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Daryl

Houston, TX United States | Member Since 2008

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  • London Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Edward Bloor
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Martin Conway is sleeping his life away, aimless and unhappy, until the boy appears in his room. He is a long-dead English boy, and he has an urgent question to ask. Martin, for his own sanity, hopes and prays it is just a dream. But then one dream becomes two, then three, then four.

    Michael says: "Call this book"
    "Nice "Ghost" Story"
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    This author does a good job weaving a coming of age story with family histories and the spiritual side of life. The story is interesting and fast moving with just enough character development to keep the story going. The narrator has a smooth voice that was engaging and varied with the different characters. If you like stories about World War II, spirits, and angels, you should like this story. It's not going to win the Novel Prize for Literature, but it should keep you entertained for eight hours or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

    Bill says: "More, please"
    "Icelandic Mystery"
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    I went to Iceland and toured it recently and I thought this would be a nice complement to that trip. I was right. I don't want to give away the story here - almost anything is a spoiler - but suffice it to say that the author uses seemingly unrelated incidents in the book to resolve the mystery. It's kind of quirky in that regard, but ultimately satisfying. Having been to Iceland it was easy for me to recognize the settings and appreciate the characters. Audible has this book a part of a series, but it seems to be a stand alone story in my opinion. The narrator did a nice job with the Icelandic names and place names. So the bottom line - this book is unusual for a mystery, but satisfying. I gave it four stars because the first half of the book was a bit confusing. I'm not sure if there was another way to write it, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circles in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Peter Coleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has dealt with small-town crime throughout his long, storied career. Now, contemplating retirement after years on the job, Tully is faced with perhaps his most perplexing case yet. When area bald eagles start getting picked off by a ghost-like killer, and when a prominent local rancher is murdered by an arrow with eagle fletching, things gets complicated fast. In this fast-paced whodunit, Tully has a vast array of suspects to choose from, including the rancher's gorgeous, bird-loving wife, who mysteriously leaves for a ranch in Mexico the day of the murder.

    Daryl says: "Still Good, But Not Great"
    "Still Good, But Not Great"
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    Although another reviewer spoiled the mystery, I read this novel anyway since I enjoyed the author's other works. This book was a bit different in that some of the characters I liked from past books were not in this one. For example, Pap was used as a tracker with no mention of Dave. I suppose the author is retiring the character although there is an opening to continue the series. The book did have the usual humor in it which made it worth reading. I hope Bo Tully returns with a new adventure as I already miss him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1053)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Great Historical Book About Medicine & Chemistry"
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    This book is not written just for chemists or physicians. It is written in layman's terms and the author simply tells a story. It's more like a novel than a history book. It is a fascinating look at what can only be described as a world spanning saga of the invention of the first antibiotics. The author looks not only at the main characters in the search for a miracle cure for bacteriological infection, but shows it all in the context of the world that we all live in. I really like nonfiction that reads like a novel because I learn so much along the way. I am not a scientist, but I can appreciate the scientific method much more now after this book. The narrator did a superb job and was not dull in the least. If you like nonfiction that really is stranger and more unbelievable than fiction, this book is for you! If you have a friend who is a chemist or physician, then you have a perfect gift!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1397)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Lost and Found Revisited"
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    This novel is based on actual events. The Holocaust provides the background to this story and it shows how so many millions of people were affected and those effects still condition our society today. I am sure that this story was repeated time and again as victims of the Nazis tried to reconnect to family members who were lost in chaos upon chaos at the end of the war and the following years. One thing that this novel has in it is art and how it was used as a weapon against the Nazis. If you are an artist or appreciate art and art history, this book provides an alternate path of interest for you other than the plot. I enjoyed this book as it reveals how our shared humanity forms a true bond with every person on the planet. There are two main characters who tell the story and the publisher wisely chose to use a male narrator for the man and a female narrator for the woman. This really aids in clarity to an audible book. If you're interested in the Holocaust and another "branch" of it, then this is a good book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tamarack Murders: A Bo Tully Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick F. McManus
    • Narrated By Peter Coleman
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Bo Tully, the renowned sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, has seen his share of small-town crime. And, he always gets his man, whether by the book or otherwise. Fact is, everyone in the area knows Tully, and his unique 'Blight Way' of doing things.

    When Tully and his deputy hike deep into the woods, tracking a suspected bank robber, little do they realize that they are about to witness a murder. Soon, the murder leads the Sheriff on a convoluted adventure, with a series of twists and turns, each demanding his utmost attention and keenest crime-solving abilities.

    Daryl says: "Another Bo Tully Success"
    "Another Bo Tully Success"
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    These shorter books are a great listen and worth a laugh or two. McManus has a knack for one liners that are really pretty clever and funny. As the series progresses, the reader learns to like the characters more and more. I was a little concerned that the latest narrator was different, but he got the job done and seemed to get in the spirit of things. This mystery is a little different than the others - simpler. If you're looking for a Nobel prize winner, you need to look somewhere else. If you're looking for a lighthearted mystery with some funny characters, then you've come to the right place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Debra Dean
    • Narrated By Yelena Shmulenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories - the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild - yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city.

    A User says: "A tender account of the survival instinct"
    "Audio Is Not The Best Platform For This Book"
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    This book is probably best read from a printed book rather than audio. Why? Because it's written in a kind of "stream of consciousness" manner that uses the elderly character's dementia as the vehicle that tells the story. Confused? So was I. I recently visited the Hermitage in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) so I thought this would be a good book about how the museum's art work survived the cruel siege. However, it really wasn't that kind of book. The setting is present day America, but the protagonist's mind keeps slipping back to the siege of 1941. Because of the seamless and without warning changes from present day to 1941, the book was confusing. Because of that, I would recommend this book in the form of a printed book. The author had some great descriptions of paintings and the paintings' emotional connection to the protagonist. The ending was abrupt and did not resolve anything for the character's family members. It was as if the author got tired of writing and just quit. At any rate, the narrator did a superb job, but the story was just okay. I think the author's idea to use an elderly person's dementia as a tool to introduce flashbacks was very clever, but it was empty at the end because the other family members were left in the dark regarding the character's past life. So I give this book 3 stars, it was okay, but could have been a lot better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1399)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "If You Liked "Unbroken", You'll Like This!"
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    This book really gives one an appreciation for what the "Greatest Generation" accomplished under such dire circumstances. You don't have to be a sports fan to like this book, although the information on rowing and boat making is fascinating. The story is well thought out and extremely well written. The performance by Edward Herrmann is outstanding, as he always is. I received the printed version as a Christmas gift and it was nice to see the photos that come with printed books. I do wish Audible would have some links to photos, maps, etc that audio book lovers could have access to. The book is very inspiring and uplifting - not just a sports story. It's for anyone that has to overcome formidable obstacles in order to meet goals and objectives. This story is similar to "Unbroken" and the main character in "Unbroken" appears briefly in this book as well. I give this book my highest rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Jacobson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The journey that takes Mark Jacobson around the world began when a friend bought a lamp at a rummage sale and was told that it was made from the skins of Jews. While he didn't believe the story, he sent it to Mark, saying, "You're a journalist, you figure out what it is." This is the first known discovery and investigation of such an artifact.

    Steven says: "Stream of consciousness history"
    "Interesting Story - But a Bit Too Preachy"
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    I'm not sure if I should say, "Spoiler Alert" as this is not a novel or even a current event narrative with a surprise ending, but this review may give away something that the reader would rather enjoy on his or her own. This is an intriguing story about the author's attempt to place a lampshade discovered at a garage sale in Post Katrina New Orleans at Buchenwald during the Holocaust. The author does a great job in weaving background stories associated with all of the characters and locales of his book. The one thing that was a bit over the top for me was the author's treatment of George W Bush during Katrina. It got very preachy and I thought it was not necessary to the story. I'm not sure what the author was trying to put forth as a message about New Orleans itself. I couldn't tell if he thought it was a treasured gem of a city or a dump given over to drug addicts and murderers who walk around in a city where life is cheap. Whatever. But getting back to the lampshade, the author does spin a good tale that reveals very good circumstantial evidence that the lampshade is indeed a valuable primary artifact of the Holocaust. But there is no proven "chain of custody" that positively places the lampshade in Germany in the 1940's. For that reason, the recognized Holocaust museums and experts refused to accept the lampshade into their collections. Maybe DNA testing will advance someday to the point that the lampshade can be placed in a specific place and time - that is the author's hope.

    Finally, the narrator was very good for this story. His voice was not the usual Audiobook narration voice, so it took me a little while to get used to it, but he did a very good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished. In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

    keasha says: "Best book I've read in a long time!"
    "Great Telling of Little Known Event"
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    The title and subtitle are actually good descriptions of the contents of this book. The author does some exhaustive research for the noble purpose of "leaving no man behind." He uses the literary device of alternating chapters with one chapter spinning the historical narrative of what occurred on the Greenland Icecap in World War II, and the other chapter describing events that are ongoing throughout the book. The book was published in a timely manner to include the mission to locate a lost aircraft and the remains of the three men aboard it. As a side note, the author has a blog that keeps readers informed of ongoing developments since the publication of the book. The author does a fine job of reporting facts in a narrative format that keeps the readers' attention. The author is also the narrator of the audiobook. I am always skeptical when authors try to perform their own narrations, but I was pleasantly surprised. As much of the book is written in the first person, the author as audio narrator is natural provided that the author is a good reader - and he is. The story is one that is worthy of the telling and I'm so happy that I read the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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