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Sandra

Reno, NV, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (301)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "It's Hard To Believe It's Not Fiction"
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    If you could sum up Code Talker in three words, what would they be?

    This WWII true story of one of our real heros is better than all the "page turners" I've read all year. Chester gives us a clear picture of his childhood on the "res" and his challenges as a Native American in a white army corps. If your read no other WWII book read this one. Then look up Nez, he is still around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chester tells his own story in his own words


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (526)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "A WINNER!"
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    This is the back story on the famous and infamous Genghis Khan. I thought I was getting the typical historical fiction novel, a little history a little fiction to liven things up. Not so. He is much more of a story teller than Alison Wier, more like McMurty or Galbadon with his character development. There is a richness here that so many story tellers lack today.

    Iggulden's tale gives us an in depth picture of what life was like for the boy Tamogen and the impossible and hellish odd's he had to overcome to unite the Mongol tribes and become The Khan of Khan's. We feel the steps of China and fear the Tartars. We get heat from the bodies of the horses. We understand how a yurt works. We learn about tribal laws and functions. It's a quick read and worth every minute.

    Rudnicki's raspy voice was a little hard for me at the beginning but overall I thought it was a good fit for the time and place of the story. A rough voice for a brutal time.

    My husband "read" the story too and liked as much as I did.

    This one is a win win.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (958)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Another Gabaldon Hit!"
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    If you could sum up The Scottish Prisoner in three words, what would they be?

    Jamie's Hellwater back-story


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always the interplay of the characters was the "pager turner" for me. Lord John and his Honor, Hal's impulsiveness and Jamie's love of Willie all combine to make this novel a bridge between the Outlander series and the Lord John books.


    What does Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The range and richness of the voices brought the story to life for me. I had a bit of a hard time getting used to a new voice for Jamie, but soon adjusted to the male version of my Scottish friend's brogue. I doubt that I will ever try to read a book by Gabaldon again, I enjoy my audible way too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7335)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2823)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "So Much Better Than the Movie"
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    Meyers stories are a "good read" and Kadushin does a wonderful job these bringing the characters to life. What a mind to invision a world with "vegertian" vampires.
    Its nice to have another fairytale to repalce Harry and his friends. Time and money well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5063)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2714)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Hard,very hard to get into impossible to finish."
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    After the Twilight series I thought I'd find another easy read and likable characters, not so here.
    The narration is fine its the story line that leaves something to be desired, a clear plot for example.
    A good idea, but the execution on this tale was sad at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (406)

    In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John Grey comes to life"
    "Such easy reading, such good fun."
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    Gabaldon's Lord John is one of my favorite "guys". Woodman's narration is wonderful.
    He doesn't disappoint in this tale either. Its an easy read with the usual tension, fear of death and mayham, but the story line is compelling and kept me "plugged in" from intro to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3092)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Just a Very Good Read"
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    A little hard to get into, but worth the time. The story bogs down again in the center but Stephenson wraps it all up very well. There are lots angles, twists and unlooked for counterplays it this story, it will take you into another world for the entire read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Best-selling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time - whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.

    Karen says: "hard to stop listening"
    "Great Read"
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    The story held my attention, however Weir may be stretching things here. History says Elizabeth was not chaste, but a still born? Be that as it may this one is worth the $$ and as usual Weir has done in depth reasearch to validate her story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos in Death: In Death, Book 33.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (869)

    Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned - or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister? Dallas faces off against multiple suspects - all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims.

    L. Reiner says: "In Death Book 33.5 - Not Robb's best, but good"
    "A little over the top"
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    All our favorites are back. It's the villian in this caper that just is not up to Robb's usuall high standards. It felt like a lack luster bloody retred of another old thriller.

    I'd rather wait for a full length story then have a piece of a cobbled together series, but thats just me. Now I know better and I'll wait for #34.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11445)
    Performance
    (9955)
    Story
    (9991)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "What happened? Did Martin get bored?"
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    Narration reviews are right on; I bought the book anyway, what a huge disapointment this.
    I was looking forward to good wrap up of characters I've come to hate and love but several are just lost. Is there another in the works? If not there should be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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