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  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (112)

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Dull, dull, dull"
    Overall

    Very long and drawn out with absolutely no personality involved in the narration. It MIGHT be an interesting read but it wasn't read with much interest

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7102)
    Performance
    (6304)
    Story
    (6366)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "One of my ALLTIME FAVORITE BOOKS!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. Stephen King just made this book so REAL... You could just picture it all in your mind and to me that is a very successful novel and audiobook. Just LOVED it and have listened to it several times. Never gets old for me!


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    There are a couple of books I have listened to that have come AFTER The Stand but none of them really compare. The Passage was interesting on it's own and Ten Seconds After (I think that was the name).


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    It's been a while since I've listened so I can't pick one out fairly. They were all so good! I liked Mother Abigail of course


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

    Impossible to do so (it's like a million hours long) but I would have if I could have


    Any additional comments?

    Download it NOW. It's a timeless classic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (636)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Just Okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Have a big difference of opinion on this one. My husband enjoyed it while I did not. I do have to commend Mr. Andrews for his pronunciations and alien 'speak.' He pronounced some very difficult names with ease. The constant 'spitting' (and maybe he HAD to do this to pronounce them) was annoying to me...
    I did like his attemp at trying a novel from a different vantage point. It was just hard for me to keep up with the difficult names with the weird inflections....
    Yes, I would give him another try


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

    I didn't make it to the end-sorry


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s voice?

    Engaging


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly. I did like the different 'take' of this piece


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5361)
    Performance
    (4536)
    Story
    (4547)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Fell Flat for Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have listened to ALL of Ken Follett's books. Pillars and WWE as well as his other, older novels and I just could NOT get into this one. Seemed to go on and on and on and on with nothing that grabbed me.
    Of course John Lee did a super job, as always. The story just didn't have any punch. It was like he had a committment to meet and just wrote SOMETHING.


    Was Winter of the World worth the listening time?

    No, no and NO-sorry. Total snoozefest


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (3600)
    Story
    (3614)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Monster Hunting for Fun & Profit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter Legion?

    I really enjoyed this series (and so did my husband). We would plug in my IPhone and listen to it together out on our boat. Was fun & narrated VERY WELL. In fact, don't think the series would have been what it was without him. He didn't do anything 'fancy.' Didn't even change his tone when switching characters but it WORKED.
    Definately recommend it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light-hearted and fun


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

    Deadpan sense of humor maybe? Hard to pin but he DID make the story!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18675)
    Performance
    (16621)
    Story
    (16583)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of King's BEST!!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Everything!! Enjoyed the narrator, the storyline-EVERYTHING!! Was sheer genius. When I first read that it was about the Kennedy assasination I started to move on. Didn't see HOW he was going to make it interesting and NEW but he DID. JUST GREAT!!!


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    Can't think of any that does


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

    When Sadie died (opps sorry people). But then did she come back again??? It is about time travel


    Any additional comments?

    Read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (950)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "This book was fun!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Bloodfever in three words, what would they be?

    Lot of fun


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Story line was light and easy to follow. You didn't have to work hard to follow along (that probably sounds odd but some books if you don't completely pay attention you get LOST)The best part was it was PURE fantasy and some of it was a bit hokey but that had me laughing. Least interesting was the parts that were supposed to convey 'sexual tension.' That is what had me laughing out loud. Pretty silly but in a fun way


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    It's been a while (can't remember her name) but it was the lead character.


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

    Not in this book... no


    Any additional comments?

    Just enjoy it and don't try to think to hard about it....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27633)
    Performance
    (14222)
    Story
    (14276)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    This was a mesmerizing audiobook that was completely on point! I found myself ashamed to be white at times.
    Kathryn captured the heart, spirit and some of the 'dirty little secret's' of the deep south in the 60's. Hard to believe it wasn't that long ago. Even I can remember the 'white only' drinking fountains and 'colored' bathrooms when we lived in Virginia Beach as a child.
    We have come far but still have a ways to go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (4235)
    Story
    (4244)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "The ONLY one in the series that I didn't care for!"
    Overall

    I am a BIG Gabaldon fan and like everyone I was so excited when this book came out. I have listened to them all and the 2 that Audible did not have (the unabridged versions) I went out and bought the books, which I loved as well.
    If I was not already familiar with the characters of Claire and Jamie I would have found them very dull in this book. Plot line was dull as well, seemed virtually pointless.
    All-in-all it was a big FAT 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 for me...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1420)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Completely ONE dimensional"
    Overall

    Characters were not convincing AT ALL. The author must have read Diane Gabaldon's Outlander series. Should give up without ever writing another one. HORRIBLE!!

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3513)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2516)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    Very raw, realistic account of life (or as it REALLY might have been). Good narration. Definately worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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