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J. Stafford

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  • Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (760)

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

    Wayne says: "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"
    "Science saves lives"
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    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

    I enjoyed all the physical science parts of it. Making sense out of chaos.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I got a little tired of the voice over the hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Science saves lives


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9146)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3595)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Best author on the best topic in history"
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    If you could sum up World Without End in three words, what would they be?

    Great Human History


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human interest, the human condition ages ago. How politics and poverty and power ran the world then and now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, if I could have I would have!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (400)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "A fantastic read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Distant Mirror to be better than the print version?

    No, but still excellent.


    What other book might you compare A Distant Mirror to and why?

    Pillars of the Earth. Same time period with focus on the human condition.


    Have you listened to any of Nadia May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18650)
    Performance
    (16602)
    Story
    (16562)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King does it again!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having just watched the myriad TV shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK's death and subsequent investigations, and listening to King's afterward about his investigations, it seems that King did an amazing job of doing his research--better than the so-called pros.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was AWESOME. Best of all audio performances!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The people, the places


    Any additional comments?

    Great ending, Kudos to King's son for thinking of it. I actually cried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27616)
    Performance
    (14207)
    Story
    (14259)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "How things used to be"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    No, but it is much better than the movie!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    When Skeeter stands up to her "friends" and puts them in their place. However, they "knew not what they did" as they were as much victims of circumstance as the maids.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the maids formed a group and started to stand up for themselves.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    Abilene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1299)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "A fresh perspective on how civilization evolved"
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    Was A History of the World in 6 Glasses worth the listening time?

    Yes. I like books like this, similar to Rats, Lice and History and on how weapons changed civilizations. I thought the premise was interesting, but I think I could have written it myself, that is to say it was a little shallow in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (3034)
    Story
    (3035)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Another Stephen King Experience"
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    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I loved the setting in carny land. Several of his books are set in a similar place. King and I are the same age, and when I read his books they vividly take me back.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He was great! He sounds somewhat like King himself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2624)
    Story
    (2608)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Heartfelt insight into the human experience"
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    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The believable heartaches that were not overdone, not melodramatic and very touching.


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    Tough question. Oddly, maybe The Old Man and the Sea. One major theme of the human condition


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    The timber of his voice kept my interest and made the story sing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (638)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Great historical insights"
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    If you could sum up The Killer Angels in three words, what would they be?

    Human interest history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development made the actions come alive as you realized these men were just that, real men.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters as seen through dialect


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story behind the history


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2599)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Nice twists and loved the politics"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hit to be better than the print version?

    About the same, I would guess, which is a compliment to the audio version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The politics was best, the relationships least interesting


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    A little colloquial.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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