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Judith

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  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (1510)
    Story
    (1522)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "A Riveting Read"
    Overall

    This book started out a little slowly. But it quickly picked up the pace, and, after that, I could not put it down. I think it is one of Flynn's best novels. George Guidall, the perfect narrator for a thriller, was excellent with his authoritative, trademark style. The ending came as a surprise, and although it was a well conceived ending, I wished the book could have gone on a bit longer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (643)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Travel Log of Vietnam"
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    I'm a big fan of DeMille and was looking forward to a long, fast paced mystery and thriller, only to slog through hours of essentially a travel log of Vietnam. DeMille is a good writer and kept me reading, despite feeling numb, by hinting that there were some fascinating secrets yet to be revealed. But after reading about 2/3 of the book, I couldn't walk through another Vietnamese town or rice field. I couldn't read another detailed description of places the main character recognized from his two tours of duty. Maybe, if Id ever been there I could relate. I may never know the ending to the book, but the slow grind just wasn't worth it. Although I can't finish this book, I'll certainly try again when DeMille writes another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (568)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "The only Picoult novel I did not like."
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    This story is so loaded with political correctness in the guise of being balanced, that I just couldn't finish it. It wasn't the subject of gay marriage that put me off, but the way religious people were portrayed as mean, crude, and thoughtless. This is the way many modern novels portray conservative Christians, and the ones I've met just don't look like this. The main characters are on two sides of an issue. While they both seem almost equally sympathetic in the beginning, by the middle of the book, one side gets all the mud while the other wears a halo. Ho Hum...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1053)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "This book opened my eyes."
    Overall

    I am indebted to any author who writes a book that enlightens me on a topic. This book was not only fascinating, but it was an eye-opener. After reading this book, I find North Korea and it's future much more real and immediate to me.

    Through the stories of North Koreans who have defected to South Korea, Demick exposes the reader to a society of people who are using every means possible to survive under a suffocating system of government. They are brave and creative, but every direction they turn for relief, they are pounded down. They are lonely and insecure in their lives because neighbors or friends may be informants. Even those who escape can't avoid guilt and frustrations caused by leaving family behind or adapting to a free society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4623)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2080)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "This is close to the top of my list of good books"
    Overall

    This is an interesting, beautifully written and read novel. I find it hard to believe that the book isn't being narrated by an actual 5 year old. It sounds so much like a child. This book is strange, fascinating, funny, and subtle. The matter-of-fact tone of the readers is very effective. It was enjoyable figuring out the emotions from the comments of an unassuming little boy, rather than narrators blatantly acting out the emotions. I don't think I'll ever forget Jack, a plucky, real little boy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27488)
    Performance
    (14094)
    Story
    (14142)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Might be the best book I've ever read"
    Overall

    I seldom pick up a book set in the 60's because they are always so loaded with sermons and guilt trips. This book is different. It is beautifully constructed, and it doesn't contain a single boring moment. It is an authentic story that seemed as real as my own life during the 60s. I was about the same age as Skeeter during that period, and our family had a maid. Maybe that's why I relate to so much of the story. More than most books, the dawning of the civil rights movement is portrayed as subtle and personal. People from any time or place will be drawn into this story of several brave women who had the courage to do what few people could ever do. I hope more books follow by this author with the same heart as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (436)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "John Hart is tremendous."
    Overall

    John Hart has written a novel that tops his two previous books, and that's an exciting accomplishment, because his two previous books are excellent. The Last Child, told from the perspective of a young boy whose twin sister is missing, delves deep into the lives and minds of the characters that may have been involved in her disappearance. It is a warm, sympathetic investigation of people who are struggling to make sense of their own lives. This is a page-turner I didn't want to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2887)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (796)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "The Best and the Worst"
    Overall

    Beautifully written, completely fascinating, even if you don't give a fig about dogs. This author is going to be great one day -- but this book has a fatal flaw for most readers (although professional critics will probably love it). But I could only give it three out of five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "One of His Many Bests"
    Overall

    I am gradually reading through all of Bryce Courtenay's novels. Most have been riveting. This one is almost like 3-4 novels in one - all with the same characters. It is by far the longest of his very long novels that I've read. I like a long novel that continues to entertain. As usual, Bryce Courtenay educates while he entertains. I know there are some flaws in this novel, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes an excellent, satifying tale that is very long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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