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Steve

Fairview, TN, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3514)
    Performance
    (2512)
    Story
    (2517)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "The Potato Factory"
    Overall

    Wow. Quite the story. I'm sure it would have been a brutal era in which to live. (I'm glad I didn't.) Some bits very graphic but they only convey the harshness of those times. Interesting story. Narrator does an excellent job with male and female voices. Even a little singing involved. REALLY enjoyed it. Now going on to book #2 in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rainwater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

    Cindy Wain says: "A MUST read (or listen!)"
    "Rainwater"
    Overall

    Very sweet story. Predictable at times, could possibly make a great movie. A bit heartbreaking at times, but, that's to be expected based on the short description. Just the right length.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Crows

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Maris Soule
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Beware the menace posed by a dying man, a sniper in the woods and killer ladybugs. Accountant P.J. Benson recently inherited her grandfather's farm in rural Michigan. During tax season, she has no time for outside interests, but when she's suspected in the murder of a stranger who dies in her dining room, she's forced to turn sleuth.

    Steve says: "Yawn."
    "Yawn."
    Overall

    Started out interesting,....but never quite got interesting enough. 3/4 of the way through this mystery I still didn't care what the outcome was.
    Narration kills this one. Remember Samantha Stevens from Bewitched? They way Samantha would talk when she was excited or trying to lie is the only thing I can think of here. Maybe it's just poor production/editing.
    Story has great possibilites.....and I wanted it to go, it just didn't have enough gas.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5383)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2262)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Did I get it right?"
    Overall

    I loved this book, and some people say they get bored, but just hold on. Several separate stories, all add/lead to the main story. I'm still not sure if I read more into it or not, (my genius brother says it is what it is), but, I think there is something under. Guess you'll have to read it for yourself.
    OH !! The narrator is EXCELLENT !!! Best time I've ever had with an a/book, where the narrator had to create so many different voices...yet they were all identifiable. Incredible. Have listened twice already.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6727)
    Performance
    (3490)
    Story
    (3512)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Biggest surprise!"
    Overall

    WOW, I loved it. 5 stars. Don't hesitate to use a credit for this one. It was clever, exciting, funny, imaginative, surprising, and great!! Didn't want it to end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: The Fall of the Mafia Empire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Christopher Meloni
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Seldom has the netherworld of the Mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered - and murdered - at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of its time.

    Robert says: "Gripping"
    "Takedown"
    Overall

    I kept reading other reviews about how great this book is, but I wasn't impressed. All these mob stories are pretty interesting anyway, but a much better book in this category is Iceman. Wow. Now THERE'S a story.
    I would consider this a "starter mafia" look into the genre. Some people are surprised, though I don't know why, at the cruelty of violence, and the harsh language. I didn't feel this book had much (if any?) overt violence at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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