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  • Vatican Waltz: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as "spells" - moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells.

    jonmontanavega says: "Is Priest Her Vocation?"
    "Surprised ending? Maybe"
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    As a faltering Catholic who stubbornly clings to faith but not religion I understood this book on many levels. The struggle within the church and its clergy, the struggle of its members , split in to so many fragments of acceptance, denial, confusion, and clarity of purpose.
    The book touches on all of this. I wish it were non-fiction maybe but only maybe, with a different ending. But if wishes were fishes....

    Still if you are a person who despite scientific and philosophical ambiguity, perhaps like myself a scientist as well who has travelled the gambit of absolute certainty in God as creator to God as divine presence not knowing how to reconcile your many doubts in it all, you will totally understand the book and like I, wish there was another that would continue to espouse and define all the aforementioned feelings. If you are just a person pursuing your faith, leaving your faith behind but thought hey, what the heck I think I'll just read this book, then my advice is to go ahead. You may not find all if any answers but you will be able to relate.
    I might even do something I almost never do, and listen to if not all, parts of it again.
    The performer was not bad, but the audio wasn't the best I've heard...my biggest complaint and why it's getting 4 not 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Book

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By D. M. Pulley
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2748)
    Performance
    (2434)
    Story
    (2427)

    It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

    Cartec says: "Fantastic"
    "Apropos for the period piece. "
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    I almost stopped listening. I know people like Luke Daniels as a reader, sometimes even I can take him in the sci-fi genre, but I had to get ‘past’ his style to continue with this book.

    To render a review I have to write more about the dynamics of life during the time period for it to make sense, at least to me:
    It takes place a bit before my time but even growing up in the 50-60’s enough of rural America with its prejudices were still alive and thriving. If this weren’t the case maybe I would have more difficulty with believing this story however, having had a career in law enforcement I’ve seen a different side of people, their families, and their secrets. Many would rather believe the book is far fetched, it’s more comfortable, but it really isn’t.

    Jasper is a special boy, smart as a whip, head strong and with an inner strength he grows into through his tumultuous life. The steadfast love and belief in his “wild flower” mother stays true to course and exemplifies that bond that can exist between mother and child, and during this time in the U.S. between a mother and her son.
    I don’t really think that can be more profound than it is between mother and daughter, but due to the structure of the “American family” during the early part of the 20th century it is apropos: boys would be boys sentiment and girls should stay home and maybe knit one pearl two....which is where the ‘wild’ mother Althea comes into play.
    Taking place in today’s world I really don’t know what this author could have done with this story, but taking place when life was looked at pretty much in black and white, completely separated gender roles, prohibition, gangsters and ostracised Native American, it fits.
    I think Pulley has a keen insight into this time period and has done her homework. She turns this novel into one that does tug on your heart strings as well as your sense of justice. You really want to see this “family” especially mother and son given a chance of finally finding peace and a happy life!

    Do they attain that? Reckon you’ll have to read it to find out, no spoilers here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man of Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kenneth Johnson
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (980)

    New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

    Peter says: "A great concept. Just terrific story telling"
    "A different path "
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    A different take on an old concept.
    One that I hope many will choose to listen. The fact that it covers a “God” theme throughout without shoving anyone’s religion down your throat is refreshing.

    It is truly amazing what a little blood from a very good man can accomplish, or in this case, what a few good words ‘could’ accomplish if people would just practice the authors main premise in this well performed audio book.

    Don’t think you’ll be sorry you spent the credit, so just do it......,.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stillhouse Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9138)
    Performance
    (8209)
    Story
    (8179)

    With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

    Patti L Langston says: "Too much"
    "Serial killers wife"
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    I was surprised. Thought the narrator would ruin it but I got use to it.
    Turned out to be a decent book. Maybe....a bit hard to believe that after 4 years people would still be writing 14 pages of hate mail about her, but if her hubby was a Dahmer or Bundy, Gacey...maybe especially when you know someone might be keeping the interest alive.

    All in all it was suspenseful, fast paced and full of good characters and if a credit can deliver that I’m usually happy to spend it!
    Oh BTW, yes there is a sequel but....you can stop at the end of this book if you really want. It’s not the cliff hanger other reviews have made it. You want to hear more then go for sequel, if you don’t this book still brings ‘this’ episode to a conclusion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner, Logan White
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (877)

    Deep in the Indian Ocean, Dr. Selene Khan enters an underwater dome thousands of years old, one that is fully operational. She barely escapes to the surface, only to discover that her research vessel has vanished. Can she make it to shore 100 miles away? On the other side of the world, Agent Jack Elliot uncovers an impossible 900 grams of antimatter. The trail leads him to Egypt, betrayal, and a sinister brainwashing facility. There, in a desperate move, he rescues Dr. Selene Khan.

    J says: "Don't listen to the bad reviews!"
    "Juvenile writing"
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    I suppose when you are used to great writers, character development, and solid plots, then you listen to a book that may have been a first book for a young uh very young (in experience), beginning writer, you notice it more readily.
    This book in the hands of maybe Sanderson or Jordon, even Bray (and these are by no means the only ones that come to mind), may have been a good beginning to an exciting new series. But it isn’t. And if there is or may be a book 2, I can assure you I won’t read it.
    The characters who you care nothing for well except a canine that is genetically enhanced, speak their lines to themselves at the most inane of times. It’s a predictable book from beginning to end.
    Just save yourself the trouble and pass this one up unless you’re maybe 11 years old! I bought it with real money in one of the Audible sales, otherwise it would definitely be a return!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
    • Narrated By Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (424)

    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

    Ted says: "Experts discuss the world's biggest problem"
    "Scary, uh yeah!"
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    What to say really....”Damned if you do, damned if you don’t comes to mind.”
    Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is just another attempt at dividing our nation? Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is a powerful call to the American people’s to pull their heads out of the sand and heed the warnings? Well yes to both questions.

    I believe that the people who elected this president and continue to support him will do so no matter what he does. As Trump said himself, “I could shoot someone in the streets in New York and still not lose support.” (Paraphrased) it seems for now, he was correct.
    Can or will rational thinking adults even listen to this book with an open mind? Or perhaps linking rational thinking with Trump supporters is a stretch. I don’t think it is entirely because many were and still are my friends. It’s given new meaning to my allegiance however to understand and accept friends who I now know think so differently from me.
    Is it unreasonable to ask, indeed require the president to undergo rigorous psychiatric evaluation. Police officers have to have evaluations before the hiring process because you will be carrying a weapon and have authority to temporarily take away someone’s freedom. Yes, there are flaws in as much as we know there are police officers who somehow slipped through, but the important difference is that we (I am a retired law enforcement officer), don’t have the nuclear arsenals at our disposal should we have a severe psychotic moment(s). Same goes for military intelligence personnel and many other employees in high risk positions.

    We can only hope that the instability of this president that is so obvious to millions of people yet somehow disbelieving of millions others, will not have to take us to the precipice of a nuclear holocaust before we finally agree on “The Dangerous Case of Donald J. Trump”

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gray: The Complete Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lou Cadle
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2735)

    Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

    Christen Doc says: "Promising but ultimately tedious"
    "I stand for freedom, but won’t stand for hate."
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    This series so far is interesting and I am enjoying it. However there’s one review in my Audible app that just had to politicize even our private leisure time. I am in sensed by that. Saying Trump is the “only” person who fights to keep us strong and sovereign is akin to saying the KKK fights for the abolishment of slavery. Ludicrous!
    As for this author he too is entitled to his own opinion and to put down his artistic ability for him expressing that right is in and of itself telling about those who would deny him.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlord: Sunset

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Garon Whited
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3639)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3404)

    Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

    nelson says: "Ahh no fair no fair"
    "Alright!"
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    Such a good book. I didn't think it was going to be at first and I've never liked vampire books, but this isn't really a vampire book at least not in the way one thinks of vampires the likes of Ann Rice, or Dracula.
    I passed over it when I 1st saw it because of the aforementioned, but finally decided to give it a try because I couldn't find anything else interesting to me on Audible. When I read the description I thought it would either be foolish or because of reviews fantastic!
    The latter won...it is a fantastic book & way different from any book, let alone vampire book I can/could imagine.
    This is the 1st in the series & to prove this review true, I am on my way to get the second because I can't wait to listen to more of the life or is it the death (?) of Eric's journey into the realm of shadows cast by light, fire, and true darkness. To travel with him and his draconian sword Firebrand and trusty wonderful stead Bronze to places on the edge(s) of worlds.
    It's a great story and you won't be disappointed rather or not you're a solid vampire fan. He is truly like no other blood sucking fiend you've ever met.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier Than a Mountain: Destiny's Crucible, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2052)

    A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "And Even Heavier to Read"
    "Too many too late"
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    This is the best book of the series so far, at least in my opinion. Maybe not as much action as the last one but more depth of plot.
    A new "country" is introduced but as yet no idea of its impact on the Clans. I suspect the series is about to get allot more interesting if the author can stay true to the ongoing storyline and join the other great authors of Serial books, "Wheel of Time" comes to mind...and not flounder into nonsense.
    I really like the different type of storyline in this book. Don't think I've read anything along the same lines that didn't involve time travel!
    I recommend this book to everyone or anyone who likes a 'good' story that seems to effortlessly cross genres.
    Just go get it. The one concern I have? How long before book 4 comes out!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1514)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "Hometown"
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    A fine but different book. Will take you back to your hometown if you had a good and adventurous childhood that is. I did, not in Alabama but Florida and like Zephyr, Tampa has changed plenty.
    The magic I believe we all felt as children is brought alive in this book taking you down memory lane for the ages, to times and happenstance that you know now were pure magic(al) at the time.
    An enjoyable book that McCammon created from his own magic box (read the book and you'll understand this reference). Looking for a great story with enough action to keep you interested, yet not all sappy? This is just the ticket!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast Under an Alien Sun: Destiny's Crucible, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2401)
    Performance
    (2264)
    Story
    (2264)

    Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

    Magnus says: "Well worth the credit"
    "Refreshingly Different"
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    I rarely give 5 stars across the board, this book is a solid 4. Hopefully the next book in the series &/or subsequent , if as good as this one, will be a 5.
    I like the premise of the book. I was getting tired of trying to find a new book that would hold my attention and that I fully enjoyed. Searching many an hour on Audible for something different than "favoured son (or maybe daughter), or orphan saves the entire world or galaxy. Having read Jordan, Hamilton, Sullivan, Weeks, and Sanderson, just to name a very few of the approximate 150 authors in my library, I am quite pleased to add this book to the list.
    A sort of time travel but not, aliens but not, a regular 'Joe' (no pun intended), transformed into super hero with magical powers he didn't know existed.....but definitely not, story that has all the ingredients of the above thrown into the mix, baked to almost perfection, served up as a dish that looks like chocolate cake but is really french fries.
    This guy gets in a mid air plane crash with alien spacecraft, is saved by those same aliens to be dumped onto another planet to fend for himself & wonder "What, huh, where?"
    The description given by the book is plenty enough to give you idea what it's about, and I can't really go into detail without falling into spoiler territory so I won't even try. However, I can say that if you like the above mentioned authors and are looking for something a bit different, I'm more than 99.9% positive that you're going to enjoy this first book of the series! Just do it....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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