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Lafayette, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 32 reviews
  • 284 ratings
  • 1936 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Exceptional and Enduring"

    Before you click over this title, stop and ask why has Orson Scott Card's books endured? Because of Ender. Ender and the concept that children can think endure tragedy and triumph even under the most difficult of circumstances. The magic of the full cast narration and the humble but magnificant brilliant ending will leave you breathless. If you love science fiction it is a must have. If you are 50+ and want to indulge in psychological thriller this is for you. If you are a teen looking for who you are you will find it in this book... no matter who you are the story will grab you and you will be challenged by this book to think and imagine, which of course is what books are all about ..

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Glib, Not Truthful, Sanctimonious"

    Rarely write reviews. I listened to the entire book. I found someone wrote this book who has no empathy for the human beings that suffer from cancer. An attempt to be funny and flighty and oh how wonderous our cancer cure journey has been... seriously why not take this seriously? Because it is a 1 trillion dollar industry. There are cures and treatments that work. The problem is that people like this author and the FDA and the Cancer Institute and Big Pharma will never let those treatments see the the light of day. One word: Burzynski, watch the just released movie and weep. This is the most important story of cancer you will ever read, not this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Gripping from Page 2 to the End! A Perfect Plot"

    This is for serious detective procedural fans and it gets all 5 stars for characters, plot and prose. The best part is that there is an echo of John Corey's Plum Island humor in the main character whom Robotham pulls, pushes and shatters his psyche and ours to the very end. I found this book hard to stop listening to. You will not be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
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    Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

    John says: "Dripping With Local Color"
    "Taut, Complex in Every Way Fantastic Listen"

    Peter Temple knows how to write characters, deep, with history yet brevity of prose, the plot is multi-layer, reminding me of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I loved the narrator, taking a bit of time to get used to the Aussie accent and colloquialisms. Short sentences, searing scenes, this book was gripping until the last sentence. Highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Fantastic Book"

    My husband and I breathlessly finished this book and gave it as a Christmas present to several friends. Rave reviews, "better than you hoped for" and in one hysterical moment my friend called me after listening to first file and asked "who is the 80 year old man with the flower pictures" only to learn he listened to part 2 first!! In any event, he loved it, and has now finished part 1, this book works from either direction. I compare it to Shadow of the Wind, the Sirius Crossing, longer books which take care and time developing beloved characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spies of Warsaw

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
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    Autumn 1937: War is coming to Europe, and French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue.

    Darwin8u says: "If not 1st among spy rivals, a decent place/show"
    "The Real Deal in Espionage Stories Fascinating"

    Lt. Col. Mercier is a complex yet loveable man, who is highly intelligent and thrust into a benign role as handler prior to WWI in Warsaw. The plot which draws him into an ever tightening circle of intrigue dovetails unexpectedly and omniously with the feel of a true story prior to the invasion of Poland during WWII. What is best about Alan Furst's books, especially this one is that you are immediately in Warsaw and Paris in Springtime, at that time at that moment, every detail, every nuance enriches the story.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Minette Walters
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey

    In 2002, five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connie's suspicions that he's using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf ears -- but she's determined to expose him and his secret.

    Yennta says: "Just Stunning!"
    "A Real Novel & Mystery Thriller"

    This is a great listen, the characters are highly crafted, the plot incredible to the last word... whatever negative reviews there are must be looking for a fast moving book... this is the older tradition of unfolding and moving within the multiple plots a Peroit quest by an upstart smart woman journalist ~ and yes the first chapter is explored in depth later in the book so you will read all about it ~ but the prose is beautiful and the narration one of the finest on audible ~ English country side, old families with and without money, new politics and a taste of ad hoc terrorism delivered in a personal psychopathic way and rewarded twice over :) ~ If you love Mo Hayder's books, or Shadow of the Wind, this book is for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
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    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

    Terri says: "I'm cross too"
    "I know but it dragged"

    I know you are supposed to love this hero, but the book it just dragged and dragged.... very slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance

    With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

    Alicia A. Jenson says: "The Best of Britain's Mystery Writers"
    "Completely Original Thrilling Story"

    This book is astonishing. Almost a perfect plot. The skill of Mo Hayder as an author shines in this book, you live and breathe the air and hear the sounds and experience fright. I was fascinated well after the book ended. The narrators were remarkable. You will not be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Pale Battalions

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Tony Britton

    Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off on a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope. Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's father. The date of his death is recorded as April 30, 1916. But Leonora wasn't born until March 14, 1917.

    Luvzhorses says: "Tricky!"
    "Great Evolving Novel of Intrigue"

    In Pale Battalions is my first book by this author. The book is an authentic journey back to times after World War I and II, and an epic story of several generations of a family with several murder plots of which none of them became self-evident until the author was ready to reveal... this book is both literature and a study of characters so well developed you can hear them long after you have finished reading. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "This Book has Plot!"

    Coming away disappointed from DeMille's latest "Wild Fire" I landed here and this book has a plot that works, and is based on historical events. The plot simultaneously takes place in several locations around the world including South Africa and starts off at Everest. The story is what held me, and I actually prefer Grover as a narrator and have no problems with his narration it added to the book for me. I was particularly pleased with the scientific mysteries intertwined including the tug between Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum physics. The mystery of the retreat of the Germans and the lost infant detailed in the first chapter is revealed at the end just when you think you have it all, a suprise ending. I loved it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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