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bybrandy

LA PORTE, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (740)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Chet and Berine make me happy!"
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    Would you recommend Dog on It to your friends? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed these books, all of them. I live with a brilliant, loyal, lovable Australian Shepherd who is very much a part of my family. So I really enjoyed Chet's look at things. He knows more than most dogs would but he knows it in a very dog way.

    If you love dogs and an alternate take on a story? This is great. It's really fun. It made me happy.

    But if you don't love animals? There really isn't that much story here.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16522)
    Performance
    (14688)
    Story
    (14730)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "This years must read. But is it a must like?"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I could not stop listening, even when I wanted to. The book has several twists and turns and not all the characters are really rooting characters. I'm not sure any of them are. The psychological twists and turns and trying to decide how I felt about the characters made it a really compelling book for me. However, if you need a rooting interest in your book, this one is not for you.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Because of the narative structure of the book, having two clear distinct voices for the two protagonists, really was a nice touch. I liked it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    "Solid Ladies Detective book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It isn't the best of the Ladies Detective series. Alexander McCall Smith has so many characters in this series that somebody is always getting short changed. But it is nice to spend a few hours with these characters and their small problems.

    If you love the characters in this series, then you'll enjoy this. But if previous entries in this series have started to bore or frustrate you, this isn't any different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series have lovely characters.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    Lisette Lecat is wonderful. She is an asset for the series. She doesn't do much in the way of character voices but she conveys so vividly the character's genuine affection for their country. She is a joy to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1029)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Not my favorite but..."
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    I enjoyed it. I did. It isn't as funny or as pointed as Lamb. It is more like Fool, but I preferred Fool to this. I have a minor in art history and so this book was very much playing into my interests, still, I thought it could have been much funnier.

    The narration was good.

    And I only just realized that there is a PDF file that includes many of the artworks discussed in the audiobook. Don't forget to download that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (696)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Fathers, sons, and baseball"
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    This was a departure for Grisham. It was more like A Painted House than the legal thrillers. I enjoyed it for what it was. But it is for lovers of sports, not for fans of legal thrillers. I would think that somebody who didn't enjoy baseball would find it extremely tedious.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (563)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Best deal in Audiobooks"
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    Would you listen to I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) again? Why?

    Sure. It is only 8 minutes, chock full of puns, and entertaining banter between Stephen Colbert and Tom Hanks at the start.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't forget to download the PDF for the illustrations.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1663)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Good continuation but iffy sound quality"
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    Would you listen to Shadow of the Hegemon again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books a second and third time so I doubt I would this one either.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like that they gave Petra more to do in this book than she has in the others. It was nice to see a different more complex side of Peter as well. Clearly Bean and Carlotta were important and I liked them but I felt like I knew them already but Petra and Peter really get some movement here and I like that.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio transfer as a whole could have been better but most especially the looping. It was clear that the narrator did not know how to pronounce hegemon so most of the times it is said in the book it is looped in afterwards. Sometimes, however, it is not and the world is pronounced with a hard g. Either way it takes you a little bit out of the story.

    It doesn't make the book a bad listen but it is a bit of an annoyance.

    This is the only book in the series with this problem.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2738)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "New take on Ender's story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. I can't say I like it better than Ender's game, however, I appreciate seeing a different take on the same story. It fleshes out certain events and characters. I liked learning more about Bean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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