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Debra

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9531)
    Performance
    (8651)
    Story
    (8721)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Couldn't take anymore!"
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    I could not take anymore of this book! It went nowhere, had no plot to speak of, and was so monotonous I was afraid to listen to it while driving because it would put me to sleep! That, as it turned out, was it's only value to me... I could not finish it, and I really hate that! I only gave it as many stars as I did because I am sure that a great deal of research went into it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Was I listening to the right book?"
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    I ordered this audiobook after reading all of the glowing reviews about how hilarious it is. I listened for about two hours, waiting to laugh. Then all of a sudden it hit me... I've been listening to this for two hours, waiting for it to get funny. This could only mean... It's not going to GET funny... It ISN'T funny. What did I miss?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7264)
    Performance
    (6655)
    Story
    (6661)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Get To The Point!!!"
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    I liked the narrator very much. I simply could not get through this audiobook, however. After listening to the first chapter which took an eternity to go nowhere, I turned it off when the narrator said "chapter 2" and realized there were still over 30 hours remaining. Donna Tartt is an excellent writer, but can take over twenty minutes to make a statement or observation that can be made in one with the same impact. This particular over-detail of minutia is the same reason I stopped reading Anne Rice novels. This was just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3665)
    Performance
    (2953)
    Story
    (2977)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Dark, Darker, Darkest!"
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    I listened to this as my last in the trilogy of the books written by Gillian Flynn. I found it slow and quite uninteresting for the first two hours or so, but ended up liking it almost as much as her other two books. Her protagonists are always flawed and damaged in some ways, and I found this particular story contained the most damaged, unlikeable characters of all. Yet, somehow, I was mesmerized by the ever darkening details of the 24 year old murder mystery, as it unfolded in present time. It kept me guessing long after I thought I had it figured out. This book is particularly dark and graphic, the darkest of her books in my opinion, but once I was hooked, I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2690)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "A good story and wonderfully written."
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    This is not your typical "Cujo" or "Carrie" King novel. If you are looking for that ultra scary "it was a dark and stormy night" story, keep looking. Rather, if you are a fan of King's other works, his short stories which spawned things like "The Shawshank Redemption", and "Stand By Me", this is for you. It is a sweet, coming of age story set over one summer in 1973 in a small North Carolina coastal town, and specifically around a young man's experience working at a barely-making-it third tier amusement park. The climax to the mystery may have been a tad weak, but the story itself and Stephen King's beautiful writing make that secondary and somewhat unimportant to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (472)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Best Kept Secret...?"
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    I was under the impression that this book was the last in a trilogy. Maybe the "Best Kept Secret" was that this book was not the end of the series. After audibly 'reading' it, I am now under the impression that it was nothing more than a segue into book four, which for some reason seemed much more important to Mr. Archer than book three. There was really no story at all to speak of in this. Although I consider Mr. Archer to be an exceptional writer, I felt this book to be below his usual quality and less than fulfilling. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for him to redeem himself in the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (536)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Unlistenable... Is that a word...?"
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    I am really surprised by the positive reviews for this audio book. Scott Brick's over-the-top dramatic lilt in his reading and delivery make this audio book so difficult to hear, that both my husband and I have completely given up on the story. Every sentence ends in an inaudible whisper. The story itself may be vaguely interesting, but it jumps around to the point that you wonder if you are listening to/reading a book relating to time travel...that is, if you can actually hear it. I really expected more from Brad Meltzer... Or maybe it's Scott Brick that ruined it... Anyway, a pretty bad combo. I hate not to finish a book, but I have gone far enough with this one and I can't take it anymore! A complete waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "Interesting subject, but..."
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    This is a very thought provoking subject. The story kept my interest, however it was slow... Some of the inane conversation between the two main characters...speaking in cryptic riddle banter back and forth to each other during extreme instances of life and death, was just ridiculous. The narrator, Dick Hill, started off some lines strong and would go down to an inaudible whisper. Turning the volume up did not help, as then parts of the lines crashed into your ears...however the recording itself was not very crisp. This is the first Dick Hill for me and I like his writing style...just not sure this was a good choice as his first for me to read.. I will be giving him another try, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Don't listen to this while taking an airplane trip"
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    This is unlike other DeMille stories, but I really enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job, and the story, while somewhat "reaching" and a bit implausible at times, definitely keeps your attention. My husband and I usually travel between cities approximately 120 miles from each other, every week. He usually drives, and I usually doze off to whatever audiobook we are currently listening to. Not so with this one! The story does drag out quite a bit.... In fact taking longer to tell than if it were in real time. However, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. Kind of a Namby-pamby ending, but it was probably the only way they could end this story. This book was made into a TV movie, and after hearing it, I believe I would like to see it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abuse of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (106)

    Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco. One afternoon, Hatfield is on a ride - along with the SFPD bomb squad - when a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly. And when the FBI urges Hatfield to stay out of it, he knows he’s onto something big.

    Louie says: "Excellent"
    "GREAT Narration, but it just wasn't enough..."
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    The narrator of this book, Peter Larkin, was really outstanding. Unfortunately, great narration does not a good book make. No real storyline, and, at 11 hours long...10 of those hours completely unnecessary, and quite honestly, BORING! I feel like that I was robbed of 11 weeks, oops, I mean hours, of my life. Don't waste your time or money on this one...

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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