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John S

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  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (2827)
    Story
    (2828)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Hard to follow audio might be a better read"
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    I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.

    Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
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    I love the author's inspector Q series. I thought this was another in series. It is not. It is better. Highly plausible innovative theme that keeps you listening. With over 1000 books in my library I rarely find something that I would classify as innovative. This book is. Kudos to the author.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (426)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "Great Narration. Excellent WWII Spy Novel"
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    This book combines some good history (although characters are fictional basic story is true) and a spy thriller. You have your British MI agents, evil nazi spies, and even Hitler and Winston Churchill making an appearance in this book. The pace is pretty fast and you won't want to stop listening once you get into story. The basic theme is how the British fooled the Nazis into believing the plans for the invasion was at the major port of Calais versus at Normandy. The Nazis believed the ruse because they held their forces back expecting the real attack near the Dutch border. It never came and by the time they realized they had been fooled it was too late. The combined forces of England and America had a firm foothold in France. The book focuses on the building of hugh concrete piers that were towed to Normandy and sunk to create a man-made harbor. By the third day of the invasion troops and material were being driven ashore from ships in the Bay of Normandy.

    This book has been out there for awhile, but if you like WWII books you will enjoy it. It is very similar to Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle.

    The narration is quite excellent with single narrator having to do both Hitler and Churchill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (933)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Calculus Ergo Modernity"
    "For science fans good listen"
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    I enjoyed this book because I like the topic. It traces the evolution of cosmology from ancient greek times to modern times. Much of the book covers the three most famous scientist of their times. Galileo, Kepler and Newton. It does a great job explaining how the world evolved from a theory of the earth at the center of the universe to the universe as we now know it. The earth centric view was destroyed as soon as Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter. The Earth could no longer be the center of the universe since those moons orbited Jupiter. The book also covers how Newton proved that the planets travel in an elliptical orbit about the sun.

    This book is probably not for everyone, but if you like the subject of the history of science it is worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (913)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Odd language. Good narration."
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    It's hard to write a bad review of Hemingway based on the "legend" but this a tough listen for me. The basic story is good. I really knew nothing about the Spanish Civil war but this book made me do some research. In the end you get the idea of " and exactly what were they fighting about?" History has sort of proved that out.

    The issue I had is the writing style. Its sort of odd. We would say "what do you think of me?" Hemingway writes this as "what dost thou thinkest of me? Do you think kindly upon me....."

    I would rate this a book that you feel good about having listened to, but it is an ordeal. Kind of the same as having a high school teacher assign it as a required book. Probably a book you buy the monarch notes instead of reading it. You may feel the same about the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (454)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "Not your best King Novel"
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    This book suffers from limited characters and a limited setting. The book takes place in a bedroom in a rural cabin, and there are really only two characters. For a 12-hour book it gets kind of tedious. The plot theme is unique; hold your favorite romance novelist hostage and make them write you a new book. The books starts off well, it's that just after 8 hours of the same thing it gets to be too much. Is he going to escape? What new torture is on the menu for the day? Etc. etc.

    I am a huge fan of Stephen King so I hate to knock his books. He has much better ones (The Shining, Carrie, Bag of Bones), so this is slightly subpar. If you a super King fan, then I suppose listen to this. If you are getting acquainted to his books try some of his other ones. There are dozens more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (953)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Now I remember why I hated Hamlet."
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    This is the "novelization" of the classic Hamlet by Shakespeare. Nothing new here. So if you were forced to read Hamlet in High School or College and hated it, you will not like this version either. True to its original, its dark, brooding, depressing and overwrought with Oedipal themes. Not to knock the original play, which has some of the best monologues in English language. This is exactly the same. "To be or Not to Be." " To Suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.."

    I bought this to add to my "enlightenment" category of Audible books to offset my "trashy" novel consumption. However, there are much better ones if you want to listen to great fiction.

    Before you get this try

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Great Expectations
    John Irving's Cider House Rules
    John Irving's a Prayer for Owen Meany
    John Stienbeck's East of Eden
    Fahrenheit 451
    Huckleberry Finn.

    All are much better listens than this. If you want Hamlet, watch Kenneth Brannagh's version. On audible also try his narration of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4082)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2434)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Too many Irish Sterotypes"
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    Normally I like books set in Ireland with Irish narrators. For example, I enjoy the Adrian McKinty series. This book meets the first two requirements of set in Ireland (Dublin), and Irish narrator but falls short in many other respects. Almost all the major characters are portrayed as drunken Irish boozers on the dole. Dads' a drunk, Mom's a drunk, Sis is a drunk, etc. etc. Most of the dialogue is endless repetition of the same argument with everyone calling each other a F*##ing drunk, loser, etc. Half the story seems to take place in Irish pubs. If you were to remove every F-word from book it would be two hours shorter overall.

    The story starts 30 years in the past with a teenage romance and then a murder. The rest of the the book is set in present day with flashbacks to the past. The whole plot line is rather "depressing" with no redeeming characters, even the major one Frank Mackey. He is a divorced dad who drinks too much, treats his ex wife badly and ignores his family for 30 years.

    I could overlook this except the crime plot is the book is really weak. Not spoiling plot. There is no plausible motive to explain why bad guy does what he does. It really makes no sense.

    So in summary this is sort of a B- book. Much better ones out there. If you want a International crime thriller read the Jon Nesbo books. This book is just depressing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Contact

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Sagan
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (470)

    The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

    A. Ferguson says: "Great book, significant differences from the movie"
    "Too many diversions"
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    The primary plot of this book is first contact with aliens via radio telescopes. This part of the book is interesting. However, the author, Carl Sagan, keeps diverting into subjects that have nothing to do with the major plot line. So it's part fiction and part non fiction. Although the subjects are interesting, such as Chinese Emperors of the Ming Dynasty, they have nothing to do with the plot. I just think the author (who had the famous TV show Cosmos) just liked to show off his knowledge.

    Although this is science fiction, the book is set in the present. The lead character is in college during the Viet Nam War, which would put the present at 2000. The part with contacting aliens is conceivable, but the author all of a sudden has older people living on space stations. Basically retirement homes in space. This just comes out of the blue and throws the whole book off.

    Typically I listen to books and fall asleep while listening. I then rewind them to the last part I remember. I did not bother with this book since it was rather tedious.

    If you want to read science fiction, there are much better books. Or with Contact you can watch the movie on Netflix.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1255)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "I listen for the narrator"
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    I have listened to several Adrian McKinty books and enjoy them all. The stories are typical police novels set in Northern Ireland. Most are part of a series, but this one stands alone. The main character is a "tinker" which I had never heard of before. It is a traveling community in Ireland who travel the country living in caravans (trailers). The main character leaves this life to become a private detective but he maintains the skills he learned as a Tinker including stealing cars, breaking into homes and shooting guns. THe last is not his favorite" activity, but will kill when the circumstances require it. At the end of the book he has to do plenty of that to protect a woman and her child.

    What makes these books great for audio is the narrator. With a real Irish brogue, you feel transported to Ireland. He can do both mens and women's voices quite well. These books I am not sure I would read, but love the audio versions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    John S says: "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
    "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
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    This is a great thriller with a major crime at the beginning of the novel which leads the lead character to revisit a crime in her youth. The first third of the book covers the lead character's recovery from a brutal attack from a serial killer. As a result dana suffers a traumatic brain injury and returns to her home time. As she slowly recovers, more and more of the past is remembered, As a result, she is able to slowly put pieces of the crime together.To describe it anymore it would give the plot away.

    The narration is fairly good, withe the narrator struggling a little with the male voices. Never having read any of the author's books this was good enough to put some of her other books on my wish list. It reminded me of two other books I have listened to recently , Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Most of the characters are fairly "normal" except for the criminals in the book so you can identify with them. Set in the rural midwest this is a classic American murder whodunit mystery

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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