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Kerri

Wenatchee, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 ratings
  • 263 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anlexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (118)

    The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

    Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

    Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

    Barnabas' Daughter says: "Incredible value"
    "A classic novel that deserves the title "Classic""
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    I had only seen the movies before listening to this book. That usually spoils a book for me. This book, though, has all the elements that make a REAL classic! The characters are well developed and I loved and hated them. The lessons were not didactic, but easy to relate to my own circumstances. The scenes are well painted and interesting. The language is inspiring.

    There were some minor imperfections in the reading-but those all made it more cozy in my opinion. I love, love this narrator! I love his style, I love his voice, I would love to sit at his knee and listen to him all day! I kind of did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2389)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "It's....OK."
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    The book was....ok. The author attempts a parallel story line. The problem with this was that the author wasn't able to be consistent in her development of characters or situation. I felt as if she short-changed certain parts to be more detailed in other parts. As if she was worried about writing too much. One scene would be quite clever, the next would feel incomplete.

    I wonder if this author had a developmental editor to help find plot gaps and places where the reader was bored or parts just didn't make sense. Characters had promise of being interesting, but then fizzled. The plot had promise, then fizzled. The premise of the novel was intriguing then didn't come through in the end. I kept hoping for more. Maybe the author just bit off more that she could chew with the 2 story lines at once. The story was ok enough that I would try one more of her books. If that has the same problems as this, I'll be done.

    For those who compare this book to one from the Outlander series: An analogy...The Winter Sea:Outlander as Harlequin Authors:Jane Austen. They both have their place, but modify your expectations.

    The narrator was ok, not great, just like the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disorderly Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Disorderly Knights is the third volume in The Lymond Chronicles following Queens' Play. Dorothy Dunnett's series is cherished for its romance, adventure, and colorful historical scenes. The year is 1551, and Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond has been called to fight with the Knights of Hospitallers to defend the island of Malta against the Turks.

    Marcheta says: "James Bond of the 1500s"
    "I thought this was a novel"
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    Pretty hard to listen to a book that is almost entirely a list of names and dates. There were a few descriptions of events but very dry and "informative". I suffered through a couple hours before I quit listening. Very disappointing. Don't even remember the narrator because the book was such a disappointment and not at all as described.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure of Khan: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror of all time, who, at his peak, ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are the stuff of legend, his tomb a forgotten mystery. Until now. A mysterious Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that dream come true.

    Marilyn says: "A guilty pleasure, par excellence ..."
    "Love Clive Cussler, Hate the narrator"
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    I loved the book, but the narrator takes the book too seriously. Every other word is emphasized as if it is the most important word in the book and contains the key to the mystery of life. I forced my way through the book because the book is amazing, but I will read them in print from now on. Hated to give the overall just two stars but the narrator was just soooo bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Company

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    When Benjamin Weaver is blackmailed into stealing documents from the ruthless British East India Company, he soon discovers the theft of trade secrets is only the first move in a daring conspiracy within the 18th century's most powerful corporation. To save his friends and family, Weaver must infiltrate the company, navigate its warring factions, and uncover a secret plot of corporate rivals, foreign spies, and government operatives.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very involving story"
    "Worth your time and money"
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    While this wasn't my favorite book of all time, it definitely was a good read. I love a complicated plot and descriptions and while the plot was quite complicated, I thought too many of the plot twists were underdeveloped and just thrown in an attempt to appear more sophisticated. I really didn't care what happened to the main character by the end of the book. I cared more about his family and associates. The romance was completely unbelievable and a distraction from the story. There are so few good books out there, though that this one comes close enough to warrant the time and expense. I thought the narrator did a good job.

    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
    (3819)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3262)

    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!"
    "Amazing!"
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    The detail and description in this book are right on target. I can see where the characters are and what they are seeing. The plot is true to life and very contemporary. Full of action, suspense and I really get to know the characters and worry about what will happen in their situations. You really don't know who is going to live and who will die. Lou Diamond Phillips is a great actor and he doesn't disappoint in this narration. He reads clearly, nice voices that are not over the top, dramatic moments are dramatic, but he doesn't over-dramatize every other word, which is a pet-peeve of mine with narrators.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (author and editor), Gardner Dozois (author and editor)
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories... Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing - a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they’re best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color here....

    Laura says: "Not the right narrator for the book"
    "Intro was the best part of the book."
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    I loved the introduction! It made me want to try all new genres and to just pick up a book, any book and start to read it, regardless of genre or author. Some of the stories were good, some bizzare, some thought provoking, and some were way out there. I love the premise of the book (stories about Warriors regardless of genre) but some of the stories were nothing I would ever want to read again and I know what authors I would never even consider reading again. The narration was excellent. He sounded like he was talking to you, not reading and especially not overacting his reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "Formula Romance with a 2 story lines"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a clever romance on the level of "The Scarlet Pimpernel", this book is not for you. This is definitely a formula romance novel using the Scarlet Pimpernel name to set the stage. It was cute, but not original. The beginning was promising with the researcher, but goes one dimensional from there. No suspense or real conflict between the two main characters. The reader needs to work on male voices as she just can't pull it off. A male voice is more than just lower than a female voice, especially when that low voice is out of the range of what the female reader can do. I quit listening 30 minutes from the end as I got too bored. I was looking for something a little more literary. I might try again when I want something uncomplicated to listen to. If you are looking for formula romance (and sometimes I am) this book will do quite nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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