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A. Lai

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  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (951)

    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"
    "Love this author!"
    Overall

    I haven't even finished this yet but felt i needed to write a review - I am loving the book. The writing is excellent, the narrator is perfect, the story is captivating, and I am thoroughly and completely "hooked". I love backstories like this that form the foundation for development of a character, so I am eager to finish this book and get on to the second book. I am looking forward to continuing with this series as it develops.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    When Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, spots a glint of reflected light in the distance - he investigates and finds a piece of metal apparently entombed in the sandstone. Before long, Rip and his colleagues uncover a flying saucer that has been resting there for 140,000 years.

    Bob says: "A Fun Read"
    "Great premise, but not well-developed."
    Overall
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    I was so disappointed in this book. The premise of the story was interesting, but its potential was dashed by the end of the first third of the book and it became not much more than a cheap and tawdry story of greed and evil. (NOTE that this is NOT a science fiction novel!) Worse yet, some of the major characters were obviously based on real-life well-known people of current time - and poorly at that.

    There were, fortunately, a few interesting twists and turns in the story that kept me interested enough to finish it, mostly out of curiosity to see how it ended (especially considering this is the first of a trilogy).

    The really awful part, though, was the narration. It was so poorly done, primarily because the narrator chose to create these ridiculous "voices" of the characters that were demeaning, annoying, and downright disgusting. I really wish narrators would NARRATE and not try to "act" out the story.

    There are 2 more books in this trilogy that I would have considered, but they have the same narrator, and that in itself has killed that possibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Fabulous book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have always been fascinated by the story of the discovery of DNA, but this book far exceeded my expectations. Although I am not a scienctist, this book presented the key scientific aspects of the research in a way that I easily understood them. More importantly, though, I enjoyed hearing about the various personalities that were involved in one way or another with the scientists. The narration was outstanding! It was a perfect match to the subject matter. I am so grateful that Watson wrote this book. It's a great contribution to science and the world.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Great story!"
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    Where does Pompeii rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    One of the best - I love historical fiction like this and Robert Harris is an excellent author in this genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pompeii?

    too many to pick just one


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I really felt he personified the main character very well. I also loved his pronunciation of the Greek names.


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

    yes... but it was too long and I had to eat and sleep. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eleventh Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Hirsch
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. There he meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny. When they play a prank on the town bully’s family that goes wrong, they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.

    Michelle says: "excellent post-apocalypse character study."
    "Interesting and thought-provoking"
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    If you could sum up The Eleventh Plague in three words, what would they be?

    interesting and thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eleventh Plague?

    hard to say...


    What does Dan Bittner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    the youthful voice of the narrator as the main character brought life to the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What our future might be...


    Any additional comments?

    Although there were a few hokey dialogs, the story was intriguing. I thought the title was misleading because the plague itself is not a main element of the story; it is the aftermath that froms the basis of the story. I would have liked the story to be a bit longer; therre were many areas I would have loved to have seen developed a bit more. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (284)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "Unnecessary violence"
    Overall
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    What would have made Tyrannosaur Canyon better?

    A rewrite of the opening


    Has Tyrannosaur Canyon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not even sure which genre this book will fit in. I will definitely never read/listen to anything else written by Douglas Preston. Instead of good writing, he relies on tacky blood-and-guts. It's bad enough that we are overwhelmed with this kind of garbage in our TV and movies... I will not tolerate it in my books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None...I was so disgusted by the first chapter, i quit reading after the 2nd chapter


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pathetic book. From its synopsis, it sounded like a great story, but the author cheapened himself and his story with unnecessary brutality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Knowland Retribution: The Locator, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Greener
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    With tainted meat the weapon and corporate greed the motive, The Knowland Retribution is an extremely topical suspense-revenge thriller. Walter Sherman, AKA the Locator, is a tracker who honed his skills in Vietnam. The colorful cast of characters also includes Sherman's two friends--a bartender with a mysterious past and an old black man who smokes like a chimney; a feisty young woman who writes obituaries for the New York Times; a southern lawyer who has lost everything and has only one thing to live for; and more.

    Snoodely says: "Why you should become a vegetarian"
    "Great story but..."
    Overall

    I was hooked on this story as soon as I started listening to it - the plot promised to be intriguing, but by the time I was halfway through the book, I felt the quality of writing began to deteriorate and I was eventually disappointed and offended that the author felt he had to include an unnecessary, gratuitous, and tawdry sex "scene" between 2 of the main characters. I really wish that (a) authors --- esp. male authors -- would realize that a great story is not enhanced in this way and/or that (b) book descriptions indicated some kind of "rating" - a la movie ratings - for this kind of content. I am not a prude or puritan - I just love a good story and hate being desitracted with irrelevant and unnecessary nonsense. On a footnote: I am not adverse to a romantic or sexual connection between characters, but there is no need for it to be spelled out like a porn novel.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6063)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2266)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Great story, but ..."
    Overall

    The story line of this book is unquestionably fascinating and moving in every respect, especially with regard to the historical and cultural aspects of the life of the main character and his family. In general, the writing style is fascinating, but the book is too long and the extended sex scenarios presented through the book are seriously overdone and sometimes irrelevant (esp. in the detail provided) to the story. I found myself skipping tracks looking for a return to relevant storytelling, especially in the last third of the book. In summary, this book could have been reduced by one-third to one-half of its current size and still have been powerful and strong in its story.
    I also was not crazy about the narrator - he seemed to have more of a heavy New York (Brooklyn) accent and it just did not fit the main character's narrative at all -- I really had to struggle to get past his voice and accent because I wanted to hear this book. More than anything, when the setting of the story moved to San Francisco (I live in the SF Bay Area), I found it extremely annoying that the narrator mispronounced almost every SF location named in the story. When a book is recorded, I believe that great care should be made to ensure that every word in the book is pronounced correctly.
    Overall, this may be a book better read in print than listened to, unless you are adept at skipping tracks and/or fast-forwarding/rewinding.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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