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  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "good potential, never realized"

    Award winning novels should be incredible. I am a great fan of the medieval time period and the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Did I miss something? The plot sounded interesting, but that was where the appeal ended.

    I never fell in love with, much less cared about any of the characters in this story. Despite all their dialog, I never understood their motivation or true character. Some of their actions were so ridiculous, I laughed out loud! The descriptions of the 1340's scenic areas were lovely, but that just wasn't enough to carry the book.

    I was hoping the ending would make tolerating the hours of dialog and detail worth while. As others have said, it was predictably anticlimactic. Sigh... maybe, its just me?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "Unexpected gem"

    This was a very heartwarming and inspiring story. Good narration. A supportive loving family, great values.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "great story, marginal narration"

    I loved the story. the narrator had as nice voice but did not vary it for different characters, making dialogue difficult to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Devi: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Manil Suri
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar

    As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, statistician Sarita can only think of being reunited with her physicist husband. To find him, she must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaz - a Muslim whose true religion has always been sex. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the absurd: the patron goddess Devi Mahas even materialized on a beach to save her city....

    Book Worm says: "Not What I Expected"
    "Where was the GRAPHIC GAY SEX warning?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Avoiding it entirely!

    What was most disappointing about Manil Suri’s story?

    No warning about the explicit sex in the "Audible Editors Reviews" (Really, Michael?!) and "Publisher's Summary" and 'What the Critics say." They said it was: "Fearlessly provocative, wickedly comedic, and propelled with rocket-fuel energy." I never heard anything comedic or caught any of the energy - provocative is all that came through! Disappointed in myself for not reading READER reviews. If I could I would return this and get my credit back! I would never have chosen to purchase this.Movies & TV shows have ratings - Why not books?

    Have you listened to any of Vikas Adam and Priya Ayyar ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard them before. They are great narrators. Performance was delightful. Too bad the story was about things I didn't want to hear!

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I gave up on it when I realized where it was going (wedding night, etc. - Karun is probably gay) and then looked up reviews and plot spoilers, which confirmed my suspicions.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had read readers reviews. I wish I could return this!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Lannielui says: "Average All Around"
    "First Reichs, will try more!"

    This is the first Reichs novel I've read/listened to. I thought it was well paced, a good story, had nice twists and interesting characters. While it wasn't deep, it was entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"

    This story drew me in even though I expected not to like it. If you dislike narrators with accents, you will not appreciate this narrators voice. Each simple plot twist leading to an amazing quiz show answer had a story. I felt myself learning some Indian culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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