LISTENER

Pat

  • 15
  • reviews
  • 42
  • helpful votes
  • 92
  • ratings
  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,754

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Engrossed me from the start

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I enjoyed it far more than I anticipated. I'm not a Dennis Quaid fan, but he was an outstanding narrator. I'd listen to anything else he's recorded in a heartbeat. The story was fast paced and very interesting and boy, did I start thinking a lot about how the scenario described in the book could really happen. The President is a man of principles, but flawed like all of us. You believe that he takes the job and his responsibilities very seriously and cares deeply about the American people. It occurred to me that this President may have been written as Clinton may have seen himself if it hadn't been for the Monica Lewinsky affair. I enjoyed the book very much, although it bordered on preachy at the end, but even so, the ending was fitting. A lot of action and intrigue, with some politics thrown in. Sort of Independence Day meets The West Wing. I loved it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,663

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

No redeemable characters

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The title tells you what you need to know. All the characters are morally bankrupt. I kept thinking that by the end, someone would prove themselves to be redeemable. Nope. I ended the book feeling disgusted. It was depressing.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 154,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142,354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142,201

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Not Just For Sci Fi Fans! Major Motion Picture!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The narrator was simply fantastic. I totally bought into him as Mark. The story was exciting, although the technical stuff was way over my head sometImes. It didn't matter, the story was incredibly realistic. You can't help cheering for Mark!

Who was your favorite character and why?

There's really only one main character, Mark, but the NASA personnel were very well played as well.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's too hard to pick just one. Incredibly impressed with the main character's resourcefulness.

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

Leave No Man Behind

Any additional comments?

Bray is an absolutely fantastic narrator. He had me hooked from the first. The story is incredible, by turns coldly scientific, hilariously funny, and poignant. My only complaint is that some of the tech speak was hard to follow, although the author tries to explain things well. This is not just for science fiction fans!

  • The Glassblower

  • The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, Boring. I listened to the 1st five hours.

  • By Mary on 03-15-15

THE NARRATOR IS ABOUT AS INTERESTING AS LINT

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What did you like best about The Glassblower? What did you like least?

The story was oK. However the narrator sounded like she was reading the phone book-just droned on. I finally gave up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glassblower?

When the father passed away.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kristin Watson Heintz’s performances?

No.

Was The Glassblower worth the listening time?

Sadly, no.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to return it.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,282

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Big Little Story!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. In fact, this is the first book I've actually gone out of my way to leave a review for. I thought the book was a bit a fluff in the beginning, but it is masterfully woven to keep you wondering, thinking, and feeling deeply for these characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

Wow, it's hard to choose just one. When Jane realizes that Perry is actually the man who said his name was Saxon Banks.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene on the balcony, when all the story lines start to intersect and it is riveting.

If you could take any character from Big Little Lies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably Madeline, but only by a little. I loved both she and Jane. Madeline is hysterically funny, irreverent, and intelligent, but loves gossip with a passion. She would make great dinner conversation.

Any additional comments?

By the middle of the book, I realized I was completely hooked. The second half of the book was intensely masterfully built, all the stories of each character building to a huge crescendo that we've had a few hints about, but is far more shocking that we could have believed. The book is in turn very funny, poignant, and suspenseful. You really love these characters, feel like you know them, like they are friends.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052

A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Me Before You trilogy instead

  • By NMwritergal on 02-09-18

Don't Ever Give Up

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

Reviewed: 10-19-13

Would you listen to The Last Letter from Your Lover again? Why?

Yes,there were enough clever plot twists to really hold your interest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jennifer. Although I thought she was rather spineless at times, she did what she thought was right, especially for the times she lived in. She always kept her dignity.

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

True love never dies.

Any additional comments?

Jojo Moyes tells such good stories! This story has unexpected twists and two stories that gently wind around each other. True love never dies!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Black and Blue

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Quindlen Jewel

  • By Carol T. Carr on 09-11-12

A Story of Hope

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

Reviewed: 10-19-13

Any additional comments?

Although the story is kind of formulaic (another abused wife whose husband is an insane cop who spends all his time tracking down his runaway wife, ie: Safe Haven), the author gives us characters that seem very real, people you start rooting for. I like that the ending isn't as predictable as I would have thought...meaning it feels more like real life than a perfect storybook ending. You can't go wrong with an Anna Quindlen book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hour I First Believed

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent all around yarn

  • By G. on 01-10-09

Your life will seem like a walk in the park

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hour I First Believed to be better than the print version?

I don't have the print version.

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

Finally, there is something to hold on to!

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

N/A


If you could rename The Hour I First Believed, what would you call it?

Hard Times


Any additional comments?

I listened to this book til the end, but there were times I almost gave up. The story is much too long, I really think it could have been half as long and kept the story intact. I found the book depressing. Nothing good ever happens to these poor people! The ending was good, but brief, the only ray of sunshine in the whole book. The narrator's voice was a bit creepy, and I've never said that about any other book. I found it very hard to like Kaelum.

  • Dear Life

  • Stories
  • By: Alice Munro
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 224

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration CAN ruin an audiobook...

  • By Elizabeth M. Koehler on 12-10-13

Duller Than Dull

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

What would have made Dear Life better?

Characters that were interesting.

Has Dear Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't think this has a genre.

Did Kimberly Farr and Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but only because they were a make and a female.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Life?

I can't count that high.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book with great expectations. I consider myself to be an intellectual, and did expect the stories to be esoteric. What I didn't expect was that most of the stories had little plot and characters hard to relate to-such a disappointment. I was bored out of my mind by the fourth story. The narration was also very dull--it sounded like they weren't any more interested than I was. What a disappointment.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,800

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Nothing is as it seems!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They captured the presence of each character perfectly!

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

I almost did!

Any additional comments?

I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful