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Ramsey Doran

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  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,833

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

Timely Allegory

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Listened for book club and was so very glad I did. Having follow up discussion was very helpful in understanding some aspects of this book that is quite relevant to our world today. From a radical conservative group’s insidious destruction of personal freedom to the protagonist’s escaping from the same, I found it informative and interesting. Took a little getting used to the author narration, but I soon was engrossed in his story and his performance. #immigration #selfdiscovery #radicalism #depressing #inspiring #disbeliefsuspension #holywar #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

Sandford & Conger make Audio magic

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

As a longtime Virgil Flowers fan, I save these listens for challenging bicycle rides. Virgil and co. Rode along with me on the Katy Trail across Missouri and definitely eased those long days in the saddle. Conger captures characters to a T and does such fabulous job keeping the tone of his reading in tune with the mood of the book. As always, the only thing I dislike is that it must end. #mystery #quirky #witty #virgilflowers ThatF’ingFlowers #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Queen of the Road

  • The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of its Own
  • By: Doreen Orion
  • Narrated by: Gwen Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

A pampered Long Island princess hits the road in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, travels the country for one year, and brings it all hilariously to life in this offbeat and romantic memoir. Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He's an affable, though driven, outdoorsman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun listen

  • By Scott on 09-14-15

Wining and Whining on the Road

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Premise of story is good and many of the anecdotes are fun. However, I found the heroine quite annoying (I don't suffer whiners gladly). I kept wanting to tell her to buck up and shut up. And, if you didn't know she was an M.D., just wait and she'll remind you every chapter...

The narrator did a good job but I do hate it when someone mispronounces a fairly iconic place name, i.e., Mt. Katahdin, incorrectly. It is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. And, the narrator did a great impression of a whining voice.

  • History of Wolves

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Fridlund
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 288

Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of Northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counterculture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Baffled

  • By ilene on 01-10-17

Hard to Care

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I tried hard to like this book, thinking it would get better as it moved along. Alas, I have given up my listen after a couple of hours in. The protagonist did not engage me, the story lost me and I wasted the money/credit I spent on this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,159

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the credit?

  • By toniriedl on 01-09-17

Wanted to Love This

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

What disappointed you about The Bette Davis Club?

The protagonist was beyond irritating, from her pretentious English accent (yes, I know she spent 6 years in England...30 years ago) to her constant dithering over the smallest things. Every time I thought she was going to finally engage me with some maturity and common sense, she reverted to her irritating habits. Also, the important meaning behind the title was not revealed until fairly late in the story, thanks to the jumping around of the timeline.

Has The Bette Davis Club turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have enjoyed some books in this genre but I will certainly do a more thorough read of reviews before I buy another one.

What aspect of Sue Pitkin and Tessa Marts ’s performance would you have changed?

To be honest, I couldn't really tell there were two performers.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I wasted over ten hours listening to this drivel.

Any additional comments?

I don't write reviews very often and I hesitated writing this due to the heartfelt introduction of this book by the late author's daughter. However, I thought it incumbent that I let other Audible customers know what they might be in for. If a listener is into beautiful, somewhat helpless females, then she might enjoy this.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130

After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation - no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend, the governor, is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. "Should be fun!" he says, and it kind of is - until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandford does it again!

  • By Wayne on 05-01-16

Welcome Back, Lucas!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

I loved Lucas Davenport's return to my Audible library. With characters who are intelligent, clever, devious, and a sometimes a bit off, Sandfprd kept me engaged throughout the main story as well as the sub plots. I especially appreciated his inclusion of several senior characters who were central to the book and not portrayed as tottering grey-haired, cookie-baking (loved the pies, though) old ladies. I hated to finish this great read with Richard Ferrone's fabulous narration.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,827

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Great story but Wordy

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

I enjoyed this story and the narration was very good. At times, the descriptions became too drawn out and the story dragged. But the story would eventually regain its tempo and become an engaging listen. Protagonists made some head-slapping mistakes, but they were still likable. I'd read/listen to another book by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

Classic Doig

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

As with all of Ivan Doig's books, when I finished listening to this I was anxious to read his next. Alas, the author died last year so there will be no no more lovely tales of somewhat ordinary folks in extraordinary situations. I so enjoyed this listen with Donnie and Herman, the hoboes, Rags and even cousin Kate. Doig surely had a way of conjuring places and events that brought onto the scene with the characters. This book made me contemplate a long bus trip, cross country, and it certainly kindled the desire for a visit out west.

  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging hero, stellar narration

  • By Janice on 11-01-13

Great Start to Series

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

I'm excited to find a new mystery series, with a smart protagonist and interesting characters all around. Love the setting. Love the reader (fabulous Scottish burr). I look forward to reading the next books!

  • Hell Is Empty

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

  • By PlantCrone on 07-11-15

Walt: Come in from the Cold

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

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

I listen while I work out and, if I want to work out longer, I know the book is good. No extended workouts listening to this.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Satisfied with ending.

Which scene was your favorite?

Last scene with Walt, Henry and Vic.

Could you see Hell Is Empty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, but not this book. Possible actors: Walt - Liam Neeson, Tim Robbins, Ed O'Neill, a relative unknown? Henry- Graham, Geene, Javier Bardem, Goran Visnjic. Vic-Kaley Cuoco, Michelle Lombardo, Nikki Reed

Any additional comments?

I have loved this series but found this storyline to be a bit too s-l-o-w and repetitive. Walt is a favorite but I like his interaction with other characters more than I appreciate his solo ruminations.