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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7439)
    Performance
    (5670)
    Story
    (5684)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "GREAT STORY!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The reader was great! The story, the protagonist, the reader: I loved them all!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The grim reaper's thoughts throughout the whole book. There were many times when he spoke of carting people away, how tired he was, or how tenderly he cradled them, beautiful writing.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, unfortunately I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible. Long and emotional; but I would say to get it; listen to it for one sitting and you will be hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO THIS BOOK, if you want an original story that is beautifully written, a wonderful reader, and most of all characters that will make you laugh and break your heart. I have read this book, but oh so glad I listen to it. I did cry several, well more than several times, so be careful if you are driving and listening. I will also add, my husband reads SF and Mysteries, and he enjoyed the story but it was not his favorite, so some people might not enjoy it. But I would say give it a try because if you like it...you will LOVE IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (609)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "A Teen Mystery!"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Len Cariou?

    Maybe.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader did a good job; the story was just not that good for me. On the other hand, I did buy the book for my grandson. He, age 13, is enjoying the story very much.


    Do you think Suicide Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think young teens would like to follow the young hero.


    Any additional comments?

    This is was one of the first books I downloaded and did not notice it was for teens. But it was entertaining for a short road trip we took up to the mountains. Plus I found a good book to buy for my grandson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barchester Towers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Penguin Classics presents Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers, adapted for listening and now available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. The text is read by the actor David Timson. Trollope's comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed. Soon a pitched battle breaks out over who will take power, involving, among others, the zealous reformer Dr Proudie, his fiendish wife, and the unctuous schemer Obadiah Slope.

    Barbara says: "Always Do What is Right!"
    "Always Do What is Right!"
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    If you could sum up Barchester Towers in three words, what would they be?

    It is Right and Just!


    What other book might you compare Barchester Towers to and why?

    Other Trollope books for sure. It is always about morals, ethics and doing what is right no matter the consciousness. Of course in his books there is always a good ending, but the ideas behind the decisions are good to read, good to ponder. Great ideas for discussion in a book group.


    Have you listened to any of David Timson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will. Enjoyed his read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh, the endings of a Trollope novel are always the best moments. I love how they turn out, how doing "The Right Thing" is always the right decision.


    Any additional comments?

    Many summers ago I read 5 or 6 of Anthony Trollop's novels; this was one of them. But the reader was so entertaining, and the parts of the book that take place in America are so fun to listen to and visualize. I did enjoy every hour of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6622)
    Performance
    (2441)
    Story
    (2453)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Who Knew?"
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    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Listen. Learn. WOW!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The reader.


    What about Richard Matthews’s performance did you like?

    FANTASTIC! This is a one of those books that, for me at least, would be very hard to read. Many foreign names, places, scientific words and phases..so much easier to just listen and enjoy. Matthews has a charming voice; loved hearing him read.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much in this book; it is hard to listen to it all in, say a long airplane trip. I found it overwhelming at times to learn so much in an hour, no sometimes, in 10 minutes, I was gleaning information so fast, I often had to stop and rewind. However; that is what I enjoy about the book. One can listen for hours; put it away and come back to it, no problem with trying to remember a plot; it is all new and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby: An 87th Precinct Mystery, Book 41

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    A babysitter and the child she is watching are murdered on New Year’s Eve — just as a gang war over drug trafficking erupts and puts one of the detectives of the 87th Precinct in mortal danger.

    Barbara says: "How does McBain keep them coming?"
    "How does McBain keep them coming?"
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    What did you love best about Lullaby?

    The cadence of the story, like an old "Drag Net" episode of the 60's. A reader/listener will either like the cast of detectives; a strange group, except Steve Carella, or they will not. Like any detective SERIES, and McBain has a long list of books in his 87th Precinct series, the books get better the more one reads them. But back to the cadence of the story; it is slow and repetitive much like, I would imagine, the real like task of tracking down a killer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Carella is what all cops should be: a good man, a wonderful husband and father, and one who always gets his killer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A good reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest to anyone who does not know this series to start from the first. Knowing the detectives makes this group of mysteries different than others. But be careful; if you enjoy them, if you begin to care about them, you are in for HOURS AND HOURS of story time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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