LISTENER

C Brose

Palm Springs, CA USA
  • 16
  • reviews
  • 179
  • helpful votes
  • 58
  • ratings
  • Blue Highways

  • A Journey into America
  • By: William Least Heat-Moon
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new Mark Twain... this is a great book

  • By Mr. on 01-25-13

I finished it cuz I'm no quitter

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

A few years ago I read The kindness of Strangers, the true account by a man who embarked on a cross country backpacking trip with no money. The characters were memorable because the author respected them and brought them to life on the page. It was memorable.

Throughout the first three quarters of Blue Highways I was tempted to quit. Except for the author's encounter with an old hitchhiking Indian, the book was largely boring because it seemef the author was disinterested in the geography of the areas and in the people he met.

When he came to New England though his entire attitude changed. He was fascinated with the characters he met and interacted with them more . He was less fearful and suspicious. The history and geography of the area held his interest and he communicated that effectively.

If II were asked if this book was a worthy read, I would say read the last quarter and forget the rest.

  • Shortest Way Home

  • One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
  • By: Pete Buttigieg
  • Narrated by: Pete Buttigieg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,157

Once described by The Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", Pete Buttigieg, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city", and transformed it into a shining model of urban reinvention. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME! 5 Star book!!!

  • By Sonsart2 on 03-10-19

Mayor Pete 2020

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

After watching several interviews and reading this well-written and well-read book, I'm ready to support Mayor Pete for president. What a much needed breath of fresh air.

  • To Die For

  • By: Alice Clark-Platts
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 748

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life. Detective Martin is called to the scene the next day. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy's life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's like getting only the first 2 chapters of a book

  • By Lisa on 05-12-17

stolen from a real case

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Almost no imagination used here. the involvement of the brother was probably the only added dimension. A lazy effort but well-read.

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,104

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

a major point stuck in my craw

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

I was in the mood for a mystery and this was well written and very well read. the author is a screenwriter; this is his first novel and bravo. But:

NO SPOILER: There was a medical point on which the ending depended. An editor with medical experience would have caught it and, although I enjoyed the book, it left me vaguely dissatisfied with the ending. Still, anyone who doesn't pick up on it will enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,488

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

A Surprisingly Good Read<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Athough this is clearly a book written for younger people, almost anyone can enjoy it. The narration is perfect and the story is captivating and charming. And, lesson learned, even at and advanced age, I will never give in to a bully.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,597

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What In the HELL Brother?!

  • By Naomi on 04-14-19

Excellent Performance, Story-meh

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I wish audible gave a true separate rating for performance because this was a five star performance. But if I give it 5 Stars it will increase the rating of the book and it doesn't deserve it.

I read excellent historical nonfiction and fine fiction as well but occasionally I want an escape book, a thoughtless book I can just enjoy. I have escaped into a number of Stephen King books that I've truly enjoyed. For instance, 11-22-63, a clever story idea and fascinating book. but sometimes I fall victim to Stephen King fans who give everything he writes five stars deserved or not. And then I slog through a formulaic book. This was such a book but I didn't slog through the whole thing. I had to quit at about three-quarters through. I had no interest in the characters or the story.

So maybe suddenly towards the end it became interesting. I don't know and I don't want to know. It must be hard for a prolific writer like Stephen King to stay fresh and interesting, but knowing your limits I would think is part of being a good writer. When you start writing the same characters and similar stories maybe you should edit.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,845

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Beatrice on 11-04-17

Formula, Predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

As I had just finished listening to John Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus, an extraordinary work of fiction, maybe my disappointment in this book is colored by the contrast.

And maybe I expected too much because of the excellent reviews both on Audible and Goodreads. Usually if I check both and find good reviews, I'm happy with a book, but there are exceptions and this is one.

The writing was fine and the performance was excellent. However there was never any doubt in my mind where the story was going. For me the characters were immensely uninteresting. A murder mystery should be mysterious, captivating and surprising. This one wasn't.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Good Job, Paula<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Paula Poundstone is witty and charming as is this book. In person she is quick and funny. It all works for me.

  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

Continuing Story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Be aware this is part 1 of a continuing story. For me, it was not interesting enough to pay for part 2. the plot is predictable and characters uninteresting Sophomoric sex scenes.

The female reader is good but the male reader over-enunciates annoyingly.

This was free on Amazon Prime. If I had paid for it, I would want my money back.

58 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,026
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,001

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative.

  • By Angela on 08-11-16

An Interesting Read But...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The author's premise is that Adnan Syed did not receive a fair trial and that he is not guilty of murdering his former girlfriend. The story is interesting and my absorption in it prompted me to read articles on the subject. He may not have received a fair trial, and his is a cautionary tale of our legal system, but that does not mean he is innocent.

My reservation about the book is the author's friendship with the subject. Her brother was a childhood friend of Adnan. Her passion and devotion is admirable and, as she is an attorney, she brings her legal knowledge to the story; however, at the core, she is unable to be objective.

She does mention some of the troubling issues with Adnan's case but chooses to gloss over and never explain them. Other issues she does not mention in her zeal to exonerate her friend. I learned of those from other sources.

I don't want to ruin the experience for other readers by detailing doubts with the case. Read, enjoy, and draw your own conclusions.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful