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47
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (431)

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "A hodge podge of history with an erratic plot"
    Overall

    I learned quite a bit about the history of China, but listening to this book was excruciating. The plot alternates getting the main characters in and out of impossible situations by invoking impossible solutions. Very little is believable or credible. Everybody alternates between being a bad guy and a good guy at some point; some make that transition several times.

    I would NOT recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (424)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Julie Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "BOGUS book notes"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had been about Philomena it might have been a good book.


    What was most disappointing about Martin Sixsmith’s story?

    The blurb didn't match the book at all. I wish I'd read the reviews. I would NOT have bought it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

    Anne Roberts says: "Confusing"
    "BORING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 1225 Christmas Tree Lane better?

    It should have had an independent plot instead of rehashing the previous books in the series.


    What was most disappointing about Debbie Macomber’s story?

    Tooooooo much repetition from earlier books.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1225 Christmas Tree Lane?

    She should have just written one chapter to tie up loose ends from the previous books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had not spent money on this.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5053)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (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..."
    "One of the best books I've ever read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    Logical, vivid exploration of the aftermath of a nuclear event


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot is well crafted and flows beautifully. You are always hoping for the answers to questions as you read.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    It's impossible to rate one character above another. All were well developed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I stayed up late listening!


    Any additional comments?

    I have this in print, too. I've listened twice, read it once. It's on me reread again list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1287)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    E. Anderson says: "Loved It!!"
    "Weak plot."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Karen Marie Moning and/or Phil Gigante?

    No


    Has Beyond the Highland Mist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    I kept wondering how he managed to read it without falling off his chair laughing.


    What character would you cut from Beyond the Highland Mist?

    The idiotic female protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Pitiful bodice ripper.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Rose Harbor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (375)

    Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn - ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.

    Cara says: "Wish I Hadn't"
    "Book is wonderful. Narration OK."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Inn at Rose Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good narrative of the issues of returning to one's roots and estranged family.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is mispronouncing the name of the original owners of the B and B. VERY irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (370)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "SLOW DOWN!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narration is too frustrating.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tracey Garvis-Greaves? Why or why not?

    If read by another narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heidi Baker’s performances?

    Nope.


    Did On the Island inspire you to do anything?

    No. Already a prepper.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator needs to take a breath every now and again. There's punctuation that gives CLUES to pauses. Comma = short pause. Period = long pause. Paragraph breaks are slightly longer. Breathe.

    She missed the opportunity for drama by racing through the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie R. Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "Peculiar book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Infinite Jest better?

    This is another book that I put in my player to have ready at 3:00 AM when I'm having trouble getting back to sleep. It's rambling, disconnected, over written, under planned.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (295)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Enlightening account of her stroke"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Stroke of Insight to be better than the print version?

    My mother had a stroke in 2004, and I never understood WHY she couldn't do some things and not others. This book is a blessing for caregivers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her very articulate telling of what it was like to have a stroke from personal experience. The detail is exquisite.


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

    It helped me understand my mother's experience with a massive stroke.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trembling of a Leaf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When noted English writer William Somerset Maugham set off for the South Seas to regain his health, he gathered the materials and wrote the stories represented here. These are among Maugham's best, and the best stories ever written about the exotic South Seas.

    Alifa says: "Fascinating tales; awful reader"
    "Weird and rambling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I use this book to help me get to sleep. It's very disconnected.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. Somerset Maugham? Why or why not?

    I don't think I'll be trying another Maugham novel.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is fine.


    Do you think The Trembling of a Leaf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it doesn't need a follow-up. It needs a guide book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so disappointing to use points and not like the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6729)
    Performance
    (4706)
    Story
    (4691)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Puts you IN the time period."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, well developed characters, great story. You really feel the emotions of the characters, and the dilemmas of living during slavery, for BOTH blacks and whites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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