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diane

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  • Cloudland: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Olshan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Cloudland is a stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much-praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer.

    glamazon says: "Page-turner Upgraded!"
    "too politically correct writing - rubbish."
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    What did you like best about Cloudland? What did you like least?

    the writing is good but the pc aspect is annoying


    Would you recommend Cloudland to your friends? Why or why not?

    no because I am angry that the "gay" aspect is once again brought unecessarily into a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first chapter


    Was Cloudland worth the listening time?

    don't really have an answer for that.. for me NO.


    Any additional comments?

    why does Hollywood and now, writers, feel that it is their duty to consistently bring the gay agenda into stories where it really has no bearing. It is as if there is a mission to shove this down everyone's throats at any expense, even good writing. Where it matters and is actually part of the story - fine. But when peppered in just to push an agenda i find it distracting and a total turn off.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Cayce on Angels, Archangels and the Unseen Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Grant
    • Narrated By Dawn Hogue
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Edgar Cayce on Angels, Archangels and the Unseen Forces is the first book ever published that explores Edgar Cayce's readings on the "Angels and Unseen Forces", Michael the Archangel, and the role of guardian angels. Grant goes on to further offer inspiring true stories of miraculous encounters by everyday people with angels.This audiobook explores the powerful significance of Archangel Michael as given in the work of Edgar Cayce and through awe-inspiring messages that came through the Cayce readings.

    Deb A says: "More Cayce!"
    "fractured"
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    This is a collection of stories and delivered in a rather fractured format. The narrator is boring and monotone. did not enjoy the narration and the book did not deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (143)

    From worldwide best selling author Daniel Silva, praised by Newsday for "bringing new life to the international thriller," The Kill Artist is a taut and elegantly structured novel about a reluctant hero and his mission to destroy an old enemy and preserve international peace.

    Stuart says: "the kill artist"
    "hmmm… a lot like his other book"
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    well, can't say I enjoyed this as much as the english assassin. some redundancy in the descriptive writing and a bit predictable.

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

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Critics compare Silva's work to Forsythe, le Carre, and Follett. This time, we're reunited with art restorer-cum-Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, hero of The Kill Artist. "This superbly crafted thriller puts Silva at the forefront of his generation of foreign intrigue specialists," raves Publishers Weekly.

    A User says: "Campbell Scott brings"
    "enjoyed - lots of twists and turns"
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    This was a really good book that held my interest. The climax was full of twists and turns.
    Altogether an enjoyable & spellbinding read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    diane says: "started off good then went flat and predictable"
    "started off good then went flat and predictable"
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    i stuck it out till the end - and it was as I thought about 1/3 of the way through the book. it just seemed to fizzle. not her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4125)
    Performance
    (3805)
    Story
    (3805)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "well, i had hoped for much more"
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    After Cuckoo's calling I expected more -- or more of the same quality story. The story was complicated - delving into the world of writers and publishing houses -- the characters bizarre and none of them were endearing - except for Stryker maybe. I didn't care what happened to any of the others. He was the only hero.
    I didn't care for this book - though I like JK Rowling immensely.
    I do hope we hear more from Robert Galbraith - just didn't care for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "interesting characters - many twists"
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    I thought this spy novel by Daniel Silva was good. The narrator was right on and there was good character development and historical action. Enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12451)
    Performance
    (11272)
    Story
    (11369)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "good story delivered for teenagers"
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    This trilogy is interesting and has a bit more character development than the hunger games. But at the end of the day, the delivery and narration is very juvenile in some parts of the book and I had trouble getting through it. I think this is a book I would rather read and invent the voices and tones of the characters in my head than actually listen to the teenage inflections. Story is great, though quite violent at times. I think I will read nr 3. on my kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (501)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "enjoyed this fiction"
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    well written and well delivered. I enjoyed listening to this book and it held my interest as being suspenseful with good character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Research-based tips on thinking"
    "started off with a bang then fizzled"
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    This was so interesting in the beginning chapters - then it got very elementary and fell apart. I admit I did not finish the book. After my interest had begun waning, I skipped ahead to each chapter ahead seeking improvement. I did not find it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9124)
    Performance
    (7201)
    Story
    (7239)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "new perspective"
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    not your average WWII story - really enjoyed this perspective. good story with many elements. you will not be disappointed but don't expect sunshine & puppies. WWII reality prevails.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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