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Ruthanne Davis

Abilene, Texas USA
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  • A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

  • A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
  • By: Jen Waite
  • Narrated by: Jen Waite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 983

Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter. After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage. In alternating before and after chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are people out there waiting for her...

  • By MaryPat on 08-29-17

So much more could be said...

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was because of the people who are living with partners with this little-recognized form of sociopathy. However, this book falls short of listing the even more dangerous situations that arise from living with someone with this personality disorder. I readily understand that this is a non-fiction account of the author's life and I admire her courage in writing it.
I only wish that there could have been an introduction to Jen's story by a mental health professional who could explain the causes and treatments for this condition.

Would you recommend A Beautiful, Terrible Thing to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, I would. Hopefully it would make them more aware of how to avoid people with this disorder or cope with them if they must.

Did A Beautiful, Terrible Thing inspire you to do anything?

To be more aware than ever before.

Any additional comments?

I have been through a similar situation with a person who was admired as a hero, an intelligent professional but who, behind closed doors, was violent and mentally abusive and lived a secret life. He destroyed both our lives but, with help and counseling, I recovered to find the joyous life and partner who were waiting for me. I wish the same for all who face the heartbreak of similar experiences.

  • The Hatching

  • A Novel
  • By: Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government "accidentally" drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part One of ???

  • By Patrick Marstall on 07-17-16

So-so on the Scary Chart

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

I was in the mood for something scary. As if life, today, isn't scary enough!

The Hatching started off with great promise but I should have believed all the lookwarm reviews because the promise didn't last. Too many location changes, too many characters and not enough explanation about the spiders.

Oh yes, the spiders! Think of the little hairy aracnapods with all the personality and feeding habits of piranhas and you get the picture!

The story had potential but never lived up to it and the ending gave me the impression that the author didn't really know how to end it...or maybe he's planning a sequel? If so, I'll pass!

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Country tales and voices.

  • By Judyth on 01-07-15

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

If you could sum up Far From the Madding Crowd in three words, what would they be?

I had never read Thomas Hardy before taking a course in British Literature from The Teaching Company...that whetted my appetite! Sure, I had seen movies and Masterpiece Theatre presentations and thought they were brilliant...but now that I've read two books, including THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE and FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, the smartest thing I did was read the books.Thomas Hardy's prose is true poetry. His descriptive passages put you so deeply into the scenery that you can almost smell the grass and feel the breezes! And MADDING CROWD literally will make you count sheep...if you can put the book down long enough to get some rest! It is that intriguing a plot and the characterizations are so true to life that you find yourself reading with a Wessex accent! Our heroine, Bathsheba Everstone, is being courted by three diverse characters...lucky girl? Well...we'll see! The first is Dominick Oak...now there's a name that describes this hardy shepherd to a tee. He's big and sturdy as an oak...and and gentle as one of his flock.Then there is William Boldwood, a mature man who is both wealthy and a bit obsessive! And finally, the dashing Sergeant Francis Troy who arrives with a secret past and one might say, turns life upside down for more than a few folks in this little town of Wetherby.The plot winds and twists and turns and you never quite know where it's going...but it keeps you in suspense and wanting to read "just one more chapter" before turning off the light. In my case, the sun was coming up by the time I wearily put the book down and tried to figure out how to make room in my day to pick it up again!Compare Hardy's writing to most of our modern day authors and they will not make the cut. This is poetry in the disguise of prose! And much easier to digest too!I will continue on my study of Thomas Hardy, such a bonus for taking this Teaching Company course! My intention is to read everything by Hardy that I can find. Now I wish I knew a way to get more of you good people of Goodreads to join me!
The narration by Jamie Parker was brilliant! All those dialects; all those characters...faultless! 1 like ·

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Bunker Hill

  • A City, a Siege, a Revolution
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fantastic Story by Philbrick

  • By Rick on 09-30-13

How we won our freedom...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What did you love best about Bunker Hill?

This is a precise and superbly researched book. If you love detail and want to depend that it is factual and true, you can count on Nathaniel Philbrick each and every time.

BUNKER HILL tells the entire story of the American Revolution from the political side to the religious and sociological side. It reveals the mistakes that both sides made and the brutality of the battles in such realism that you will feel you were a spectator.

I've read two other books by Mr. Philbrick and this one meets the same standards....very high standards...that he always manages to achieve.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pyramid story is extraordinary

  • By CBDC on 05-21-10

Wallander's Beginnings

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Where does The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is wonderful! How often do you find a character you admire and want to read everything about, but always wonder how his life and career began. Henning Mankell has given us a gift by telling us of Wallander's early years as a sort of bumbling beginning peace officer until his maturity into a lead detective.

I believe this book was written after he wrote what he claims will be his last book about Wallander. I certainly hope he will change his mind because this is an unforgettable character and I certainly want more...and more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,024

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks

  • By Jeff on 04-08-19

Stephen King redux

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

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

It's been several years since I read a Stephen King book...Mr. Mercedes did not disappoint. The master of horror still has it, though this book was not as "lights on scary" as some others I've read. The characters were well developed and the story-line was right out of the headlines for the most part. The psychological side of the story was fascinating...it's always interesting to discover why people are the way they are and how they can carry out horrendous crimes with little or total lack of conscience. Mr. King is a master of that.

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

No extreme reaction except a realization that what takes place in the book can happen to any of us...that is quite scary enough.
One of my favorite Stephen King quotes, and I can't resist repeating it here: "I have the brain of a teen-age boy(slight pause)..........I keep it in a jar on my desk!"

Any additional comments?

Will Patton is masterful! He voices every character as though he's actually met them! He nailed it and, although this was my first Will Patton narration, I am anxious to hear more in the future.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

What did you like best about The Luminaries? What did you like least?

I so looked forward to reading/listening to this book...and I was completely disappointed in every aspect, except the narration.

Any additional comments?

Try as I might, I could not get into this book. It was certainly not the fault of the narrator. Mark Meadows did a fine job...it was the book itself. It was tedious from the beginning. The characters were wooden and underdeveloped. I am amazed that this won the Man Booker Prize last year. There were many books much more deserving.

  • Winter's Tale

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 751

One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch

  • By David on 04-11-11

Magical Realism at it's best.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

What did you love best about Winter's Tale?

We once all believed in fairy tales...while listening to A WINTER'S TALE, I found myself feeling the same familiar dreamlike feeling I had as a child, listening to "once upon a time" tales.
This is a purely magical blend of harsh reality and beautiful, breathtaking magic. It grabs you and holds you and you don't want it to ever end. This is what "magical realism" is all about.

Which scene was your favorite?

Mark Helprin is obviously in love with New York City and yet he shows both sides of it, the dark and dismal side of poverty and gang warfare and the ethereal side of cathedrals and people with hearts and dreams as big as the massive city they inhabit.
He also takes you miles away, through storms and blizzards to a magical place called Lake of the Coheeries, where many important scenes take place.

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

Not even possible...it's about 39 hours long!

Any additional comments?

As long as this book was, I hated to come to the ending and wish I had the time to go back and listen to it again from the beginning. And I must give credit to the stalwart gentleman who narrated this tome. Oliver Wyman, whom I had never listened to before, did a magnificent job of bringing out the charm of each character. His voice modulation, his accents and dramatic touches only enhanced what is a pure masterpiece of fiction

Faithful Place
    A Novel
    
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        Tim Gerard Reynolds
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
    6,962 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

It doesn't get any better!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Where does Faithful Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tana French just keeps getting better! Each book I've read has left me thinking the next might disappoint...no way. What a gift she has and I personally can hardly wait to pre-order her next book due out in September.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Frank (Frances) Mackey. With his Irish sense of humor...and his cynical, sometimes angry, Irish temper...he is a winner and I wish he could be in each and every book. But FAITHFUL PLACE puts him in the spotlight and yet get to know him intimately and you just fall in love with him.

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

It certainly made me laugh...hold my breath in spots...not quite made me cry but came close. I often gasped out loud, much to my favily's puzzlement!

Any additional comments?

I cannot write a review without throwing roses at the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds. He IS Frank Mackey! This is one of the most outstanding narrations I have yet to read and I am going to check out his other offerings and I do truly wish that he could narrate all of Tana French's books. Outstanding job, Mr. Reynolds!

  • Mother Daughter Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Katie Hafner
  • Narrated by: Katie Hafner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner's remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions. Dreaming of a "year in Provence" with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoe, Katie's teenage daughter. Katie and Zoe had become a mother-daughter team, strong enough, Katie thought, to absorb the arrival of a 77-year-old woman set in her ways....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Deep Look into Relationships

  • By Mary on 09-13-18

An impossible dream

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

If you could sum up Mother Daughter Me in three words, what would they be?

The impossible dream

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mother Daughter Me?

When the grand daughter packed away her cello after being criticized by her grandmother.

Any additional comments?

Three women who shared the same dream of rebuilding their relationship but the reality of generational differences, old resentments, past neglect and alcohol addiction made the dream impossible. Insightfully written and with equal parts anger and compassion, it's a book that every woman can relate to.