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ANN ARBOR, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Jumps around but keeps you hooked."
    Overall

    I think that the story might be easier to follow if read instead of listened to, but it was still highly entertaining. The narrator is very good at switching between French, Spanish, Russian, and English characters. Its almost like Dickens the way all the characters come together. I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10504)
    Performance
    (9998)
    Story
    (10016)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "100% entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is great for those who like stories about the "Human Endeavour", for science nerds, or those who want an excellently written thriller. I first heard about this book in a podcast years ago, couldn't track down a hard copy of it anywhere and was excited to see it finally pop up on audible.
    The narrator does a great job of balancing the comedy and drama in this book.
    Just plan entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Great Characters, Fantastic Writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though both are written well, I've enjoyed Todd's Bess Crawford mystery series more than the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Both take place during or just after WWI, which is an absolutely fascinating time period. It's obvious that Todd has done quite a bit of historical research on the war, which certainly adds to each stories' atmosphere.

    The plots might sometimes be a bit of a stretch, but they have enough truth and "believability" so that I've always really enjoyed them.

    The characters are the best part. They are so well developed, they're the reason I've gone through the whole Crawford series. After I'd used my Audible credit on the first book and finished it, I instantly purchased the second book so that I wouldn't have to wait a whole month to see how each character's subplots progressed.

    The narrator's voice sounds a bit too cold for me at times, but again, each character's personality is very strongly written so that towards the end I wasn't bothered by it.

    I thoroughly recommend this book. If you want your characters a bit darker, I suggest the Rutledge series as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well. However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered.

    Kathleen says: "A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery"
    "Entertaining performance, Addictive story lines."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though both are written well, I've enjoyed Todd's Bess Crawford mystery series more than the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Both take place during or just after WWI, which is an absolutely fascinating time period. It's obvious that Todd has done quite a bit of historical research on the war, which certainly adds to each stories' atmosphere.

    The plots might sometimes be a bit of a stretch, but they have enough truth and "believability" so that I've always really enjoyed them.

    The characters are the best part. They are so well developed, they're the reason I've gone through the whole Crawford series. After I'd used my Audible credit on the first book and finished it, I instantly purchased the second book so that I wouldn't have to wait a whole month to see how each character's subplots progressed.

    The narrator's voice sounds a bit too cold for me at times, but again, each character's personality is very strongly written so that towards the end I wasn't bothered by it.

    I thoroughly recommend this book. If you want your characters a bit darker, I suggest the Rutledge series as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (337)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "A Classic But Poorly Performed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can't beat the story. It's fantastic, but the narration (especially for the female character) is annoying and ruins the story. I can usually listen to a good audible book over and over again, but not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1023)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Alright"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really love a good mystery novel, but I really couldn't get into this book. It was entertaining, but also felt flat. Possibly it was the narration or the storyline. It just felt like it was slowly chugging along.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (626)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Entirely engrossing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got far too distracted from work listening to this book. I had a wonderful time listening to it not only because of the plot and writing, but also because of Stevenson's careful and fluid narration.
    I've listened to it multiple times now. I thoroughly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Tim Curry, Rob Lowe, and others
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (256)

    A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection.

    Walter says: "Great short stories!!"
    "Not the most creative, but interesting. "
    Overall

    It will keep you entertained, but its not King's most creative work. The narrators are very expressive and keep the stories at a good pace. Satisfying and interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (821)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Sappy but interesting. 2 1/2 stars really."
    Overall

    I'm usually all for a Jane Austen type of romance, but even this book was too sappy (especially with the background music). Its an entertaining read but not the best. There seemed to be far too many coincidences for even a fictional/fantasy book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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