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Olga

Princeton, NJ, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Midnight for Charlie Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jenny Nimmo
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.

    Benjamin says: "The Children of the Red King #1"
    "harry potter reinvented"
    Overall

    This is a very fun listen for both kids and adults, and I can't wait for Audible to get the next books! However, while these books are indeed somewhat like Harry Potter in spirit, don't expect them to be exactly like Harry Potter - the plot here is a little slower, while the writing and characters are more complex. So in some ways, they are more enjoyable, while in other ways, they are a bit less of a "page turner" :). All in all, if you liked Harry, you are likely to very much enjoy this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12409)
    Performance
    (4814)
    Story
    (4848)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "excellent"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book that any lover of historical fiction would enjoy. It does have a couple of steamy scenes (I am no prude, but I felt they were a bit distracting from the story), so if you are offended by these sorts of things, you've been warned. Overall, well written and interesting. It is long, and does get a little repetitive in a way, but overall a truly enjoyable listen and well-read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Opal Deception: Artemis Fowl, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (449)

    After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

    Kindle Customer says: "I Love Fairy Technology!!"
    "great, yet again"
    Overall

    Yet another excellent book int he Artemis Fowl series. This book has a bit of an open end that wraps things up just enough for us not to feel cheated, but makes it clear that there's more to come in the series. A bit fewer plot twists than in the other AF novels, but still a delight to read/listen to. Excellent reading, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "can't stop listening"
    Overall

    This book is a rare gem - educational and extremely interesting. I can't put it down (or rather turn off my player), and yet it also provides a great and unbiased overview of the founding of the state of Israel and the tragedy of the people of Palestine (both Jew and Arab). I highly recommend it, you'll enjoy it no matter your political leanings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Dunn
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality), and divinely ordained kingship.

    Catharina says: "Fantastic book"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    If you enjoy historical novels and/or historical fiction, you'll enjoy this retelling of the Elizabeth and Mary's story. This is not fiction, but sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction could possible be, and this is one of those cases. The story is engrossing, the reading is excellent, and you'll get a good idea of how these monarch's thought and acted, and how Europe lived in those times. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Thursday Next, the forthright and unstoppable detective of Jasper Fforde's first two novels, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, rides again in The Well of Lost Plots. Get ready for time travel, adventure, mystery, romance, and crime in a literary caper that pokes fun at fiction itself.

    Anna says: "Best Yet!"
    "great book, but doesn't tell the ending"
    Overall

    Yet another great book by Jasper Fforde, but I didn't find it as good as lost in a good book. It's a great read (or you can listen), but it is more predictable and has less going on than the previous two books. Also, you DO have to read Lost in a Good Book to understand this one (while Lost in a Good Book doesn't really require the The Eyre Affair for understanding). Overall fun, but don't read it if you can't wait to find out the ending - this won't give you one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5936)
    Performance
    (2095)
    Story
    (2104)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "hard to put down"
    Overall

    This book isn't the best I've ever read (or listened to), but it's impossible to put down. It suffers from a common problem of long build-up and quick resolution. The characters are well-developed, but some disappear so abruptly at the end of the book, it's unclear why so much time was devoted to them in the beginning. The narrators are generally good, and it's nice to have two voices. The female narrator is sometimes a bit annoying though - she often sounds as if she's talking to 5-year-olds or ESL students - very s-l-o-w and clear, waaayyy too clear. Still, I couldn't stop listening (literally), and enjoyed every moment of it. I would definitely recommend this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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