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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (550)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "OK so we'll all listen to the next in the series ."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was trivial! and very, very obvious!


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    so we have to wait becasue of the hanger ending ... so what ---that just means renting another audio download. SO why dont we all say'"OK Jeffrey we'll buy your books, now make them interesting!!!!!"


    What three words best describe Alex Jennings’s voice?

    Good intonation


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Best Kept Secret?

    C'mon -- the whole trial thing was overplayed


    Any additional comments?

    Yea... end the book --- dont put in a saturday afternoon at the cinima serial cliff-hanger!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (742)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "This one is for the ages ... excellent!"
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    What did you love best about Edge of Eternity?

    This is the conclusion of the triology. Ken Follet has done the 20th century proud. The families we have seen grow form children thru adults and into old age are true to life, 3-dimensional characters.

    Thank you Ken


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edge of Eternity?

    The Berline wall that dominates the book and the Cuban Missile crisis that shows just how close we came to being toast!


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and excellent -- he is one of the very best

    Thank you John


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

    You cannot do that -- its 40+ hours


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for the 21st century!

    C'mon Ken crank that old typewriter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (461)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    DIANE says: "A blockbuster! Waiting for the next book!!!"
    "Another hanging ending ... Jeffrey, please finish"
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    What did you love best about Be Careful What You Wish For?

    Clever and intricate plot


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

    It is a continuation of the same story line. Frankly i knew exactly what the end would be becasue i was led there before.


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

    Good characterization -- even good American english -- as well as Kings's


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

    See you next movie!


    Any additional comments?

    Archer is a very competant author. Why he needs to taunt his readers is beyond me... Just finsh one story completely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (883)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Allan Cumming says: "Sometimes you need to have a book read to you"
    "Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A lit major in college


    What was most disappointing about Eleanor Catton’s story?

    the prose was too arcane


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Meadows’s performances?

    yes ... but more upbeat


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment


    Any additional comments?

    none -- sorry no Cigar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9079)
    Performance
    (8179)
    Story
    (8185)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Was Looking Forward to Briganst again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Not read


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Needed a bit more interaction by the community. A Time To Kill was so engrosing that i guess it was impossible for Grisham to meet the challenge. I think the end was obvious


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    good work


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

    Briganst is back


    Any additional comments?

    Needed more but it wasnt going to appear

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1862)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "The most complex of the Clancy-Greaney books"
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    Would you listen to Command Authority again? Why?

    We will miss Tom Clancy... but we have Mark Greaney who, hopefully, will carry-on. This is an especially complex novel reminiscent of the early books such as Executive Orders etc. Very well done a certainly worth re-listening to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Command Authority?

    The opening battle scene. Jack Jr.'s coming out party in the Carribean. Oaxly's intonations and saltiness


    Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

    Oaxly


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me want more


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to know if Mark will indeed carry on?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "wish it wasnt so fractured"
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    Where does The Warmth of Other Suns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is a good history and a disturbing story. but i wish it were told more linearly -- too many interruptions in one stroy line to catch up with another


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    see above


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    very well read by the reader


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

    no -- it is really better to sit back and absorb our sordid history and treatment of our brothers and sisters


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3456)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2505)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Jonnie says: "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    "This is my 2nd time thru and Gardner was great"
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    Would you listen to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich again? Why?

    I orignally listened to the books-on-tape edition (circa 1985). This was really a great learning experience


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    The Hitler histrionics


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is really supurb


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Please -- this is about the most dastardly war monger of the world. It makes you sit up and notice


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it -- do yourself a favor

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10347)
    Performance
    (9371)
    Story
    (9453)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Great Travelog"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes, only to get the places correct so i can go visit them


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    there is truely a confusion about the "bad" character -- did he seduce the man or the women or both?


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    the hero


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Brown moves us thru Florence and Venice in a way that makes you wnat o tgo see it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (462)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "no proof offered!"
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    What did you like best about The Demonologist? What did you like least?

    the reader


    What could Gerald Brittle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    he should have provided a set of proofs -- the claims were too fantastic to be believable and if this really happens, we'd all know about it.


    Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The Warrens are probaly very nice people -- but their imagination and the way they present the story is not credible nor is it backed up by evidence presneted i the book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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