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ratings
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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (430)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Great, enjoyable read!"
    Overall

    I will admit that at first, I thought this book was weird. But what a weird, exhilarating ride it turned out to be! This book covers all genres and becomes unique; it's a suspense medical thriller with a dash of romance and dark humor. And I was able to enjoy all these elements by the great narration, done by Robert Petkoff. Four stars and two big thumbs up!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15448)
    Performance
    (11981)
    Story
    (12046)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Outstanding!!"
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    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely on my top 5.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What didn't I like? the intricate stories; the evolution of a great number of characters; the tragedy and the comedy. This book has it all.


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

    I think Roy Dotrice has put forth a great performance. It can not be easy to keep track of that sheer number of characters and to give each their own brand, but he has pulled it off sucessfully.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just gasped a lot. This is where it all goes down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16355)
    Performance
    (14533)
    Story
    (14571)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Love and Marriage..Gone Terribly Wrong"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This title is right on the top of the list of my favorites audiobooks. My Mt. Everest is "Beat The Reaper" when comparing thrillers. Gone Girl is a worthy companion


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Definitely when Amy (oh amazing Amy! so crafty) put her plan in motion


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first I was not convinced about Mr. Heyborne's performance, but at I'm listening, I started to appreciate his narration. They both did great.


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

    Meet the Perfect Mate...Now Destroy Him/Her


    Any additional comments?

    This is a dark tale of two self involved individuals that had the luck and misfortune of meeting, fall in love and be bounded for life. For better or worse indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful 23-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantors dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed.

    Mirek says: "Without pathos about life..."
    "Suspenful and riveting!"
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    This story was gripping and the ???villain??? here was a devastating disease that pretty much wiped a community and left others paralyzed, figuratively and literally speaking. Philip Roth???s writing can be ???precious??? at times, and his recurring character, Nathan Zuckerman, is pretty unlikeable; that being said, this novel did have all the elements (intrigue and a tragic and relatable main character) and was pretty enjoyable.

    Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator. He brings the gravitas and the depth needed and his performance is just as riveting as the story. He is Philip Roth's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hale
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.

    Casey says: "Prepare To Be Dazzled!"
    "A Revolutionary Tale"
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    This is a very fascinating book. It details the evolution of Bruno, a chimpanzee, from ape to a primate closer to its human form. I think this evolution was mainly possible due to knowledge; his craving for it and the availability and willingness of others to offer it to Bruno. There are elements to the book that are way too fantastic, as well as a bit difficult to swallow at face value. But overall, it is a story that exalts the best of the human condition, but using a primate as the main character.

    The performance was great. Robert Petkoff is a very gifted narrator and performer; he could read the phone book and make it seem like he is reading early 19th century English literature. His voice changes very on the mark and slightly petulant voice he gave Bruno gave true life to this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24855)
    Performance
    (18757)
    Story
    (18818)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Epic!!"
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    Full disclosure: I am not a fan of the fantasy genre, so I had pretty much ignored this book for ages. But after viewing the first season of "Game of Thrones" in one sitting (there is a silver lining to the stomach flu!), I decided to give the book a try. The fantasy elements are present, but do not take over the story; the author seems to be more interesting in developing the characters than to come up with the wildest, fantastic beasts that other authors tend to abuse.

    This is a sweeping saga, with unforgettable characters (hard to keep track of the many names and houses and sigils, but be patient!). But at its core, it is a story of not just good vs. evil, but of honor, family, ambition and yes, human evilness. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.

    Side note; do not get attached to anyone

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Fantastic!"
    "Excellent story; narrator takes some used to"
    Overall
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    This book is very timely and I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Although the narrator had some quirks that I did not care for, I think she was the best voice for the story. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cuando Era Puertorriquena (Texto Completo) [When I was Puerto Rican ]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Esmeralda Santiago
    • Narrated By Esmeralda Santiago
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    From a rippled zinc shack in rural Puerto Rico to "the better life" in a decaying Brooklyn tenement, Esmeralda Santiago's Puerto Rican childhood is one of sorcery, smoldering war between the sexes, and high comedy. Hers is a portrait of a harsh but enchanted world that can never be reclaimed.

    Jeanne says: "Touching"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    From the time I heard the way the author described the feel and smell of a "guayaba", I was in awe. As a puertorican myself, this book just brought to mind all those stories, most of them sad, of other family members leaving your island behind and try to make a better life.How they struggled to hold on to their customs in strange land and not get swallowed by their adoptive one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marianela

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Benito Perez Galdos
    • Narrated By Laura Garcia
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Uno de los mas grandes escritores espanoles del siglo XIX, Perez Galdos creo en Marianela la triste historia de una muchacha campesina, lazarillo de un joven ciego, que cree que ella reune todas las bondades y la belleza, cuando lo cierto es que Marianela es bastante fea. En una intervencion quirurgica el muchacho logra recobrar la vista y eso hace que el mundo de la joven caiga en ruinas.

    Lylye says: "Lovely classic"
    "Lovely classic"
    Overall

    This book is a classic in Latin America and the story continues to pull at the heartstrings. The always current story of girl loves boy but has something to hide (in this case, her physical appeareance) and boy loves girl but has not seen her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (935)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "A wondrous read"
    Overall

    I found this book fascinating. Oscar reminded me of many of my friends; a geek trying to find his place in the world and trying to be what he was supposed to, as per his Dominican background promotes. The way the story brings these cultural elements, superstitions and way of life hit a little to close, but I think the author kept a great balance. Although at times the attempts at a spanish accent were jarring, the narrator finally got into the groove and did a great job at bringing Oscar to life.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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