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Victoria B. Mitchell

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Austin, TX | Member Since 2007

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  • 4 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laurie Notaro
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    When her husband is offered a post at a small northwestern university, Maye Roberts is only too happy to pack up and leave the relentless Phoenix heat for the lush green quietude of Spaulding, Washington. But when you're a childless 30-something freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge. Her attempts to do so lead her to enter a kooky beauty pageant - and to uncover a sinister mystery.

    A User says: "Is it over yet?"
    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Overall

    Incredibly funny. Well written and well read. The plot gets a little fantastic at the end, which takes away from the enjoyment a bit. I'd still recommend it as a book you want to hear and an author you'd want to hear more from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1654)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (462)

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "Good story, poor narration"
    Overall

    This is my 5th or 6th Michael Connelly book, with all but one being Harry Bosch novels. I love the stories: they are intriguing and tense, and keep my interest. This is the first one I've listened to by this narrator, however, and I would never buy anything he reads, again. For one, he seems to have a speech impediment that makes his 'F' and 'Th' sound like Daffy Duck. For two, it's clear he hasn't read ahead of what he is speaking. This makes his intonation awkward and stilted at best, misleading at worst. In summary, the narrator, which often can make the audible presentation, definitely "breaks" this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia Flynn Siler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corporation's 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

    A User says: "The House of Mandavi"
    "Could have been shorter"
    Overall

    Although a fascinating story, the author tended to include too much detail (do I need to know what color the sleeves of Michael Mondavi's bride's dress were, really?), which tended to slow the story down. I think if I were reading it, rather than a captive audience during my commute, I might have finished a lot sooner with skimming. I also found the story skipped around a lot: even though the chapters were titled by date ranges, they often included lengthy material from other decades, both before and after. It made it quite confusing to follow.

    On a totally un-related note: the actor who *read* this book is fabulous. He could make the User Guide for a Coffee Pot sound enthralling.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5110)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1344)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "I'll end up buying the hard copy..."
    Overall

    ... so I can go back and re-live it. Just don't listen while you're trying to drive. It made me cry. Excellent historical reference, character definition, and narration. An outstanding audio book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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