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Sharron

Robinvale, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • 40 reviews
  • 119 ratings
  • 293 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (563)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Molly-o says: "Loved, loved, loved it!"
    "Good listen"
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    I enjoyed the story of the Burgess boys and their sister, even though I didn't particularly like or relate to any of them. The insight into human behaviour and society's reaction when confronted with refugees was very well portrayed by Elizabeth Strout. The narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1031)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "An unusual journey"
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    Otto is a good man but something is missing in his life. It takes a road trip with a guru to open his mind to some new ideas.
    The interaction between these two is quite tense at times but has some 'laugh out loud' moments and some hilarious scenes, especially the bowling alley.
    This book was really entertaining and was read exceptionally well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Fun Read"
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    I enjoyed this book. It was light but managed to keep my attention. The narrator was very good. The main character is such a snob but I really enjoyed his sardonic humour and the pragmatic way he looked at new hurdles that appeared during his trail for murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (893)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Be Warned. This is a romance novel!"
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    After listening to two thirds of the story, consisting of the seduction of Maddie, I gave up and couldn't go on. If you like Romance this may be for you but I thought there may have been something more and there definitely wasn't. A huge disappointment.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1367)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "A Great Find"
    Overall
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    I bought this book on the strength of reviews and wasn't disappointed. An historical saga, set in the fictional town of Delano Georgia, that spans 50 years and the office of three police chiefs. Racial tension and hatred are part of the everyday life of the residents of Delano, and throw into the mix the underlying threat of a serial killer.
    The narrator was excellent except for his attempt at an Irish accent.
    I was hooked very early in the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "This is running!!!"
    Overall
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    An enjoyable story that could easily be made into a movie. It's a little corny at times but that does not bother me and does not detract from a good storyline. Well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Surprising"
    Overall
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    I bought this book on sale and wasn't sure what I was getting into. I was surprised that I became so involved and put this down to the main character, Jack, who you cannot dislike. I was disappointed when it finished and definitely want to hear more about Jack. The narration was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper: Dismas Hardy, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (255)

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect.

    P. Giorgio says: "Where did Hardy go?"
    "The Keeper"
    Overall
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    Another good Lescoart book with Dismas Hardy at the helm. Abe Glintsky is now retired from the police force but joins Dismas in the investigation.
    This is an easy and enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1341)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Time Travel"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It doesn't have the detail of a Connie Willis book but is just as entertaining. The narrator did a good job. I really looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "As good as the first."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The Lewis Man is the second book in a trilogy and is every bit as entertaining as the first. There is no real benefit to reading them in order except for a few details but I love to follow characters. Peter Forbes is wonderful. The Isle of Lewis is definitely on my travel wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2120)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1698)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    This book was disappointing on several levels. Firstly the narrator was woeful with female voices. They sounded like helpless little girls instead of strong powerful women. Secondly the time the main character spent musing over moral and lifestyle issues became boring. Don"t get me wrong I like my hero to have a conscience and a good dose of humanity but I think it"s time Nathan McBride retired and changed his lifestyle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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