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Evelyn J Martin

I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).

San Antonio, TX, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "Strange"
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    Would you try another book from James Hynes and/or Adam Grupper?

    Maybe, the narration was good, the writing wood but story...strange. I don't knw what I really expected but it wasn't this.


    Would you recommend Kings of Infinite Space to your friends? Why or why not?

    Uhm, maybe to my weird friends.


    What about Adam Grupper’s performance did you like?

    Good, he kept in character well letting the listener transition between characters well.


    Do you think Kings of Infinite Space needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. Wouldn't interest me.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book along with ninteen others during Audibles $5 sale. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this particular one. Others I bought during the sale have been great and a real bargin. It all equals out I guess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2818)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1634)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Unforgetable!"
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    If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (956)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Solomon's last song!"
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    Sadly the trilogy comes to an end. When I got the Potato Factory in one of Audible's great sale offers I never dreamed I would hooked on a historical fiction story (not my usual genre). But I couldn't wait for each of the sequels. I was disappointed a little with Tommo and Hawk, but Solomon's Song made me laugh and cry and cry agian. Had I been reading instead of listening it would have hard through the tears but worth every tissue. Humphrey Bower is perfect once again delivering a stellar preformance of all the different characters.

    My advice - don't miss the Trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5199)
    Performance
    (3198)
    Story
    (3225)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Grab the tissues!"
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    Books don't usually bring me to tears but this was a 3 tissue book. Also a surprising book. I don't know what I exprcted but I was very pleasantly surprised. The situation presented here is totally possible so hang on for a great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3243)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1581)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "A Compeling Listen!"
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    I read the reviews from other listeners after I purchased this book. Boy am I glad! I thouroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait until the sequel is available. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions. Descriptions that make you smell the open latrines, filthly bodies and open cooking fires. Please don't let the length and details scare you away from this wonderful experience. You will feel with these characters and you won't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (682)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "Under wowed."
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    I am a died in the wool James Patterson fan and have read every book he has published but I have to say the last few have been disappointments. I don't eagerly await the next book as I did years ago. Wait for this one to go on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1217)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "The 10 year wait for Corey was worth it!"
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    For all the John Corey fans waiting for the next phase after the Lions Game, the wait is over and you won't be disappointed. Scott Brick, "the voice" of John Corey is once again stellar in his timing and diverse in delivering all the cast of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1364)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Well worth your time!"
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    I don't read many books in this genre and probably wouldn't have this one if it hadn't been on sale. Boy am I glad it was on sale! This was a captivating story read be a great proformer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2467)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Unexpected Like!"
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    If you could sum up A Prayer for Owen Meany in three words, what would they be?

    Left me crying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How involved Irving got the reader with this cast of characters.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Oh so many but I would have to pick Paul Owen Meany.


    If you could take any character from A Prayer for Owen Meany out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think John would be my dinner pick because I would like to know more about his emotional relationship with Owen, and I think we could talk for hours about his life in New England and Canada.


    Any additional comments?

    You know, when you're reading a book and you know what's going to happen and you know it's going to hurt but you just can't quite reading and can't seem to turn the pages fast enough...well that is exactly what happens with a Prayer for Owen Meany. John Irving's writing and Joe Barrett's narration were great. This was an unexpected pleasure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Noel Hynd
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    From best-selling ABA author Noel Hynd comes this new series set against the backdrop of Havana, an explosive capital city of faded charm locked in the past and torn by political intrigue. U.S. Treasury Agent Alexandra LaDuca leaves her Manhattan home on an illegal mission to Cuba that could cost her everything. Accompanying her is the attractive but dangerous Paul Guarneri, a Cuban-born exile who lives in the gray areas of the law. Together, they plunge into subterfuge and danger.

    Evelyn J Martin says: "Enjoyable, a bit predictiable, but entertaining."
    "Enjoyable, a bit predictiable, but entertaining."
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    Would you listen to Hostage in Havana again? Why?

    Maybe, sometimes when I'm working my focas shifts a little and I miss some of what I'm listening to but I usually go back and pick it up. Some of the books I've listened to a second time are more enjoyable because I pick up on those lost segments.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wanted more details. The details throughout the book were excellent but I found the ending lacking.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one,but I think Paul was my favorite.


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

    Yes and I almost made it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received my Kindle Fire for Christmas and discovered Audible almost immediately. I don't think I will ever read a book again. It is so wonderful to be able to listen to a great book while doing something else and not having to limit reading to the so prescious leasure time we have. Thanks Audible, you are my expensive habit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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