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New Paltz, NY, USA

  • 9 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 427 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"
    "really, very good"

    Russell Banks is an excellent writer and this book is an excellent listen. It is very well read and the sound/engineering is very good. Banks' characters are drawn with unromatic honesty, sometimes a bit harshly, but that is true to the perceptions of the narrator. This would probably be a good book club selection, lot of fodder for chatter. No one in this book makes a truly human connection with anyone else and in some way that undercuts the horror of the completely benighted mayhem that overtakes them. But the context is good and the pacing in subtle but very effective, you will be moved when he wants you to feel something. Whereas it is a totally engrossing book, I am still stuck on the fact that Hannah never did really want to find her sons.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"
    "the book of night women"

    Simply a beautiful novel. I have never encountered such an brutally honest story before that takes you so completely into the lives of these women. If you are faint hearted or prefer not to look the truth in the face, skip this book, but if you want a listening experience that you will never ever forget, this is the one.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadowkiller: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Scott Hansen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bigfoot wants revenge! Just as Jaws terrified people right out of the water, The Shadowkiller will keep readers out of the woods...for good.

    Nathan says: "Excellent!"
    "it could have been so much more"

    This book starts out pretty good, gets a little silly but maintains enough of an edge to keep you listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Face

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.

    Peggie says: "Entertaining"
    "not bad"

    This is a pretty good Koontz tale. It gets a little flakey and the ending doesn't really satitisfy but Frick is really cool.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of Rome's first 1,000 years - from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capital of the most powerful empire in history.

    S. Caruso says: "Excellent Feel for Ancient Rome"
    "A good listen"

    Saylor is always good and this is a good book. He paints excellent pictures of ancient Rome and his take on the important events in Roman history is refreshingly candid. If the book has a draw back it is that it should probably be two books at least. The time span he covers causes him to have to travel lightly over over a lot of the topic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Deerslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Deerslayer is the first of the Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Here we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. The action begins as Bumppo, called "Deerslayer", and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Oswego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty. Hutter's floating log fort is attacked by Iroquois Indians, and the two frontiersmen join in the fight.

    Bill says: "things were slower them"
    "things were slower them"

    The pacing on this will make you anxious if you are used to fast paced run and shoot stories. The recording is not bad, and the reader does a good job on his characterizations. However, things were slower back then, a lot slower, a lot slower. Nattie's ruminations on his na'ter and his preachification on just about everything gets you to the point where you may skip a few tracks. But all in all, it is a pretty rousing story, very good scenic imagery and background. I hit a deer while listening to this book in my car so......

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "awful, awful, awful"

    This one costs me a perfectly good credit on my monthly balance. It is horrible and really annoying. I set myself up. I jumped on the author's name, I didn't read the review or synopsis and I got burned like Wiley Coyote. The characters and plotting are so LAME and the premise is mind bogglingly stupid. The fun in these kinds of novels is that the scenario is implausible but it has a kind of eerie, creepy kind of 'why-not' 'what-if' aspect about it to make your skin crawl. This does not! Circhton has always played with technology and made it interesting because it had a real impact in the drama of the story. This is like an engineering inservice lecture with NO FUN.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birds Without Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Louis de Bernieres
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.

    Augie says: "Not for the faint of heart"

    I say 'haunting' because it is several weeks since I listened to this book, and the characters still reverberate in my head. The reading is wonderful, it captures the inflection and state of mind of the speaker. The reader is also very versitle and when he switches characters you don't get lost and you begin to actually seen the world through the character's eyes even while you marvel at the shape and strangeness of their world. The world he creates is every bit as articulate as Faulkner's. The big flaw in the book is the whole Kamel Ataturk sequence. After the finely textured lives and lines of the active characters, these passages just go flat. The author is seeking to situate his characters within the larger social context, but sometimes it gets lost. His Koratavok, Polixinee, Memenchik, Philotae, Rustan Bey, Tamarah-hanum and all the others will stay in my mind for a long, long time.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"

    I cannot say enough about this book. Pressfield is excellent. If you like historical fiction, if you like detailed battle descriptions that do not depend on gore, if you like the feel like you are actually in the culture and time of the characters, this is a book to get.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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