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  • Gone Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lt. Sam Starrett, one of America's elite warriors, shows up at his ex-wife's home only to discover that his daughter is gone and a woman's body lies brutally murdered on the floor. FBI agent Alyssa Locke, who once was involved with Sam, is assigned to the case, and soon explosive information surfaces that links Sam to an unsolved assassination plot. With her reputation hanging in the balance, Alyssa must arrest a man she believes to be innocent or risk her career.

    Aurora says: "Oh Sam!"
    "Romance is dominant"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better writer.

    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Brockmann’s story?

    Simplistic romance novel. Not a great mystery.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deborah Hazlett?

    I think the writing is the problem, so the narrator didn't have much to work with.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't finish it. It bored me.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were a way to screen out romance books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Boring history 101"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you know nothing at all about ancient history and like a slow paced, laboriously academic lecture style, this is a decent intro.

    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this canned approach to subjects, so I doubt I will try any more of these. /found the applause noise and loooong introductions to content tedious. Prefer well written books instead.

    Any additional comments?

    So basic as to be pretty boring if you've studied any archaeology, prehistory, or ancient history.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birchbark House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Nicolle Littrell

    With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

    Mary says: "My children loved listening to this story with me"
    "For Children"
    What disappointed you about The Birchbark House?

    I love Erdrich's writing. This is clearly not for adults, but for chidlren. I didn't finish it. Got too explanatory and simple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Great Writer Is Made Better By a Great Actor"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The morally agonizing moment when Bendrix reads Sarah's entry about why she had to give him up. It is one of the most emotionally complex moments in any novel, and Firth's understated reading made it perfect and powerful.

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

    Yes. And relisten to.

    Any additional comments?

    Firth managed to disappear into the story, so that I cannot separate the two in my memory anymore. I've read other Bellow books, but the reading made this one especially memorable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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