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Lisa

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  • Red Square

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    In the summer of 1991, Arkady Renko has returned from exile and is back on the homicide squad in a newly democratic Moscow. When Arkady’s informant, Rudy Rosen, and his underworld bank-on-wheels are consumed in a ball of fire, Arkady finds himself in an investigation that points to the heart of Russia’s decaying infrastructure.

    Richard Delman says: "Another fantastic novel by Martin Cruz Smith."
    "Not as good as the first Books in the series"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book really seemed to lose something that was present in the two previous books of the series. I just came away from this one feeling like a lot of the magic in the characters, as well as the political intensity that provided the backdrop of the story was somehow diminished, or missing completely. A lot of the things that I fell in love with regarding this whole series was based on the difficulties of investigating crime in a country that purports that there can be no crime. Combined with the political impossibility of constantly trying to work while being watched by every political organization in the country — both legitimate and not — and you simply have a setting inherently intense as far as criminal investigation. So, I think going into this one was potentially a let down because of the fall of communism, and how it really relieved a lot of the suspense and intensity that are evident in the first three books. I just started feeling like this book was just one more static detective novel, degenerating to a carbon copy of so many of the other ones that are out there.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (486)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    Cam says: "not able to go beyond the 1st of the 3 sections"
    "Sometimes You Just Trip Over Books Never Expected"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sometimes I pick up a book, strictly because the cover intrigues me. This is one of those. It also helped that I have always been a vampire aficionado, but I get frustrated with the same old story told over and over and over. This is one that drew me in because it is set against a more historical origin of the vampires myths than the Bram Stoker rendition. Cast on the backdrop of the Carpathian mountains -- I really enjoyed the story. And yes, the characters are a little shallower than I like. (Or maybe stereo typical is a better term). But that was easily overlooked since it was the story line that captivated me with this one.

    Abby Craden does a great job of reading this one, which added to the enjoyment of the book. There is something about the cadence of her voice that really makes this book -- and turns it into one of those books that I think would be better to listen to than to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "Sometimes You Just Love to Love a Book"
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    If you could sum up Juliet in three words, what would they be?

    This is one of those books that I have read and listened to numerous times. I still love it, and everything about it. This takes the worn out renditions of Romeo and Juliet and turns it upside down. This isn't Shakespeare's version any more.

    I particularly love the setting of Sienna in this book. The setting really makes this book -- and it also makes you want to plan a trip for Italy next week! I really enjoyed the setting, culture, and backdrop of the more historical approach to the possible origins of the Romeo and Juliet of literature.

    Some of the characters are little predictable, but I fell in love with them and love to read and spend time with them on a regular basis anyway. And Janice -- she is one of those characters that I just love to hate.

    The book is actually a compilation of two different stories -- the modern and the historical, and brings them together to form an interesting, literary, and enjoyable whole. This is one that some may not like -- and in a lot of ways it is pure chick lit. But it is one that I fell in love with the first time I read it -- and I have to keep coming back to it every now and then because I just love everything about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Desire: Dark Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger... of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness. Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her. But was she to be his healer... or his prey?

    Marcheta says: "Narrator a big improvement over previous version"
    "Not as Good as the First in the Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of those series that I originally started mainly because of the dark overtones that is appeared to have. When it comes to vampire lore I love the more non-traditional version, grounded in more the history than the myth - but still with the dark and mysterious feel. So far this series has proven to be just that.

    Grounded in the origins of the vampire legends -- namely the Carpathian mountains and the original asserted origins of vampires in general -- this book and series does a great job of incorporating the two.

    Jacque, however, isn't quite as strong a character as his brother, Mikhil. And the story line, or at least the way this one was built, doesn't help that feel. The inability of the main character to have no memory of his life, or how his fractured mind got to be that way, made it hard to really connect with him as a character.

    Shay was, however, a more well rounded character than Raven (Dark Prince). She is more grounded in medicine and science -- which makes it a more interesting approach to the concept of science confronting myth and fiction.

    Overall -- the story was ok -- but it became a little burdensome by the end. It just started to feel exactly like the first one -- but much more removed from the historical references -- and more anchored in the romance. But I do enjoy the darker nature of the romance, and the Gothic feel overall.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending a little cliche. The vampire was one that was interesting -- and it could have been figured out if you were familiar with the story line of the first in the series. Also, there was simply a feeling that too many story threads just weren't quite pulled together.


    Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

    I didn't really have a favorite in this one. Although the dark nature of Jacque is very intriguing. Her rendering of most of the characters is along a mysterious vein -- and she does a good job of capturing and entrancing the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3259)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1595)

    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"
    "Reading Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"
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    Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far my favorite so far. This book is a great example of why I love to read!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shantaram?

    I couldn't narrow this down to just one moment. This book is haunting in its scope -- and stayed with me long after I put it down. I just wanted to start reading it all over again!


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    The authenticity his performance brought to the voice of the narrator -- which in turn added to the overall effect and feel of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. This book kept me awake at nights contemplating not only the story and characters but the author, and the deeper themes and issues the book deals with.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I just can't recommend enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

    George says: "Bloody Feet and All"
    "Better than I was anticipating"
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    What did you like best about To Try Men's Souls? What did you like least?

    If I am to be totally honest, this is a book that I have put off reading, no matter how badly I wanted to read it because of the politics of one of the authors. And it is not my intention to open a political debate in this forum — but this book is a great representation of not so much judging a book by its cover, but rather judging a book by its author. So going in I was prepared to dislike this book from the beginning. However, I came away greatly surprised. Choosing the appropriate story, of course, is half the battle in any book. And in this one, the authors met with success. There are few books that are in story format that tell about the American Revolution — and yet it is a time that simply invites stories because of how amazing the entire war really was! But after choosing the appropriate story, it comes down to how gifted is the author in the story telling. And, without identifying where all the gifts may lie — this book is well worth the read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles.

    Mike says: "Impressive!"
    "Kay is a very talented author"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I am so excited I picked up (or rather downloaded) this book! Sometimes I find that I am looking for something new — a new author, a new genre, or something just off the beaten path. This one certainly fit the bill — all the way round. This is one of those books that you start to read and just loose yourself in, forgetting the world around you. The story is both interesting, and unique — something that I didn’t feel like I had read it a thousand times before under different titles. And Kay really has a gift for character development and depth. Set in ancient China, this book is different all the way around, and well worth the read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (638)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "Wonderfully wicked, and morbidly perverse!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love Dexter -- his gallows humor, his psychopathic insights into evil, and his amazingly insightful perception of human nature is what keeps me coming back to this series. I don't like the television series much -- but the books are worth the read! This one is no exception -- another Dexter classic of perverse entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Double Dexter to and why?

    The evil twin of the Harry Bosch series.


    What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reading performance. Lindsay really brings Dexter to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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