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S. Blaine

sblaine

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  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2829)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1058)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Pitiful end"
    Overall

    I would have rated this a 4.5 were it not for an ending that I found lazy, predictable and sorrowful. If this is an example of how this author brings a close to her writings, I'll opt out of any future offerings. Otherwise, great narrative style, using a cast of voices.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "Fool Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I prefer books with credible endings.


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

    The narration is very satisfying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. I returned book 1 because it had no ending what-so-ever and attempted this one, book two, because of the overwhelming positive reviews. That was where i was fooled twice. No credible ending. I am done with this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Fell short of five stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does In the Shadow of the Banyan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All the good things written about this book have great substance. My slight disappointment was only in the fact that there was room to show and tell much, much more depth of the atrocities and horror perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Goat: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy. But there are nine killers to one Spenser -- long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat -- to lead him to others.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Spenser is not Sam Spade."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Spenser novels are not great literature, but they can be entertaining. I've always enjoyed narration by Michael Prichard and for me, there is a comfort in hearing his familiar voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself....

    Charlotte says: "Urrea does it again"
    "Not up to Par"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Quite a disappointment in that this book didn't even come close to the level of THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER, neither in content or quality of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11611)
    Performance
    (7584)
    Story
    (7617)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Terrific Story Teller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Laura Hillenbrand is one great story teller. This rates as one of the best all around books that I have ever read. To those who thought the ending was too good to be true, this was a NON-Fiction book. This stuff really happened

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17685)
    Performance
    (15725)
    Story
    (15678)

    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"
    "Not What I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I enjoyed this book, I expected more in respect to the "Time Travel" aspect of it. It's my high expectations that caused me to give it 3 stars rather than 4.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1409)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Don't Waste Your Time"
    Overall

    This book proves the case that some reads are far better abridged, than unabridged. This one needs to be SUPER-abridged. Repetitious, boring, tedious, rambling and, did I mention, repetitious and rambling? In the end, too many unanswered questions to situations mentioned over and over in the book, but never explained. Also, time travel can be a tricky thing, but at the very end of the book, the use of a “locator” has to be the icing on the cake. They didn’t have satellites back in 1348 to my knowledge. Two stars would be too generous.

    10 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (659)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Enjoyable material"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the book, I almost gave up on it in the first 1/4 as I could not stand the quality of the reader.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (204)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    K. Lange says: "One of Heinlein's Best"
    "Oops !"
    Overall

    While completely enjoyable, I had some problems with the aspects of time travel that, in my feeble mind, cannot exist.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Intimate Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Margaret Yorke
    • Narrated By Trevor Nichols
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After serving ten years of a life sentence for murder, Stephen Dawes was released on licence to start a new life. But Stephen could not let the past bury itself; he alone knew he had not killed his wife Marcia. As Stephen set out to reconstruct Marcia's last hours, the time she must have spent plotting a suicide meant to look like murder, he gradually began to realize that nothing was as it had seemed, and that he was chasing a murderer himself...and putting his own life in jeopardy.

    S. Blaine says: "An old story"
    "An old story"
    Overall

    While not surprising, I found this book entertaining and well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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