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Jene

Northbrook, IL, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

    Jene says: "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    Overall

    I find this book fascinating, because it is detailed and complete. I am an American and a friend of the late Helen Snow, have lived in China off and on for many years, and am knowledgeable of China's recent history,culture and some of the players. This book answers many questions I have had. The only problem - and it is disturbing - is the narrator. His pronunciation of the Chinese names is so far off the mark that I had to stop now and then to ask myself, "who is he talking about?" Or I would find myself thinking, "Oh, he means ___" This is disturbing. Even though many non-Chinese liseners might not know the difference, it is such a fine presentation, backed by years of painstaking research, the narration is irritating, and falls short in this one area. It seems important to me that the narrator know how to pronounce the names of the recognized leaders of modern China. But this is the only limitation I find- I am listening slowly to get every word! Thanks!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (675)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "Simple Genius"
    Overall

    The story's good, suitably intertwined plot stories, but the narrator, Scott Brick, made staying with the story stressful He tells the whole story, speaking for men, women, a child, and his voice was always the same. Once in awhile he tried to sound like a woman, but he lost it in the middle of the sentence. Plus it is tiring so many nasty people speaking at the same tone of anger... Scott Brick's tone? And the friendly discussions, same tone of discussing. Tiring, and seriously interrupting the feeling of being in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "I am Lost!"
    Overall

    The author claims she doesn't let the reader get lost, that she brings along the story, the history, from one book to the other. I missed a book, which one I don't know, so I am lost when she talks about her husband (where did he come from) and her rape by detective Marino, not to mention other characters of whom I can't recall. I am her fan, but I wonder how I can find the books I missed, read them first, then come back to this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "The Broken Window"
    Overall

    This is the worst I have tried to stay with. The narrator is terrible, I will judge buying future books by his name, when I see it I won't buy the book. Too many repititions of lists of evidence, and too much confusion as to who is talking. Female narration? Awful. The book finished in the middle at the end of part two??? So I give up. The idea for the story is good, but so long and drawn out - I wanted to know how it ended, but couldn't get there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Michael a.k.a. "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility.

    John says: "Art Appreciation"
    "Colorful"
    Overall

    Overall, this would make a good movie! Colorful paintings, colorful characters and a slick plot. I could see what they were doing in my mind. bit hard to follow but I am a listener who gets interrupted a lot, and has to rewind. Or I fall asleep getting my toenails done, but that's my problem. A bit hard on the ears with the constant "f" word. Didn't like that. Tempted to "read" the new book by same author,at least not yet, not up to the same narrator? "f words? and similar sounding plot... maybe.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.

    Julie Campbell says: "Realistic and riveting"
    "Hard to follow."
    Overall

    I stayed to the end in order to see how it would end and if it would end. It was a bit hard to follow. I found the husband rather irritating and wishy washy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Street Where You Live

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In the gripping new novel from America's queen of suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked - despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Browse more from Mary Higgins Clark.

    Jared says: "Very well done..."
    "On the Street Where You Live"
    Overall

    This would have been a so much better listen with a different narrator. She is trying to give a feeling of suspense, I guess. But it is very aggravating that she tends to try to give this impression by a certain breathiness in her voice delivery in the narration. And why does she end every sentence on an up note. I find myself longing to hear a definitive sentence. This is an aggravation I have to mentally block in order to stay with the story.

    Actually I live most of the year in China, and rely on Audible. Books in English are not easily available here. Audible is truly a blessing!! Thanks!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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