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Sharon

Eclectic, veracious reader hardcover,paperback, ebooks, and audible books. Also have an appreciation for many types of prose.

North Miami Beach, FL, United States

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  • The Triumph of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion - Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Rome's legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made king - the first such that Rome has had in centuries. And that not all of his opposition has been crushed.

    Carol says: "Finally a reader I can listen to"
    "Good start for people fascinated with Rome"
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    Would you listen to The Triumph of Caesar again? Why?

    I might, especially after reading other books about the same subject and time in Roman history. I liked the fact that the information is not just written down, as in most books. This book is written by an investigator and his informants, so the information is passed along in different ways. It's very cleverly done.


    What other book might you compare The Triumph of Caesar to and why?

    Imperium is a history of Cicero not Cesar but is written in a similar way.


    What aspect of Ralph Cosham’s performance would you have changed?

    He was good but a little monotone. I don't think he did very well with the female characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did not cause an extreme reaction but I think that was because of the historical content of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was not the best book I have read about Rome but it did add many interesting facts to what I already knew. I'm glad I read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    A community in the southwestern United States falls prey to a plague of vampire bats with a virus which compels them to feed on everything in their path. Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling novels, Gorky Park and Polar Star, mixes Indian mythology with virology in this masterful thriller.

    S. Burrows says: "Excellent book."
    "Natures Murders"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pacing of the book is slow and steady. It needs more tension to increase interest and keep you wanting to turn the preverbal page


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe a preface beforehand about the Indian culture involved, more character development. The characters were a little flat


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

    Good narration but he didn't change the speed an detention often enough


    Was Nightwing worth the listening time?

    Yes, for sure, that's why I was so frustrated by the things I mentioned in the review


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Catcher

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Katsuk, a militant Native American student, has kidnapped 13-year-old David Marshall - the son of the US undersecretary of state. He and his young hostage flee into the deepest wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where they must work together to survive as teams of hunters try to track them. Even as he struggles to escape, David begins to feel a certain amount of respect for his captor. What the boy does not know, however, is that he has been chosen as an innocent from the white world for an ancient sacrifice of vengeance. And Katsuk may be divinely inspired - or simply insane.

    Sharon says: "Mentally challenging"
    "Mentally challenging"
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    What did you love best about Soul Catcher?

    Looked at the challenges different people have when there culture and religion is not shared by the majority of people. Very philosophical and challenging book.


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

    Yes, but not because of the storyline. The need to continue reading is based on the need to uncover your own opinions and compare and contrast them to the authors.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The soul catcher


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

    The ending was extremely moving and touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Herbert is always ahead of his time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Bites: Argeneau Vampires, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (503)

    Etienne Argeneau’s 300 years of bachelorhood were at an end. Either that, or he’d be forever alone. He could only turn one human in his lifetime, and most of his kind created a life mate. If he turned this stranger…. But what choice did he have? He had to help Rachel Garrett. The beautiful coroner had saved his life. To save hers, he would make her immortal.

    A User says: "This is NOT Book 1!"
    "This was a disappointment. I expected more"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So-so.


    Has Love Bites turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read many other similar books and enjoyed them more than this one


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very upbeat and kept me reading. Her narration improved the book in my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (442)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "Cute and cleaver"
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    What made the experience of listening to FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor the most enjoyable?

    It had less filler than the usually series does


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgiana


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

    She has a really believable accent it makes you feel like she lives in the context of the boom.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first book in the series and was not impressed with it, that's why I was so surprised that I truly enjoyed the short story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (544)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Fascinating book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written and narrated. Pinot confusing or melodramatic.


    What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

    His voice was easy to listen to but he needs to work on his ability to do female voices . His were not realistic and made the narration a little choppy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You don't have to believe for it to be real!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable as fiction or nonfiction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (390)

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

    Clydene says: "This is the First Need to Listen for 2012"
    "Missing tension needed to have you turning the pag"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lighten it up a little. The story is very heavy and progresses slowly to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson again?

    Yes. I've liked many of there other Dune books more than this one.


    Do you think Sisterhood of Dune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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