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Andrew Stone

San Diego | Member Since 2004

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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (337)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Complex Love Triangle"
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    SUMMARY, in Bryce Courtenay's own words:

    "Fishing for Stars has, at its heart, two passionate, unforgettable, but very different, women. One is exotic, damaged, and shrewd; the other beautiful, determined and zealous. Both are bitter rivals for the love of the same man.

    My story is set in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Japan and Indonesia during the latter half of the twentieth century. Nick Duncan is an ingenuous male with a great deal more female on his hands than he can possibly hope to understand.

    The contest he is called upon to referee is the clash between the two great loves of his life: the seductive Anna Til, and the older, equally fascinating Marg Hamilton. Nick struggles between their worlds: one exploiting the world's riches for profit, the other fighting to save the environment and its creatures, large and small.

    I hope you like Fishing for Stars, it is a story of ambition, destruction, love, tears and laughter, with a soupcon of hope thrown in."

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    Important Note: "Fishing for Stars" contains explicit sexual content and mature subject matter.

    This book is the sequel to "The Persimmon Tree" published in 2007. This book does stand on it's own. But for me, I like to read books in the proper sequence. Hopefully, Audible will add this book to their website.

    The narrator Humphrey Bower is excellent. In this book, his Japanese accents are superb. If you like his narration and want to read a great book, read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (also an Australian author).

    If you like this book, read "The Gold Coast" by Nelson DeMille. It is a intense Romance/Thriller with erotic sex scenes and mafia (instead of Japanese Yakuza).

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Joel says: "Fun listen if familiar with the character."
    "What an ego to read his own book!"
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    With backing of publisher and huge fan to pay for a professional reader, choice to read his own book was a colossal mistake.

    Most all writers are not good readers of their own book... Author has mediocre skills in reading his own book.

    I tried a few times to listen to this book ...

    We all make mistakes ... hope the author has learned, and does what he does best and let others do the same.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

    John says: "Mr. America you had so much potential."
    "Cowboy goes to England"
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    The setting is 1909 or so England.

    I loved this book. Never knew what to expect so it kept me listening to it through to the next morning... Love the main character who was a polite solid quiet cowboy(his background) becoming a gentleman in British society.

    The women he meets is a good tale in itself. But of course the story does not end there!

    I would call this book a "Page Turner", so engrossing.

    I had a chuckle from the "Flashman" books which I read previously. This book has an appearance of the "Flashman" character.

    I am a heavy listener to audio books as my first choice, I have listened to over 4,000 of them. I would rank this book in the top 5% for being such an engaging tale and gripping. After the ending, this book is quite thought provoking.

    If you liked this book, I recommend that you might also read "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London
    performed by Frank Muller. "The Sea Wolf" is a gripping story not the typical read. It too was a "page turner" for me.

    I highly recommend that you give this book a try. This book I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter from the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The Hunter from the Woods marks the much-anticipated return of Michael Gallatin, the lycanthropic hero of Robert McCammon’s 1989 classic, The Wolf’s Hour. These all-new, interlinked stories offer a full measure of McCammon’s trademark narrative excitement, and comprise a fascinating composite portrait of a unique fictional creation.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
    "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
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    I really liked this book. Fast pace and lots of action!

    The werewolf concept really held my attention. The writing is very good.

    Other books that have good action that I recommend are:
    "Shape's Tiger" (the series)...
    "The Warded Man"
    "Beat the Reaper" page turning thriller.
    "Fear Nothing"
    The Eye of the World"
    "The Way of Kings"
    and
    "The Lion's Game"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Andrew Stone says: "I LIKED IT!"
    "I LIKED IT!"
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    Book really kept my attention!

    Kept me awake in bed instead of falling to sleep listing to it.

    Interesting plot. A bit confusing as the story flashed back and to other subplots. I'm just getting old I guess.

    While waiting for the next book in the series, I recommend these other excellent reads:

    "The Name of the Wind"
    "Thief's Magic" by Trudi Canavan
    "Harbinger" by Shae Ford
    "The Warded Man"
    "Eye of the World"
    "The Way of Kings"
    "Jhereg"
    "The Final Empire"
    "Wizard's First Rule"
    "Poison Study"

    Other fast paced books for those who want to a break from Epic Fantasy genre:

    "The Hunter from the Woods" Robert McCammon (Werewolf in WWII)
    "Sharpe's Tiger"

    I think this is author's first book ... Happy I found it and gave it a try!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
    "Could not stop listening..."
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    Book really caught my attention and held it.

    Kept listening to it till I fell asleep.

    Started up on it immediately the next day.

    Unique plot and good pace.

    "A page turner"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "My New Favorite Heyer BOOK!"
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    This book has such an outstanding plot!

    It is such a fun story.

    My other favorite "Heyer" books are :

    1) Frederica

    2) The Grand Sophy

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Waste of time to read this one!"
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    A "Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt" type of formulated plot that is just "average".

    As the plot turns to a new twist, you can easily predict the direction of the new turn...

    I like the books when these two authors work together, but in this case they really blew it.

    I strongly suggest readers to not waste their time or money on this book.

    IF you have not read books by this author then I suggest you read my favorite book by this team "The Cabinet of Curiosities"...

    If you liked " Pendergast" series, then I recommend you read:
    "The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks
    "Fear Nothing" by Dean Koontz
    "Sea Wolf" by Jack London and read by Frank Muller, a THRILLER & American Classic Literature.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Virginian

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Owen Wister
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Owen Wister’s The Virginian pre-dates the classic novels of Zane Grey and Max Brand and is considered by many to be the original Western. Dedicated to Wister’s friend and fellow outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt, this timeless tale almost single-handedly established the cowboy archetype in literature. A quiet, noble foreman of a Wyoming cattle ranch in the 1870s, the Virginian falls for pretty schoolteacher Molly Wood. But when a rival suitor challenges his honor, the Virginian struggles to make his beloved Molly understand the harsh justice of the West.

    David says: "What a Stunning Surprise this novel is!"
    "Now My Favorite Western"
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    A Powerful romance.

    A lot is lost in understanding due to the culture shift of language and understanding of how people spoke at this time (1902) and just understanding every day environment of horses, ranches, terms of the day.

    My grandfather lived 1884 to 1984 and spoke the same way. I watch "The Virginian" TV shows with my grandfather & family... Picked this book up quite randomly... Such a gem of a book.

    I also highly recommend the following books:
    Lonesome Dove
    Old Yeller - YOu'll cry when your read this one....
    Shane

    Note: Shane and Old Yeller are great for younger readers in that they are short books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (817)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "More of the Same"
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    Author is just not breaking new ground.
    Perhaps it is just me after reading all prior books of the series,
    The book is now just average read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because another man - now her prisoner - claims Ulrick's desire for blood magic has eclipsed his passion for her.

    Amy says: "Better than the First Book"
    "Average book"
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    The attraction to this book is the strong female character.

    Fantasy genre books for young girls is very important. Ones which shows the "heroine" having independent thought and self direction.

    No explicit sex scenes, but main character is fine with casual sex with various men.
    So, I classify this book for adults 18+, but the gook is targeted at 11 and 12 yr old girl readers..

    Regardless, the plot progresses pretty slowly and the reader does not help.

    In light of so many other better books choices, this one is a waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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