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Corinne

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1247)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "An excellent sequel"
    Overall

    I had read FISHING FOR STARS previously when THE PERSIMMON TREE (which is the earlier book) was not yet on Audible. Now I am reading FISHING FOR STARS again, I remembered large parts but there are details that I couldn't have understood in the same way in my earlier reading. The PERSIMMON TREE takes place in the Pacific Theater of WWII and provides an important perspective into the war in the islands many of which are now Indonesia, the Japanese war experience, history, cultural traditions, the comfort women, the old Japan and the overlay of the new one, survival and psychological scars. With Humphrey Bower reading, the books are everything that the best of Coutenay's books are.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (824)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Melodrama -"
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    Note to self - don't buy anything by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston or read by Scott Brick. The combination is lethal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sentinels of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan.

    Corinne says: "Brings the horror of WWII in the Far East"
    "Brings the horror of WWII in the Far East"
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    We've all read about the Kamikaze pilots to navy ships around Okinawa but not that many about the navy seamen experienced the horror. There's been a lot written about WWII in Europe and the horrors, but fewer about the war around Japan. W.E.B. Griffin does to some extent but his books focus on personalities and their lives. This book gets more into the nitty gritty and yet gives flesh to the characters. PT Deutermann is good - I've listened to others of his on Audible. This is the first truly historical fiction book of his I've seen. Dick Hill is good as aways. He's an artist in his readings. Do a web search on him - lots awards. The book is good, will hold your attention and feed historical gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (642)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "Good story with depth"
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    The narrator almost ruined the book for me but once I got to the second part, the story took over and I heard him much less and fully entered the reality of the novel. I hadn't read Connelly in awhile. This book (IMHO) is one of his best. it's very current - from racial tensions in urban American cities (I write this as Ferguson Missouri is still a tinderbox), to family dynamics, politics, police department dynamics. I can't say too much without disclosing the story line that deserves to unfold as Connelly intended, but I recommend this book. Just don't let the narrator's stentorian tones and "intensity" discourage you. Forge on - eventually you'll be able to ignore him. It's not a happy book but it's real and substantive..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (2268)
    Story
    (2248)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Great fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reacher as he always is, but with more dimension. He reaches out to a woman who has taken over a division where he used to be the commander. Their both in a "rouch position" but Reacher is so sure of his actions and of this woman's that they ally and escape and then investigate brilliantly what is gong on. Dick Hill is great as always and the book is just plain fun (the usual violence but somehow less dominant on the theme).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2275)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Suspenseful and a great narrator"
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    Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3936)
    Performance
    (3216)
    Story
    (3183)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Happy feeling after"
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    It's a very predictable story and yet it left me feeling happy at the end. Ambulance chasing law firm, well-trained attorney fleeing from the stress of 80 hour weeks at a large law firm, big corporation, but the well-trained attorney whose clearly smart and analytic and thoughtful learns a lot about liability law and starts a law suit with a toy company over lead paint - clear case, he wins, shows ethics, vision, and triumphs fully in the end in his own firm. Good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (629)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Painful"
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    I thought of abandoning this book, but kept hoping that Greg Iles would do something to redeem this book. NOPE. It's unrelenting racist hatred, and violence, and greed. I didn't like the narrator either. Each sentence was given the same deadly serious weight. It's important to remember the nightmare that African Americans lived through particularly in the south. Also the horror of the period when JFK, MLK, and RFK were assassinated (they are referred to in the book as KKK). But there is nowhere for the listener's anger and horror to go - there are a few admirable characters but the narrator just doesn't give them the dignity - they come off kind of whiney. The book was painfully awful. I should have quit long before the almost 36 hours were over. I recommend you don't start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "I like Berenson and Guidall"
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    Only problem is there are no more books for me to read - I've read them all. I saved this one until I got disgusted with W.E.B. Griffin (or exhausted the best of the series with Dick Hill). It's good. Took me about an hour to change pace. Berenson's character's have considerable depth and dimensions and the description of them can slow down how quickly the store takes hold of you - but once it gets going, it's gripping. This one is the most contemporary of the series and very current in it's plot lines. (While most of them take place in the Middle East, this one is focused on Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear bomb - on how a president would respond to provocation and so on). Worth reading and there is hope for more books since the lead character rediscovered his commitment to his job and his determination to remain involved (earlier books had ended with his questioning the personal costs to his ability to be a father or in a committed relationship with a woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Berets: Brotherhood of War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (204)

    They were the chosen ones - and the ones who chose to be the best. Never before had the United States given so select a group of fighting men such punishing preparation. Now they were heading for their ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their country had ever fought before, in a land that most of America still knew nothing about - Vietnam...

    Jackie says: "Griffin at his best"
    "MUCH better than the Colonels"
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    Not as good as Griffin can be, but better than the Colonels that I really disliked. I won't buy another in the series, but if I hadn't read the Colonels, I might have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colonels: Brotherhood of War Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    They were the professionals, the men who had been toughened by combat in the mine-laden fields of Europe, in Korea, in Greece, in Indochina. Now, in the twilight of a dying decade, they must return to the United States to forge a new type of American soldier - one to be tested on the beaches of Cuba and in a new war yet to come....

    Cory says: "Soap opera for men"
    "Really disliked The Colonels"
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    I bought it because I have been reading the series. Unfortunately, I've downloaded the Berets already or I'd stop here. Fortunately both this one and the Berets I bought at Audible's ½ price sale. I don't find any of the characters sympathetic as I have in Griffin's other series where I really liked Charlie Castillo, or Marine McCoy or many of the others. Lowell is just an unsympathetic rich guy who proves impossible to resist by various really sympathetic women (or so the story would have it). He's wealthy, full of himself, Dove's narration has him speaking with marbles in his mouth (although American English as opposed to British where one usually meets the marbles). I suppose I kept plugging on to pick up nuggets of the history, but there isn't enough in this one. Really bad. Going forward, I will avoid books with Dove as narrator and regret that there aren't more of Griffin's I'll be reading mainly because he's now writing with Butterworh and/or I don't like the narrators. I've ready 7 of the Presidential Agent Series (won't touch 8), all of the Corps series (which I really liked) and the first book of Honor Bound.l That's it for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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