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Daryl

Saratoga, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9248)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3538)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Too Preachy"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to this book, and boy does it disappoint. Not only is it not as good as his previous two books, but the "ending" is truly horrific. The bible has been so twisted into a knot over the past thousands of years, the last thing we need is to try and find even deeper meaning in this book. Accept it for the book of literature that it is and move on.

    3 of 4 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
    (1747)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1581)

    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"
    "Alternate universe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Edge of Eternity?

    This book seems to have been written in an alternate universe -- the timeline and names are similar to our own, but the actions and impacts of the actors in the late 20th century and early 21st century have been diabolically twisted. This is a world where, other than the well documented sexual dalliances of JFK, every liberal figure (real or created by the book) is portrayed in the most positive of light, while every conservative figure (real or fictional) is portrayed in the only the worst light. Interestingly Jimmy Carter is barely mentioned in the book.

    I've never read (or heard) a book where Ronald Reagan is portrayed as such an evil, bumbling fool. Not only is he given no credit for bringing down the Iron Curtain, the book goes out of it's way to imply that his, and George HW Bush were actually counter productive in ending the reign of the USSR in Eastern Germany. It wasn't bad enough that Ken Follett decided to portray Reagan with the worst possible spin, but then to through in as an afterthought that Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech was in itself an after-the-fact spin by conservatives to rescue Reagan's legacy was beyond almost beyond the pale.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9673)
    Performance
    (5708)
    Story
    (5755)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Couldn't Finish"
    Overall

    I've been an Audible member for over 5 years and listen to at least 24 books a year. This is the first book that I simply couldn't force myself to finish. I made it to about an hour into the third part and simply couldn't go on.

    To me, the book was boring, drawn out, and pointless. I see that others that have written that later books in the series are better. I'll never know if that is true or not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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