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Briley

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Through Gates of Splendor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Elliot
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers.Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim's widow, Elisabeth.

    Kent says: "Compelling and Authentic"
    "Storis are sometimes more wonderful when true."
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    If you could sum up Through Gates of Splendor in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, pure, passionate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Through Gates of Splendor?

    The vivid word pictures used to pain the jungle landscape were always breathtaking. Also, action scenes of landing the plane on a wing and a prayer were great too.


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

    Yes. She isn't my favorite. Something about her voice grates on my nerves. But she did an ok job and I'd listen to it again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Renews the Roaring 20's"
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    Sometimes, thrillers that take place in the 20's can feel either tired or overworked. This, however, feels natural. The author brilliantly captures the essence of womanhood in this age, and keeps you guessing until the last page. I'm still questioning what is real and what is not after this fast paced tale, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Everything: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom—presumably—there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

    Sharon says: "One of the worst books I've ever listened to"
    "Strong read, though not really for younger readers"
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    I'm not generally a consumer of YA fiction, but I liked the premise of this book. The story was enough to keep you plowing through the pages, and the fact that you weren't sure who to trust or believe only made it more enjoyable. The author captured the changing nature of childhood friendships very realistically, though some of the dialogue was a little lofty for teenagers. It was enjoyable to read, just not amazing in it's realism. Some of the themes were a bit heavy for younger readers (particularly those involving rape and molestation). I know these things happen, I just don't think the reactions or choices of some of the characters were completely plausible under the circumstances. The subtext of incest was also disturbing, and I'm not sure those feelings or thought swere as fleshed out as they could have been. For adults though, it is a good read and nostalgic in a dark way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth L. Silver
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, a woman who will never know middle age, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the heartbroken mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing....

    Paul Krasner says: "Sorry, but not the next "Gone Girl""
    "Kept me guessing until the last page"
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    Death row is a sad and lonely place. In the face of death, one always wonders what really happened,and is the truth enough to justify the taking of a life. This books tackles these ideas without judgment or pontification. It is a gripping page turner with characters you love (some in spite of yourself). The narraters are perfect, and I can't reccomend this book highly enough. It is a perfectly paced story that I would read again (a rarity). I want more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1076)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "Absolutely Thrilling and Captivating"
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    This is not normally the type of book I'd use a credit on. The synopsis alone would not have grabbed me, in fact, it may have pushed me away. I don't enjoy horror films at all (or horror fiction for that matter). But, thanks to NPR, I heard the first chapter of the book for free and was hooked. I finished this book in 3 days, and would even read it again. Pessl's way with words is beautiful, her characters are flawed but memorable, her twists and turns are unexpected. I don't want to give too much away here, but let's just say the ending had me yelling on the metro, which is generally frowned upon in the D.C. area. It was just that good. I'd love spin off books for each of these characters: that's how invested the author gets you. This is a credit worthy listen, but if you don't have a credit, just spend cash on it. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Margo says: "My Favorite Grisham to Date"
    "Solid Read"
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    This story was interesting, propelled along by well written and multidimensional characters. It wasn't Grisham's most thrilling page turner, but I absolutely enjoyed it and would recommend it. The two main story lines seem oddly divergent at first, but stick with it. The narration makes this even better. I wish Frank was still around to read future Grisham books. He does the best job out of them all. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
    • Narrated By Rebecca Musser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

    Briley says: "Compelling and emotional read"
    "Compelling and emotional read"
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    I normally shy away from audio books read by the author, but this is a gem. Her story is powerful, and to hear her share her own FLDS experiences will leave you wanting to know more. I finished this book in 2 days, and I'd love to read more by this author. I'm fascinated by the FLDS, and this memoir stands apart because it delves into the aftermath of growing up in such an environment. I commend this woman for stepping out and for being so vulnerable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Platt
    • Narrated By David Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

    Timothy says: "American Indeed"
    "If you hate being uncomfortable, avoid this book"
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    David Platt is one of my favorite modern preachers. He is genuine, full of grace, and yet speaks truth with a measure of compassion rarely heard in "conservative" circles. He calls us to a life of obedience to God and His Word, and has pushed my husband and I to be responsive to God's leading. If you don't want to be lead to change something about your life, don't read this. If you are up for the challenge, dive in. I love that he reads this also. His voice is easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2503)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1127)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Easily my favorite in the series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, the naration is fantastic, and it has well rounded characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mary was just awesome. The ending left me holding my breath too. I can't wait for the next one.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They do all of these books and love them. She only really seems to have 3 character voices to draw from, but she does a nice job. Ron's British accent is tarrible, but it wasn't much of a detractor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4355)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1733)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Truely a new classic."
    Overall

    Not only is the writing beautifully exquisite, the story line is brilliant, the likes of which has not been seen in years. I hope to hear more from this author in the near future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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