You no longer follow Amazon Customer

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Amazon Customer

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Amazon Customer

ratings
103
REVIEWS
21
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
98

  • The Second World War: Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (458)

    "After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

    Amazon Customer says: "the rest of the story"
    "the rest of the story"
    Overall

    A personal account, told with feeling and verve, of the details of the fall of France, the Battle of Britan and the Battle of the Atlantic. The devil is in the details as is the delight when you read Churchill. As good as 1776.

    You are there with Churchill as he asks the French generals in his poor French, "Where is your strategic reserve?", which the French might have used to counter the initial German end run around the Maginot Line. Duh, they had none(!)

    you are by his side as he and his war cabinet plans to repel the invasion, which he increasingly feels will never take place. You are there as he and his cabinet make decisions about Greece, North Africa, and the French Navy, and deal with the various outcomes of those decisions.

    A tour de force from an author who still deserves to be best selling. The spirit of the man comes through, which along with the spirit of Great Britain and America, will, one hopes, never die. Uh, a good read.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Tide: A William Monk Novel #14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.

    Brenda says: "The Shifting Tide"
    "The pot boileth over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or David Colacci?

    Yes. I like her characters, and I usually can allow myself to be let along through the plot of her books


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ho hum ... because I didn't believe in the main challenge .. the threat of Bubonic Plague .. Getting plague no picnic. World wide pandemic, no way. Oh me of little faith. The author's seduction of the reader not sufficient for me in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two detectives descend into the bowels of the sailing ship near the end of the book.


    Could you see The Shifting Tide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not. Good series of books, but bad plot in this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Blood: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

    twinsmom says: "Mixed bag for this listener"
    "Should have been Intriguing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about In the Blood?

    The protagonist was too stupid for words


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dance for the dead by Thomas Perry


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He didn't get in the way, and his different characters sounded different from each other


    What character would you cut from In the Blood?

    the main character


    Any additional comments?

    The conflict proceeded with all the subtlety of pro wrestling. It was like the tv ad where people in horror movie make really bad decisions about where to hide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1741)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Lord Peter Whimsy in Brown Stone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing. This is the second book of the series I have bought, and I bought it by accident. Snobbish and silly. I didn't finish it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    going to the old resort on the salton sea


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blue Labyrinth?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    for people who would like to inhabit a rich person's world .... of three generations ago. Daddy Warbucks. The original 1930's version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

    Cathy says: "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"
    "MacGyver meets Hiawatha with men who croak a lot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vanishing Act to be better than the print version?

    audio was confusing. you need to flip back to cover the confusing points in the middle


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ending a bit predictable but he does it so well. Shades of Gabaldon. How could I fall for this? And yet I did.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    "male" voices just croak


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

    my reaction to the book was against the narrator. they should have used a guy or a better girl.


    Any additional comments?

    really good use of Native American motif. The character is good, really good, and from living on a rez ... out west ... seemed realistic and wholesome. A good way to learn about eastern native american culture. The adventure moves in the midst of it gracefully with nary a false note.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2981)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1932)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Well written pop science book is like gold"
    Overall

    Makes a really good case for exercise for what ails you, with lots of up to date information. Fun listening worth the time. Is accessible without being condescending. worth listening and keeping

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    The beginning lessons of Phase 3 offer you the chance to expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semi-professional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners.

    William Campbell says: "Excellent!"
    "right into your long term memory be fluent"
    Overall

    I credit Pimsleur for being able to test out of a Spanish class even though I had not worked with Pimsleur.for years. they introduce present, past, and perfect tenses by using model words in conversation. You are tested continually but so that you are very often right .. positive reinforcement very positive very nice. Every day I take my mp3 player for a walk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jean Carper
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After best-selling author Jean Carper discovered that she had the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer's, she was determined to find all the latest scientific evidence on how to escape it. She discovered 100 surprisingly simple, scientifically tested ways to radically cut the odds of Alzheimer's, memory decline, and other forms of dementia.

    Joseph Wolkowicz says: "Worth Listening"
    "Will the real cause please stand up"
    Overall

    An interesting version of the round up article. Lots of good information ... probably lots of questionable information. Interesting to listen to. It is a compendium of what scientists think right now about what one could do to sort of bail the brain out by making new brain cells faster than it can leak and sink.

    the author repeats herself, and it is not clear from much of her evidence, that it is evidence for anything more than association. An increase in the chance of getting Alzheimer's is associated with eating more red meat. ... but is it a causal association, or do meat eaters also engage in other behaviors and dietary habits that increase the chance of Alzheimer's. If the association is not one of cause and effect then say eating less meat will not affect one's chances of getting the disease.

    My favorite was the fact that problems with balance predate Alzheimer's by some years. But does it follow that practicing standing on one foot will heal your brain? Both the dementia and the bad balance may have the same cause.

    When listening to this book, one should look for more than something like: "5000 women smoked more and remembered less." Often there is more .. animal experiments and direct observations of human brains before and after the beneficial or detrimental diet or behavior. One should look for these in addition to the association of a substance or behavior with the disease

    One should google her references and even look at the clinical studies themselves if possible (They are usually way technical and choked with arcane acronyms... but worth the effort to see what the experimenters were really measuring and how..

    6 of 9 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
    Overall
    (4258)
    Performance
    (2570)
    Story
    (2579)

    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"
    "Thanks Tana French for writing mysteries"
    Overall

    I rarely buy any other fiction, and so was blessed to read this. Genre books often express the worst of contemporary vulgar in the sense of popular outlooks. They reflect their time the way 1930's fashons reflect their time. You put up with the banal parts for what's good about the story ... as you do with run of the mill TV.

    This book is literature ... readable all night, non-putdownable, even rereadable. I leave the plot to the other reviewers. Her books are worthwhile in almost all ways, but are not easy on their heroes and heroines. Oh well, in the end life isn't. But fiction like this can be very easy on the reader who savors character and atmosphere all tied up in a compelling story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (959)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Family Endangered again depraved oligarchs again"
    Overall

    Burke is a bit like Gabaldon. He is able to get away with murder figuratively and in his plots actually, and in octuplicate ( or more ). His prose is poetic and passionate. His plots and his characters are getting predictable,and he indulges in a bit in the pornography of violence. (Actually, a lot. But he gets away with it, as do his cops till it strains credulity.

    His villains are all the rich or the poor who are uncannily (wicked) and ugly. They are his dark and stormy night. They look like monsters. In this book he throws the reader several curve balls though. Are the uglies as evil as they seem? Are the beautiful people beautiful indeed? Will Dave and his Womenfolk survive? Don't bet on it. This may be Burke's last Robicheaux book. Maybe it should be. Still his characters are originals, and his prose is fine to hear.

    Dave is investigating the murders of several young women, very young women whom no one seems to care about since they were homeless, and/or black. Bad, powerful rich guys (any other kind in Burke's universe?) are behind it. Dave and his sidekick, are out to get them. If your really like Robicheaux you will hear this out to the end. If you are new to him, earlier Dave Robicheaux books might be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1095)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "an entertaining game of ping pong"
    Overall

    You ping and pong between the reporter and his FBI girl friend, at one end, and the scare crow, a particularly nasty serial killer. The killer is a computer wizard who can snoop on and reach out to hurt people using the internet in a rather disturbingly realistic way.

    It is typical Connelly, and if you like Connelly, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.