LISTENER

CrzGzr

Northwest North Carolina
  • 20
  • reviews
  • 300
  • helpful votes
  • 346
  • ratings
  • Cesar Millan's Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs

  • By: Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: Cesar Millan
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174

Cesar Millan - the best-selling author, TV star, and internationally acclaimed dog-behavior expert - introduces his favorite way to keep our canine companions calm and happy when they're alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This works for my two Siberian rescues

  • By CrzGzr on 08-08-17

This works for my two Siberian rescues

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I have a Mac Mini attached to a TV, so I can play stuff from my hard drive on the smart TV. I've noticed some audiobooks have a nice calming effect. We had two Siberian huskies rescues and after two years fostered another. She was pregnant. She was also the most psychologically damaged dog I've ever seen. Siberian huskies can survive a lot but 5 years in a crate, bred non-stop was too much for this little girl. She passed on some of her neurosis to her son. Our original two died of age-related causes and this severely depressed the Mom and her son. I started listening to my audiobooks on the TV and noticed they seemed calmed. They also love The Lord of the Rings movies. Usually, picking up my car keys can cause a meltdown. But now, I put on Lord of the Rings or an audiobook and they go into the living room and lie down. I've looked into the living room from outside and see them watching the movie! If it's and audiobook, they are sleeping. It's not all movies or audiobooks, some just don't work. My dogs have a large fenced yard they can access at will with a doggy door but when I'm gone they are inside listening or watching. No meltdown when I come inside either! If I forget to leave a device on, I am greeted with screaming howling scolding. I'm glad someone researched this.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • A Trick of the Light

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132

“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By barbara on 09-15-11

Great art mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

As an art school drop out who went into science and returned to art later. This book was a treat. Peter and Claire, wow! I also married and artist but we joke about admiring each other's work or not. The jealousies that could fester, I can imagine so it really breaks your heart to see them struggle. I just listened to this book for the third time. I am bingeing towards the newest release in a few weeks. I loved this book every bit as much as the first time.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 13-15
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

"A Lesson in Murder": When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at Cherringham Girls School, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. "The Secret of Combe Castle": When the penniless FitzHenrys find themselves victims of a threatening campaign to oust them from their ancestral home, Jack and Sarah are called in to track down the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurry up 16-18

  • By John on 03-06-17

Very enjoyable -stop teasing with the German eds.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Where does Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 13-15) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have enjoyed the audible versions of these very much. The characters are very likable and well developed, no sloppy tropes.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Sometimes but mostly these books are relaxing and fun. I don't always guess who done it but it's better than meditation.

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

A sober Jesse Stone retires to the Cotswold

Any additional comments?

please hurry with the future audio versions in English. It's been over thirty years and my college German is too rusty

  • Home to Cedar Branch

  • Quaker Cafe, Book 2
  • By: Brenda Bevan Remmes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

After a betrayal ends in tragedy, Katy seeks refuge from her abusive husband, Hank, in her quiet hometown of Cedar Branch, North Carolina. Taking up residence on the old family farm and landing a job at the local Quaker Café, she hopes to leave her troubled past behind. At the café, Katy finds allies, kind people willing to protect her and offer advice. There's the gracious owner who insists that manners prevail, the no-nonsense cook who tackles life with a cast iron frying pan, a Yankee transplant who doesn't bow to convention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, superb characterization, thoroughly enjoyable

  • By S.J on 05-17-18

The Infuriating Rightness of Quaker Compassion

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

If you could sum up Home to Cedar Branch in three words, what would they be?

Nobody's Perfect, But....

What was one of the most memorable moments of Home to Cedar Branch?

I think we all can agree after listening to this book that a skylight has no business in a doctor's examination room.

Which scene was your favorite?

Inside the Quaker Meetinghouse, when not only the ex-husband seems to fall under the Quaker spell but the battered wife starts to lose some of her hate and anger.

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

Yes, sitting on the deck with my coffee on a Sunday morning listening to this book was lovely.

Any additional comments?

If you ever wonder about the Quaker sensibility and feasibility of non-violence in our society, this book is a good one to see it in action in a humorous way.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outfoxed

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion - the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a five-year term for fraud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andy Carpenter definitely a fun read...

  • By Kitty on 07-27-16

Once Again, A Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Outfoxed to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would rarely agree but Grover Gardner's wonderful accent is so New Jersey! It really feels correct and makes it perfect, especially when Andy Carpenter wonders whether some mayor has upset Governor Christie when stuck in traffic. I can imagine this train of thought becoming part of the New Jersey consciousness.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes where Andy discovers his son has impressed his teacher with his math skills and then has to deal with his son's knowledge of bookies and points spreads. Andy hates work and being pulled out of his comfort zone and begrudgingly does it for clients –yet, eagerly embraces it for his son... Andy is a good father :-)

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

Andy Carpenter and the Mob's Dark Net Adventure

  • Outtakes from a Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe's finally made it; he's the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they've got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love. Or so Julia thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Views of a marriage from the inside.

  • By Patricia on 01-11-13

Different from Good House –that's not a Bad Thing!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

If you could sum up Outtakes from a Marriage in three words, what would they be?

Will Not Disappoint

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outtakes from a Marriage?

I loved her clueless innocence in the hands of hairdressers, dermatologists, her crush on her therapist and her inability to give up on a marriage even when she wants to choke her husband.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The feel of New York, Long Island accent made me laugh and the west coast accents were so familiar.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when the character defended her son's development to the pre-school teacher -he was only four LOL

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved Good House and while Outtakes was completely different, I enjoyed it also. I am getting ready to download her third book and am eager to hear what she's written. She is becoming a very good storyteller and I hope she has a long and productive career!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grounds to Kill

  • By: Wendy Roberts
  • Narrated by: Haley Traub
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café - but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father. She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month. When she finds herself scrawling "Your boyfriend is cheating on you!" to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling - who just happens to be her half sister - turns up dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable listen!

  • By CrzGzr on 01-08-13

Thoroughly enjoyable listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

A light-hearted murder, a unique character, refreshing family dynamics and an enjoyable listen!

Wendy Roberts has written a fun book, --even the heartbreaking reality of a mentally ill parent is written with true compassion and humor. I have a schizophrenic sibling --she is hopefully now past the 'episodes' but we keep our fingers crossed. She is on her own, she is an adult, we can do very little for her, but love her. She has given us alternating periods of humor, terror and grief but if you can't laugh at the insanity of it all (pun intended) -the grief will damage your soul. Wendy Roberts gets it and writes it very well.

Also, the complexities of contemporary relationships are written in a refreshing, smart-ass style. The heroine knows she can't save her father but she can give him a cup of hot coffee; she knows she can't change her boyfriend but she can still maintain a guarded friendship after he betrays her.

This book goes in my 'waiting room playlist' A book I can pick up and put down in the dentist's waiting room or at the evil in-laws... a wonderful, amusing diversion from life's sucky realities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,058

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

Now, this Book needs to become a series!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a long time. The main character, Elizabeth/Abigail, is delightful. I am a total geek and I often live like a hermit, although it is more difficult now that I'm married... But, I am familiar with the social dysfunction of this character. You really don't need a super high IQ, be a programmer or high tech to be someone with limited social skills, but it does seem to follow. Elizabeth was raised in a dysfunctional home, she suffers a traumatic experience and must survive alone without any support other than her own wits. Her inability to communicate is endearing, she is honest and sincere in her attempts to keep up her walls. When she falls in love, we are taken away with her like a leaf floating in a stream, the current is fast, slow, she hits a few edies and gets slammed into a rock or two.

I haven't read Nora Roberts for awhile, the reviews have been enough to keep me away. I admit I wasn't expecting a good read but the character resonated with me. I am very satisfied and hope Nora Roberts doesn't shy away from a trilogy or even a series, she has a real winner here. This community of characters contain endless possibilities for future books.

I already miss the characters and will listen again today. I often enjoy books by listening more than a few times, some are just a familiar listen while restless or gardening or yes, programming! But I rarely start listening, days after the first listen!

68 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,885

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

fun listen

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

Reviewed: 02-13-12

My husband and I listened to this all day, it was a frigid cold day and we just huddled on the couch and listened to the whole book. It was a good listen and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday. If you enjoy Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher and enjoy a bit of Druid, vampire, werewolf, witchy fun this book is for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

the memoir of an innocent time, a love letter

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

Reviewed: 01-01-12

I was a freshman at the Corcoran in 1978, Patti Smith was cool. Ten years later, I was a widow working as a lab technician in an AIDS lab, and a year later Robert Maplethorpe died. By that time, I was shell-shocked by death, homophobia and the terror of becoming single in a world of AIDS. It took me over a decade to pay off the enormous medical bills my husband left me and finding my way back to painting and writing.

At 2:30am this morning, New Year's Day 2012, in bed with my iPod, I downloaded this book and entered a time machine. Everything I assumed I knew about these two people via their mythology was wrong.

This book had a profound effect on me and yet, I wonder how it will be received by those outside the solar systems of art and AIDS in that timeframe, hopefully with an open mind. These two people whose lives in the rearview mirror are legendary. It may come as a surprise that most people in those days were so so naive and innocent. We were not drowning in the world wide web of data... growing up Catholic and confused by a world outside our limited view, all the while living on the edge...

I love this book and it will find a permanent home on my iPod. A reminder of a place and time that formed many who are now graying and even more confused.

27 of 36 people found this review helpful