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Charmaine

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3522)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2449)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Do not miss listening to A Prayer for Own Meany!"
    Overall

    John Irving is an outstanding wordsmith and storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this very well crafted and entertaining story exceptionally narated by Joe Barrett. Very entertaining! I'm hoping Audible will make the many other books written by John Irving available soon. More Joe Barrett too please :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Door Away from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

    Perk4me says: "Koontz outdoes himself"
    "Dean Koontz Is The Master Of Fright!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dean Koontz is the Master of fright! He is a fantastic Wordsmith who weaves intricate and absorbing tales with a wonderful balance of menace and humor. His writings often draw attention to current affairs or situations of concern or interest.

    One door away from Heaven parallels three lives successfully which finally merge together as one. His love of dogs clearly shines through in this interesting tale of the bizarre and sinister.

    Anne Twomey reads this book very well and in no way detracts from the story or irritates in any way.

    Worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    Carmen says: "Epic"
    "Interesting and enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thoroughly enjoyable! The 'special effects' are very interesting and imaginative. The story is well written and flows well from chapter to chapter. It is basically about the War of Revenge on the Shattered Plains, about tactics, chasm duty, bridge runners and the lives of the people caught up in military camps, strange cities and each other. It's not short on heroes or villains. The story is unusual and the most excellent narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make this a pleasure to listen to from page one. Initially Michael Kramer tends to sound slightly monotonous but soon you become enthralled by the way he fleshes out the characters and makes them instantly recognizable. Spend the credit if you like fantasy :o)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (993)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Moving and very interesting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Man's Search for Meaning again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again since there is much to be absorbed in the telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's first hand experience and insight is invaluable and very moving. So often information is not based on personal experience but the teaching of other people passed on to the reader. Dr. Frankl not only survived this terrible ordeal but wrote it down for us to read and learn from.


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

    Simon Vance is an excellent narrator and reads with sensitivity and intelligence.


    If you could give Man's Search for Meaning a new subtitle, what would it be?

    This would require a lot of thought.


    Any additional comments?

    This small book evokes a lot of emotion in the listener and gives an invaluable insight into the human character on the road of survival. If our behaviour as humans is of interest to you then this book is a must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of ‘virtual autopsy’ - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta’s home.

    Lia says: "Good book"
    "A very good listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Port Mortuary again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I mostly tend to listen to the books I buy more than once since I often miss a lot first time round. Leave it for a few months and it's like a new book again.


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

    The plot, like all Scarpetta novels, was great.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    She reads very well and I like her entire rendition.


    Who was the most memorable character of Port Mortuary and why?

    I remember most of them but mostly the bad guys seem to hang around in a person's memory.


    Any additional comments?

    If anything, it was too short. I love long books with interesting and cunning plots and lots of twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff: Discworld, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (305)

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

    phillip says: "An eye popper of a title to google - "Snuff"!"
    "So Entertaining."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 to be better than the print version?

    I find a well read book hugely entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 to and why?

    Any of the Disc World books. I like the continuity of the quirky Disc World characters who pepper the pages from book one in the Disc World series, The Colour of Magic to this last one, Snuff. Wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Page one to page last :o)


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Disc world fan then this is for you and if you have never heard of it then do yourself a favour, buy book one and start listening. You will be hooked very soon just like the millions of Terry Pratchett fans world wide. I would have liked Nigel Planer to read this although Steven Briggs does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1337)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "So passe!"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Eckhart Tolle and/or Eckhart Tolle?

    No, thanks. Boring reading and uninteresting material. If you feel the need to embark on a spiritual quest there are thousands of books better suited than this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows of Doom: The Iron Tower Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dennis L. McKiernan
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The winter had begun. At Gunnaring Gap, the valiant Riders of Valon began their charge. And though Challerain Keep lay in ruins and butchery had led to the capture of Princess Laurelin, heroes strode forth from the ranks of Men, Elves, Warrows, and Dwarves to turn the tide of doom. And across the land ruled by unnatural dark, freedom flickered and burst into flame...

    Charmaine says: "I wish I could ask for my money back."
    "I wish I could ask for my money back."
    Overall

    This review covers all three books of the Iron Tower.

    I have already listened to this story...it's called The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien. I don't understand how The Iron Tower Trilogy has been published as an original work. If the author would have at least tried to tip his hat to Tolkien and written 'his trilogy' as an addendum or supplemental story to Tolkien's work it might have been a bit more acceptable. Way too much weeping, teary eyes and hoods over the head as well. A teeter-totter?? Unimaginative use of a very childish term for a fantasy story. Audible: Can I please have my money back??

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2: The Little Death

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (28)

    Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle - the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich - with whom Hammer has a violent history - thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims.

    Charmaine says: "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer"
    "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer"
    Overall

    The Stories are what they are, old fashioned now, with vigilante stabbings and shootings aplenty. Accompanying the Mike Hammer and Velda characters there is always sexual undertone. I enjoyed the wonderful voice of stacy Keach and his rendition of Mike Hammer. It's well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1694)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Read this little book"
    Overall

    When I first read this book, I had a hundred objections and questions written down to ask the author until I realised that this is not about my journey but about his. THEN I started to see the value of his sharing his deepest journey with me. Thank you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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