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Tory

Brush Prairie, WA, USA

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  • Being Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (24)

    Jim Crace has been called "one of the brightest lights in contemporary British fiction" by The New York Times Book Review. His novels have won a Whitbread Prize, an E.M. Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the GAP International Prize for Literature, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Far-ranging in its imagery, Being Dead is a provocative examination of mortality.

    J. Cline says: "Contemplating Death"
    "well-written, but..."
    Overall

    ...it's a bit of a snoozer. The premise is good, but by the end I just wanted it to be over. I was a bit tired of hearing about the ordinary characters and the scientific details of their deaths.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Howie Carr
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    This fresh account of Massachusetts' infamous Bulger brothers unveils a stunning criminal alliance, and with its dual biography format, goes deeper than the New York Times best-selling Black Mass. For the first time, journalist Howie Carr reveals the real story behind the infamous Bulgers, two brothers from South Boston who grew up to control a state.

    Tory says: "ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz"
    "ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I heard bob Edwards interview the author. I thought it was very interesting, but hearing about the book was much better than actually listening to the book. First of all, the narrator is extremely annoying. He sounds like he's trying just a bit too hard to sound like a professional. Secondly, the book is very hard to follow. It might be easier in print, but listening to it gets a bit confusing because it jumps around chronologically, plus most of the characters have cartoonish mob nicknames that I had a hard time keeping straight. That's of course unavoidable, since it's non-fiction, and maybe that's just my taxed brain, but the fact is that I'm disappointed in this book. I think what could have been a really interesting story is bogged down in details. I think it would probably be much better in an abridged version, though I wouldn't want to listen to that either if it were the same narrator.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Very Long Engagement

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sebastien Japrisot
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Set during and after the First World War, A Very Long Engagement is the tale of a young woman's search for her fiance who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as "killed in the line of duty". Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops.

    FanB14 says: "An Painfully Long Engagement"
    "A Very Long Engagement indeed"
    Overall

    I stuck with this through to the end, but there were times when I felt like fast forwarding. It's probably better in the abridged version. The story is good, but it goes on for too long, and the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic to me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "Garlic and Sapphires (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    This book is fantastic! It's entertaining from start to finish. I've long been a fan of Ruth Reichl in print, and the audio book gives her writing added life. The story is great, the narrator is just about perfect, and you'll frequently find yourself hungry. The ONLY drawback is that she peppers the book with recipes - that's the one part it would be preferable to have in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted. Its mysteries have withstood a century's worth of determined efforts to explore its length. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried.

    Tory says: "Hell or High Water (Unabridged)"
    "Hell or High Water (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    I have no doubt that this is an interesting, compelling book, but I had a hard time with it in the audio format. I hope the book has pictures, because it felt incomplete without them. I know very little about kayaking and found it difficult to follow the author's descriptions of situations the kayakers were in, though I have to say that I think he did about the best he could have done. There were quite a few people involved and I had a little trouble keeping them straight. To sum it up, it couldn't hold my attention to the end, and it made me feel like I was missing out because I couldn't see any of the scenery the author described. An abridged version might have been a little better - there was just too much information to absorb during daily commutes. It's a fascinating story, but maybe not one for an audio book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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