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Anne

Albany, OR, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Paths of Glory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (94)

    Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong - their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

    Joel says: "Archer Does it Again!"
    "This book has it all!"
    Overall

    Jeffery Archer has been a favorite of mine since "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" way back before audiobooks were even thought of. This book is one of his best, combining history, real characters, probably a little fiction, adventure and romance all rolled into a masterful tale of the guy who probably beat Hillary to the top of Everest by 40 years! We may never know for sure, but the end of the book had me wishing there was more, and I had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. George Mallory sounds like I guy I would have been honored to know. I recommend this book to anyone who has loved, lived and dreamed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1249)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "This CAN'T be all there is!"
    Overall

    When I saw this fourth Odd Thomas book, I screamed with delight! The character lives on and there is nothing stale about this sequel. Odd just keeps on being the common man's version of Superman without all those pesky special abilities. He's like a combination of McGyver(creative in a pinch),Friar Tuck(surprising in a fight)and Harry Potter without his magic wand(sweet,smart and lovable). This character will live on, I am sure. I recommend this and the previous books in the series. And I love the Golden retrievers that always show up in all of Dean Koontz's stories. It's a bit like Alfred Hitchcock always walking through a scene in every one of his movies. Dean, we hope Odd remains in your lineup!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2470)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (996)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Odd characters--great story!"
    Overall

    Who could have thought our man Odd could end up in a monastery with such a collection of characters! And just when you think you have the good guys and the villans figured out, Koontz throws the hook and fouls that line of thinking. He has used the twist ending to it's best in all the Odd books, but this one really had me holding my breath. Great suspense, laced with that comic edge I love about Koontz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3382)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1074)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "More Odd!"
    Overall

    Dean Koontz has done it--brought us more Odd. Sorry, Dean, but you can't leave it here! This is a great sequel, with enough creepy stuff to remind you who wrote this, but a sweet developing character that makes you want to know more. His adventures with the real characters and his memory of characters weaves a wonderful story. I recommend Odd to anyone. Warning---you will get hooked!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4380)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1868)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "It's good to be Odd!"
    Overall

    I read this without knowing anything about it previously, but purely because of Dean Koontz (yes, I am a fan----any man who can write like this and loves golden retrievers is OK by me!) This book sharpened my appetite for more of Odd and his interesting life. I find myself casting the movie in my head while listening. And it's terrific! More Odd!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1120)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Creepy trip down memory lane!"
    Overall

    I read this book about 20 years ago and loved it then. When I listened on Audible, it was every bit as entertaining and scary as I remember, but more like watching a movie! In fact, it should BE a movie! Dean Koontz has a comic side to his horror writing that other writers of this genre don't have. Just when the goosebumps are starting to form, he makes you laugh. And the reader is wonderful. I recommend this book even if you recall reading it long ago as I did.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4951)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1646)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Classic creepy King!"
    Overall

    I listened to this with two co-workers and we could not wait to get to work so we could see what was going to happen next! This is SK's best in a long time---classic of the style that made him famous, classic without being predictable. A great read and I will recommend it to a few of my friends who claimed they lost interest in King after "It".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "totally corny and overdone"
    Overall

    I gave this book one star because we don't have the choice of giving the "thumbs down" symbol. (Perhaps you could consider adding that.) I buy a lot of audiobooks and listen to them at work with my coworkers. One is a man who thinks this is great stuff but is embarrassed bt the foul language and descriptions of the completely unrealistic sex fantasies. We all end up making jokes about it. Scott Brick as a narrator sounds like a really bad impersonation of Captain Kirk. The plot and story line has really been compromised by these things. If it were written for the story and not for the sensational fantasies in the characters' heads it might be better. I was gonna say "it must be a guy thing" but even our guy agrees with us. This is my first Barry Eisler book and probably will be my last. And Mr. Eisler is probably happy I am not his editor.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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