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  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (239)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    Jim says: "Louis Lamour Fan"
    "Excellent, Great entertainment, well written."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Last of the Breed to be better than the print version?

    I had not realised how good this audio book was until I discovered the next few I tried to listen. Not this one, I was hood from beginning to end and the readers voice was clear. Excellent, Great entertainment, well written. One of the best.


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

    Action adventure


    Any additional comments?

    My husband would love this book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Post-Mortem

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Richmond, Virginia: a serial killer is on the loose. Dr Kay Scarpetta is called in to help track the killer.

    Book lover says: "It held my attention"
    "It held my attention"
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    What did you love best about Post-Mortem?

    Easy to listen to. It held my interest throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main protagonist. They were in every scene.


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

    Clear diction.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the detailing of torture during rape. I thought that gratuitous violence and not necessary detail. Not to my taste. I give it 5 stars because there is no 4.5 rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11188)
    Performance
    (10267)
    Story
    (10321)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Brilliant"
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Quality writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    I do not give plot spoilers.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No to first question.


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

    No. I was happy to listen to it over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    Stupid questions, Audible. Just let me review a good book in my own words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert House, Roy Hazelwood (foreword)
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Dozens of theories have attempted to resolve the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper, the world's most famous serial killer. Ripperologist Robert House contends that we may have known the answer all along. The head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department at the time of the murders thought Aaron Kozminski was guilty, but he lacked the legal proof to convict him. By exploring Kozminski's life, Robert House here builds a strong circumstantial case against him.

    Tad Davis says: "A restrained and humane account"
    "Interesting."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect to be better than the print version?

    I would not know. I do not have and didn't read the print version, Silly question Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator. Another idiotic preset question. Which mass murderer do you like best, Audible?


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Sigh... The intelligence level of Audible's pre-set questions' This is narration about serial killers.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, Audible; don't pose inappropriate questions for a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

    Madeleine says: "Grisham is all about the craft"
    "Brilliant!"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    A brilliant ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    John Grisham's masterful writing style.


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

    Clear diction, easy to understand every word.


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

    No, I happily enjoyed it over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I am ready for another John Grisham, he never disappoints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is as fascinated by bones and dead bodies as her famous aunt, acclaimed forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. However living on a secluded island off Charleston in South Carolina there is not much opportunity to put her knowledge to the test. Until her and her ragbag group of technophile friends stumble across a shallow grave containing the remains of a girl who has been missing for over thirty years.

    Book lover says: "Exaggerated cliché writing."
    "Exaggerated cliché writing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Intelligent writing without relying an exaggerated cliché would help


    What was most disappointing about Kathy Reichs’s story?

    Anger shot through my veins like the Incredible Hulk, Kathy Reichs wrote—and I gagged turned the uncompleted book off and dumped it in the trash bin.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did well with the dreadful writing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I cannot stand cliché writing as bad as this:
    Anger shot through my veins like the Incredible Hulka


    Any additional comments?

    I regret wasting my money on such dreadful writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2914)
    Story
    (2953)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Good."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not especially.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    Nothing especially.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to hear.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected more, as a result of all the publicity. A good book, but not especially memorable. I've already forgotten what it was about, a year after listening to it and I l know at the time I wasn't thrilled by the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Daniel Defoe’s novel is a delightful 18th century classic. Called “the truest realism in English literature” and “the tale of a hot, earthy wench,” it meets both expectations while also offering a remarkable portrayal of an ingenious mind. Moll is born in Newgate prison to a petty thief and is soon left at the mercy of whoever will take her in.

    Michael says: "Excellent Narration of Quite and Odd Book"
    "Interesting book."
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    What did you love best about Moll Flanders?

    The history.


    What other book might you compare Moll Flanders to and why?

    None.


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

    Only the time saving aspect of doing two things at once.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13384)
    Performance
    (5801)
    Story
    (5873)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    The voice depicting the senior main character


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    His being accepted by the circus owner after leaving the nursing home.


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know, but this is excellent.


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

    The old man scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1434)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Not a Nora Roberts fan"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.

    I mentally switched off at 1.30 minutes in and was bored by it at 2 hour mark and turned it OFF for good.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Started off well then I got the feeling of 'more or the same,' and slow story.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The child.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A faster moving plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a Nora Roberts fan, I know many love her work this started good then just lost me. Just not my taste. Two hours of storytelling that could have been more exciting if told in thirty minutes or at the very least been edited to remove 25% in order to speed the plot and have more happening with less embroidery of words—words which were great to begin with initially but became tedious at the two hour mark once you had had enough of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Great author. Takes a bit to get used to."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beach Music to be better than the print version?

    I'm sure i would have never finished the print version, this was so long, I even had to put the audio book aside twice. It could have been several smaller novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hmm. Hard to say. The author had an interesting and skilled writing style. I cannot say that it is my favorite style, only that the flowery style of wriign he chose to use he did well. I prefer less embroidered writing and a faster moving plot, however I don't take this away from the author, he has a right to his stylized way of writing.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    Excellent read.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beach Music and why?

    None. It all got a bit tedious after it had gone on for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    He is a great writer, he will have his fans. I'd prefer to see his work tightly edited in a film than try to get though one of his books again. There is also a repetition of child rape in several of his books. Authors do sometimes repeat themes, so having read a couple now I'll not read another. He is a master of prose, I'm more a fan of a faster moving great story. My summer, would be better with fewer words, but then it wouldn't be a Pat Conroy. Definitely one for the Pat Conroy fan.
    Great value if you like a long listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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