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Sanford Rosenberg

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3435)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1834)

    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.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    Overall

    I have "meant" to read this book for many years, but the length seemed daunting and the language stilted, at least by 21st century terms. What a mistake it would have been to miss it! After a little "attitude adjustment", I found the flowery language elegant and fascinating and the character development is superb. One can only marvel at the decades-long plan that The Count, Edmund Dantes, has carefully set in motion to serve as suitable revenge for those whose greed and self-interest caused him to spend 14 long years in a dungeon. This review relates to the whole book, not just Part I, but each section was a new adventure and looking back, you can see how Dumas has not wasted a character or scene that does not justify the plot and the outcome. Yes, there are some slower sections (characters, in accordance with the era, sometimes take 30 words to say what could be said in 5), but overall I found myself wanting to get back into the car or back on to the plane as soon as possible. It is a bit like watching "Masterpiece Theater"--not for everyone or every taste, but it's not an acknowledged masterpiece for nothing. And excellent narration.

    81 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (932)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Melinda says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Not at all what you'd expect from Mr. Moore!"
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    What disappointed you about Sacre Bleu?

    Having read many Christopher Moore books, and enjoyed them and laughed throughout, I could not finish the last half of this. I waited way too long for something funny, or even engaging, to occur. Sure, there are hints of the occult and mysterious characters that live throughout the ages, but definitely nothing funny or adequately exciting to keep my interest. And there are so many characters they are hard to keep track of.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Perhaps, in the second half. I couldn't bring myself to listen any longer. . .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (208)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "A little too talky, at times, but a great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    An epic sci-fi story, and I enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend it to fans of the genre, especially in the Peter Hamilton style. My only criticisms are that the author allowed himself a few too many opportunities to veer off on a tangent for several minutes in areas that ultimately had little or no import on the story as a whole, and the story could have benefitted from a little judicious editing. Also, the spider babies were made to be a little too "cutesy" in my view. That may have been largely in the "baby voices" used by the narrator, which eventually were a little annoying, but a little too much unnecessary spider children attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (705)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Dewey Andreas, my new favorite superhero!"
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    What other book might you compare Coup d'Etat to and why?

    Power Down, Coes' first book--riveting, exciting, almost non-stop action.


    Any additional comments?

    Dewey Andreas is a character in the mold of Jack Reacher from Lee Childs, Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn, and John Wells from Alex Berenson--morally superior guys fighting for justice and always in the thick of a problem, but with special skills: CIA assasins, ex-Seals, and Military Police investigators. They can be hard to keep apart, as fans of this genre know, but they can be counted on to beat any number of bad guys eventually, save the girl/country/world, and even make mistakes once in awhile to keep them (almost) human. Dewey is the best of the bunch, in my view, and both of the Dewey Andreas books are superbly exciting with just enough believable current events to make them very hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (370)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "All the narrative beauty of Cold Mountain. . ."
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    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, interesting characters


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is the perfect voice for the southern, rural story.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Frazier, James Lee Burke, and Pat Conroy are so similar in narrative style--beautiful descriptive writing that allows you to completely visualize the surroundings,but never boringly so. Gorgeous writing, really, as in this book. And plenty of unusual characters and small-town, backwoods eccentricities. Kept getting better, and a more satisfying culmination than the Cold Mountain shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (868)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "Definitely no "Fire and Ice""
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    Any additional comments?

    I expected a great deal more from George R.R. Martin, having thoroughly enjoyed the intricacies and inventiveness of his great Fire and Ice saga, but this story was thin, formulaic, and uninteresting. Yes, it was free, but it was 40-some minutes in which I kept hoping the ending was something vastly more interesting than it turned out to be. George, please get back to novels 6 and 7 of the saga!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2556)
    Story
    (2553)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Lee should stick to action!"
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    Any additional comments?

    My boys and I love the Jack Reacher series, and have read or listened to 16. Never before, though, has Lee Child decided he could write a sex scene, and should have stuck to the genre he knows, like Reacher battling an entire army with only a pool cuestick.

    There are several terrible attempts at writing about Reacher's sex with the sheriff, and the first is by far the worst, and painfully bad. What must have been about 8 pages in the book (and what seemed like ten minutes on the audio) about undressing, looking, discovering,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (776)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "Painfully unfunny."
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    Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

    My wife and I generally loved Ellen DeGeneres's stand-up and looked forward to this to listen to together on a car trip together. After about an hour and a half (a very fair trial, I think), we just looked at each other and agreed


    Has Seriously...I'm Kidding turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ellen DeGeneres?

    She should have been the perfect choice, and was. Just needed better content.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10168)
    Performance
    (7947)
    Story
    (8044)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A Romance Novel for Adolescents"
    Overall

    Generally a pleasant enough story, but far, far too much time spent on pointless digressions and useless conversations. The most irritating aspect of the first 25 hours of a four-part novel is that an interminable amount of it is spent on the love pangs of a roughly 14 to 16-year-old for his heart's desire, and his adolescent problems with schoolyard bullies, etc.. Author Rothfuss has a penchant for using pages and pages where a line or two might suffice very well. I found myself with the very rare need to fast-forward occasionally just to get on to where something was actually happening. If ever a book cried out for editing, this is it. (Where is Hemingway when you need him?)
    Although an inveterate sci-fi fan, this had so little of that (actually, none; it is fantasy only, and mostly silly stuff at that), that I simply cannot devote another 75 hours of my life simply to find out how Kvothe ended up as an innkeeper. Let me know when the abridged version arrives.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (975)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Constance says: "WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!"
    "heart-stopping excitement almost constantly"
    Overall

    I love the Lee Childs Jack Reacher ex-MP character and Alex Berenson's ex-CIA John Wells, but Ben Coes' Dewey Andreas is that and so much more. He is a hard-fighting, almost-impossible-to-kill ex-Ranger and Delta, but with depth, and humanity.
    You never fear that Andreas will lose in the end, of course, but Coes writes with superlative action-thriller skills that keep your heart racing. Terrifically topical story of spies, moles, Arab terrorists, oil, bombs, and great unsung heroes. And Coes knows his energy background well, since it's his own background.
    And simply the best narrator of any action novel I've heard on Audible in the decade I've been listening. Huge recommendation for fans of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (990)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Reacher is ALWAYS a good read!"
    Overall

    I'm not sure if I gave this 4-stars based on the book itself or because I enjoy the Jack Reacher character so much. Always exciting, always near-"superhuman" (hint: don't get in a bar fight with him, ever.) At any rate, this is all-in-all exciting, and with some unexpected plot twists that make it even a little bit unusual for this series. Highly recommended for fans of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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