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Sarah Irene Krenzke

Houston, Texas USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 269 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Not a typical mystery"
    Overall

    I got this book despite some negative reviews because many people said it was really good. The story was good and eventually I did become engaged in it, despite the fact that the first chapter was really quite annoying. I think the narration harmed the book rather than helped it, the narrator was fine when just reading but as soon as she did dialogue her voice became very grating and men and women took on a strange high pitched tone which made many characters very unlikeable. I think this book would be better in paper form and I do plan on getting the next one but will probably read it myself although I might listen carefully to the audible preview to see if the different narrators do a better job.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1313)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Interesting and entertaining, well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book and find it hard to understand why so many reviewers criticize the reader. I think she does an excellent job and her voice for Hadley and others in the book fits the time period perfectly. The story is fiction but appears to be very much based on fact. It's a fascinating look at an era and many famous characters, such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (467)

    Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

    Darwyn says: "sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy"
    "Not as good as first two"
    Overall

    I loved Butcher's Boy and Sleeping Dogs but this one was a bit disappointing. The first half of the book spends too much time describing events from the earlier books and the current events are not given as much depth as they should. The story just seemed a bit flat and the ending had some really unbelievable details in an already unbelievable story! Of course you will want to listen to it if you have read the first two, but it isn't as good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Down to the Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Matt Wolfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    As a small-town reporter for the Bergen News, Chris Turley could never measure up to his father, Edward--one of the last great investigative journalists. With his father's legend ever-present, Chris dreams of his own Pulitzer, as he bides his time covering press conferences and town hall meetings. Then one day his fortunes turn.

    Kaye E Steeno says: "Good"
    "Waste of credits"
    Overall

    Having just finished the Andy Carpenter series of books I was looking for some more similar entertainment. I should have paid attention to the one very negative review - it is really hard to believe this is written by the same author! The plot is shallow, the characters are unlikeable and not believable, and the narrator probably made it all worse with stagey bad guy voices that sounded the same as old lady voices. There is no humor in this book either.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18513)
    Performance
    (8395)
    Story
    (8421)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Awesome narration, great story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this a lot more than Girl with a Dragon Tatoo. The story becomes interesting quickly and holds your attention. Lisbeth is a very intriguing and endearing character. There are sexual references but they don't become too graphic (I've read worse in romances) although yes, there is a small section about two girls having a friendship that includes sleeping together now and again. Simon Vance does a superb job with the various characters, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to listening to Girl and Hornet's Nest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5681)
    Performance
    (3622)
    Story
    (3634)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "An enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I was a bit worried because of some of the reviews focusing on the sadness of this book but I loved it, it is not all sadness, the narration is great, the dog's personality is awesome, very lovable, tough and clever. There are some frustrating parts but overall this is a good listen, not uplifting, but not depressing either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Larry Levin
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    In the best-selling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted. Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

    SomervilleWhereElse says: "Lovely story"
    "Oogy: The dog everyone will love"
    Overall

    This is a sweet story full of antropomorphisms but if you're a dog lover you probably won't care about that, I didn't! I listened to this book in two sessions. I like Joe Barrett's voice it is kind and gentle and I felt fitted the story well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Sweeping, multigenerational story"
    Overall

    I love Pat Conroy and this book is no exception. It took me a good long time to not be distracted by the narrators flat unemotional reading - however, he got much better as the book went on and I ended up thinking he had done a really good job. The main story has many shorter stories within as it goes back to look at the lives of many of the more minor characters. The book is full of Conroy's usual beautiful women and wisecracking characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Is Wide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (140)

    The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

    P. Giorgio says: "Anything Pat Conroy writes is wonderful to me."
    "Conroy's early autobiography"
    Overall

    Conroy describes and quotes the students from Yamacraw Island in such an amusing and endearing way that it's hard not to fall in love with them. Dan John Miller, who did such an amazing job narrating Lords of Discipline, once again brings each characther to life with his superb narration. I found this book fascinating as it describes Conroy's early life as a teacher and touches on many of the stories that he used in later novels. He also describes some real life characters (including himself) who are recognizable from his other books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "Bring back Jennifer Weiner"
    Overall

    If you like Jennifer Weiner's books because while sometimes sad and touching they make you laugh with their quirky, frequently self-deprecating characters, don't get this book. I found it boring and depressing. There is no humor I detected and it was all too sad, too pathetic. Also, the husband of Diana is so revolting and unappealing it is totally unbelievable that anyone would have married him let alone a successful Dr. There is also a basically pornographic description of a sex scene between Diana and a med student that was way too graphic and I thought really strange.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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