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Jessica K

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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1159)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "this version is really great"
    Overall

    The Historian is one of my favorite books, and this audiobook is fantastic. I can easily distinguish between the characters and the pacing is perfect. The sound quality is great and I don't feel like I have to turn my speakers way up to understand the narrators. Highly recommended!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2925)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1658)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Boring."
    Overall

    I don't know how the other readers could consider this book "exciting." Let me sum up the book for you. There is a very large, very heavy meteorite that is going to be moved by ship. Moving something of that size and weight is complicated. They remind us of this fact in every sentence for the entirety of the story. Some people think moving the rock is a bad idea. Fast forward to the end and they actually try to move the meteorite and have more problems. A few people die because of the rock but that doesn't really add any excitement to the story. The End.

    I just saved you a credit and many hours of your life that you will never get back. The publisher's summary makes the story sound more like a thriller than it actually is. If you decide that you DO want to hear the story, do yourself a favor and listen to it at 2x normal speed. The narrator is the slowest reader ever and makes everyone sound the exact same- imagine William Shatner's speech pattern if he was also dozing off. 2x puts it at about normal human speech pacing.

    If you want an exciting read about a strange rock that also involves a lot of ocean, just read Sphere by Michael Crichton. Trust me.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (90)

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "hilarious"
    Overall

    This book was hilarious. I enjoyed every minute of it. The narrator was awesome and made it easy to distinguish between the different characters.

    I wish there were other books in this series available on Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "trying my best to trudge through"
    Overall

    I'll be honest, I'm only halfway through, but it will take all my power to finish this book. The narrator's ridiculously overdramatic style is TOO MUCH. Her accents are just plain wrong, and she makes it sound like she's acting in a school play. She's trying, but she's trying too hard. I've begun to hate the father because his pompous voice is so annoying. If the plot of this book intrigues you, I'd recommend instead of trudging through the audiobook, get a paper copy so you can skim through the boring parts and skip all the footnotes. The meandering of the plot that seems to go nowhere is wearing me down. I really hope the second half makes up for the first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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