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AJ

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • In the Face of Jinn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cheryl Howard Crew
    • Narrated By Bryce Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Two American sisters, Christine and Elizabeth Shepherd, are on a silk-buying trip in India for their business in California. After Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Christine is compelled to challenge the ineffectual U.S. and Indian bureaucracies and venture alone, with various strangers as guides, to find her sister. Disguised in the traditional female garb of some Islamic cultures, Christine continues her search in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She navigates the mysterious tribes of the Pashtuns, has a dangerous encounter with the Taliban, and learns to fear the "Jinn", the devils that dominate the superstitions of the people she must understand in order to survive.

    Lisa says: "Don't waste you time or money"
    "Captivating"
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    This book caught me in 10 minutes and carried all the way through. Although there were events too improbable to survive, the depth of expression to describe life in central Asia is remarkable. The performance is top notch with amazing clarity of voice and accent. Listen to this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (443)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Absolutely fascinating"
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    The fundamental premise (no spoiler alert here) is a deep consideration of controversial technical possibilities.... And the basic compliance of human nature is surprising.
    The performance is excellent. Really a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman's Crossing, Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Hugo and Nebula Award finalist Robin Hobb crafts intricate fantasy tales featuring larger-than-life characters and exotic landscapes. Nevare Burvelle was born to be a soldier in the Gernian army. But as Nevare's career takes off, his worldview alters considerably. Corruption and nepotism reign, and now Nevare questions his own ideals, wondering why he continues fighting for the empire.

    Clint says: "Good Book"
    "Just too slow"
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    I loved the other books by Robin Hobb I have read and really wanted more. But this tale drags on and on... I give up less than half way through the book. I suspect he will eventually get to the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2012)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A truly unique historic fiction"
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    I enjoy historic fiction when it closely approximates actual events as does this book. The author does this in a very unusual way mixing 18th century events with modern events and it totally works! The narrator does the Scots brogue beautifully. All around a great listen, and the listen is much more interesting than the read due to the narrators talent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11463)
    Performance
    (10333)
    Story
    (10397)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "An interesting concept of a possible future"
    Overall
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    This story clearly takes place in Chicago some long period into the future.... much of the infrastructure of Chicago has decayed but there are plenty clues to the city's identity.So it seems the story takes place in a post apocalyptic future even though the author never says so. Through this book the character development is great and the notion of innate tendency is taken to almost religious fervor as the people are divided into factions based on their innate drives. Interesting enough to move on to the next......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing.

    Julie M. says: "good childrens story"
    "Nice prequel to a myth"
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    Performance
    Story

    The story is short and sweet, but with little development. the reader does a fine job with the Scottish accent. Fun short tale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Scott Turow at his best"
    Overall
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    I have now read enough of Turow's work that I usually get the punchline before I get to the end of the book.... But not so with this one. The tale is believable and complex and holds the reader's attention all the way through. I recommend it highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (433)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Disappointing finish"
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    Story

    Each of the books in this series captured my attention with complex story lines and characters, great narration and unexpected twists. This book never brought it together.
    The quality of the narration is still there but the story never makes sense and leaves the reader up in the air. If there is to be another book in the series to wrap this all up, I can honestly say I've lost interest and won't bother with any more

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1198)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Creative tale, Excellent performance"
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    Performance
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    This book continues the story started in Old Man's War focusing on the Special Forces in general and Jane Sagan in particular. Just as I thought I'd had enough of the tale, it kept evolving to develop the universe and personalities in much greater depth. While so many science fiction stories about humanity's expansion into the universe revolve around the same basic themes, this series is wholly different. There is limitless variety of species / races. Humans come in all the real varieties, not just good guys. I haven't enjoyed a story in this arena so much since the Ender's Game series. I will most certainly finish the entire series and probably look for more from John Scalzi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1670)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Absoutely must listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is less about one husband's secret than all the secrets and misunderstandings that push our lives along. Cleverly crafted and beautifully narrated! I've recommended to all my friends who are books listeners and book readers. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3206)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2229)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Unexpected pleasure"
    Overall
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    Story

    As the story began, I was captured by curiosity. As the story developed, it looked briefly like a series of battle descriptions. Just as I thought I'd put it away, a whole new twist in the tale recaptured my full attention. The narration is great and the story builds to a thoroughly human and plausible conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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