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Joyce

hendersonville, NC, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (871)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "scholarly"
    Overall

    I would give five stars for the excellence of the research. Letters written by our founding fathers provide details perhaps not generally known today. For myself, I needed to fast foward through far too many parts, although this may speak for my own dislike of detail about the politics of the time. I wished for more personal details about the characters and more information about life during this exiting period of our history. I just got bored after the third section. I do recommend this book for those who like historical detail about "what happened when".

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "dreadful"
    Overall

    I have forced myself to listen to the half way point. I cannot identify with, or empathize with any of the boring, tedious, unbelieveable characters. The constant footnotes are incredibly annoying and have no point that I can see...at least not so far as I have listened. I have decided to abandon this book....something I rarely do, because I simply don't care about the characters. There is no plot so far, and I am trying figure out why I even bought this book.
    Spare yourself.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12830)
    Performance
    (5193)
    Story
    (5233)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "good listen"
    Overall

    My only criticism is that the book is perhaps a bit too long. Not a lot too long...just a bit. There was a time towards the end that I felt it dragged. This is a wonderful example of historical fiction at it's best. Well researched, I learned a lot about the day to day life of 12th century England. The author manages to involve the characters in important historical events of the time. I recommend highly.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others - to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband, and grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next 24 hours, this searing, fast-paced audiobook explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate.

    Rebecca says: "Life isn't nice and tidy"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. As one reviewer notes, it is not a happy story. However, it is a real story about real people. The author goes back and forth between what is happening now, and memories of what happened at an earlier time. Through these memories, we come to understand the characters, although I did not necessarily like all of them. I highly recommend this book. Well narrated. I couldn't put it down!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (222)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Keeping Faith"
    "just awful!"
    Overall

    Jodi Piccoult is has a formula for her newest books. This is yet another book about a mother traumatized by the possible loss of her child. Long boring uninteresting trial takes up half the audio. I had to fast forward to get through it. I loved her earlier stuff, so I was very disappointed. I personally disliked the narrator who over acted each part. I cannot recommend this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yasmina Khadra
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected, dedicated surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He has learned to live with the violence that plagues his city and works tirelessly to help the victims brought to the emergency room. But one night, a deadly bombing in a local restaurant takes a horrifyingly personal turn, when his wife's body is found among the dead, bearing injuries that match those typically found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers.

    Diana - Audible says: "Powerful"
    "good listen, somewhat biased politically"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the story. It was well read, and explores the aftermath of a suicide attack from both the Israeli and Palestianian perspective. I feel that the author attempted to present a non biased story to demonstrate the horror that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become. I believe that it is important to note that the Israeli "atrocities" are all in response to suicide bombings. The pain inflicted on the Palestinian's following such a suicide bombing is explored in detail. There is no exploration of the pain of the families of the children blown up by the suicide bomber. That being said, the story is well worth a listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nancy Black
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters on a daily basis. So when she receives the awful news that her son Nathaniel has been sexually abused by her family priest and is so traumatized that he's now mute, she knows better than anyone that she cannot trust the courts to protect her child. Certain that she can do a better job, and convinced she is taking the moral high ground, she shoots the priest in cold blood at his arraignment.

    Debbi says: "Don't waste your time on this one"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Jodi Pocoult. This is the first of her books that I really disliked almost from the beginning. Perhaps it seemed worse because the narrator so overdramatized the thoughts and words of the protagonist, particularly in regard to the child. The character of the mother was unsympathetic and not to be believed. Furthermore the "surprise" at the end of the story was not explained, was not plausable and nearly impossible to have occurred. Pass this one up.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4715)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2770)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "a disappointment"
    Overall

    I usually choose my audible selections carefully, reading reviews, etc. This book was so very disappointing. The protagonist was not be believed. I simply could not emotionally connect to him at all. Furthermore, the story line is poor and the implication at the end of what became of the missing children was almost funny...because it is so unbelievable. To make it worse, this book goes on and on. This is also the very first narrator I have felt was simply not very good. He annoyed me. Skip this one.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5116)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1349)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "good read"
    Overall

    The book follows the lives of two women over a period of 40 plus years. Set in Afghanistan, the tale is set against the history and politics of this country about whom most of us know so little. I come away from this book with a new understanding of the rise of the Taliban, the role of the US and the USSR in the political history of that country as well as a deep affection for the characters of the story. Good narration as well. A book worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5779)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2422)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "just wonderful!"
    Overall

    a magnificently written, beautifully narrated story of hope in the midst of despair. A must read! I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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