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Carol Palmer

Denver, CO USA
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  • Nightblind

  • Dark Iceland, Book 2
  • By: Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates - translator
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Ari Thór Arason is a local policeman whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland - where no one locks their doors - continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good series. titles out of order

  • By Imma on 09-22-18

Glad there were two narrators

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read this book right after I finished his book Snowblind. It has two narratives. One is of Ari Thor trying to solve the murder of a fellow police officer. The other is the diary of a young man in a mental institution. The story with Ari Thor was good, but the book could have done without the diary. Thankfully, they different narrators for the different stories.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mastering Your Mean Girl

  • The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love
  • By: Melissa Ambrosini
  • Narrated by: Melissa Ambrosini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Ready to live your dream life? You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you're not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever enough? That's your Mean Girl. And she's doing her best to keep you stuck in Fear Town, too scared to go after the life you always imagined. But enough's enough! Melissa Ambrosini has made a life beyond her wildest dreams, all by mastering her Mean Girl, busting through limiting beliefs and karate-chopping through the fears that held her hostage for years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly, couldn't even get through the first half...

  • By shannon on 07-19-16

You will tire of her catch phrase

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I had hoped that this book would help me get negative thoughts out of my head. I tend to imagine bad things will happen like a motorist yelling at me when I'm on my bike or my boss getting upset with me if an email I sent was considered snarky by the recipient. Alas, her advice did not help me. With some of it, I felt like saying "Duh". Another time she contradicted herself by saying you don't appreciate something unless you pay for it, and then says how great it was that the universe sent her a free vacation. Her catch phrase grated on my nerves. I totally skipped the chapter on eating right. Alas, I've had more education in nutrition than she has.

  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People

  • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
  • By: Michael Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than 10 years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely audiobook, he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Anthropological, historical, entertaining

  • By Jay Friedman on 09-30-15

The +/- of the Scandinavians

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-17

The author of this book is an Englishman married to a Dane living in Denmark. He writes about all the Scandinavian countries and the idiosyncrasies of each. It made me laugh out loud and appreciate Scandinavians even more - warts and all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • James Madison and the Making of America

  • By: Kevin R. C. Gutzman
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen - as "The Father of the Constitution” - to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a traditional biography

  • By David on 12-14-12

The ratification of the Constitution in Virginia

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-17

If you could sum up James Madison and the Making of America in three words, what would they be?

very detailed

If you’ve listened to books by Kevin R. C. Gutzman before, how does this one compare?

It's the only one I've listed to narrated by him.

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

nothing

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

no

Any additional comments?

The extreme detail about the debates and votes regarding ratifying the US Constitution in the Virginia legislature was tedious.

  • Endgame

  • The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything
  • By: John Mauldin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Educational Fear Ride

  • By Graham on 06-15-12

A bit out of date

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Read it sooner

Has Endgame turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

How about most ironic scene? For that it would be the author using California as an economy as a mess and Brazil's economy as a success story.

Did Endgame inspire you to do anything?

Read topical books sooner.

  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

  • By: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly funny and very informative.

  • By Trent on 08-20-12

I wish I could have met him

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Where does Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere in the middle

What did you like best about this story?

Grant's snarky remarks about commanders who don't act

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

Grant's dry sense of humor

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

Even though I knew it was coming, I was really moved by General Lee's surrender. Union wins!

Any additional comments?

Grant was a man of action which is what the war needed. He thought the war was a waste of money and men and wanted to get it over with.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Malcolm X

  • A Life of Reinvention
  • By: Manning Marable
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • invites further reading on Malcolm X

  • By connie on 05-14-11

Chocked full of information

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

What did you like best about Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention? What did you like least?

I learned A LOT about Malcolm X even though I've read other books about him including his autobiography, but the tangents about other people just seemed to add unneeded information.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Fewer tangents.

Would you listen to another book narrated by G. Valmont Thomas?

no

Could you see Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

This book is jam-packed with information not only about Malcolm X, but people around him and a history of black nationalism in the United States. Unfortunately, unlike Doris Kearns Goodwin, the author is unable to make it interesting. I learned a lot, but it was a slog.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Detroit

  • An American Autopsy
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 07-09-13

The story of a Detroit written by a native

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Detroit to be better than the print version?

Yes, great narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adolph Mongo. Pulled no punches. Every time he was mentioned I thought of Blazing Saddles.

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

The street tough attitude.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I'm from southeast Michigan. In my memory Detroit has been going downhill for a long time. When we would "go to the city", we'd drive 6 hours west to Chicago instead of an hour east to Detroit. It was good to get the story of Detroit from someone who lived there.

  • The Bat

  • The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,654

Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Harry Hole finally translated into English!!

  • By Byron on 09-07-13

We are introduced to Harry Hole

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

No unless you were planning a trip to Australia and wanted to know how the places names are spelled.

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

Jo Nesbo twists and turns a plot. Just when you think you know who did it - nope!

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

The different accents

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

No because I don't usually have 9 1/2 hours of uninterrupted time.

  • The Tears of the Sun

  • A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Admit it, you're in for the duration

  • By Robert on 09-21-11

Good performance of an OK book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book because the performance is well done.

If you’ve listened to books by S. M. Stirling before, how does this one compare?

n/a

Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

Can't think of one that stood out.

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

A whole lotta flashbacks

Any additional comments?

I've liked most of the books in this series, but this one and "The Sunrise Lands" are just a whole bunch of flashbacks. I wish he had just written a separate book about what happened back in Oregon/Washington while Rudy and the gang were traveling East.