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Christopher Williams

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  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

    Eileen says: "A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co."
    "Tired or just a brief pause for breath?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Mark of the Golden Dragon? What did you like least?

    The story is fun (though less so than prior), adventurous (though more predictable and seeming repetitious than prior) and as usual fantastically brought to life by Katherine Kellgren. But it plodded along and I was looking forward to the end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by L. A. Meyer again?

    Yes, I am sure I would. I hope this was simply a low spot.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good. This reader is AMAZINGLY GOOD!!


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Write another great story please - or maybe it is time to hang up the flag.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8674)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5320)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Class, Empires and War - who could ask for more!"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    The story is a page turner. World War I completely changed how people in Europe and the United States perceived themselves and their masters. This book tells the story of how that occurred through the lives of all the people concerned. Quite an experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are excellent. We experience the lives of people who experience real lives during the period of World War I. Thus we also suffer the changes, deprivation and fun that they lived and loved through.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He rendered every single character, be they man, woman, German, British, American, upper or working class, accurately and believably. Doubtful there could be a better reader for this story.


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

    Yes, but it would have meant not sleeping for at least one day! Was great to continue where it had been left of, however - the book was something to look forward to.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading Parts 2 and 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1057)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
    "Page Turner!! What an excellent story!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Hundred-Foot Journey in three words, what would they be?

    Great human story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Foot Journey?

    Any piece with the father - he is a wonderful character to read about.


    What about Neil Shah’s performance did you like?

    He switched voices perfectly. Always felt real.


    If you could take any character from The Hundred-Foot Journey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably the father - he has such depth and experience in life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2380)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Please end!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you like chewing gum for the mind (and I do for fun) this is that; but it is somewhat dried out, old flavorless chewing gum. The character is a hopeless mess making absurdly bad decisions. The other cast members are weak but not as pathetic.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    The reader is excellent - brought real life to each character he narrates.


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

    No - not even if it was free to get in and someone drove me there and back.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was disappointing on so many levels. Superman protagonists are quite common in this genre (and The Grey Man is no exception), but normally the Supermen make fairly good decisions and do not make a hopeless mess out of everything they touch.
    His pain killer addiction while an interesting aside does not explain the heroes inability to do anything right. And I mean anything.
    Superman surrounded by a mountain of kryptonite would have been in better shape than Mr Gentry.

    I would pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyall
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants, she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life.

    A User says: "An American in the U.K."
    "Surprisingly Poor"
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    What disappointed you about The Anglo Files?

    The Brits have a pretty good sense of humor and are more than able to laugh at themselves. This book, however, became more and more hostile about the Brits and certainly less and less amusing.

    As a displaced Brit living in the USA I probably have a better perspective than most on life on both sides of the pond. The Brits certainly have some odd traits: wacky political activities, heavy drinking, beating people up during football games in as many countries as they can easily fly to, basic slobbishness. But this is a minority of Brits and not the whole bunch of them. This book points out all of these negative traits with glee and indicates that they are essentially universal in Britain. The author also bashes the traditions of the country - it was not clear why, just that they are horrible things that the poor unfortunate Brits have to live with.

    The author then goes to great lengths to point out, by inference or direct statement, just how perfectly wonderful the United States and its citizens are. In the USA the politicians are all polite, honest and diligent about their jobs, no one drinks in the US, there is no violence or racism in the US, and indeed the US is simply the most Utopian country on earth if not in the entire universe.

    That is when I lost interest. I believe she would be better off back home in New York than mingling with the elite she finds herself amongst in the UK - she clearly does not belong there and seems to hate it more than anything.

    After reading 70% I stopped. I recommend you do not start. I say this as a kindness so you can read something else instead.


    What could Sarah Lyall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Brought humor to the tale - bash the Brits by all means but do it with a smile and not a cudgel with a nail in it.


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

    She did a great job overall - even did a pretty good English accent.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. I think the premise had possibilities but they were never realized.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionel Asbo: State of England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    Lionel Asbo, a terrifying yet weirdly loyal thug (self-named after England's notorious "Anti-Social Behaviour Order"), has always looked out for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine. He provides him with fatherly career advice (always carry a knife, for example) and is determined they should share the joys of pit bulls (fed with lots of Tabasco sauce), Internet porn, and all manner of more serious criminality. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books to read and a girl to love .

    Darwin8u says: "Jēz...us! Just don't buy it for your Grans."
    "A train wreck you cannot look away from..."
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    If you could sum up Lionel Asbo in three words, what would they be?

    A distillation of real English people who you would not want to meet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lionel Asbo?

    Who let the dogs in. And we will never know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first family meeting at the country manor, Wormwood Scrubs.


    If you could take any character from Lionel Asbo out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely NOT Lionel Asbo


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most well written books I have enjoyed. The prose alone is worth the listen - and the story is superb. But if you are an American anglophile you might want to stay away. As a Brit in the US, the 'orrible English characters resonate - albeit disturbingly!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (808)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "A long book - but too short for me!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the most absorbing books I have read for a long time. It has everything in it - stuff that life throws at this family and how they respond, love, war, work, desires... gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tale of one man and his journey through life.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He got each character perfectly. Made the characters real and believable (though the story does this very well - he made it better).


    If you could take any character from Four Fires out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mole. He would be a fun person to talk with - intelligent with a LOT of depth.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1506)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "I rarely sigh during a book..."
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    To me at least this story was trite and tedious. I found myself sighing during much of the book and almost laughing at a lot of the dialog.
    The story is deliberately gory in order to shock I suspect, but the underlying plot had no more to offer than that.
    Would recommend you pass.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems.

    Christopher Williams says: "Laugh out loud funny and deadly serious"
    "Laugh out loud funny and deadly serious"
    Overall

    Great and fun ride. The author brings in witty thoughtful and silly characters. At the same time crafts a good tale around it. This was my first of Joseph Wambaugh's books - now on to the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (600)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "Half as long would may have made it less mediocre"
    Overall

    I like to listen to mysteries/action books when driving or doing chores. They keep me occupied and in general are fun rides. This book is not excellent or good. It is just slightly south of OK.

    The protagonist is a typical superman but appears to have an IQ that needs some work. The female romantic interest/victim is smart but like all Hollywood maidens, has a damaged leg and so cannot fight the way she would like to and also slows down the man. At least she does not say "leave me and save yourself" - well she kind of does but not in those exact words.

    The lead villain is a parody. Surprisingly the circumstances that surround the story do have some occasional plausibility.

    The folks who come to save the two people are the top of the Military, top of the FBI, etc. You might expect them to be experienced and smart. They are neither. In fact they cause more trouble for the superman character than actual help.

    If you have time and credits and nothing else to read. Go for it. Otherwise, I suggest you avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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