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melodious

Falls Church, VA | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
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  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Narration, Great Historical Account"
    "Entertaining and Educational!"
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    I really enjoy listening to Alison Wier's books and this one was no exception. In addition to his wives I learned a great deal about Henry VIII as well. I love this period of history and Alison does a gives a very thorough account of King Henry and his wives.

    One complaint about the book is that there is a significant amount of repetitive content. Certain phrases and historical facts are given numerous times throughout. Sometimes it is hard to follow the chronology of events because it is not always clear when she is writing about the future, past or present.

    Overall, greatly informative and highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (408)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Jennifer says: "There is NOTHING wrong with this book"
    "Somewhat intersting poorly written novel"
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    I had just finished a really well written novel and this was a terrible follow-up. I found the writing to be about as dumbed down as possible, which maybe is the norm for "teen novels". I'm really surprised at the reviews, which inspired me to add this to my listening collection. In spite of my feelings about the book I did find myself wanting to know what was going to happen next and I listened to it at 1.5 times speed. The most redeeming aspect of this book is that it is very short. I will avoid "teen novels" going forward, because great reviews don't equate to well written. If you're looking for dialog that is along the lines of "shut up ass-wipe", then this book is for you. Also, I can imagine if you've been through some emotionally harrowing tragedy and are not as concerned about writing quality, you may find something redeeming here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (2924)
    Story
    (2926)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Robert says: "I loved the story, the writing and the narration."
    "Fantastic Book! Outstanding Narration!"
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    I LOVE this book. I found it mesmerizing, like I was transported into another time and place every time I got in my car to listen. The narration was outstanding and I plan to listen to more books narrated by George Guidall. I am eagerly anticipating Helene Wrecker's next book. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed listening to a book this much. I'm sorry it had to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (954)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "Good, not great"
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    I have enjoyed listening to this book. I find the story itself interesting but the writing is very plain and the narrator, as well as the sound quality of the recordings, could be much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7770)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3221)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "annoying"
    Overall

    I saw the movie and in spite of the awkward dialog and acting, found myself drawn to watch it over again and see the sequels. Fascinated, I decided to listen to the first book and read the last 2. I did not like the narration and HATED the way the narrator said "Bella". Since her name is used repeatedly throughout it was very annoying. I can still hear the sound of her voice saying, "Bella", in my head. The writing is certainly not good and the writer's use of the English language is simplistic and unimaginative. Since I didn't dislike the last 2 books nearly as much I think it likely that the narration made the book even worse than it would have been had I read it on my own. I can't believe this book was 2 credits! What a waste!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (630)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Elementary"
    Overall

    Story line is simplistic, predictable and the writing is very plain and uninteresting. Not sure why this has gotten such good reviews.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (293)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "Well written, gripping, excellent narration"
    Overall

    Very well written and interesting. The narrator was very good as well. Disturbing story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4008)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2369)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Good Narrator, Slow paced story"
    Overall

    Narration was good and enjoyable. The overall story is good but for me it was so slow paced I could barely stand it. The pace didn't pick up until the last 2 parts. It took me even longer to get through it because I kept getting distracted (it just didn't hold my attention very well) and would have to rewind.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I was initially very disappointed with the narrator. After listening to Lonesome Dove, this reader left a lot to be desired. Most characters sound the same. Gus sounds wimpy and winy.

    The story itself is OK. The last few chapters were pretty boring without much going on. I don't think I'll continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3425)
    Performance
    (1869)
    Story
    (1901)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Great Book, Great Narrator"
    Overall

    I loved this book and didn't want it to end. The narrator was fantastic and really brought the characters to life. I wish Lee Horsely narrated the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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