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Ken

Chester, NY, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (594)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Dreadful"
    Overall

    Tedious. Boring. I kept waiting for the pay-off (a meaning, an event, a joke, anything), but there is none. Thought provoking? I guess if you suspend everything you know about human nature you might find the behaviors of these characters plausible, and therefore somehow enlightening.
    I didn't. Complete unmoving and unsatisfying.
    Spare yourself from these "Spare Parts."

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2308)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Don't wait, don't hope...just download."
    Overall

    Elaborate, suspensful, mysterious, thoughtful, beautiful, dark, romantic, adventurous, supernatural... could go on and on.
    Modern readers will find plenty to quibble with in the writing, and Dumas does go on at times, but the overall experience is one for the literary ages. The plotting is absolutely infectious and the characterizations always robust.
    The narration here is first rate, too.
    I haven't seen any of the Hollywood adaptations, but no film could do it justice in less than 20 hours of running time. A mini-series, please, if anyone from Hollywood is reading!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (600)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    Just awful.

    4 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "So says Pharoah..."
    Overall

    These negative reviews are as the buzzing of flies in my ears. These slaves and he-goats should be hung upside down from the walls for their insolence. It is obvious they were born with dung between the toes and have not the sense of a donkey.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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