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Sarah

Millbrae, CA, United States

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  • Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.

    R. Wagner says: "Viewing the World from a Railway Carriage"
    "Oh the World Bazaar"
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    Oh I had forgotten just how wonderful this book is, with its quirky mix of candid observations of both people and places. I went to Iran about 5 years before Theroux and experienced the hippie trail not from the inside but as a student of architecture. This book is bound up in that time and place.
    Frank Muller (the narrator) is as great as ever, keeping it fast paced and ascerbic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Greater Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden - and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disaster"
    "Oh so long"
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    Don't get me wrong I love reading dorrstops, but this book is interminable. The last 1/4 would stand on it's own and is the only part with interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (336)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "A good story let down by narration"
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    Lawhead sets Hood in Wales at the time of William Rufus and puts up a good case. The story has elements of the absurd which do not detract from it. In fact it and the rest of the series are a rip roaring good read. I went through all three books in a row.

    However the narrator is terrible to anybody with a sense of British regional accents. What a shame that this was not read by a Welshman!!!!!! Verner's light tenor middle class voice only goes up for the voices, making many of the characters squeaky. I found this tiresome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

    Margaret says: "Hadrian is here!"
    "Keeping up the good work"
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    The story continues and the characters are developing. Russo and Tilla have learned to trust each other at last. It is a great read, and Vance is a superlative narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4820)
    Performance
    (3333)
    Story
    (3368)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Paper thin"
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    This book is totally dreary. The characters are paper thin as is the story. Not a single person has the slightest sense of humor and the interactions between them are mechanical. Our hero maunders on about his self doubt, failing to sound human. The end is predictable about half way through, and the narration is as flat as a pancake. I will not be continuing with the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "weak gruel"
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    Being very interested in historical fiction, I have read reviews of Penman and been disappointed that she was not on Audible. At last a book appears and I find it very weak gruel in comparison to Sharpe or Aubrey. I have read the Elizabeth Chadwick books from the same period and find those much more convincing.

    Penman uses too many characters, and none of them are deeply drawn. There is no consistent point of view, not even for different periods of the books and Richard is completely unconvincing. The book is absolutely humorless.

    I will not be looking for Penman in the future. Waste of time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (620)

    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!"
    "A great story well told"
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    A great story well told. There are few battles that stir a Brit like Agincourt, and Cornwell tells showing the rough underbelly of war as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1034)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "Amazing Real hISTORY"
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    It never fails to amaze me that America doesn't consider that it has history. Here is a man who thought that his homeland was sacred, his family should be protected and people should do what they say they will do, and he got shafted. This laconic account of his life is the first person is powerfully believable, and I am shocked that I didn't even know it existed. Thank you for giving me this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (994)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Scary to an audible listener"
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    This is indeed still a relevant and powerful book, but very scary to somebody addicted to listening to audio books. It is very eerie to have somebody murmuring in your ear about people being made into to zombies by having people murmur into their ears! At least I am choosing my books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Silly without charm"
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    I am going to stop following this series. Mary Russel has sunk to the level of dreary boring pompous prude. The plot is as unlikely as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, openly stated by Mary at the start. However, unlike G&S it has no charm, no humor and no music. I love G&S but this drags through to it's stupid ending without any alleviation at all. ENough already

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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