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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "The scare is in the human nature under stress."

    There have been so many really scary stories from King where the fear comes from the external environment. Great scares! This story studies that the real scare comes from within human nature. Under unreasonable, undeniable external stress, humans can act unnaturally scary. This story studies how a core of rotten characters added to a crew of extremely susceptiple folks; can twist a normal community into a terrifying place to be. And, isn't the most real of tangible of fears those that come from inside?

    - Suzanne

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán

    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

    Darryl says: "Marquez is great, awaiting 100 Years"
    "I guess it wasn't what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Gabriel García Márquez and/or Armando Durán?

    I felt trapped in a merry-go-round of stories from beginning to end. No, if this type of flashback or revisiting or out of order storytelling is the style, I would not be interested in another book by this author.

    Has Love in the Time of Cholera turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not if I understand which time period it is referring to and the treatment it receives.

    Which character – as performed by Armando Durán – was your favorite?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Then narration helped the interpretations; but couldn't fix the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I have never asked for a credit back on a book, until now.

    2 of 4 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

    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"
    "Not quite what I thought it would be...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter Sea to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love the hearing the various brogues; but, wouldn't want to read them. That adds so much.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Susanna Kearsley? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like the style, but I was disappointed in this book at the constant repeats of phrases.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Absolutely, the goodbye scenes were powerful. It wasn't my favorite, but made me cry - weep - when the Heroine says goodbye to her daughter. The cut curl exchange absolutely put me over the edge.

    I did love the author's expressed appreciation of the sea and how the sea was in her blood.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Winter Sea and why?

    The Adm. Uncle was my most memorable character. I love the way he was always watching, protecting and teaching. Also, the author wove him in and out of the story with what he had been doing somewhat of a mystery at times. In many ways, he actually was the hero.

    Any additional comments?

    Why was I disappointed? When I read the summary of the book, I thought that it would be historical in nature with some writer's license to build the historical characters into the story to help bring facts to real life. Specifically, why would the author spend so much time in Paris and yet not really tie it into the story? And the story in history hardly told is still - in my mind - still hardly told. Maybe I just missed something in the message carriers coming and going and the ships fighting. I definitely didn't get the Queen's interest in the heroine.

    With all that said, I did really enjoy this book and will no doubt listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Long, detailed and kept my interest for every word"

    With such a long epic as this, many characters are introduced. Cronin did an excellent job of developing each character as the story moves along, so that the reader stays involved and concerned about what will happen next. He brings out a depth of discussions on violence, love, deceit, philosophy, action, morality and purpose of life through the characters in such a way as the reader can't help but ask one's self about those issues in real life.

    It is a long book. I got a lot more housework, yardwork and ironing done than I realized because I just didn't want to stop listening just yet. Usually, I would pick up another job just to get to the end of the current chapter. As I approached the end, I was still concerned about the characters future as I continue to reflect upon my own changing "Passage."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    adam says: "Not good"
    "Not quite what you think!"

    I am a true fan of strange happenings set in our world - scientific mysteries that may be or could be real. This book took me on its twists and turns of scientific observations and deductions while developing the characters into people that you care about. Don't assume that you know what this book covers by the title. And, like good mystery novels, it is fun to see how soon in the story you deduce "who done it!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Women-secular lives in a biblical era"

    Raised as a strict protestant, I think I know the Bible pretty well. This author took an era out of the Old Testament and spun a compelling story around the land, the lifestyles and some facts out of the Bible. But, what I liked the best about this book was a deep exploration of women and their relationships in a very male dominated world. Sharing and caring for each other throughout their lifetimes takes on a larger impetus than in other times and places. This close examination of their lives helped me re-evaluate my own relationship with the women in my life.

    9 of 11 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

    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"
    "delightfully different perspective"

    If you enjoy getting a history lesson by hearing a well written story set in an era, you should love this book. Besides becoming very fond of the primary characters, I felt truly enlightened about how life was "back then." Spanning a period of many years can be difficult to follow or to care about if not handled skillfully. I felt this author did a terrific job of aging the characters while building their history. Also, this book provided a different perspective on a culture that heretofore I felt was rather boring, shallow and primative. Go ahead, read it and stretch your mind.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "OK Sci Fi"

    This is my idea of a good sci fi read. I didn't see the twists coming and they kept coming. The consistency of the "facts" as determined by the author was refreshing. I wasn't distracted from the story line by criticising flaws. One issue I had with this book was trouble really getting close to or identifying the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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."
    "Intriguing and repulsive"

    The style of storytelling was grey and bleak which built on the feeling of what the story was telling. I was disturbed by that sense of hopelessness; and at the same time, was totally drawn into the character's personality. It was fascinating to me to have an entire book be both intriguing and repulsive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Does Not Disappoint"

    I have come to appreciate the thrilling twists and turns of Stephen King. This book does not disappoint one of that expectation. I loved the detailed descriptions of the scenes and feelings of the hero. Just when you think you know where it is going, it changes. Don't think you will figure out the end too early and what fun to have all the loose ends weave into a fantastic fabric of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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