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Carole Dixon

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  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Story of our times

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This story depicts how our society lets people slip thru the cracks. An elderly woman, swindled from her savings and a privileged young girl removed suddenly from parents who avoided their taxes become homeless and become entangled with each other.

It is a very real story of homelessness, how it happens and how it changes people. I loved this book and recommended it to my very sharp 94 year old mother.

  • Deeper than the Grave

  • A Tai Randolph Mystery
  • By: Tina Whittle
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The bones reveal a more recent murder, with her deceased uncle leading the suspect list. As Tai struggles to clear Dexter's name - and save the business he left her - she uncovers deadly secrets also buried in the red Georgia clay and realizes there's a live murderer on the loose, a clever killer who has tried to conceal the crimes of the present in the stories of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and better

  • By Carole Dixon on 07-25-16

Better and better

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Tina Whittle's nooks get better with each installment. In this book, her portrayal of PTSD is spot on. Tina well captures the complexity of relationships in the Deep South and the flavors of individual families which animate the characters. There is no shying away from the difficult history and current affairs which makes the south so unique. Plus Tina writes rip roaring good adventures.

  • Moving Day

  • By: Jonathan Stone
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic story... a real treat!

  • By Joe Crescenzi on 06-03-14

Quite a story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Penetrating almost mythical in its power, a finely spun tale, this novel has much to digest. The psychology is outstanding.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into That Forest

  • By: Louis Nowra
  • Narrated by: Lisbeth Kennelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate listeners as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When tigers are better parents than your own ...

  • By nikiverse on 08-21-14

Kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

The narrators voice was rough, shark and screechy. Yet this is the exact voice the character calls for. The book moves right along and swooped me into the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed in this book!

  • By Nicolas Paul Dunbar on 05-28-15

Crib notes for the Bible

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

How wonderful to hear the Bible boiled down to its everyday essence. No minced words, no sacrilege, just a clear, no nonsense, funny and touching summary of all that goes on in the Bible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 670

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

A sad society we live in

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

This story is heartbreaking, wrenching and real. It is not a fun listen, but compelling. There is truth in it.

17 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,854

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

The language of heart

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

This is a beautiful story of coming to terms with the past. It spoke quietly and persistently to my heart.

  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,939

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Fascinating and riveting

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

If you could sum up In the Woods in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, refreshing, engrossing

Would you recommend In the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

Complex murder mystery, exploring multiple facets of the police psyche as well as the criminal. Well worth the listen, the story pulls you in and keeps you waiting for the next revelation. It has a good narrator, making for a good listen even in complicated areas of the story. The end was a trifle weak and yet it was a skillfully drawn ending, matching the degradation of a character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Irish murder mystery minus the pubs

Any additional comments?

I will be listening to the rest of French's novels. Her writing is worth dipping back into. She is quite the storyteller.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,432
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,751

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Old classic not as engaging as I hoped

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

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

Yes, listening was well spent, but the book was not as engaging as I hoped it might be.

Would you be willing to try another book from Aldous Huxley? Why or why not?

Yes, I would listen to another book by Aldous Huxley because his writing provides a sense of history with its predictions about how he expected modern society to play out. It is interesting to see what he said actually came true and what we have eschewed.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I didn't much enjoy the narrator, but I am not convinced it would be read better by anyone else. The material is not that captivating.