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Joyce Eriksen

History addict

Blairsville, Ga United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 208 titles in library
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  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (391)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "yuk"
    Overall

    This may be the worst book I have ever half read. It is touted as a thriller with a love story. No it is not Baldacci. It is a grocery store bodice ripper and its interminable below the belt scenes for nearly every character are laughable. Glad I got it on sale I would have been royally annoyed if I had paid more than the 4.95. No More please!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (668)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "More like Hysterical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Characters were fine, story fine, history good. Performance just oK.
    If you deduct all the God Damns, God damn bastards, kill the God damn bastards, there isn't a lot of pages left. I am sure that's just how soldiers talk then and now but as dialogue it leaves the book more hysterical than historical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    Cody says: "Excellent Series"
    "There is a best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    GG Kay is the best Author for me, alive and writing today. I have read and now listened to all his work and it gets better and better. Favorites: Tigana can't be beat and Under Heaven is Heaven.
    Musr admit Simon Vance reading would have been Perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1824)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Top of Her Game"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Morton is adept at keeping you wondering, right down to the last pages. If you love a real mystery...Read her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1107)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "you won't guess"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In this her third novel, even though you expect that you have her measure, ..you don't. Morton is master of her style and this is as good as the earlier two. Keep reading Morton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3183)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2064)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Mirror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost unbelievable premise, turns into a really gripping story of murder and psychology. Heroine detective is really a delight. Great depth of plot and great character readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2621)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1317)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Great plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well done, fabulous characters. Follett at his best. This is his stride, he hits the mark . Much more believable than his bible length histories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5223)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3233)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "You guess"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You will have to spend more than one read with this well thought out and very well written mystery.
    The characters and plot are equal and that is unusual. Very well worth a reread.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (441)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Unique"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    The thoughts on a really new kind of personal philosophy.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    There is absolutely none. Leading up to it are Rand's earlier books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dagny looking out on the city.


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

    Impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    While few are strong enough to adopt this way of thinking, even when they agree, it is still a book young people ( College age) should read in order to get perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (631)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "a complete world, not ours"
    Overall

    I believed that no author would ever meet Dorothy
    Dunnett's standard as my all time favorite. Now Kay is so close to that standard that I really couldn't say which author I would take to the "desert Island with one book". Yes it is fantasy--almost-- it is historical --almost. It is without a doubt GREAT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne C. Heller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (126)

    Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

    Mark says: "Great history of both Rand and her era"
    "hysterical"
    Overall

    Veering sharply from kudo to hysterics, this book is what Rand would have called the product of fuzzy thinking.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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