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J. Stauffer

Lititz, PA United States
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  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,900

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark indeed

  • By DQmaine on 08-12-16

Intriguing Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

Interesting character studies immersed in a mystery about family murder explained by societal myths. That said, the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more for my inquiring mind. Flynn's writing is wonderful and her story very interesting. But the questions I had "reading" the book about their motivations and subsequent actions left me wishing for more explanation. Some of the events in the overall story just did not seem believable to me. They were there for the story she wanted to tell, but not explained enough by the details to create my "buy in". I don't want to create spoilers in this review, so I will leave it at that.
The narrators all did a great job of creating their characters.
All in all, worth a credit to form your own conclusions.

  • New Tricks

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dog-lovers, rejoice!

  • By Snoodely on 09-18-09

Always a good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-22-12

What did you love best about New Tricks?

Lori and Andy's relationship moved forward

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andy Carpenter as always, because he makes me laugh with his deprecating humor.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Grover Gardner is the voice of Andy Carpenter and I have enjoyed his performance in other works as well.

  • Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom—while offending his esteemed colleagues and his draconian wife, Hilda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-28-16

There's no one like Rumpole!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-12

British humor served up by John Mortimer using Rumpole defending the British ne'er do well in the Bailey and narrated by Patrick Tull. Can't do better than this when you need a book that will make you giggle and scratch your pate at the same time!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Open and Shut

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?

  • By pewter on 02-05-13

A 'Fun' Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-20-11

Maybe a crime novel shouldn't be characterized as a fun listen, but I'm focusing on the hero of the story who is self deprecating and has a witty thought or remark for almost every situation in his life. These types of books are enjoyable when doing my chores around the house or spending time on my hobby. A book that is crafted well enough to keep your interest and provide a few chuckles, but you won't have to refer to your dictionary every couple of sentences. Call me shallow, but I will look for more of David Rosenfelt's books. I just think Andy Carpenter is a hoot!

  • A Killing Kindness

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 6
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is under way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is how it should be

  • By Dean on 07-13-05

Another in a great series

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

Reviewed: 11-29-11

Hill delivers another good crime story with his crusty Dalzell and plodding Pascoe. Colin Buchanan should read all of Hill's work because he is simply the 'voice' of Hill for me. And the acerbic wit of Dalzell makes me laugh out loud at times. An enjoyable listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

One of My Favorite Books of All Time

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Rank: Definitely in the top ten, but I tend to not rank by 1st, 2nd , 3rd, rather, top group, very good, middle of the pack, and losers.

What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

Compare to Gone with the Wind for :
Epic saga
Sense of place and time
Memorable characters who feel like friends
A story that makes me feel like I have actually experienced being there

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene involving Gus, and the interactions between Gus and Call.

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

Yes, but not possible.

Any additional comments?

I do not listen to Westerns as a rule, but this story, first as a book and then the Audiobook version, transcends its genre. It is not so much a Western as it is a character study set down in the Old West. Lee Horsely does a wonderful job of narration. The only desire I could have to top it would be to have Robert Duval narrate the story as he played Gus in the Miniseries, which was fantastic in its own right. This book is wonderful in whatever media you experience it.