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Suzanne

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1134)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Desperately needs an editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an odd book - compelling in its way (I did finish it), but often frustrating and downright uncomfortable to get through. The storyline, and the elements that make it up, are the compelling part. It's summarized elsewhere, so I won't do so here. But the characters are all either unsufferably good or insufferably bad. When they are insufferably good, they walk on water to the point of ridiculousness. When they are bad, they are very very bad. And Bryce Courtenay makes sure you know that, through overly written and thoroughly unpleasant scenes that drag on and on and on. The problem with audiobooks is that you can't easily skip over small sections because you don't know when they end. You're forced to plod through. As for the narrator, he's not too bad - he uses accents effectively, but at times indiscriminately, when they don't make sense (why would a woman, Dutch or not, who grew up in Java speak the native language with a heavy Dutch accent?)

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
    "Great story, horrid reader"
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    Performance
    Story

    A bad reader can wreck a great book, and this was pretty much the case. Frederick Davidson's accents may have been accurate, but they were also cartoonish and incredibly annoying. It's a credit to the story that I stuck it out, but such a shame that this particular reader was selected to deliver it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jacques Pepin
    • Narrated By Michel Chevalier
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.

    Linda Zimmerman says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECIPES???"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Performance
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    I really enjoyed this book. I'm not not a serious foodie, don't watch cooking shows on tv, and really wasn't that familiar with Jacques Pepin. I do enjoy reading food biographies, though, and always vow to become a foodie when they are really good. This one was really good - highly enjoyable, good humored, and with enough sensory detail I wanted to head straight to a cook store after every chapter. The reader was really exceptional - I could believe he was Jacques Pepin, telling his own story. He never sounded like he was reading (save for the odd pauses punctuating the book throughout which I suspect are ends of lines or pages - but I got used to that). I have found that native English speaking actors in Audiio books - when called upon to use a French accent - often use extremely unpleasant and over-the-top interpretations. I've given up several audiobooks because of that. Michel Chevalier, who is the genuine article, should be required listening for anyone narrating an audiobook who wants to sound French, rather than like a French caricature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6107)
    Performance
    (5422)
    Story
    (5420)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Magical, but not always engaging"
    Overall
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    I really wanted to enjoy this book, and as I became accustomed to the somewhat cold characters and started to simply luxuriate in the wonders of the circus, I began to really enjoy it. The descriptive writing is truly splendid. However, few of the characters are really that interesting in themselves. The reader does not help this. He's actually a very good reader, and I think with another book I'd enjoy him. Not this book though. His measured, somewhat aloof reading, although it seems to be well matched to tone of the book, interfered with the magic and made the characters seem even less accessible. This may be a book that's better read the traditional way, so your imagination has a chance to absorb it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (2322)
    Story
    (2322)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Astounding"
    Overall

    This was just an amazing book, read by a superb reader. I was utterly absorbed. The story was so rich with characters and ideas, and surged with an authenticity that made it fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to or read in a long time. It took me two tries to get going on it, but once I did, I was hooked. I wouldn't have thought I could have done so on an economic thriller (frankly, financial stuff generally puts me to sleep), but the story was told so well I wanted to drive around the block all night long to find out what happened next. The two ultimately converging story lines played together very nicely, and all the characters were intriguing. Christopher Lane did a superb job of narration - he is equally facile with men and women, various accents, personalities. Probably the best narrator at all of those I've heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Lords of The Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia. Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

    C. Johnson says: "Really liked the story, but not the reader"
    "Unfortunate choice of reader"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to the first book. I just started on the second. How disappointing - as other reviewers have noted, the reader is terrible. And, I'm sorry to say, I also purchased the third book at the same time, and it's the same reader. We'll see how it goes - hopefully I can filter out the voice and just listen to the words... or buy the hardcopy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8604)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3089)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Engaging Listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book most of the time, although it could be unrelenting. If I could have given 4.5 stars, I would have. John Lee mostly does an excellent job reading. My only complaint is that he redoes the voice=character_type assignments from Pillars. His Godwyn sounds just like Wallerin (sic). But Godwyn is supposed to be very charismatic, excellent at persuading people. Mr. Lee always reads him as snide and arrogant - that's the easy way, since Godwyn is a bit of a snake, but I think if he'd been read as he had been written, it would have been more interesting. Otherwise, I liked the characterizations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret River

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kate Grenville
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. Away from the infant township of Sydney, up the Hawkesbury River, are white men who have tried to do just that.

    Denise says: "great!!!"
    "Wonderful story, not a wonderful reading"
    Overall

    The book itself was wonderful, beautifully written, and completely engaging -5 stars. The reader did a fine job with the narrative parts - 5 stars also. Unfortunately, the Monty Pythonesque falsetto the reader used for women and children's voices was extremely annoying to me, and detracted severely. Every time a woman or child spoke, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard. Once I got used to it, it wasn't quite so bad and the book was compelling enough to listen though that. But I won't get a book with this reader again.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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