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  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "Dissapointing, but still worth reading."
    Overall

    I have read about 100 audio books in the past year. I love fiction and non-fiction and I have been disappointed by only a few of these audio books. I was disappointed by this one. As a Catholic and a Christian I didn't mind that one of the main characters was an unchaste priest. The author, who I would guess is also Catholic, did a good job explaining the inconsistencies in this good priest's moral character. What I didn't like about the story was the feeling it left me with when the main characters started dying off without any apparent reason for their lives. This left me with an empty feeling. Lifes without meaning may be true to life but good fiction should be more clever. I had the feeling this was an early novel by an author not destined for greatness. As an American, who like most American's love Australia and Australians without knowing very much about either, I wasn't bothered by the American reader's bad Australian accent, but I would be bothered by someone pretending to be knowledgeable about Texas who couldn't speak our version of English correctly. Incidently, President Bush is fluent in the Weat Texas version of English. We are proud of our mispronounciations and we are proud of him. I did enjoy learning more about the Australian Outback, a place that seems a lot like West Texas, one the most unique and beautiful places in the world, in a hot and dry sort of way.

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (894)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Old Sci-Fi well worth reading."
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    Among the best of Isaac Asimov's novels. Certainly ahead of it's time. The characters are engaging. The story is imaginative and plausible. Better than the average Sic-Fi novel, and this novel has aged very well, which cannot be said of very many Sci-Fi novels from this era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Dersch, Gerald Chapple (translator)
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not an engaging book."
    "Not an engaging book."
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    I don't think anyone reads 2 star ratings, so I won't be putting a lot of effort into this review. I don't like admitting that I read this book twice. I only defense is that the book is not very memorable. I really don't know why I kept reading through to the end either time I read this book. The characters are not engaging. The plot is predictable, banal. Oddly, the author pits the Catholic Church against the forces of evil without acknowledging that any good exits within the Church or its agents, as though the original Dracula conventions are being adopted by an author who is at best a non-believer, which is I guess what you would expect from someone who chooses Vampires as his subject. It could have been a much worse book, hence the 2 star rather than a zero or 1 star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Kim Staunton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (495)

    Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

    Kirsten says: "Octavia is awesome!!"
    "Well written & performed but depressing"
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    I read a book about the Holocaust that was uplifting and filled with joy, The Hidden Room, an autobiography by Corrie Ten Boon, but the hope it that book was the result of the internal characteristics of that author, and her Cristian faith. Every books about slavery I've read has been less than uplifting, as you would expect, but Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northrup was well worth reading because it is a valuable and credibility first hand account of an institution everyone should understand in order to ensure that such an evil institution never returns as a legitimized institution during the remainder of the age of mankind. This book, as a work of fiction, unfortunately, can't squire that credibility, no matter how well written, and so is just depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (651)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "A well written and narrated novel."
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    This is the 1st Greg Iles book I have read. I listened to the audiobook and it was read competently and the novel was easy to follow. There were occasional references to what must be former novels in a series, but reading this as my 1st novel in this series did not detract from enjoyment of this book. I will read more novels by this author. I rated the book 5 stars overall, and 4 for both performance and story because there is much more to a novel than these 2 aspects. The book probably deserves a 4 1/2 star rating overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss says: "AMY AND NICK DO IT AGAIN WITH THEIR AMAZING VOICES"
    "Listening to thus audio book was a painful experie"
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    What disappointed you about Vanished?

    I think it might be a romance novel disguised as a mystery, but the most painful aspect was the reading by Amy McFadden.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next Jack Teacher novel, by Lee Child, or maybe another Chet and Bernie mystery by Spenser Quinn.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden ’s performance?

    I am posting my review of the audio book version of this novel because I think the author is in part responsible for the painful experience I just suffered at the hand of Amy McFadden, the reader of this novel. I assume the author played a part in writing the words that allowed Amy McFadden to torture me. The author also probably played a part in choosing Amy McFadden to be the reader, and aside from the painful listening experience, the writing was a little bit weak. I don't think a female FBI agent would speak or think like an adolescent girl with no real life experiences. I paid for this audio book and I will be asking for a refund. I quit reading 2 hours into the book because the reader, at that point, seemed to be almost constantly drifting into and out of a voice that was filed with rising hysteria, an hysteria that was so uncomfortably realistic that it took me back to the worst memories of my childhood. Maybe you're immune to the feeling of nausea, revulsion and impending doom that I feel coming up in the back of my throat as I hear the unwarranted anxiety growing in this female reader's voice as it rapidly approaches true hysteria, but I simply can't stand hearing it, not even once, and I was subjected to a nearly constant repetition of this painful narrative device. I did not enjoy being tortured by this reader. Maybe I am being unfair to Kendra Elliot, but this unpleasant experience has me now considering limiting my audio book selections to books written by and read only by men. I may even avoid books who's author's use initials in lieu of a clearly male first name to hide their gender, and I may even start ignoring reviews written by women, or reviewers who seem to be trying to hide their gender identity. I am beginning to think that women really do think differently from men, and I don't think men are the ones with the problem. As you may have guessed, I also can't stand romance novels, especially those written by women where they feel the need to describe, in uncomfortable detail, exactly what they enjoy during a sexual experience with a man. Gag me with a maggot, which would be less unpleasant. I suspect Kendra Elliot has romance novel tendencies. I will never read another book narrated by Amy McFadden or written by Kendra Elliot.


    What character would you cut from Vanished?

    The main character, the female FBI agent.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mean to be unkind, I am just trying to protect unsuspecting readers from the painful experience I just endured for two hours.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Interrupt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Hunter Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China - but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

    C. L. Turner says: "Please. Shoot this story."
    "I read the whole thing."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some parts almost read like a romance novel, cringe, so maybe a 1+ star rating for some women, 2 star if you are 12 years-old since the work is sophomoric. Reading this book was a painful experience, so maybe 3 star if you are a masochist, which I might be since I finished the book. The pain grows worse as the book plods along. I think I finished this book to punish myself for having purchased it. I should have read the derogatory reviews more carefully, and after rereading the 5 star reviews for this book I think I will never again read or believe a 5 star review. From now on I'm going straight to the 1 and 2 star reviews before buying a book. I really don't like trashing an author. I know they work hard and have a lot riding on the success of each book, but this author should do his readers a big favor and find a productive way to spend his life. It isn't right to make your living by making others suffer. I love Sci-Fi but not fantasy. To me, good Sci-Fi must be plausible and the author should know more than I know about the science that under pins his story, which is not really that high a bar to clear. I am no Albert Einstein. Fantasy novelist don't even try to clear that bar. Their books are sheer flights of imagination, based on science that seems more like magic. That must appeal to magical thinkers, readers who's average age in 6 to12. Fantasy that thinks it is science fiction is just sad, and this book is an example. For me this book was almost unreadable. I deserve some sort of award for reading it through to the lackluster finish. This story is disjointed and it read as though it had been written by an adolescent who has just completed puberty, thinking he has great knowledge, but you don't know what you don't know, a legend in his own mind. Maybe the narrator is partly responsible, maybe not. He did not seem to make the book sound more adult but that may be the entire fault of the author. I read most of this book as an Audible recording. It might have been a better read on a Kindle. I am so happy Kindle offers refunds. This is the first book I have returned. If I could return it to Audible I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another Jack Reacher novel. He is my alter ego.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hunter Davis?

    Scott Brick.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and maybe a little anger at the people who wrote 5 star reviews for this book. I think they must have been paid, or maybe they are just not from around here, like in a Steven King novel, maybe another dimension.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have said enough. You have been warned. I have done my duty, just like Jack Reacher. Like Reacher, this time my duty involved what some might consider murder, so I'd better stay low and keep moving. In my defense, I think my review is a mercy-killing, not a murder. Jack Reacher almost never feels bad about the people he has to hurt to do the right thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    R. Moore says: "A tad short of excellent"
    "Christians will like this novel, might bore others"
    Overall

    This is a Christian fictional novel by Ann Rice who returned to the Church in 1998. This is a great book if you are interested an orthodox, well researched book about the life of Jesus, the Christ as a child of 7 or 8 years old as His family returns to Judea and Nazareth from Egypt after the death of King Herod. The book is unusual because it is told in the first person from the perspective of the Christ Child. The book is very thoroughly researched and covers a time in the life of Christ that few Christians think about very much. I was fascinated. The book uses some information from apocryphal gospels, one about the early life of Christ as a child. I believe this early apocryphal Christ Child gospel is not heresy but is simply a fictional account of what Jesus' childhood might have been like, told in the third person by a believer as respectful as Anne Rice is in this account. I learned a lot, and I am surprised I learned so much because Jesus Christ has been the focus of my life and learning for a long time and I consider myself a scholar, but Anne Rice's scholarship far exceeds mine. She makes me feel like an amateur. I am impressed. The reader sounds like a 10 or 11 year-old boy and he is perfect for the part. He does a very professional job reading this book. I cannot recommend this book more strongly.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Land That Time Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    When adventurer Bowen Tyler is taken aboard an enemy submarine, he never dreams that his voyage will end in a land where time itself is prisoner. But in the uncharted seas at the bottom of the world, Tyler and the crew of the U-33 discover the mysterious forgotten continent of Caspak, where the savage denizens of a thousand lost ages roam vast primeval jungles.

    J. Milici says: "The Land That Time Forgot"
    "Edgar Rice Burroughs best book."
    Overall

    This is the first of a 3 book set and is the best of the series and the best of Edgar Rice Burroughs book I have read so far. I?ve read 6 of his 60 books, all in the last week, so his books are fairly short but agreeable and satisfying. They are fantasy and the science behind them is a little thin but they are full of action and daring, with a little romance. They are enjoyable to read. The reader is very good, professional and well suited to this book. A lot is left unexplained so you will want to finish the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Time's Abyss

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    On Caprona, the Land that Time Forgot, all of the world's savage past still lives. Here are dinosaurs and flying reptiles, here are the most primitive of cavemen and the last of the Bronze Age barbarians. But there is one more secret that the claws and fangs and sharp-edged spears guard most of all. This is the story of the man who tried to find that final secret. When Bradley the adventurer dares to cross the last terrible barrier to the heart of Caprona, he enters a world of wonder, terror and danger beyond the imagination of any man - except the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable and very short."
    "Enjoyable and very short."
    Overall

    The reader is good but he reads a little too fast. The prose occasionally feels uncomfortable. The story is fantastic and not very believable. Caprona is the Land that Time Forgot. It is a fairly large island near Antarctica, warmed by volcanic processes, protected by 1200 foot sheer walls along it?s entire periphery, the result of a huge volcanic explosion that blew the top off of a gigantic volcanic mountain in the prehistoric past. It is a sanctuary to a prehistoric world where the laws of evolution took a different twist. Like most science fantasy of the 19th century, the story isn?t very believable so you will have to suspend your scientific skepticism to a much greater degree than is required for most modern science fiction. The book is worth reading because it is enjoyable and very short.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pellucidar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In this sequel to At the Earth's Core, David Innes vows revenge and returns to the Inner World of Pellucidar to rescue the beautiful Dian, who had been torn from his arms by trickery. However, his return trip places him far from the land of his beloved and he is forced to undertake a desperate journey thousands of miles across the fierce inner earth to reach her.

    Amazon Customer says: "A story for all ages."
    "A story for all ages."
    Overall

    James Slattery, who read At the Earth?s Core, the first book in this series, was perfect. Patrick Lawlor does a good job, except for an occasional character?s voice. This book is more similar to a Jules Verne fantasy than modern science fiction. The book was written in 1915. The story line contains too many remarkable coincidences, but the story is easy to follow and I did enjoy the book. The book is PG but it would receive an R rating today because of violence. These are the stories I wish I?d read as a child but they are stories for all ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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