LISTENER

Trudy Owens

Orem, UT, US
  • 416
  • reviews
  • 1,165
  • helpful votes
  • 465
  • ratings
  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,857

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

please write more

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This little teaser demonstrates that Ms. Washington has talent both in writing and in performing. This was actually more like an old-time radio drama complete with sound effects, as well as incredible voicing and accents from the author. It seemed to end a bit abruptly for me, but maybe that comes from being true life and not wrought fiction. I'd like to hear more of her life.

  • Noble Man

  • Jake Noble Series
  • By: William Miller
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

 

Jake Noble, Special Forces veteran and ex-CIA operative, is living on his boat, trying to scrape together enough money for his mother's cancer treatments. When the Company offers him 150k dollars to track down a missing girl, Noble has no choice but to delve back into the seedy underbelly of Manila's sex trade. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good character, good start, needs work

  • By Trudy Owens on 10-13-18

Good character, good start, needs work

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

The story isn't as believable as the stories of the best writers, but this is a good beginning. It has a good main character, and the author has talent. I'll come back to Alex Noble when the next volumes are available.

The story is timely and socially moving: sex trafficking as a huge international business. Alex has some good skills and is a noble character. The author needs to put a little more credibility and depth into the locales and the relationships. The book could have used a bit more research into life in the Philippines. For example, the under-financed shelter for abused women needs a new water heater so the women can bathe and wash clothes. It seems the author doesn't know that a lot of cold-water bathing and laundering go on there. The solution is not to take the clothes to the coin-op laundromat. This was perhaps the first detail that had me wrinkling my brow in question.

The women's shelter is run by two women; one woman is kidnapped and the other is concerned. Alex is sent to find her. Not enough is done to enable us to "see" these women--when we finally find out that Samantha Gunn is half Chinese, it had no precedence in the narrative and comes as a surprise. Then Alex falls in love with Sam after a few hours. Not likely. And then the supposedly strong-willed Sam gives up her religious principles about sex before marriage and decides to let Alex decide for her. This is not the description of a strong woman.

I know of 2 other series where the spec ops guy is religious, and it doesn't seem to blend well for me. I happen to be a believing person and, in these women's situations I would be praying mightily, but the faith and praying of the women in this story will clash with many people's sensibilities and expectations in this type of story.

The narrator did a fair job, but needs a little more work on beefing up the accents and distinguishing among the characters. And he needs to learn to pronounce "Tagalog."

The series has a good future given a good researcher and a good editor. I'll be back to see if I can give 4 stars next time!

  • The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout

  • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Sociopaths comprise an alarming four percent of the population; that is, one in every 25 people is a sociopath. But this mental disorder is not well understood and many people fail to recognize it in others, which makes sociopaths difficult to identify and potentially very dangerous. It is urgent that people understand what a sociopath is and learn to recognize their revealing traits in order to protect themselves against these individuals who otherwise blend into the general population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview

  • By Eric on 09-13-17

dry and unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

This is a synopsis of the full book of the same title. Each chapter has a summary followed by "take-aways." These are delivered in such a dry, dull manner that you won't remember any of them. I suspect the full book has real-life examples and anecdotes that make the points understandable and more interesting, so skip this and read the other.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

people you want to spend time with

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Oh, if only you could join them! The personalities are so fully-fleshed, with real human foibles and birth marks. You'd be jealous of the decades-old friendship between Walt and Henry except that you get to enjoy it next to them! There's real human pathos here, but leavened with Walt's own brand of humor, and all delivered in George Guidall's impecable velvet voice.

  • Split Second

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381

What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not weeks, days, or even minutes back. What if you could only send something back a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an event, or win a lottery. Nathan Wexler is a brilliant physicist who thinks he's found a way to send matter a split second back into the past. But before he can even confirm his findings, he and his wife-to-be, Jenna Morrison, find themselves in a battle for their very lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I finally found my replacement for Crichton

  • By Brian on 01-29-16

interesting, but it seems B-grade to me

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

It's hard to tell if it was the narration that made the writing seem less professional, or if it's just the writing. After the violent opening, it was fairly predictable. This is an action story twisted to fit around some scientific theories and possibilities. It is very difficult to make this type of plot creation work successfully. The people are not fully rounded and believable. The main characters' emotions are too simple, and they get over huge traumas too quickly and easily. The scientific explanations are accurate but dull and stilted in their presentation. Still, the story is interesting enough to pass time, but not great action, nor great literature.

The narration is just good. It seems the accent for Knight changed after they met him.

  • Hawke: Three Black Ops

  • Alex Hawke Series
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

This set includes Crash Dive, What Comes Around, and White Death, three Alex Hawke novellas never available before on audio. In Crash Dive, Alex Hawke is on a highly covert mission to enter another nation’s airspace undetected and find a way to avert a global war. In What Comes Around, two CIA officers are found dead. Hawke discovers that the victims are connected through one man: Spider Payne, a rogue intelligence officer. In White Death, M16 suspects a bizarre conspiracy when two bankers are found dead, and vast sums are plundered from the Queen of England’s accounts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Scam

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-18

2 good, 1 bad

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The first two stories are well done but the last one is all talk and no action, and boring talk at that.

  • In Such Good Company

  • Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and antics that made the show legendary as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Memories of a Great Show!

  • By Jami on 10-01-16

not as funny as the show, but very interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Carol does a good job keeping us interested in revisiting the 11 years of her TV show, talking about the writers, the actors, the guests, the costumers, the sound people, and even the audience. It is not as funny as watching her show, but it is fascinating to see how it was put together, and to finally realize the genius of so many people involved.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,675

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

It feels so real!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The world and the characters are unbelievably realistic and lovable. You will want to hang out with Walt Longmire and Standing Bear. You will want to fight for justice for the Indians (this is an old book), for abused women and girls; you will want to move to Wyoming. All the people are incredibly fully-fleshed.

There is humor, trauma all around, and pathos, and "spiritual bul..t" that is actually one of the best scenes in the book. George Guidall brings it all to full-color life, whether the character be a huge lawman, a petite foul-mouthed deputy, a wormy youth, or a diner waitress.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally B.V. Larson is back!

  • By Anders on 03-03-17

undistinguished story

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I love BV Larson. I love Mark Boyett. If this is your first series with them you will love it as Larson is stupendous at aliens, battles and causes.

However, if you have read his other things, specifically his Undying Merenaries series, it may be hard to get into this one. I read the first volume over a year ago, and finally got around to this one. The problem is not the writing or the narration; the problem is it all sounds the same. You won't remember if you are listening to Campbell, Larson, or Nuttall (except for the moral politics). Mark Boyett is a master at creating voices, but even he can't make that many new ones.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Infinite gets really boring

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

After some interesting events, there doesn't seem to be a point to existence. RC Bray can't fix dull.