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  • Blue Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (211)

    The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

    Phillip says: "A fine end to a good series"
    "Long-Tedious exploration of terra-formed Mars."
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    This is a very long and difficult listen. It does bring the story of the colonization of Mars to an end, but it seems to take two lifetimes (with gerantological treatments) to get through it...wonderful for insomniacs, but would not recommend this as a listen whilst driving...sleep potential through the endless descriptions and narrations is just too big a risk!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (311)

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    Ron says: "well-written, well-narrated, but..."
    "Spins the trilogy to an unsatisfactory end"
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    This is a book which brings the trilogy to an end, but is full of coincidences which are just too hard to swallow. I would have prefered to have been kept guessing rather than take a trip through this twisted tale. I would not recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (519)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Unexpected Surprise"
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    I bought this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by the story, the writing and the narration. This book is wonderful for book lovers and history buffs alike, combining the two into an expose of a sliver of the history of the jews, together with interesting facts about book preservation and the relevance of both in today's society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "A Hugely Good Story"
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    I loved this book. It captures the pain of being an outcast in the frustrating world of school and later in adulthood and brings an insight to small town living at the same time. I enjoyed the characters and the narration and I loved the way the author brought the past to life by giving it a "character" of its own in the form of an inanimate object. I found this to be a very complex story bringing me to laughter and to tears at different points in the story. At the end...there was hope and happiness, making this a most enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (914)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Disturbingly Good Read"
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    This is a great book, although the subject matter is disturbing. It made me gasp with horror in some places and to cry in others...I would listen to this one again as it is a fascinating story with many layers of complexity. The narrator was wonderful, bringing the characters to life and giving them depths which I would have missed had I read the print version. This one is highly recommended by me....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26865)
    Performance
    (20629)
    Story
    (20712)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great Read!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    The only thing I missed in the audio version was the map, which would help position the characters as they travel through their world. I loved the narrator, who brought life to each character through his use of different voices and the way he introduced mannerisms to speech and speech patterns...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Dani, who was a strong woman in a strange world and who welcomes her role and her fate by the end of the book.


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

    This is my first ofr Roy Dotrice's performances...I look forward to others


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

    Yes...but the length made it impossible


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (797)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Same old, same old"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was one book too many in the series...many of the old themes reappeared, with similar results. It was over long and a slow go in many places. It would only appeal to the very steadfast of the steadfast!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Game of Thrones


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

    It was more interesting to have characters played out by a professional...gave the book some much needed personality.


    Do you think The Land of Painted Caves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3411)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1400)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Unabridged too long"
    Overall

    I would suggest this as an abridged version. It became slow and ponderous about half way through and I caught myself thinking "Will this never end???" Characters are interesting and story is quite good but have not recommended it to my friends...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3312)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1483)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Wonderful Surprise"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have come across in a long time. It is funny, dramatic, informative and so well written it was a joy to read...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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