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Piedmont, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 450 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Darkest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tony Schumacher
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson

    London, 1946. The Nazis have conquered and now occupy Great Britain. John Henry Rossett, a decorated British war hero and former police sergeant, has been reassigned to the Office of Jewish Affairs. He now answers to the SS, one of the most powerful and terrifying organizations in the Third Reich. Now assigned a job he did not ask for and cannot refuse: rounding up Jews for deportation. But they are not the only victims, for the war took Rossett's wife and son, and shattered his own humanity.

    Suzanne says: "Good concept but maybe too many escapes"
    "an 11 miler!!"
    What did you love best about The Darkest Hour?

    It mesmerized me--I rate books by how long I walk at a time. A mediocre book is a 5 miler and a book I can't stop listening to is an 11 miler. I was completely drawn in by this alternative history.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the forward momentum of the plot and the way the author made the listener have some empathy for, or at least understanding of, even the flawed characters

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

    I can't think or read with an English accent. Therefore, listening to the book made it seem so real--as if I were watching a well done BBC drama in my brain. Mr. Jackson was able to bring distinctive voices to all the characters--different English and German accents as well as female and a small boy's. I was transported to another time and place.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was particularly moved by the opening scene with the desperate grandfather trying to get the sergeant to help him.

    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to hundreds of audible books. The best ones are usually like this one, reasonable well written with a fabulous narrator. I hope this author continues this storyline as a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "Marvelous story, horrible narration"

    It is a testament to Julie Orringer's writing skill that I could endure the what seemed like 100 hours of yammering. The narrator was one of the worst I've heard. He droned on in a portentious voice and seemed to have no ability to provide different personas for the individual characters. His pronunciation of French words, even to my tin ear, was painful. I think this is a book better read than heard.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Bloody lovely"

    The story was compelling, the narration brilliant and I can't wait to listen to another Tana French. As a child of a Dublin woman, the characters seemed authentic to me and the dialogue spot on. I've listened to more than 40 audible books, and this is one of the best.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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