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Wilde Rain

Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.

ratings
10
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
18
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5526)
    Performance
    (3480)
    Story
    (3488)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Compassionate and thought-provoking"
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    I adored this audiobook. The story, the narrator, just everything .. a real keeper that conveys moving observations and empathy. I find myself regarding my own 4 dogs in a different light after completing this moving book. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colters' Woman: Colter's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (547)

    Adam, Ethan, and Ryan aren't looking for women. They're looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They're losing hope they'll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. Adam knows she's the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact - and protecting her from the danger of her past.

    CAROLYN says: "A MENAGE FOR 4 - BUT BE WARNED"
    "Snow White and Princes x 3 Charming"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Its not my thing, and I dont think my friends would enjoy this stuff either, so I dont think Id recommend it, other than to bring the title up if we were broadly discussing the subject or the various writings of porn thats out there. I like to listen to or read books that teach me something or make me wonder or think about life in general. Ive read a few good romance with novels that do just that, and was curious enough to dive into this one. This book .... well. All I learnt was that an unconscious woman, a young virgin at that, all of a sudden can become hot property desired by 3 brothers (and in my innate curiosity about humans and things in general, I cant help but wonder ... does/could this really happen!? Can you imagine!? Heck, I cant. How could this possibly work out?!) without her even knowing about it at the time. This to me seems like a confabulated pornographic tale of Snow White with Prince Charming, only here she has THREE of the Charming Princes! All brothers. The whole premise made me feel a little uncomfortable, I must say. Apparently the story goes on in a further book in a storyline which makes me feel even more uncomfortable - she has their kids and they all live happily ever after. Really, what twaddle. For me personally, I just dont gel with this kind of writing. Im not anti-erotica or against stories with a sexual theme, but this book is just plain ridiculous. (IMHO). This is not romance, its porn, plain and simple, and I feel this *entire* series should be listed under the erotica section, not romance.


    What was most disappointing about Maya Banks’s story?

    Its a dumb story. Just plain weird setup all round.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one!


    Any additional comments?

    If that one guy said 'Im/we're not going to hurt you' one more time, I swear I was going to spit a spider. Aside from the boring repetition, I mean, its hardly a healthy situation that he wants this woman to be in, and I would say okay, so its not physical hurt, but what about emotional etc? And one very positive thing .. I found the narrator did a sterling job reading this. He handled everything and the entire subject matter with great aplomb. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1478)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Fun mystery and lighthearted story"
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    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a light-hearted, interesting listen, ranks about middle of the range to others - but to be fair, that depends on what category of book we're talking about here in order to give it an unbiased ranking. In its category of what I'd determine as light hearted and fun, Id say its in the top 20 or so. I enjoyed it enough to buy and download a few of her other books, and I liked learning more about Egypt and tombs; Im looking forward to carrying on listening to the rest of the series. Her descriptions of the desert and Nile are pretty vivid, I could literally view the vistas through her words.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one Ive listened to - overall, a good performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9666)
    Performance
    (8859)
    Story
    (8913)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Bittersweet"
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    An emotional love story between 2 young cancer patients. I had several reactions to the book, some of it 'yes-absolutely', or 'no, not too sure about that' .. but all in all, I was moved by the portrayal of the brutal reality of life; we are all facing death one way or another, and well .. I found it to be a book that has subject-matter that deserves to be thought about. Theres no beautiful graceful dying swan stuff here; cancer is horrible, terrible and degrading, and the author projects the physical hardships and emotional rollercoasting through his 2 main characters. I did come across a few flaws in the book, such as the teens having a little too perfect quick-thinking clever dialogues and so on, but its minor stuff; for me it didnt distract from the main focus of the book: life and love is hopeful and beautiful, terminal cancer is ugly and final - and the struggle to come to terms with and/or make sense of it all

    Kate Rudd, the narrator, did an absolutely STERLING job reading this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5462)
    Performance
    (4685)
    Story
    (4695)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Very enjoyable listen"
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    What a wonderful story with a forgiving message. Thanks so much for the gift, Audible, much appreciated!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Interesting material - narration terrible"
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    While I have no doubt that the entire audiobook is absorbing, I just could not finish listening to it all, as the narration is very bad. I find myself losing my place constantly while I try to figure out what the narrator is saying, and Ive lost patience with the whole thing. This is most unfortunate, and perhaps I will try again sometime, but time and life is short, and I have many other better-narrated audiobooks to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stationary Bike

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McClarty
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Climb aboard Stationary Bike, a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist. When commercial artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he'd been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously high, he does what so many 30-something, junk food-eating couch potatoes have done before him: he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride it regularly.

    Wilde Rain says: "Enjoyable listen"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    I liked this. Its not classic horror SK, but its an interesting concept - can only come from the imagination of Mr King. I found that if I listened carefully and tried to put away the expectations of 'normal' SK fare, I related to the story, and was intrigued and involved in it. Narrator also good, and all in all, I found it absorbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (521)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Marched to his own drum."
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    Loved it. The book stayed with me for weeks after listening to it, and it still hovers in my subsconscious mind many months later. I sincerely wished Alex Supertramp had survived, I am fascinated by what made this man tick and walk his own walk.

    I so often find myself pondering on what life is in this modern age ... commercial and materialism and consumerism, we now live life in shopping centres and restaurants. After listening to this book, I find myself wishing I was 30 years younger, and that this book was available then. I might have thought deeper about what I wanted out of life.

    I think J. Krakauer did a brilliant job researching Chris McCandless's lifestory, and I enjoyed the narrator, too. A few repetitive errors in the reading of the book, but all in all, I thoroughly appreciated everything about this piece. A life-changing experience if closely and intently listened to. I absorbed and rehashed many parts of it, thinking and musing over several points and opinions and experiences. I googled the story extensively, and its interesting just how much has been said on the topic of and about both McCandless and Krakauer.

    Will be buying a printed copy for my library bookshelf, I intend to keep it close by for a very long time. Whole-heartedly recommend this as an absorbing listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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