LISTENER

Linda Ottey

Gardnerville,NV
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  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Unfinished...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Started out interestingly as far as era and premise go but quickly became vulgar and violent so “no, thanks”!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable. When she’s called to the scene of a murder, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine is dead. Cat and her team suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland 18 years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year

  • By Jennifer Nelson on 08-16-18

Wonderful narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Really enjoyed this unique story made all the more enjoyable by superlative narration! Tiny sidebar of advice to the author: drop the use of “literally”, especially when you mean “metaphorically”!
Highly recommend this entertaining book.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,987

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Felt like I was there...

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

...in the lagoons and marshes of South Carolina. After a long spell of so-so books laced with gratuitous obscenities and graphic sex, this was a breath of fresh salt air beautifully written. I will not soon forget Kya’s unique story with its painful beauty. The Deep South setting was vibrantly enhanced by the narrator’s rendition of southern country accents and voices of many characters, both male and female. Highly recommended!

280 of 300 people found this review helpful

  • Somewhere out There

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Hatvany
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Rebekkah Ross, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite 35 years later to find the woman who abandoned them? Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book😄😄

  • By Sandie on 03-28-16

Better if shorter...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The wordy, repetitive and mundane details of each character’s daily life bogged the storyline down making the listen tedious at times and about 30% longer than necessary. Still an interesting plot, though, if you have the time! Also didn’t like the “Brooke” character narrator but Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorites!

  • No One Ever Asked

  • By: Katie Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray - the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman, and champion fund-raiser - faced with a shocking discovery; Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption; and 22-year-old Anaya Jones - the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand-new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Tamara on 06-22-18

Topical

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The main theme of this book is racism - relevant to American culture right now. The author handled it well and from several different perspectives which educated and entertained. There was an incident with a gun (spoiler alert) which is also relevant to our culture in which a child accessed one from a parent’s unattended purse at a public event attended by hundreds of kids resulting in a shooting. I was disappointed that the negligence of the mother was not addressed in any way, much less punished. Too bad. Otherwise a good enough read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paris by the Book

  • A Novel
  • By: Liam Callanan
  • Narrated by: Kim Bubbs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. Hoping to uncover clues - and her husband - Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge...and that he had set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A whimsical yet heartfelt mystery

  • By Reading Maven Mia Jo on 02-11-19

Mused,answered,laughed...

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

...whispered,shouted,asked,admitted are a few substitutions for “said”. The author’s continual repetition of “he said” or “she said” really got on my nerves! Otherwise an engaging enough read although I would have enjoyed a little more Pari throughout.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Other People's Houses

  • By: Abbi Waxman
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband.... As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and predictable

  • By Roy on 04-06-18

Overwhelmed by profanity

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

If a “prize” were awarded for most prolific use of the f-bomb, this book would be a top 5 contender. The cultural insights and wry humor were overwhelmed by the profanity and obsession, often gratuitously graphic, with sex. Too bad because I can tell this author is intelligent and funny, too, but I found the language and frequent sexual descriptions not only distasteful but also distracting.
On the upside, the narrator is one of my favorites!

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Lord of the Flies, adult female version

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Five female professionals are sent by their company into the Australian bush country on a hiking/camping retreat...what could possibly go wrong?! Well, how about someone get a weather report first? Or maybe a pro from the local guide outfit could check in on them daily? None of them had outdoor experience.
That aside, not a single sympathetic, much less likeable, character in the bunch...the bickering and whining was so pervasive and unpleasant I was anxious for the book to end.
Mean girls masquerading as corporate professionals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mission Walker

  • I Was Given Three Months to Live....
  • By: Edie Littlefield Sundby
  • Narrated by: Jaimee Paul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only three months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy and radical liver and lung surgeries and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul. As you will learn in this audiobook, Edie doesn't care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live despite the odds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tough in more than one way...

  • By Linda Ottey on 11-01-17

Tough in more than one way...

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Edie is one tough and resilient lady - I admire her strength and resolve in facing cancer and enduring the hardships along the Mission walk. Amazing story! I admit to finding the retelling a bit repetitively lengthy, though.
The narrator was overly expressive and dramatic as if trying to engage the attention of first graders...I almost quit listening several times! Also many mispronounciations including the name of Junipero Serra, the monk who founded the trail !! Crazy making!
I would not listen to this reader again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,236

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 04-01-12

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

Haven't read print version

Would you be willing to try another book from Cheryl Strayed? Why or why not?

Yes ... seems to have led an interesting life

What about Bernadette Dunne???s performance did you like?

Very

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

The description of putting on her backpack was hilarious

Any additional comments?

The book was much more about her time spent off the PCT and the people she met there than her actual hiking time , which was taken up with musings on her past and her mother's death. The title led me to assume the book would be about the author's wilderness experience on the trail itself and what she saw and felt in the mountains so I was disappointed in so much off-trail description , which was

10 of 16 people found this review helpful