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JoAnn

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8980)
    Performance
    (5595)
    Story
    (5583)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Really enjoyed this book"
    Overall

    This was a good listen. I got very involved with the characters and look forward to the next book. Yes sometimes it was predictable and trite but for someone who really loves historical fiction, this was a treat.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis: Jack Howard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Gibbins
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    Marine archaeologist Jack Howard has stumbled upon the keys to an ancient puzzle. With a crack team of scientific experts and ex–Special Forces commandos, he is heading for what he believes could be the greatest archaeological find of all time - the site of fabled Atlantis - while a ruthless adversary watches his every move and prepares to strike. But neither Jack nor his adversary could have imagined what awaits them in the murky depths - not only a shocking truth about a lost world but an explosive secret that could have devastating consequences today.

    Kathleen Reed says: "Intelligent, fast - paced with good characters"
    "Boring!!"
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    I am only a 3 and a half hours in but oh my this is boring!! I'm moving on to something else. Maybe I'll come back and hope it will actually be interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

    C. Telfair says: "A Welcome Earlier View of an Old Friend"
    "The best so far in this series"
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    I've read all of this series and I think this one was the best. It filled a void I didn't even know I'd missed. We see a young Rutledge before the war that permanently changes him. An intriguing mystery and a glimpse of how Ian's life could have been without the horror or war.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The first to disappear is a ski instructor in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is abducted from a crowded hospital. Two places, two incidents, a single motive. And so it begins....

    Char says: "Incredible Story"
    "Had to return this book"
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    I started this book but ended up returning it. Maybe it gets better later but I got really turned off by the gruesome violence. I also do not care for the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Ok but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a sort of interesting book but too wordy. And, I love coffee but I don't need to hear all the details. I'll keep the author on my list but it'll take awhile before I listen to another. Too many other better authors out there. Good narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2530)
    Performance
    (2261)
    Story
    (2266)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Looked forward to this one"
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    I looked forward to the final book of the trilogy. This one was interesting but not as good as the first two. However, because the "history" in this book occurred during my lifetime, I enjoyed relating to what the characters were experiencing.

    As some reviewers have mentioned, Follett gets a little preachy sometimes and there are way too many graphic sex scenes. But all in all I recommend this book if you have already read the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Remains: A Lady of Ashes Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christine Trent
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    After establishing her reputation as one of London's most highly regarded undertakers, Violet Harper decided to take her practice to the wilds of the American West. But when her mother falls ill, Violet and her husband Samuel are summoned back to England, where her skills are as sought-after as ever

    JoAnn says: "Sort of not bad books."
    "Sort of not bad books."
    Overall
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    I've listened to both books in the series. Not bad. Good stories. I don't care so much for the narrator because I don't like how she does men's voices. She makes every man sound unpleasant and grouchy. Nonetheless, I'll listen again when there's another book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    "LIke the story but want another Maisie Dobbs"
    Overall
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    It was a good listen,probably true to what those who lived through WWI experienced. I really hope, though, that we get more Maisie Dobbs stories from Ms. Winspear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwilling Accomplice: Bess Crawford, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Arriving in London on leave, Bess Crawford receives an unusual summons from the War Office. She's been requested to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated for gallantry. Though she is certain she's never met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she cannot refuse the honor. Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, the soldier will be in her care for barely a day. But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty.

    Frances says: "Save yourself!"
    "Great series"
    Overall
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    I have really come to appreciate this series of stories with characters I care about and stories that are intriguing. Love the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Extinction: Sigma Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (315)

    A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

    RK says: "Listening to this book is a guaranteed headache"
    "Sort of ok but terrible narration!"
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    I have read or listened to all of James Rollins books. This one is very hard to take mostly because of the narrator. Just terrible!! He totally detracts from the story and is making it very difficult to finish. Please get someone else next time. But please Not Scott Brick either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Just not that good."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have read most of Douglas Preston's books. This one was kind of silly except when it was quite violent. Just not that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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