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Cyndi McNeill

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  • The Lord God Made Them All

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    The volume that completes the verse: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. These are the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

    Alison says: "Just as good as the others"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    The James Herriott books are all some of my all-time favorites. If you are looking for a "real" story that reads like fiction, but is based on this man's extraordinary life, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12705)
    Performance
    (5079)
    Story
    (5117)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A little disappointed.. not up to par"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    I generally love books by Ken Follett, but this one falls way short of his other works. The narration was excellent though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely. Maybe because this book was started when Follett was much younger, the plot and character development are not as well done as in other works. I have loved other Follett books and will definitely listen to others.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Loved Alyana and Tom Builder - both very real and believable characters.


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

    Maybe... it would be tough to get the real gist of the entire story in one movie though.


    Any additional comments?

    The last half of the book has been really tedious. It seems that he is making bad things happen at every possible opportunity but is missing out on some key character development and story development. Would have loved to learn more about the actual building of the cathedrals. Waaayyyy too much raping and pillaging in this story, and entirely too much of the same descriptions of the characters. William is really bad, Phillip is really good, Richard has potential to be good, but is a numb nut in the end. Overall, I was really disappointed in the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (672)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "Don't waste your credits."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very young listener might enjoy this one. The science is bad, the story is bad and the narrator is bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was awful. His reading style was extremely distracting and fake sounding.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, irritation, disbelief


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually write reviews, but had to take a minute to warn people not to waste their credits. The story was poor, the writing was bad and the narrator was just awful. Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3271)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1059)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Great sci-fi!"
    Overall

    This is a great sci-fi book. The feel of it reminded me of "Ender's Game" which I loved and have listened to twice. I was thoroughly engrossed througout the story. Only once or twice did it seem like it meandered a bit, but overall it was a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (484)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Great story!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story... very imaginative. Lots of story lines that meander a little at times but come together nicely to make an outstanding book. I will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4764)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1658)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is one of my all-time favorite books. The story is almost intoxicating. I've listened to it twice and read it twice. Its also a wonderful read for book clubs. Lots to discuss!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fieldwork: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mischa Berlinski
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, working for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic American anthropologist has been found dead, a suicide, in the Thai prison where she was serving a 50-year sentence for murder. Motivated first by simple curiosity, then by deeper and more mysterious feelings, Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of her crime.

    Lee says: "WOW WOW WOW"
    "Don't bother."
    Overall

    Dreadfully boring. There is a murder somewhere in the story, but there is so much rambling about other story lines that the reader loses touch with what the story is about. Don't bother with this one. Its all I can do to finish listening to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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