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mslamin

Bedford, TX | Member Since 2004

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  • When We Were Orphans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

    Everett Leiter says: "Just short of 5 stars"
    "A Lovely Reading...."
    Overall

    John Lee is a superb narrator. His flawless expertise with a myriad of accents provides an unparalleled listening experience. Moreover, I am a fan of Ishiguro's writing, sometimes a dreamy, flowing experience which lends itself well to being read aloud. So, I'm happy with my choice here.

    However. WHY did audible.com announce at the beginning of my download---in a very chirpy kids' chorus--AUDIBLE KIDS!! Did someone look at the title of this novel and incorrectly ASSUME this was a children's book? What happened, Audible??

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (819)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Be forewarned not to purchase!"
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    Performance
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    If you, like I, love thrillers--political intrigue--spy stories, you should NOT download this book---unless you are of the evangelical Christian persuasion.

    I was unfamiliar with the writer, and perhaps I misread the blurb... (did I?)...but the premise seemed topical and exciting: nuclear warheads threatening to cause the outbreak of a Third World War. But, before I knew it--in spite of a thrilling opening, I began hearing long passages from the Bible? Muslim clerics switching to Christianity? Chapters from Revelations?? END OF TIMES?

    Please.

    I feel totally cheated out of my monthly audiobook from Audible.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6859)
    Performance
    (3228)
    Story
    (3233)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Get another narrator!"
    Overall

    Okay, I'm still in the 'first 100 years'--but that's hours into the reading of the novel. Maybe when Brad dies, there will be another reader: Scott Brick, we deserved better!

    I have 'followed' favorite narrators from book to book and discovered literary gems along the way. John Lee is the prime example of such talent: I will download almost anything he narrates. But Scott Brick's intensely annoying dramatic rise and fall of inflection--sentence after sentence--phrase after phrase--no matter the most mundane of content--is excruciating! I have noticed this trend in the last few books he's narrated, and this one clinches it. I can hardly get past his voice to concentrate on the storyline, which, I am concluding is melodrama and mediocrity in the extreme. Needless to say, in my opinion, this is a book to avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Smile

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Mary DiNunzio gets a terrifying telephone call while she's working late, then goes home to find a shadow lurking at her front door. When a lawyer close to her turns up dead, Mary begins to suspect that the case she's been working on, involving the suicide of an Italian-American in an internment camp during World War II, may not be ancient history after all.

    Scott says: "The Japanese weren't the ONLY jailed during WWII"
    "Three Cheers for Rosenblat!"
    Overall

    I have to defend my very favorite audio reader of all time, after reading the awful reviews of 'Killer Smile.' Perhaps the producer did fall down on the job here, but I would implore listeners to try Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series read by Rosenblat; I usually select my audible monthly choices from Rosenblat's performances. I think she has the most incredible facility with voices and accents I have ever heard...and as a performer myself, I am a great admirer of her craft!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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