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gingerpenny95

Fairfield, Ca, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (3534)
    Story
    (3528)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Suspend disbelief and you will enjoy this tale."
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    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    No, I never listen to a novel twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    The ending but I would not give away the ending to describe it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the Mexican prison.


    Any additional comments?

    An incredibly complicated plan is hatched in prison by a wronged lawyer who was serving a long sentence because he was the fall guy in a scam. For the plan to work, all actions by the protagonist must be perfectly timed and initiated. Fun fantasy. Not as good as most of Grisham's work but fun nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Illegal Gardener: The Greek Village Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara Alexi
    • Narrated By Suzanne Heathcote
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

    gingerpenny95 says: "On of the best of my 250 audible titles"
    "On of the best of my 250 audible titles"
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    Where does The Illegal Gardener rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top three


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Asaan because he was so honorable and wise.


    What about Suzanne Heathcote’s performance did you like?

    Her narration was spot on. Good transition from male voices, Greek accents and English accents was seamless.


    If you could take any character from The Illegal Gardener out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Juliette because of her growth as a human being and her courage and determination. She also enjoys good food!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about this novel and I am so glad it is first in a series although the only one on Audible. I grew as a human being after reading this book. It is kind of like a mini slice of The Grapes of Wrath in a European setting with the Okies replaced by Pakistanis, Indians, Russians and others escaping from terrible economies. I will never again see casual laborers trying to scrape together a living without a degree of compassion I never had before. This book changed me in a profound way. I do hope that Audible will present the rest of the series. It was an easy listen with a degree of humor and it wasn't preachy. A satisfying ending made my heart sing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Gave up after 14 chapters"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Francine Rivers again?

    Never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Forbes’s performances?

    She wasn't terrible and given better material, she is probably fine.


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

    Disappointment that I wasted so many hours on such dreck.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine is the most self pitying, passive ingenue I have ever encountered in literature. Meanwhile, the hero was just too good to be true. I guess the author is a very devout Christian and is trying to make her characters fit a stereotype. There was an extreme creep factor in the idea that two individuals raised as essentially as brother and sister then become lovers and he is supposed to be the good Christian hero. Don't know if I can finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Scott says: "Women Wronged"
    "Last of the fabulous Binchy"
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    What did you love best about Chestnut Street?

    The courage of the decent everyday person.


    What other book might you compare Chestnut Street to and why?

    The Lilac Bus, a previous book of short stories by Binchy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose.


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

    Fools and Wisewomen, alternately.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy we have a final chance to enjoy the storytelling of Maeve Binchy. No other author can tap into the spirit of everyday people like she can. She especially addresses the woman who sacrifices herself for others and ungrateful children and in many of these stories, the downtrodden triumph when they stand up for themselves. I will sorely miss her talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3373)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2975)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Worthy of John Grisham"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the Harry Bosch detective thrillers. John Connoly is doing a great job with this genre. I think I will re-listen to the Lincoln Lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Can't finish it."
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    Any additional comments?

    I have tried but cannot finish this one after going half way through. The ingenue character is so unlikable and stupid I cannot feel sympathy for her. Bathe adult counterpart has no redeeming characteristics. All characters are unsympathetic and self absorbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1138)

    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!"
    "Finally a happy conclusion."
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    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    I am actually going to listen to the past ones over again. Number eight left me devastated, so much so that I returned it. This one is gratifying.


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

    Of course


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He is a wonderful reader


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen in one day. I am a dressmaker and listened to it whilst completing a project.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the other ones or you will be lost.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "Simply awful"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who live in a fantasy world


    What could Liz Flaherty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The concept was all wrong. We are supposed to believe that a woman with a heart condition that is so debilitating that she cannot share a bed with her husband, has the energy and the will to coerce her cousin into abandoning her own kids in order to have an affair with the woman's husband to produce a child that the sick woman somehow has the energy to raise. The author could have contrived a more believable plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Can't criticize the narrator.


    What character would you cut from One More Summer?

    The demented real mother.


    Any additional comments?

    How hard is it to contrive a plot that could have happened?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (244)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Reads like a novel"
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    Would you listen to Prophet's Prey again? Why?

    Maybe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The PI who wrote the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The material was so organized and the description so riveting that it kept me fascinated. As a fan of Big Love, the HBO series, I can see where many of the real life characters were the inspiration for the cast of Big Love. It amazes me that the type of child abuse perpetrated by this community is allowed to exist and I am appalled that the CPS of Texas were so derelect in their duty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Incredibly Stupid Protagonist"
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    Any additional comments?

    I lost patience with the stupidity of the main character, a woman with few qualifications who somehow got a book published about cleaning and organizing. She is supposed to be an expert in her field but fails to recognize valuable objects and collectibles. She was clueless in so many ways. The narrator was semi annoying but I gave her a 4.

    I expected this book to be more about letting go of things but it seemed to be so superficial. Glad I only paid $5 for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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