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Ellen

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  • The Low Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Lear
    • Narrated By Mark Bachman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In 1750 Scotland, young Charles Gordon reaches adulthood ignorant of his family's heroic past in the Jacobite Rebellion. He sets out to discover the truth about his father, but instead is kidnapped by mercenaries and sold into slavery as the plaything of a group of corrupt military officials. But Charlie's talents, in and out of bed, win him powerful friends as well as dangerous foes. The false priest, Lebecque, violent Captain Robert, depraved General Wilmott all contribute to Charlie's 'education'.

    Ellen says: "Not What I Expected"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    What would have made The Low Road better?

    I think the books description should have been more clear about the X-rated material. I thought this was going to be an historical novel, but was shocked to find out it was basically all about the sexual exploits between two men. I would never have bought this book had I known. This is not the type of thing I was to listen to back and forth to work.


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

    I didn't listen further than the first three chapters and gave up.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (2365)
    Story
    (2359)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Loved This Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    The use of different people reading the book made it seem more real and interesting. The mystery was fun to try and figure out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1436)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Great book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Barbara Kingsolver read the book herself. It allows the listener to hear her words exactly the way she intended. The ending was disappointing, but not because of the way it was written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (835)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Caine Mutiny to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print vertion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie Keith, the author paints a real picture of a young man going through many life changes and decisions. It was all believable.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Captain Queege.


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

    I had moments of "oh no, not that" during the book. I like surprises, and this book does have a few.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are well-developed. The reader does a great job of interpreting the different character's voices. It was hard to put the audio book down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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