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Karen

Chandler, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8323)
    Performance
    (5017)
    Story
    (5009)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Great story about World War I"
    Overall

    I had been looking for a good story that also explains how WWI came about, and found it in "Fall of Giants, Book 1". This was my first Ken Follett book, and I really enjoyed the way he tells a story and explains history at the same time. It moved right along and didn't get weighed down in elaborate descriptions that take forever to get through. Yet, he describes things well . . . I really had a good picture in my mind of the characters, scenes, etc. It is true that the main characters reconnect with one another throughout the book in ways that are somewhat unbelievable. I was forgiving of Follett for this because he is such a good storyteller. However, I do hope this feedback reaches the author so he can work on improving this one weak point. Despite this, I still give it five stars. In fact, I liked it so much that I read it twice before moving on to a new book!

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5806)
    Performance
    (3976)
    Story
    (3984)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Echo in the Bone - Be Patient"
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    This book is as wonderful as all of the other books in the Outlander series, and I am looking forward to the next one whenever it becomes available on audio. I just want to forewarn my fellow listeners to be patient. In the beginning of the book there is a lengthy section about Lord John, so much so that I was wondering if Claire and Jamie were going to have a part in this story. But never fear, they do, and the Lord John part is very good too. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1183)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "I give up on this one"
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    I'm sorry to say, but I have tried to listen to this book at least five different times over the years and I just can't stand it. To me, the narrators sound like they're reading the book instead of speaking to the reader. And it's boring, long, slow. It doesn't hold my attention. I've liked so many books, really wanted to like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "This story deserves a 10"
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    If I could give this story more stars than 5, I would. It is a story that held me in its spell the entire time and then afterward as well. I think it may have changed me, although I couldn't say how. It is for women, and about women. You will learn much about the culture and history of China while reading a most beautiful story read by the perfect narrator for this tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5057)
    Performance
    (4274)
    Story
    (4287)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Just as good if not better than Fall of the Giants"
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    The first book of this series was amazing, and I liked this one even more! It really helped me understand the history of that era. Ken Follett is a great storyteller. I appreciated the fact that he toned down the intimate scenes a bit. I still was able to feel the emotion of the moment, but to me it's better the way he wrote them in this book. The story line picks up where the last one left off. I recommend reading the Fall of the Giants first. And John Lee is an amazing narrator. He does such a great job with all of the various accents and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God's Smuggler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brother Andrew
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (197)

    This best seller tells of the young Dutch factory worker's incredible efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders - and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. Brother Andrew's story remains as inspiring today as it was 35 years ago, and with this new release, it will motivate a whole new generation to risk everything to follow God's call.

    Joshua says: "A True Inspiration... Must-Read Classic!"
    "Very inspiring"
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    I avoided listening to this story for awhile because it wasn't listened to by very many people. Boy, am I glad I finally did. This man's true story of how he went from being a man of violence to a man of God was well told, kept me wanting to hear what happened next and reminded me of how wonderful it is to trust in God and watch Him work through his followers. Reading this book has motivated me to increase my service and trust the Lord with it instead of worrying that I might fail. This is a story the whole family can listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (643)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Great Book, Great Narrator"
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    This story was SO good and the narrator Michael Kramer read all of the parts so convincingly, that both he and the author Karen Slaughter are now two of my favorites. The story starts out pretty harsh and this is not a book you would want to listen to in the car with your children. But if you stick with it, I think you'll be glad you did. . . I know I was!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1824)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1438)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Loved listening to this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    While reading/listening to this story, I could really picture the 1930's in New York. It felt almost like I was there. And the way the author wrote it seemed to really fit with the times. It was also a really good story. The narrator did a great job, she was pleasing to listen to and did great with the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3764)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3217)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Great narration but story didn't hold my attention"
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    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    He is so good that I forgot I was listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He has great ability to change his voice from character to character.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me, but I tried 3 times to finish listening to the story, and I just couldn't. The characters didn't grab my attention. I didn't feel any emotion that made me want to continue. And for me personally, there was too much information about the technical aspects. I'm sure some people would appreciate that part, but not me.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (669)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Love the story, narrator Slezak amazing"
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    What does Victor Slezak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is so pleasing to listen to and he reads so well. I wish he narrated more good books.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story, and the narrator superb. The only thing to be forewarned is it's a bit racy, so I wouldn't listen to it on speaker mode with small children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (490)

    Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact that they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze.

    Ed says: "Great book with a single flaw"
    "Great story, great narration"
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    This was one of my favorite Jack Reacher stories and Dick Hill is so consistently excellent, it was an pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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