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Evert

Burtonsville, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (357)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Debra says: "Very disappointing"
    "If there were negative stars"
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    Please don't get this book! I've been a Laurie R. King fan for years but with this latest iteration of Mary Russell, King has jumped the shark. Jenny Sterlin's wonderful reading can't save this plodding, pointless bore of a book. If it were possible to give negative stars, I would. Most of the book consists of Mary complaining about something or another (shut up already!). No sleuthing or detective work every really takes place (once she looks around someone’s room), Holmes does absolutely nothing except play violin. All the drama is confined to a few paragraphs at the end – which are not worth wading through all the pointless detail to get to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1208)

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Benjamin says: "Good book, bad audio"
    "We should get a replacement!"
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    I'll not review Jordan's writing. If you're into the story this far you are obviously a fan. I will however review the sound editing. This is the WORST recording of his books, or even of any book to which I've ever listened! The sound quality is good, the narrators are excellent but the editing is terrible! Sentences and even whole paragraphs are repeated. Gaps/pauses are frequently too long. How could such a hack job even be put out there? I would send it back under Audible's return policy but then would be with out this book. Audible, demand this book be fixed and then give us the corrected version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Whether listeners are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open listeners up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love. In contrast to the usual understanding of the "Good News" as a message offering satisfaction and certainty, Rollins argues for a radical and shattering alternative. He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark.

    Evert says: "A Lot to Think About"
    "A Lot to Think About"
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    What a breath of fresh air! To say "I know," in the context of theology, is a form of idolatry. Understandably this is not an idea that will fit well with conservative and evangelical Christians. After all, the basis for various denominations is "we have insight into 'truth' that you don't." We "know!"

    Rollins destroys this assumption brilliantly. That been said, it is not necessary to agree with everything he says to appreciate this book. I purchased this book based solely on the subtitle "Breaking our addiction to certainty." During the first chapter I started to wonder. Rollings makes a big issue of a sense of loss that we all feel, is at the core of our being, and has something to do with the birth experience. Well, maybe, and as my teenager would say "Whatever!"

    Once past that, however, I became captivated. I would urge all believers to read/listen to this book. Yes, it will make you uncomfortable but it will make you think.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7676)
    Performance
    (5277)
    Story
    (5314)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Wow!"
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    Any new fantasy epic bares the burden of being compared to Tolkien and Jordan. Given this hurdle I was not expecting to like Brandon's entry. In looking at its length, I wondered how I was ever going to make it through. Brandon's world in this book is so new and strange, unlike anything I've read before, that I began to believe my fears and hesitation were justified. Am so glad I hung on long enough to start to feel grounded in his unfamiliar terrain.

    This is a masterful work. Reading and Kramer are wonderful. After 45 plus hours I was still disappointed to reach the end. Book two is too long in coming! Do not hesitate to use a credit on this epic (what a bargain!). If you find the footing unsure, the world too strange, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4043)
    Performance
    (3706)
    Story
    (3696)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Mistake!"
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    I was looking for something new to listen to and got this based on the reviews. I swear, anyone who gave this four stars or more doesn't know good a good story if it slapped them upside the head! One reviewer even described it as "Tolkienan." What?! The writing lacks depth, the characters are wooden and one dimensional. Even my 14 year-old son found it boring. Lacking anything else at the moment to listen to I plodded through it. Then, stupid me, knowing I had a long trip coming up, I got the second book in the series. My mistake, I got five minutes into it and realized I just couldn't plod through it. I deleted it and broke out my Sudoku book. If you want true depth read Tolkien, Jordan, or Sanderson.Unfortunately, their quality is hard to find.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Narrated By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection.

    JO-ANNE says: "OUTSTANDING - SPIRITUAL RENEWAL"
    "Sorry Audible."
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    Five minutes into this book I realized I couldn't listen to it. Sorry Audible, for me, I had to stop the recording and run out and buy the physical book. This book is one to savor, to linger over and contemplate, to write notes in the margins. But for those who can absorb the profound through just listening, this would be a great use of a credit!

    I have no regrets having the book in both formats for now that I’ve read the paper version, I can now go back and listen to it on my iPod and learn even more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4162)
    Performance
    (2721)
    Story
    (2752)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Howard says: "Great Military Science Fiction"
    "A Really Fun Ride"
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    I have now listed to the complete series and can say without reservation that I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a good ride without any expectations Jack Campbell delivers. His attention to detail in space warfare along with realizing the limitations of gravity and distance is remarkable. Plot lines are straight forward and interesting. There is no pretense of deep philosophical meaning or intent, just good fun space opera.

    If I had one minor negative comment it would be that humans advanced enough to travel faster than light should also have figured out how to communicate instantly over vast distances as well – quantum entanglement. After all we’re in the process of doing this now in the year 2013. Nevertheless, these books remain a very good ride and I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2042)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Louise says: "Over the Top - and not in a good way"
    "Enjoyed it (with a small "but")"
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    Scott Brick is excellent as usual. I gave him and the story 5 stars but the overall score only 4. Perhaps not logical but while I enjoyed my first foray into Harlan Coben's work and even recommended it to others, I have one minor quibble: The main character's heart breaks, turns to dust, shatters or whatever just a little too much.

    That being said, it is still a fun ride that will keep you guessing to the very end. It is a unique thriller that won't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1138)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Can anyone say "Paul Newman"?"
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    I bought this book based on some of its reviews. Mistake! I found it uninspiring, all too predictable and lacking depth. I hung on until the end as I had nothing else to listen to at the time and was rewarded only in having my lowered expectations confirmed. From the get-go I kept thinking of Paul Newman in the Verdict with regard to one of the main characters and was unsurprisingly correct in the connection. Unlike some reviewers promised there were no court-room heroics or drama for that matter. So not the best legal thriller I’ve read or listened to by far.

    0 of 1 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
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (611)

    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.

    Victoria says: "You will be glad you selected this book"
    "A Must Read, but.."
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    I have become a huge Louise Penny fan and this is a "must read" in the on-going and thoroughly enjoyable Gamache story. However, this book is not one of her finest. First I was troubled by the use of the wealthy, dysfunctional family stereotype. Enough already! Wouldn’t it be more interesting for a change to have a murder in a rich family where everyone got along? The family in question is in fact so dysfunctional that other than the stalwart Gamache none of the characters are appealing – even Peter and Mary from Three Pines – leaving no one with which to identify. Also, the red herrings are way too obvious and finally there is the use of the ultimate cliché in mystery stories or at least a version of it. I won’t say more lest I give what little there is to give away.

    That being said, this should be read if you’re interested in the continuing saga of Three Pines and the development of its characters. Plod through it because the next installment is much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Change

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation.

    Sue says: "Sea Change"
    "Vintage Parker"
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    Yes, there's a lot of "he said, she said" as other reviewers have complained. But if you are this far into the series you've learned to live it, or it just doesn't bother you anymore. It is vintage Parker and fans should enjoy this as much as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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