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Joseph

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (884)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "This thing is awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    I have not even finished it and I can tell you this is a masterful novel. It is creepy and full of foreboding. The fact it was written in 1859 makes it even more interesting. The author of course takes much for granted and the vision of life in those days is wonderful. At one point one of the characters makes the comment that she is so happy the 19th century and its modern comforts had finally invaded the house where she was living. Fabulous. The characters are clearly drawn if a not quite nuanced enough for our modern sensibilities. The plotting couldn't be more interesting. I can't stop listening. I care about the characters.


    What other book might you compare The Woman in White to and why?

    I don't have a candidate. This is a psychological thriller of the first order. I think it might make a film, but will have to finish it first to know. Our modern need for action, action, action as exemplified by the Sherlock Holmes movies, probably means the subtle fears and thrills inherent in this story are too meek for Hollywood.


    What about Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performance did you like?

    The performances are excellent. Character after character are performed with clear differences between their speech.


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

    I had to put the book down when Lady Glyde died.


    Any additional comments?

    I had the very unusual experience of perusing a copy of the May 26th, 1860, Harper's Weekly that I found at a friend's house. The issue had an etching (after Brady) of Lincoln on the cover, as he had just gotten the Republican Nomination for President. Inside was an excerpt from....you guessed it...The Woman in White. A chapter I had just listened to the night before. To make it even more spectacular I saw this on...May 26th of this year, 2012...152 years to the day after publication. Do do do do...do do do do....you are in the twilight zone.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (836)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Loved this book."
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    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    I like a lighter read now and again, and this was a fine book to fill a couple of hours. I like the main detective...very Harry Bosch like character. His antics as he tries to reclaim his spot in the detective ranks are fine, as is his penchant for sex and hooking up with both the right and the wrong people. Full of fun characters, not much in the way of plot twists, but a great romp.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I liked our main character the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the monkey clamped onto one of the bad guy's penis.


    If you could rename Bad Monkey, what would you call it?

    Would never rename it...great title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1762)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Vintage Bosch"
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    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    I don't know if I listen again, but I sure enjoyed it this first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all the series, it is the pacing and non-stop edge-of-the-seat action that keeps you listening. I also very much enjoy knowing Bosch's flawed humanity.


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

    Good performer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This writer often puts me in fear for the character's life, feelings, emotions, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this series, you will not be disappointed by this particular book. Its is among the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (696)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "It's an amazing piece of work."
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    What did you love best about War and Peace?

    I most loved the sense of being the in times. It is hard to imagine this period of history today and yet I know Tolstoy has nailed it. Most of us don't hobnob with the upper classes, to the extent there are any upper classes today, so the experience is unique.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His sense action is very clear. It is like being in the battles. Unfortunately, battles are confused and unclear snatches of perception to the participants, and since I don't know the history of these battles having never studied this theatre of the Napoleanic
    Wars, the battles are confused and unclear.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Prince Andre's death


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow's End: An Inspector Felse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Wealthy, talented Arthur Rainbow was a guaranteed success. But there was one place he hadn't expected to end up, and that was beneath the steeple of St. Eata's church, his body smashed like a cracked walnut. Superintendent George Felse is charged with sifting through a long list of suspects to catch the killer.

    Joseph says: "A little bored."
    "A little bored."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I gave this book a try because I like Ellis Peters' Cadfael series. It didn't quite live up to expectations. It was maybe too staid and English for me. I thought it neither thrilling nor twisty-turney enough. It may be that I like the Cadfael series better because of the historical novel nature. I like stories set in times with which I have not or little knowledge.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ellis Peters? Why or why not?

    Probably


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Breaking through the wall.


    Did Rainbow's End inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (536)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "Pretty good Heinlein"
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    If you could sum up Citizen of the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    I thought I had read all of Heinlein but this one must have escaped me as a young man. It is pretty good if a little simplistic based on the current standards of SF. Still he's a master and the chance to revisit his prose and straightforward storytelling was a good experience. It is not up to the high standards of his greatest works...I particularly resonate with Starship Troopers, but worth the listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story arc is very broad. But the main character does not evolve as much as he should.


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Grandma.


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

    If wouldn't make a film of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Planet of Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Steven Hoye
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for 10 years. Ten of Werel's years are over 600 terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human settlement is beginning to feel the strain. Every winter, a season that lasts for 15 years, the Earthmen have neighbors, the humanoid hilfs: a nomadic people who only settle down for the cruel cold spell. The hilfs fear the Earthmen, who they think of as witches and call the farborns.

    Katherine says: "Not the best place to start with Le Guin"
    "Le Guin is worth your Time"
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    If you could sum up Planet of Exile in three words, what would they be?

    I'v now read three of Ursula LeGuin's works and find her very interesting and thoughtful. Lavinia was to me the best so far. It was not so much scifi, and history/mythfi. Planet of Exile is interesting but thin. I wanted more depth and detail about the culture that was implanted on the planet, why it has lost contact with its larger environment, and what the people could hope for. In a way, it is as if you see the world she created, albeit a fascinating one, through a hazy fog. She doesn't have the clarity I like in CJ Cherryh, but she has great sensibilities. Her characters lacked dimensionality if this one, which is an early work, but her vision of imagination are fabulous. I recommend it, particularly for fans of hers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie and Steven Hoye ’s performance did you like?

    I really didn't like the performances much, and found the male-femal switcheroo distracting.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    She shouldn't let her politics get in her way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "I'm Getting to Like Follett"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the fourth Follett book, or maybe the fifth I've read/listened to, and I find him to be most satisfying. Somewhat simplistic and not up to Eye of the Needle, Hornet Flight is still a good read. It revisits one of his passions, spies during WWII, but it is a great seam to be mined. I read both of the books about Knightsbridge cathedral, nice and long, and found them also very enjoyable. I'll continue to sample his work. If you are a fan, this is a middling choice but worth your time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Taking pictures on the base.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 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"
    "Follett is good!"
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    What did you love best about World Without End?

    This book is really every bit as good as the first one he wrote about the Cathedral at Knightsbridge which takes place 200 years earlier. His characters are finely drawn and understandable, but not one dimensional. I particularly like how he evokes a sense of time and place, which is what I like best about historical fiction in any case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    This is a long novel, so there are lots of good moments. Frankly I found the very ending most memorable and inspiring.


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

    I really find narrators to be transparent. Best if not noticed. I didn't notice. That's good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Once in a while I would get frightened when a favorite character would be in peril, or when one of the bad guys became ascendent. Which happens with frequency.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5298)
    Performance
    (2888)
    Story
    (2929)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Pretty Damn Good"
    Overall

    I consider myself a well-read SF reader...no fantasy please! So it is with trepidation that I try a new author. I can't stand bad writing. Stephenie Meyer wrote this pretty well. It is a very unique approach. I'd fault her for not quite separating her alien thinking from her human thinking ( for that you have to read Cherryh), but the base concept is good and she keeps this big 'ol novel going well. I enjoyed it. Some good emotional stuff too. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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