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JoAnn

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  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

    jackifus says: "Important story, imperfectly executed"
    "Too long to really enjoy"
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    I am a great fan of history and thought this one would be a good listen after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. Unfortunately for me there are just too many details and it starts getting boring after awhile. I found myself skipping through because I wanted it to be done.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Place: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

    Jean says: "Maisie at the crossroads"
    "So glad to have Maisie back!"
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    I've missed Maisie and was so glad to have her back. Having said that, I miss her return to solving cases as she has in the past. However, we see how strong she is to suffer all the sorrows she has and to find a new, perhaps short lived, purpose in her life.

    Additionally, Maisie would not be Maisie without the narration of Orlagh Cassidy.

    All in all glad to have her back and I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

    MovieLover says: "Another hit in the Molly Murphy-Sullivan series"
    "Mollie and Daniel become a Team"
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    At last Daniel stops being a pompous ass and accepts Mollie's help. About time! Another great story in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Grip

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

    margaret says: "I with there were more"
    "Great series"
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    I've really enjoyed this series. They are very well written with a great deal of character and plot development. I've really grown to like Roy Grace and the other series characters.

    0 of 0 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    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.

    CK Woods says: "Not worth the time"
    "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
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (137)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    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
    (870)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (759)

    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"
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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
    (3426)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3038)

    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
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    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."
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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.

    2 of 3 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
    (91)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    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"
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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

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