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Gondrezick

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 528 titles in library
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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (3981)
    Story
    (3992)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "specifically which part is missing?"
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    I got an e-mail from audible saying they had fixed it, but need to know which section got fixed, since I have already listened to it and just assumed that was how the story went.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Pavilions

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

    Velan says: "Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love."
    "why all the 5 star ratings?"
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    Bought this because of all the great reviews and what a disappointment! I may not be an expert, but in my opinion, the writing leaves a lot to be desired and the reader doesn't help at all. I stuck with it through the 3rd book but cannot go any farther.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "One of the best books ever!"
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    Looking more for more books by Annemarie Selinko. This was a fabulous book! Narration was wonderfully done as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl is the last completed novel of Henry James. In it, the widowed American Adam Verver is in Europe with his daughter Maggie. They are rich, finely appreciative of European art and culture, and deeply attached to each other. Maggie has all the innocent charm of so many of Jamess young American heroines. She is engaged to Amerigo, an impoverished Italian prince; he must marry money, and as his name suggests, an American heiress is the perfect solution.

    Erez says: "Collapses under the weight of its own brilliance"
    "Worst book in 7 years of Audible"
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    I am trying to remember why I bought this one. I tried 4 hours of listening, thinking something should get me into it, but between the terrible writing and the narrator's sing song rendition I gave up. I have been getting 2-3 books per month for 7 years and this one definitely wins the prize for the worst.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1133)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Be ready to laugh out loud!"
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    I love getting anything British with my credits and this book has been different than any I have listened to. A word of warning...do not listen anywhere being quiet is required! I use these books in part to listen to when going to sleep, but that has not worked because it is impossible to stifle the laughs. In the past, I have never wanted to listen to a book a second time...just like not being able to watch a movie I have seen before...but this one will be repeated many times! I want to buy the book as well, to be able to highlight some of the absurdly hilarious remarks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "Disagree with others on Narrator"
    Overall

    I almost didn't buy this because of all the negative reviews regarding the narrator. I'll admit it took a while to really get into the book, but I felt the narrator was absolutely perfect for this type of novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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