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Bill

Middlebury, VT, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (530)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "One of the best books ever written..."
    Overall

    And this is one of the best audiobooks ever performed.

    If you know the book, this improves that knowledge. If you don't know the book, you're in for a real treat. This is a classic with some of the most richly drawn characters in literature.

    An excellent book, an excellent audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1500)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "A Paean to Torture"
    Overall

    Let me start by saying that I *used* to be a big fan of Vince Flynn, but this (unfortuantely) may be my last book of his. If you're a big fan of the 2000s, you're gonna love this book: A full-blown Ayn Rand-ian lecture on torture, preemptive war and the whole neocon world view.

    The only book that was more ridiculously right-wing that I've managed to get through is Crichton's "State of Fear," which was also the only other book I've ever given one star.

    What a truly awful book this is. Very little action, almost entirely political lecture (just like "State of Fear"). I'll probably try another Flynn because I used to consider him one of my favorite thriller writers ("Consent to Kill" was one of the best I've read), but if it veers down this path again I'll have to give up on him which I really don't want to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18726)
    Performance
    (8586)
    Story
    (8617)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Wow. Just wow."
    Overall

    What a book, what a character in Lisbeth! If you like the kind of book where you can cheer out loud...

    This is it.

    Excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Richard Russo is a master"
    Overall

    This is my third Russo novel, after Nobody's Fool and Straight Man, and it's my belief that Russo is perhaps America's greatest current novelist.
    This is a beautiful book, with characters that are as richly drawn and as unique as some of Dickens' most memorable.
    And McLarty's narration is perfect, as always.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bay of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Here are the trademarks of Stone's greatest fiction: the American embroiled in Third World corruption, the diplomats and convert operatives, the journalists, idealists, and opportunists. Yet in Bay of Souls, the author's sights are set inward, to a place where politics is superfluous, experience unreliable. Never before has Stone probed so intensely the psychological depths of one man's mind. What he finds there defies expectations.

    Bill says: "A Haunting Book"
    "A Haunting Book"
    Overall

    This is a very good book, adeptly read. It does take a fairly jarring turn about 3/4 of the way through, which may have turned off some of the reviewers.

    There are several memorable scenes here that will stay with you long after you finish this, which makes it well worth the read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1105)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Wilson Gets Sci-Fi Right"
    Overall

    A very good book. This is what science fiction should be, IMHO. The setting is clearly strange and the apocalyptic mood is clearly there, but the story is about the characters. The last 1/4 of the book is excellent (and haunting) sci-fi, and for the most part you do care about the characters and the world they inhabit.
    Great job!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Incendiary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When a woman's four-year-old son and husband are killed in a suicide bombing at a London soccer match, the woman writes a letter directly to Osama bin Laden to convince him to stop his attacks. The woman then takes a job helping the anti-terrorism effort, but outside her doors, the world feels like a war zone, and it pushes her to desperation.

    Bill says: "Interesting idea, well done"
    "Interesting idea, well done"
    Overall

    An unsual story, told in the form of a letter to OBL describing the effect that an AQ attack on a London football match had on her and her young family.

    Well told by a very likable everywoman lower middle class letter writer, narrated to perfection by Susan Lyons.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1063)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Connelly is the most literate suspense novelist"
    Overall

    What a great writer Connelly is. What a great character Bosch is.

    If you appreciate both fine literature and excellent suspense, read all of the Harry Bosch novels, and particularly this one--one of his best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alias Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    In the astonishing work by the author of the best sellers The Robber Bride and The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes listeners back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 19th century.

    Michelle says: "Incredible!"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    Wow. What a book, what a performance... As a Margaret Atwood fan, I listened to this book even though it was abridged, and was not disappointed: Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (614)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "An Excellent Suspense Novel"
    Overall

    What a great book--a psychological thriller that is not in the least bit dated. Excellent characters make this one of my favorite books. And George Guidall adds to the experience with his flawless narration (including 20-character Russian names!). Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

    Amber says: "Exciting!"
    "Coben Keeps Getting Better"
    Overall

    Excellent book, nearly impossible to put down. Coben packs more twists and surprises into one book than most suspense writers do in a lifetime. And Scott Brick is at the top of his game here: A masterful reading.

    If you like suspense novels even marginally, you should love this book and this performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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