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Cheryl

Rochester Hills, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Shroud Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Brought back to life on an operating room table after a horrific car crash, Father Paul Bartholomew is haunted by frightening visions—especially the moments when he seems to inhabit the body of Christ at Golgotha.

    Matthew says: "a page turner BUT a caveat"
    "very interesting information about The Shroud"
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    I liked this book because I am a deeply religious woman and have always wanted to have more information about the Shroud. It made me want to investigate more about the information given in the book, and although it is fiction, I hope the current science is well researched.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Tudor Conspiracy: Spymaster Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    England, 1553. Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

    Cheryl says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Really enjoyed this new series- looking forward to the next one. Good historical novel without being too "romantic" (yuck).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (802)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Loved it"
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    Loved this story and the main character who is innocent but not ridiculous . Dean Koontz is a Master in telling a story, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Terri says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Settling the West"
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    A very good novel of the hard life of the pioneers of the west and the characters, especially the heroine and the Mexican pioneers, were complex and very fairly written. I think I will listen to anything George Guidell reads and love it, though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
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    Overall
    (7318)
    Performance
    (6706)
    Story
    (6711)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Saturated with gorgeous words"
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    For me this book was soul filling- it was full of every emotion imaginable- harsh and vulgar at times, beautiful and poetic at times and full of longing and angst at times. I loved the characters, the art and history, the antiques world, and the world of the wealthy of New York. It is worth every bit of one credit- I would have paid 4 for it ( it is long enough for 4 credits). Others have not felt it deserved the NYTimes best seller position- not me, it deserves #1 in my humble opinion. And I thought the narrator was superb.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Overall
    (5053)
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    (3058)
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    (3083)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Interesting!"
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    Wow, this is a situation I have never really considered but reading this book made me think! I believe the author researched the potential of this calamity actually happening, so I really feel educated as well as entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "Just too long and detailed"
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    I love English historical novels, but this one was just too long and complicated and became drudgery to listen to it. I stopped about 3/4 through and doubt I will go back to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen's Gambit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Fremantle
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
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    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

    Cheryl says: "Really enjoyed it"
    "Really enjoyed it"
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    If you love English history, and the descriptions of life in the court of Henry VIII, spend a credit on this one.

    1 of 1 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
    (462)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    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!"
    "Beautifully written Chinese history"
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    This story is a treasure of wonderfully descriptive Chinese history and a captivating novel as well. Narration was first rate and I can't wait to read another of Guy Gavriel Kay's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2160)
    Story
    (2161)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Enchanting story and wonderful narration"
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    A beautiful, wonderous story with fascinating characters, and the perfect narration of George Guidell. Is already one of my favorites- one to listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3276)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2313)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "A fantastic historical read"
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    I love to listen to audiobooks that have a great story, interesting characters, and teach me something at the same time- these are a treasure. The Potato Factory is just such a historical novel and I almost missed it because of the boring title! How glad I am that I didn't. Onto Book 2- Tommo and Hawk....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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