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Joann

Bolingbrook, IL, United States

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  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

    Paul Krasner says: "prose meets poetry"
    "A lyrical trip through Central Asia"
    Overall

    Beautifully written and narrated, this description of one man's journey in the footsteps of the ancient traders along the Silk Road is full of unforgettable sights, experiences, and characters. I listen to it whenever I want to be transported to another world where familiar human dramas are played against the backdrop of very unfamiliar times and places. It is one of the best expressions of I have found of the meaning that travel can have in the human experience. I wish the author would write another hundred or so books like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (705)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Darkly Brilliant"
    Overall

    This is one of my most favorite discoveries from Audible so far. It's an intricate mystery, an exciting suspense story, and a profound reflection on the nature of evil--both personal and societal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (797)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Indefensible and Irresistable"
    Overall

    It's hard to rate this book because it's both awful and wonderful at the same time. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a book of its low literary quality. In spite of some unresolved loose ends, however, anybody who fell in love with Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bear will love this book. I used to justify reading this series because of its complex portrayal of the life of prehistoric people, but my guilty secret is that I love a good soap opera. And Ayla is one of the best soap opera heroines ever.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cleaning Nabokov's House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Leslie Daniels
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Barb Barrett has inadequate skills for relationships. In particular, she cannot follow her husband’s instructions. Because of this character “flaw,” she falls through the safety net of her lousy marriage, losing custody of her children and her home as she plummets. Guided only by her intense inner life, and a questionable business plan, Barb is determined to reinvent herself. She moves into a house once occupied by the literary genius Vladimir Nabokov, author of the notorious Lolita.

    sandra says: "Slow start, but worth it"
    "Intriguing title, uninteresting story"
    Overall

    I was mislead by the title. I don't read romances, and I consider this book to be a romance---and an unrealistic one at that. A woman in a conservative town opens a successful reverse-gender "cat house"? I don't think so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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