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  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1257)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "predictable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if he/she read the other odd books


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Odd


    Could you see Deeply Odd being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No movies or tv shows. Books are Always better


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2086)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Excellent story."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Golem and the Jinni again? Why?

    Most original story i have read in a long time. Narrator is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Golem


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Brings characters to life


    Who was the most memorable character of The Golem and the Jinni and why?

    Golem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3267)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Suprising"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner has a great reading style. He brought the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1958)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Deleteriously funny"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to friends and coworkers. Ms. Roach's approach to the subject of being dead, made this book entertaining an educational.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The grossly vivid descriptions of what cadavers experience in death. Ms Frasier captures the Joe Friday "Just the facts" tone of the writer and amplifies the macabre humor.


    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books by Ms Frasier.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Giving back through death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17038)
    Performance
    (15126)
    Story
    (15083)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Unexpected Excellence"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is difficult to do. This audiobook was very well done. I would put among the top three audio books I have listened to thus far. Harry Potter being number one and War and Remembrance-Winds of War being second.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Amberson/Jake Epping
    He is the center of the story and has real human appeal. If he were real I would like him and want him as a friend.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson was fabulous. He did a supberb job of giving each character a voice that brought them to life. His timing was perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment where Sadie died in Jake's arms. I knew it was coming because "the past is obturate" and takes its pound of flesh. This moment set the scene for when Jake sees Sadie again in his future. There is a connection between Jake and Sadie that spans the rift in time that exists between them. It is very sensual and moving without being weird or uncomfortable.


    Any additional comments?

    For those people who are not Fans of Stephen King, give this book a try. This is my first King novel. I did not expect to get through the first chapter because I have never been a fan of his books that were made into movies. In fairness to Mr. King I never gave his novels a chance. In this instance, I not only bought the audio version, I also purchased a hard copy to add to my book collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1483)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Fabulous"
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    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    history made interesting. Kevin pariseau is a superb narrator and brought each character to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intertwining fiction with history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reunion between pam and capt henry. He deserved to be happy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. The scenes which detailed the life in concentration camps were difficult to listen to and evoked strong emotions of: saddness, disgust in the human race,and empathy for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on keeping this book to listen to again. It is a wonderful story that brings history to life through fictional characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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