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Stephen

l, PA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1576)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "A workout, but worth it."
    Overall

    Fascinating story, well-written and well-read, and a real education about India. But man, is this a long one! I felt like I spent the entire month listening. Worth it, but be prepared to be committed!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1271)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Arrgh! Susan Eriksen needs to throttle it back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Robb, yes. Read by Ericksen, not a chance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thankless in Death?

    The first screeching sound of the narrators voice. Another would be an hour later when I couldn't stand it any longer and headed for the bookstore.


    Was Thankless in Death worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't finish the audiobook, went out and bought the book and read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (699)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "A powerfully moving story, an astonishing ending."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Sense of an Ending the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice and reading were captivating throughout, and in the end, were pitch-perfect for this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its power to move me, and to make me think about my own life in new lights.


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

    The denoument.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2970)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1209)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "DeMille is DeBest"
    Overall

    He just keeps on entertaining! DeMille is a great storyteller and as is true regarding every one of his books, you'll have a great time.

    0 of 0 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
    (6932)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3303)

    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..."
    "Will it ever end?"
    Overall

    Cronin is badly in need of an editor, or perhaps a gag. I could elaborate, but he has elaborated enough for both of us.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (374)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Whoa, it's over??"
    Overall

    Nicely read. A good story, had me going but then, wait a second, it's over? Is there a sequel? Way too many loose ends here. I expected better, right up to the shocking non-ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • July, July

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tim O'Brien is widely acclaimed as our finest chronicler of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. In his compelling new novel, this American master returns to his signature themes (passion, memory, and yearning) in a brilliant ensemble piece. July, July tells the heart-rendering and often hilarious story of a group of men and women who came into adulthood at a moment when American ideals and innocence began to fade.

    Stephen says: "Not my Favorite"
    "Not my Favorite"
    Overall

    Tim O'Brien is one of America's greatest literary talents. He speaks eloquently for those of us who came to maturity in the late 60s and early 70s, and especially for those of us who struggled with the issues presented by the war in Vietnam. But this book -- I don't know what to say. If I view the damaged souls of his class of '69 as metaphor, then maybe it works, but it's a stretch. These people are a depressing mess who need badly to get over themselves, and to me, they are just not very real. If they are, I sure don't want to hang out with them at their class reunion. I hope for Mr. O'Brien that this is more ironic fantasy than it is reflective of any personal experience. Ugh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (765)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Captivating, magical book"
    Overall

    This wonderful fable avoids the obvious, and perhaps hoped-for, ending, and that is a surprise that some readers might not appreciate. Still, beautifully written and very well read, this is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. As I have with my other favorites, I will now have to buy the book and read it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marsbound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against.

    Gina A. Emory says: "Excellent story AND narration"
    "Weak performance"
    Overall

    Sorry, but it was impossible to get into this story because of the poor performance. Her diction is excellent, her voice is pleasant, but she gives no life to the characters and I felt like I was listening to a second-grade teacher read to children. I lasted abut 45 minutes, then gave up.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Trace: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    In Trace, Kay Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case.

    Eileen says: "A little harsh?"
    "Not a Trace of Cornwell"
    Overall

    Patricia Cornwell is running out of gas. This book is her worst. Had it been her first it would never have been published.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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