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Douglas

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  • Red: Book Two, The Heroic Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (212)

    Red centers around the heroic rescue attempts of Thomas Hunter to save both worlds. With the devastating realization that he has unleashed death into both worlds, he now must figure out how to undo this evil all while trying to save his true love. From meeting with world powers in one world to leading a small band of mighty warriors in the great forests of the other world, Thomas is determined to change the history of two realities, or sacrifice all in trying.

    Deanna says: "Best of the best!"
    "low-carb second serving"
    Overall

    Not nearly as good as "Black", the first novel in this trilogy, and you would have to read that one first to understand this book. "Red" has some very good scenes, but is mostly a long narrative, with not much happening. While it is entertaining, it's just not as captivating or imaginative as I had hoped for. Maybe Ted Dekker is saving up his best ideas for "White" - the third in this series?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Men at Arms: Discworld #15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (511)

    MICHAEL says: "Decent character development, poor audio quality"
    "Discworld whodunit -"
    Overall

    This one starts out slow, but hang in there through the first 30 minutes & you'll be hooked on a great story. Terry Pratchett weaves a detective mystery, disc-style, about the theft of a potentially equillibrium-upsetting powerful weapon: The Gon.
    Carrot, Vimes, and the other lovable characters of The Watch are on the case, even enlisting several non-human new members as crime fighters. The production quality of this book is not good, nor is it Nigel Planer's best verbal effort, but true discworld fans will have to listen anyway...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (290)

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Curtis says: "Should be Section One, not Book One"
    "enchanting"
    Overall

    Is it a fantasy? Allegory? Mystery? This book is hard to define, keeping you guessing about what is "real" and what isn't. Timeless Christian themes are woven skillfully throughout the story. Author Ted Dekker creates refreshing, entrancing landscapes in the Colored Forest while contrasting it with the stark (yet seductive) forces beckoning from across the river. Some of the very original descriptions of Elyon's people and their innocence brought tears to my eyes. While there is lots of fast action, character development is rather spare. This is an excellent escape and a well-done book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

    Dianna says: "Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic"
    "mediocre"
    Overall

    Tony Horwitz uses his immersion in Civil War environments as the background for his real quest: searching for his own identity. With only shallow American roots, he probes the heritage of Southerners
    to see what make them so fervent about their past. He discovers racial division and strife mingled with honor and decency, but doesn't seem to find in his travels the personal significance he yearns for. Well-written, with lots of good Confederate details.
    I agree with another reviewer that this narrator's accents were very
    annoying, but the author's constant cynicism toward anything "modern"
    was more so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Buffalo Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    From the best selling and critically acclaimed author of Trans-Sister Radio comes a hauntingly beautiful story of the ties that bind families - and the strains that pull them apart. "Bohjalian writes honestly and often movingly," says Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal calls it "tender...[written] with poetic skill."

    A.W. Nadine says: "Touching, and Sincere"
    "A long ways to nowhere"
    Overall

    If an audiobook doesn't gain my interest in 6 hours, I don't have enough hope to continue. The second half of Buffalo Soldiers may have been great, but the author never gave me any reason to care about what happened to the characters. We gain no insights into what makes them tick, or why they bother to interract. As the story slowly continued, it never really progressed. I love listening to books to pass the time along my journeys; this one took me nowhere.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Continent: Discworld #22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

    Douglas says: "No worries, mate"
    "No worries, mate"
    Overall

    Either you get it, or you don't. For those who "get" Terry Pratchett and his madcap enchantment of Discworld, this book is another delight.
    Rincewind, the hapless galactic runaway, finds himself unintentionally stranded in the weird land of XXXX (pseudo-Australia).
    He also runs through a string of acccidental heroics wherever his sandals set down in this sun-scorched continent. Pratchett goes to great lengths to poke fun at everything Australian (especially the names) and wonderfully entertains us in the process. Meanwhile, the
    "real" wizards back at home are desperately seeking Rincewind to help them cure the Librarian. Good story, good laughs, time well wasted.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night at 60 below zero. Here, for the first time, is their story of legendary heroism and endurance.

    Pete says: "Read This Book!"
    "just enough"
    Overall

    I love stories about the human spirit, and people who rise to meet the most difficult challenges. The Cruelest Miles is such a story. You find yourself agonizing over the terrible disease raging through Nome, and cheering heartily for the brave men fighting to stop it. It has a good balance of Alaska lore and the day-by-day account of the race against the epidemic. The narrator was very pleasant, never getting overly dramatic. It is beyond me why people would choose to live there, but their self-sacrifice and spirit of co-operation are inspiring. There is also an unabridged version of this book, but 5+ hours of bone-chilling descriptions was enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    His body hung suspended between two friends, his soul between two worlds...In the wake of a suspicious accident, Jake Woods is swept up in a complex - and dangerous - murder investigation.

    Also from Alcorn: Dominion.

    "caveat emptor"
    Overall

    Yes, this book contains explicit Christianity carefully woven throughout the story. Do we dismiss other books because they contain elements of Buddhism, occultism or New Age? I agree with another reviewer that it would be more helpful if Audible gave specific information about the content of its titles; but whose judgement do we trust for "evaluation"? I found Deadline to be very entertaining,
    with a rapid-moving plot and well-developed characters. Narration was excellent, with several distinguishable voice interpretations.
    Randy Alcorn has a wonderful interpretation of heaven, and describes it expertly. The mystery takes a believable path, and leads us to a satisfying conclusion.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Dan Chaon
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In this haunting, bracing new collection, Dan Chaon shares stories of men, women, and children who live far outside the American Dream. Each story radiates with sharp humor, mystery, wonder, and startling compassion. Among the Missing lingers in the mind through its subtle grace and power of language.

    Jannice says: "Among the Missing - you can miss this one"
    "Endings are aming the missing"
    Overall

    Dan Chaon pens some very appealing passages in this collection of eerie stories. His viewpoint seems to be that detached and dysfunctional people are under the influence of various supernatural
    essences. I'll go along with his premise, but I can't go along with the way his stories don't end. They simply stop. It was like being back in high school Creative Writing Class, where you're dropped into the middle of a plot and forced to make up an ending. I felt cheated; if I was creative enough to come up with good finishes, I'd be a writer instead of a reader.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "The Human Side of Death"
    Overall

    Does Death have a soft heart (metaphorically or otherwise)? Terry Pratchett takes us on another wild, contorted tale where we get expanded insights into the sentimental wanderings of Death Personified. This 7-foot tall skeleton tries to get a better understanding of humans by posing as one of them, but through all his misadventures, he just can't seem to get the hang of being alive. If you like the Discworld stories, this one is the best of the best; lively characters, rapidly changing plot, and another excellent narration by Nigel Planer.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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