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Janie

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  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1242)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "CON- FU- SING"
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    I listened to Black Out and All Clear back-to-back and found All Clear to be so confusing that I spent 95% of the book going, "huuuh?" It is excessively detailed and very convoluted. It was, however, perfectly put together in the end, but wading through 2 lengthy books to figure out what the H was going on was a bit much. Connie Willis, is a brilliant writer/researcher though and I have loved her writing style despite the confusion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Nile

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (361)

    John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering. Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go and Linnet senses she is in danger.

    Lady M says: "Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot"
    "Miserable listening to all the voices"
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    I did not realize this was a full cast performance when I bought it. It was miserable listening to all the voices and background noises of crowds and dining rooms, and screaming and waves etc etc etc. All the voices made it confusing and people talking over the top of each other as they faded in an out of the foreground. I completely hated this performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1159)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Fun, good story"
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    This was my first time reading Mrs. Pollifax and frankly, I expected a lightweight, cute, almost silly (yet fun) book based on what I had heard. However, I was surprised. It IS lightweight and fun, but with a bite.........that is to say, there is more substance than I thought. I enjoyed it very much, but regretfully most of the books in the series are only 6-7 hours long and I only buy them at 10+ hours. (This one was on special). If I ever have an "extra" credit (ha ha) then I will buy more of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23513)
    Performance
    (21610)
    Story
    (21620)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Unbelievably good."
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    The story was fantastic, original and riveting. The science was amazing. Loved every second of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (435)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Farrell says: "Light"
    "Good story. Good fun"
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    If I were rating this book by itself, I'd love it, but compared to the first in the series, I did not like it as much. So, was it good -- YES. Was it "as good" - NO

    Love Amanda Ronconi though, so she could read the phone book and have me laughing....!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (716)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "Original, funny, light-weight story"
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    Terrific book The story was fun with some pleasant surprises around every bend. Every now and then, it's nice to listen to a book that's not heavy and demanding. This was original and captivating, but then I'd probably enjoy listening to box labels if Amanda Ronconi was narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2174)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Haunting. Brillant."
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    I am in awe of this book and mostly the astonishing narration for the main character who has the first 2/3 of the book. It is about bravery beyond measure, a friendship that is enviable in its depth and a time period that is one of the darkest in history -- Nazi Germany. I confess that I did not like the ending, but that was mostly because it didn't go my way. I just finished this today and I think I will start from the beginning again tomorrow so that I can catch all the nuances that you tend to miss when you rush through a book because you just can't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (343)

    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Janie says: "Purely delightful"
    "Purely delightful"
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    I have fallen in love with the Chronicles of St. Mary's and I am 100% positive that Zara Ramm is half the reason. It is deeply British humor that shines with her pitch-perfect rendition of the subtle (and overt) humor in this series. The stories are fun, funny, action-packed, creative and wholly enjoyable.
    Although I loved this book (#4), it was, in fact, my least favorite because of [[[[SMALL SPOILER]]]] the fact that this other dimension is just enough "off" that you're not sure where "old friends" stand and who our main character really is,[[[[END SPOILER]]]] Having said that, however, I still loved the book and the performance. Definite cliff-hanger for book #5.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (571)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "Less than impressed"
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    I SO wanted to love this book because I have loved *most* of the others in the series, but I found it frankly boring. There were some VERY disjointed sub-stories that I STILL don't get (kept thinking it would come clear by the end of the book) and the "main story" meandered all over creation and could have been covered in about 1 chapter.

    I adore Ann Rice and her writing (style) is still fantastic --- "the individual bits were great"....... BUT, as a full story/book/plot, I was less than impressed.

    1 of 1 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
    (28816)
    Performance
    (25437)
    Story
    (25508)

    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!"
    "DEPRESSING"
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    I HATED this book. It was depressing and boring and there was not one single redeeming factor in the whole book. SPOILER ALERT. I totally hate when the "bad guy" wins and this was the worst kind of depressing bs ever. I have never been so bummed that someone DIDNT get murdered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1326)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "Amazed that this is fiction...."
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    This was a super-good story that amazed me because it was "made up." It rang so true as a non-fiction tome that I tried to look up these chefs and their restaurants. I figure that's good writing if I believed it that completely.

    Having said that, it is a very slow read, so don't expect wild action and dozens of twists and turns. It's just a good story and that's good enough for me sometimes.!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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