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  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "time flies when it is slipping away"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Keeper to be better than the print version?

    the audio version is better as it allowed me the freedom to truly relax and enter the story


    What other book might you compare The Time Keeper to and why?

    this is a modern version of the classic 'It's a Wonderful Life" as it reminds me, us, of what truly is of value, the gift of life and caring for others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the very last scene was my favorite; who wouldn't want to go back, correct our mistakes and love life as it was intended to be by our Creator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting but unfortunately I had to do a little work, but I still finished it in one day and will listen to it again


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the concept of counting time as the framework of the story, and the reader did an excellent preformance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "a must read for our time in history"
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    Where does The Auschwitz Escape rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book ranks in the top ten of my listens, it was hard to put down


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Auschwitz Escape?

    For me, Luke's death and the return to Auschwitz were the most moving moments in the book.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Lane's performance added a great deal to the reading, he seemed to capture the characters in an uncanny manner; so much so I will look for other books narrated by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen in one sitting, and will probably will someday.


    Any additional comments?

    This books helps us remember how precious our freedoms are and how easily they can be taken away by because good people aren't willing to stand up and say 'enough', regardless of the personal consequences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (380)

    Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Sigma Win!"
    "the blood line is cold indeed"
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    Again I was not disappointed by Rollins. This was his usual page turner, and continued development of the relationship between the main characters is a continued delight. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (6024)
    Performance
    (4380)
    Story
    (4399)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "an unexpected delight"
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    I was hesitant to purchase this book, but on the recommendation of a friend I took the risk, and I am very happy that I did. I liked that Death was the narrator of the story as it is an interesting perspective. It brought me back to childhood days, of first loves and how time moved at a different pace. I also brought memories of childhood pain while presenting an interesting perspective of Nazi Germany. The loyalty, the sacrificial love, and the hope that even death can't destroy all touched my heart. I plan on revisiting Himmel street in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    Marci says: "Weird and unlike Child and Reacher"
    "Jack jumps off"
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    If you could sum up High Heat in three words, what would they be?

    informational, exciting, frustrating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Heat?

    Finding the agent in the hotel room.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His style of presenting the story just gives it a wonderful flavor.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    a modern Lancelot begins his journey


    Any additional comments?

    I described this story as frustrating in the beginning because it just made me more eager for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "a key that travels the world"
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    Would you listen to The Doomsday Key again? Why?

    I do plan on listening again because I enjoy the characters I have come to know and the fast pace of the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    All the twists of the plot keep you guessing who will betray who this time.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always, his narration brings he story line to life, but there are some technical problems and the music that was added didn't help in anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    In Washington, D.C., a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce's arms, shot by an assassin's bullet. But the death leaves behind a greater mystery: a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man's hand, an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi.

    Ed says: "Maybe an OK book if you like the word 'feral'"
    "when is more really more"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Oracle the most enjoyable?

    I like the series and the narration is great


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    His emotion while reading draws you into the scene, and paints it beautifully


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the oracle of now


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed it and glad Monk is back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (264)

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    Joann says: "A fun book"
    "the light at the end of the turtle!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as it is fast moving, with a good story line that twists well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Judas Strain?

    When we are told that sometime a door is just a door.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was wonderful. Fernandez has a special ability to bring the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2317)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2158)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "what to do when Christmas comes and stays"
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    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    This was in interesting approach to the vampire genre, but I can't really say I 'loved' any aspect of it.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    The best part of the book is Milgrew's performance of the characters. They added a depth that was lacking for the most past in the book.


    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
    (4460)
    Performance
    (4082)
    Story
    (4082)

    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"
    "are you held by a golden chain?"
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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    At first, the detail seemed to be overdone and draining to listen to, and then it broke free of the words and came to life, engaging me, leading me to look within as I journeyed along.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is excellent in giving voice to the various characters, a voice that in my minds eye matched perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first, but then I was trapped by the golden chain!


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a wonderful surprise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1184)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "the fire burns brightly"
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    Would you listen to White Fire again? Why?

    I will listen again because I thoroughly enjoyed Pendergast interacting with Corey!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At first I thought I had a good idea of where the plot was going and who did what, then the twists set in and it was a wonderful roller coaster ride of a story.


    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have come to enjoy Auberjonis voice and he makes for a very pleasant listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who does the White Fire chill?


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to hear from Corey again, and the hint of Constance's return.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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