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Vickie

Chattanooga, TN, United States

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  • 16 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 54 titles in library
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  • Koko: Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets — a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York.

    bionichands says: "7 hours in and I am done"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story would have made this a better listen.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Straub’s story?

    It was tedious and too long.


    What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    Performance was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Overall, I was very disappointed in this book.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2906)
    Performance
    (2663)
    Story
    (2691)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "this might be a good book if not for the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Bram Stoker and/or the narrators?

    No, I am two hours and 42 minutes into this thing. I won't be able to finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I would have one narrator that isn't speed reading and does not use such heavy accents so I can better understand them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I spent a credit on what I thought would be a classic; disappointment at the badly tedious story.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish this thing if it were free.

    11 of 81 people found this review helpful
  • La Ventana Abierta [The Open Window]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Herbert Hugh Monroe
    • Narrated By Sonolibro
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Framton Nuttel estaba harto del estrés de la gran ciudad, con lo que siguiendo el consejo de su hermana se decidió a pasar unos días en el campo.También siguiendo el consejo de su hermana fue a presentar sus respetos a la señora Sappleton, más por pura cortesía que por otra cosa, ya que no conocía de nada a la familia.

    John says: "Un Cuento Muy Ingenioso y Divertido"
    "I don't speak the language."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about La Ventana Abierta [The Open Window]?

    The language. I don't speak Spanish and don't care to. Why is it free in Spanish and costs English speakers. Is Audible getting politically liberal on us?


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness for Beginners

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (133)

    What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if "paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally" could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, it can.

    ArtC says: "Profound"
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    If you have ever read so much as an article on meditation, you are past what this book offers.

    I completely agree with Jane of Hopewell, VA in her review. This feels like a parody of a meditation session. If you can listen to "Track 1" without wanting to throttle this guy and tell him to spit it out, you are past what it is "teaching." Otherwise, like me, you might have to go ride your stationary bike to work off the irritation of wanting to throttle the guy and tell him to spit it out.

    Also, I do not like the format at all. But, it is my fault that I am so ignorant of my Zen thingy that I don't even know how to effectively set a bookmark to find a meditation session that appeals to me, if I could stand to listen to the contemplation of a raisin first.

    You can get better for free on some websites.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18854)
    Performance
    (12956)
    Story
    (12852)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Warning"
    Overall

    I feel misled by this being called a historical fiction. It is a bodice ripper.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Prose vs. story line"
    Overall

    I found the prose quite insightful and inspired in places, the narrator was great, but the story lacked cohesiveness in my opinion. I know the bad guys were up to no good, but there was never anything made clear beyond some murky explanation that a lot of money would be claimed...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (259)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "rather dull but pleasant at times"
    Overall

    I found it curious that the stories of Robert's women was told in such excruciating detail and Robert's "recovery" was handled rather ham-fisted. Why both the wife and, especially, the lover felt the need to tell the psychiatrist about mind numbing details of the beginning of their relationship with patient was and still is beyond my ability to understand and appreciate. The relationship between the psychiatrist and the patient's ex-lover was not developed well in the least. None of the characters elicited warmth, empathy or sympathy.

    But, I am an older reader who had more patience with this rather poorly portioned and paced book, more so when the history of the painting was brought into the story.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (5444)
    Story
    (5488)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "King's shot at Lord of the Flies"
    Overall

    I feel kind of foolish reviewing a Stephen King novel. Very foolish. But, I've got to say that King has his characters do unbelievable things in an obvious attempt to drive the plot. Now, Stephen King has a lot of characters do unbelievable things, but they tend to stay in character. However, I felt nothing but contempt for the clergywoman whose blank stupidity drove her to the confrontation that got her dog killed.

    The crowd scene at the grocery was pretty convincing. The blank wall stupidity of a character who is supposed to be a nurse with a bit of sense slaps two thugs whose brutality she has seen in their rape victim. The woman seemed unaware of current events. That was a definite Darwin moment that I wouldn't want any practicing nurse to fail.

    Now, Brenda is on her death walk to confront the bad guy. Her Mama said bitter medicine was best swallowed quickly, so off she goes to bare her jugular. It almost gets silly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Crosses: Kathryn Dance, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A highway patrol trooper notices something strange on the side of the road: a homemade cross, fashioned as a memorial. Except the date being 'remembered' is the following day - the day the police find a kidnapped teenage girl in the trunk of a car, left for dead. Special Agent Kathryn Dance, the kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation, is on the case.

    barbara says: "Dance series"
    "uninteresting"
    Overall

    uninteresting

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • She Walks These Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.

    Vickie says: "excellent story teller"
    "excellent story teller"
    Overall

    I am from East Tennessee and having discovered McCrumb feels like a homecoming. My only argument is the seeming concensus (even by characters not familiar with the aging induced by the prison system) that a man of the genetic stock in those mountains in his 60's is ancient. Then I stop to think that the generation I associate with the toughness of these hill people has, indeed, passed. My grandmother could have walked you through those mountains in her 60's - do not doubt it. But, those were heartier people who survived many things that would kill modern folks.

    I read the story about Mary the elephant years ago while a student at UT Knoxville and could not listen to that part. At the time I read it, it felt like my soul had been savaged by the savegry that cannot die; it abides in the cruel ignorance of the human spirit, and it is timeless.

    I adore Sally Darling's voice. Her voice does not reflect the East Tennessee accent, but I am, quite frankly, glad of that. My East Tennessee accent is rather flat and twangy. Darling's singsong lower Southern accent is beautiful.

    McCrumb is a masterful story weaver.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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