and Ms. Tan's cool voice adds to the enjoyment of listening to it. It kept my attention all across Iowa and Nebraska.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Cab

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Nichol
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A terrified 3-year-old boy is found clinging to a wire fence at the side of a country road. His mother had whispered to him to never let go, then she vanished. The only clue found by authorities as to the child's identity is a photograph of two summering teenage girls and a letter presumably written from one to the other.

    Mary says: "suspense, murderous insanity to the extreme"
    "I had problems with this one"
    Overall

    I found it difficult to pay attention because the pace was so slow, and at times erratic. If I were editing this book, I'd recommend that the author reread what he'd written and consider the coherence of the manuscript.
    Sometimes this technique can increase the suspense, but it failed in this case. Someday when I have lots of spare time and a better tolerance for extended plot lines, I'll listen to this again.
    Oh, I travel by car a great deal and listen to many audio books.

    0 of 0 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
    (769)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (377)

    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"
    "A complex novel --"
    Overall

    Suzanne Brockmann, to her fans, creates books with an extraordinary link between romance and fact. This one is more complex than usual with a number of extremely well drawn characters. Of course, steamy romance is included, and Ms. Brockmann deals with her favorite Navy SEALS.
    I enjoyed it enough to keep it in my Audible "to listen" section.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (385)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "An Exceptional "Read""
    Overall

    I have purchased a number of books over the years from Audible, and this one has become one of my favorites. Gerritson combines a number of story lines and characters ably without confusing the listener. Within amount of space allotted, she does an exceptional job of bringing the characters to life and reality. The history is impeccable, the present is believable, and this will be one of the books that I return to over and over from now forward.
    It is difficult for us in this day to realize the prejudice and poverty that Irish immigrants faced, just as most immigrants to the United States have over the years. Now many of us point to our Irish ancestry with pride.
    The addition of people from history that we recognize, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, is a flash of genius. I had forgotten that he was a physician as well as a poet.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3570)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1244)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Bill says: "Great narration, disappointing story"
    "Not Odd at All"
    Overall

    This book is not odd at all. It is one of Dean Koontz's best efforts at creating characters and plot lines. I enjoyed listening to the book, plan to listen to it again, and will anxiously await more books about Odd Thomas and his experiences.
    Koontz is truly a master story teller and his work converts easily to the audio format. This book can take you from the Midwest almost to California, interested all the way.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    In the small town of Innocence, Mississippi, days are long, nights are fragrant, and secrets are hard to keep. But when a brutal killer starts claiming the lives of the town's most attractive women, lifelong neighbors are forced to wonder if the culprit is a stranger lurking in the bayou...or someone right next door.

    Lauren says: "First audible book for me..."
    "Southern Fried Romance"
    Overall

    Nora Roberts has a talent for creating characters, and it is exhibited in this book very well. Tucker is a fake. He appears to be a lazy southern-style Lothario who lives to add women to his list. Gradually the reader begins to wonder about Tucker. Caroline resists Tucker's charm through murders, assaults by crazed minor characters, and her own attraction to Tucker. The ending is almost unthinkable. If Roberts had not created the endng with such style, we might be complaining about her ethics as a mystery writer. Nora Roberts' best books draw the reader into the life of her characters with the romance and sex almost added as an afterthought. This is one of her best books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This is the case that introduced Lord Peter Wimsey, one of the greatest characters in mystery fiction. The dashing gentleman detective must solve the murder of a prominent financier, who is found dead in his bathtub with a pair of gold pince-nez perched on his nose and a face that appears to have been shaved after death.

    Sandra says: "First of the 'Lord Peter' series."
    "First of the 'Lord Peter' series."
    Overall

    Dorothy Sayers' character, Lord Peter Wimsey, was a favorite when she wrote her mysteries, and, for some of us, still is. This book is the first of the Lord Peter books and fills in the character of Lord Peter as an amateur detective. This book is a good sampling of Ms. Sayers' writing and immensely entertaining.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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