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Sharon

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  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (779)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Well worth the wait"
    Overall

    It's been a long time since we've heard from Cormac McCarthy, and this story will leave you feeling it was well worth waiting for. This book is beautifully written, and has great character development; some will scare you to death and some will leave you full of admiration. Tom Stechschulte's narration is -as always- first rate and brings everyone to life. After listening to the book the first time, I immediately listened to the whole thing again - something I never do- to make sure I really captured the complicated tale.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1393)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Okay story, horrific narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Keeper of Lost Causes better?

    The narration was painful. I hope the other books in the series have a different narrator.


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

    The plot was okay, with a different reader (to reduce my annoyance) I may have considered it good.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1111)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Thought it would NEVER end."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Sue Grafton and/or Judy Kaye?

    I haven't kept up with this series but thought I'd check this out since 'Z' is getting close. One can only pray she stops there. Plodding, trite, same blah blah details over and over again. I stuck with it only with the hope of an ending that might make it worth it. No such luck. This reads like writing it was a chore, done only to satisfy a contract with a publisher. Hang it up Sue.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lifeguard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Billy Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (60)

    Working as a lifeguard at a Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets a woman he is wild about, the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way, except that she is used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops. She is a guest at the luxurious hotel, he lives above a garage.

    Michael says: "Do not waste your money"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall

    While I usually enjoy James Patterson's work, this one was a huge disappointment. The story is trite, the writing is weak. I would have expected more. To say it's the "Beach Novel of the Year" is merely paid advertising and isn't proven in the listening at all. A disappointing yawn.

    65 of 74 people found this review helpful
  • The Preservationist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

    Sharon says: "A frolicking tale"
    "A frolicking tale"
    Overall

    This was a hoot. The prose was nicely done, with both a deep message and enough entertainment to keep me laughing out loud. The characters are deeply developed and their stories of the challenges of such impossible tasks will enrich your thinking. A teriffic debut. I look forward to more from David Maine.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1073)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Truly a great listen"
    Overall

    I was engrossed in this story from the beginning. The characters are teriffic. The narration by the author (something I usually dislike)is very well done. I didn't want this book to end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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