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Zana

Winston Salem, NC, United States

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  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1025)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "I never want Louise Penny's books to end!"
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    If you could sum up How the Light Gets In in three words, what would they be?

    You'll laugh and cry and want to move to Three Pines.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Louise Penny has the remarkable gift of intertwining a true mystery (and in this case two mysteries) with real characters whom she allows you to know deeply. I don't know how she does it, but instead of being an observer you feel as though you are there with them. You feel the brutal cold and smell the acrid sweat and taste the café au lait.
    I absolutely love her writing style and cannot get enough.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Can't help myself - as much as I adore Gamache, Three Pines would be incomplete without the demented poet, Ruth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing out loud during the very first chapter, and was deeply moved by the love Gamache feels for his agents - especially rude Nicole (whom I suspect is partially autistic)


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us more.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Remember Ben Clayton

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen Harrigan
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Exiled to Texas with his grown daughter, sculptor Francis “Gil” Gilheaney is commissioned to create a statue for a man who recently lost his son in World War I. But as work on the statue progresses, secrets slowly reveal themselves and Gil’s fragile family threads begin to fray.

    Jonelle says: "Guidall Reads Another Winner"
    "Beautifully Written - Beautifully Narrated"
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    I absolutely loved this book. There are so many layers to the relationships between fathers and daughters, fathers and sons & living in the present by understanding the past. Harrigan delves into these remarkable characters until you care deeply about each of them. Fantastic combination of history, art and the wild west woven into a beautiful tapestry.
    5 stars*****

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Giveaway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Ellen Wingate thinks she's hit the jackpot when she learns the millions she's inherited comes with a super-exclusive condo in the mountains outside of Las Vegas. But leaving Minnesota for paradise turns out to be the ultimate nightmare. Trapped with her neighbors in a freakish winter avalanche, a chilling discovery at the bottom of an indoor pool signals a frightening turn of events.

    Zana says: "Story doesn't deserve Guidall's narration"
    "Story doesn't deserve Guidall's narration"
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    I love George Guidall - He could read a grocery list and keep me listening - but this story was so completely far-fetched and incredibly stupid that I had a hard time finishing it. Alzheimer's patients can't remember how to turn ON the television, let alone hit the record button and switch channels. This "drug" that is supposed to mimic Alzheimer's symptoms given to the goon's daughter to shut her up - well, let's just say it's a total misrepresentation of the symptoms themselves. And the other characters? No group of people could all be that dumb. I suppose the concept is plausible, but lack of character development and dialogue so shallow that half the time you don't know who's speaking is not my idea of good writing. Skip this one - but keep listening to George Guidall!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (691)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "What a Ride! Guidall & Johnson Do it Again...."
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    I have every book in the series and they never disappoint. Guidall is a masterful narrator and has simply "become" Walt Longmire. It still amazes me that Craig Johnson manages to mix up a good old fashioned mystery with flawed characters, native spirituality and tons of humor. The only character I missed a bit in this book was Ruby, though I'm sure she'll be back in future books. I'm already looking forward to #12. I tried watching a TV episode, and just couldn't do it - Walt didn't sound like George Guidall and he even looks better in my head than he did on TV, so I'm sticking with the audio books!
    Start at the beginning and get every book in this series - you won't regret it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17870)
    Performance
    (15888)
    Story
    (15845)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A MUST READ for every generation"
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    What a story! What writing! What a narrator! I have spent the past three days immersed in this book and loving every minute. King takes the concept of time travel to a whole new level. Baby boomers will think they've died and gone to heaven - it's that good. I am ashamed to admit that not being a huge fan of the horror genre, I have not read much Stephen King. That changes now. The writing is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful ride to the land of ago. I plan to return again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fountain Filled With Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Miller's Kill, New York is about as safe as it gets. That's why Episcopal minister Clare Fergusson is shocked when the July Fourth weekend brings a rash of vicious assaults to the scenic town. Even Clare's good friend, police chief Russ Van Alstyne, is shaken by the brutality of the crimes - especially when it appears that the victims were chosen because they are gay.

    Susanne says: "A Very Compelling Millers Kill mystery"
    "Morality Murders in Millers Kill!"
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    Would you listen to A Fountain Filled With Blood again? Why?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming lets you in - which is a rare thing in most authors. They're all still growing, learning, changing & evolving - which means never a dull moment!


    What other book might you compare A Fountain Filled With Blood to and why?

    The only other series that comes close is the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.


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

    I really like her


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Make a Joyful Noise


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8670)
    Performance
    (7820)
    Story
    (7824)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A Time To Kill Part II?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Grisham too! - but it was difficult to go backwards for me. I wish such a great story teller would use his talents to give us something to think about relevant to today's issues.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    Great narrator - same old racial story.


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

    Just as good - he's one of the best out there.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    What's up in Mississippi in 2013, John?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Compound Fractures: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (77)

    In Compound Fractures, Alan is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him. He is compelled to reconsider what he has long believed about trust and about love while he is trying to cope with overwhelming loss and grief.

    JuliaRose says: "Fantastic Series, Disappointing ending"
    "It's a WRAP!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I disagree with many of the reviews on this one. Chick lit? If only women have brains and hearts and souls - maybe. Steven White's flawed characters are refreshing - and yes they do question themselves ad-nauseum, but don't we all?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Compound Fractures?

    Jonas hiding the guns - smart kid


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1710)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1439)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Mitch Rapp does not YELL!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wanted to finally finish the series after Vince Flynn's passing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch Rapp, of course


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban’s performances?

    NEVER. The man should have read the books in the series which preceded this one. If he had, he would have better understood that Mitch Rapp is the strong silent type. He doesn't yell, he doesn't talk for the sake of talking, and his strength is in his quiet resolve. I had to MAKE myself finish this listen, just to know what happened - but it was painful. Ken Kilban's words come out like machine-gun fire - loud and barking - no matter which character is speaking. In honor of Vince Flynn, the publisher should re-record this book with Guidall narrating


    Did Separation of Power inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to never purchase anything narrated by Ken Kilban.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3430)
    Performance
    (2547)
    Story
    (2545)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Smart, Witty, and Deeply Moving!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These characters had me laughing out loud with their subtle dry humor. What a refreshing take on the humanity behind day to day law enforcement!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the smart-ass female deputy - what a mouth with a big heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many to name


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to tears by the struggle and rescue during the snowstorm. Maybe it's the Cherokee Indian in me, but I believed every word and felt every emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read more from this author. I also have to say that the narration was exquisite. Too many narrators EMOTE - and this one allowed the words to speak for themselves, which they did beautifully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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