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Amanda

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Rough Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Dispatched by the President to report on the state of troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent , Blake Johnson, runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead.

    Jesse says: "Suspended in mystery"
    "No impressive"
    Overall

    Not much to say... you will forget it shortly after you read it. 2 thumbs down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17408)
    Performance
    (11606)
    Story
    (11498)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Wayyyy too long"
    Overall

    I love long stories but not this one... went on and on and on with details that were not necessary. The story was good but i would go with an abridged on this one...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (895)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    I liked the story... very action packed and great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3278)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1615)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Very interesting story... lots of action and great characters. Wasnt thrilled about the ending but all and all, a great listening novel :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "What a heart warming story :)"
    Overall

    Felt a little slow at the beginning but once the story got going, what a nice surprise.... i almost cried at the end even though i knew what was coming. I will recommend this book to anyone that likes a good hearted story... reminded me of the movie Forrest Gump

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (338)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Horrible Horrible Horrible"
    Overall

    I have never read anything so meaningless, plotless, and confusing. Names so close, you couldnt tell who was who, there was no main characters, it just jumped around. Im shocked at anyone that would rate this more than one star... i have read a lot of books and never rated anything this low.. but i was just so disappointed :(

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him.

    Virginia says: "The Woman In White"
    "I liked this book"
    Overall

    Wasnt the best ive read but not too bad. I was dissapointed with the narration as the voices change and its confusing but pretty good story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (449)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "If you are a woman, you will hate this"
    Overall

    I'm sorry but this was horrible... very long and drawn out on wayyy too many details. The speaker was horrible and i was very disappointed. Ladies, its more of a male book with details of one death after another.. chose another book!!!

    0 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Details details and details"
    Overall

    I really wanted to read the history but wayyy too many names that all sounded the same and very complicated to understand. Unless you are an avid follower of the details, this information goes in one ear and out the other. However, i did learn a lot and was very distressed of what really goes on in this world.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    Former game warden Pickett is now a special agent reporting directly to the governor. With someone targeting elk hunters, Pickett must head off a potentially deadly showdown when a flamboyant anti-hunting activist rolls in to town.

    Brad says: "This is a really exciting thriller"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    This book was ok. I was surprised at the end but other than that, i wouldnt recommend it at full price.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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