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Nancy

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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1936)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Killed me softly"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Mr O'Reilly should use a pro narrator. He's better here than in his first two "killing" books, where his voice would drop at the end of sentences, usually the last syllable. Found myself straining to hear. A distraction. Also His NY accent is unappealing to me personally. It isn't music to my ears.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard before, how does this one compare?

    Killing Kennedy was the best, mainly because its contemporary and we all can remember where we were when we heard President Kennedy was shot, plus all the intrigue with MM. Press me and I'll say it ranks third.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Can't say as I liked the performance as put up with it. I liked most of the content though.


    Do you think Killing Jesus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The author made assumptions to make the book more readable. Filled-in gaps in history to help with visualizing the era. I'd be thinking, "Where'd he come up with that?"Then again I said the same thing reading the other two "killing" books. If a person is interested in Jesus, the Bible is a better source.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about the human Jesus, and that's fine, except that Jesus was both God and man. What Christianity teaches is that Jesus was fully human and fully God, which is difficult for our quite finite and mortal minds to wrap itself around. Jesus is only half portrayed, but then it isn't about Jesus, but about his "killing". Its a decent read as it refreshed and enlightened the unspeakable death Jesus suffered for you and me.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4303)
    Performance
    (2576)
    Story
    (2632)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Fabulous!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With a headline like Fabulous, I'm already touting the merits of Dumas in terms of plot, character development, subject interest. I particularly love the eloquence of language, albeit formal, that Dumas excels in, and the historical social norms and nuances so contrasting with current trends. Pretty cool stuff!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Edmund's escape from prison was pretty riveting.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Men narrators struggle more with women's voices than women narrators with male voices, in my opinion, so the Count himself gets the nod. I thought Mr Lee delivered impeccably with French, Italian, English, Turkish accents, transitioning quite seamlessly from character to character, bringing to life this story of betrayal and revenge set mainly in France. Now its on to more Dumas!!


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

    Sorry, nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (508)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "Eyes Wide Open"
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    What made the experience of listening to Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus the most enjoyable?

    The journey. It was all about that struggle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The logic involved in looking at the two faiths of Christianity and Islam.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the authenticity of the Arabic pronunciations, actually they were needed. The author spoke too fast. It was distracting, because I needed to give his logic some thought, and would have to stop and think.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I need to process what was said, and that necessitated breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon.

    Pita says: "A wonderful discovery"
    "Star-Crossed Lovers Reincarnated"
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    Where does Green Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank it in the top 75% due to its richness of historical detail.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Green Darkness?

    When the sins of the past find some atonement. There is an overwhelming sense of melancholy for awhile, but it lifts, Still it has a tragic element like Romeo and Juliet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Really can't point to one scene.


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

    Stricken would describe the moment of Celia's betrayal, though you know its coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the print version in the 70's, and found the audio to be better. Anya Seton draws the reader into her web

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3315)
    Performance
    (3035)
    Story
    (3015)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Too Cynical"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the philosophical treatment of the often twin emotions of love and hate, atheism and faith, divorce and marriage, etc. There was a lot to choose from. The least interesting was the main character's self-absorption.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene.


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

    Sorry, nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't impressed with this book, yet I thought Firth's performance was very solid. Frankly wasn't sure I could finish it, mainly because the perpetual inner conflicts screamed, "Its all about me.'' It got old, to be candid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thornwood House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anna Romer
    • Narrated By Eloise Oxer
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

    Maria says: "I absolutely adored this book! One of my faves!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My time was spent adequately enough, in that I wanted to have the puzzle pieces all in place. I appreciated the lovely prose, but tired of its repetition.


    Would you recommend Thornwood House to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The whole thing wasn't that provocative.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did Thornwood House inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to move on quickly to another.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2581)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Absorbing little mystery"
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    Got this little mystery just as a filler while awaiting my credits. What a nice surprise. Narrator was fabulous, and I found myself wanting to get back to the book. Always a good sign. I guessed the bad guy, but the plot still had enough twists to cause doubt. Character development was good, and not boring. Then again, James Patterson plot-heavy books aren't my cup of tea, so this type of mystery appeals to me. I will certainly listen to more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (347)

    Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!"
    "Rich and Satisfying"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Katherine to be better than the print version?

    I read Katherine in the 70's, but I think audio in general is better than the print. Biased a bit here.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical relevance of Katherine's life to the monarchy. This is faithful historical fiction, and detail was paramount to believably.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John kissed Katherine after her wedding, and thought, "Oh,my!"


    If you could take any character from Katherine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Katherine herself. She and I have a lot in common, so our dialogue would be relaxed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25203)
    Performance
    (20944)
    Story
    (20930)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Boggy"
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    I almost didn't finish this simply because I tired of the dysfunctional characters, which droned on. The last few hours were exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6203)
    Performance
    (5625)
    Story
    (5621)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Batting a Thousand"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silkworm to be better than the print version?

    Since I'm almost a compete Audible convert, I didn't read a print version. There is a richness supplied with narrative acting that, for me, enhances the plot and character development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the characters continued in their development personally and relationally, and that I could still be surprised knowing the format Ms Rowling [Galbreith] used in her first in this series [Cuckoo's Calling].


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Robert Glenister does Cormoran Strike to perfection.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. There is fluidity that begs to be continued


    Any additional comments?

    Strike's faithful assistant Robyn seems more sophisticated than her portrayal by Glenister would suggest. I pictured Robyn's voice differently, which is why my performance rating wasn't 5 stars. Both Cuckoo and Silkworm are first rate mysteries, and why not? The Harry Potter Series held all of us spellbound with mystery through seven glorious books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (488)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Lovely"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Wildflower Hill in three words, what would they be?

    The corner of bitter and sweet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie, because he was honest and honorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Poker game in the sitting room


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

    Nothing extreme. It did make me sad for awhile.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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