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Ashley

Hebron, KY, United States

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  • Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event: Covert-One Series

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James H. Cobb
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    Lt. Col. Jon Smith, an army research doctor and secret agent attached to Covert-One, is tapped to lead a team to Wednesday Island, an icy patch of land between the northern coast of Canada and the Earth's magnetic Pole. There, the remains of a mysterious plane were discovered during a routine educational expedition. The plane seems to be a Russian spy plane, and the Russian government secretly revealed to the U.S. president that a lot of very dangerous anthrax may be on board.

    Bob Wagner says: "Exciting!"
    "still good"
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    I want thrillers to go fast, and I read slowly. I read Hades Factor (quickly) and the next couple of books in the series too. But I'd rather let a good narrator read me the rest. This book was good. I like going through the whole series and following the main characters as they appear and reappear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (90)

    William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

    Michael says: "a melody of genius writer & compelling reader"
    "Doormat alert"
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    I generally like Dickens, and everybody needs to check out plenty of his stuff. But this is one of the bottom on my list. (Didn't care for Hard Times much, and D.Copperfield though classic wasn't my favorite. G. Expectations blah, though better with the original ending. I liked Bleak House and N Nickelby, though Tale of Two Cities can never be beaten.) Dorrit is a good story to know, but I do not believe this is the standard by which a good response to emotional abuse should be judged. Don't let this be your only Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1032)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not"
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    What made the experience of listening to Macbeth: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    This brought the story to life, far better than the play. This story filled in the gaps left to the imagination in a stage play. The characters' actions made sense. The performance and the story itself were great. Even if you're bored by Shakespeare and by plays, you'll love this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: A Novel?

    Sorry, no spoilers. But from the opening scenes, these guys will have your attention.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt I was there. I've read Macbeth, seen it, seen it in movies, taught it, and listened to it on audiobook. This was the first time it was a genuine pleasure and not "work."


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

    ditto.


    Any additional comments?

    This makes me want to beg the guys who did it to do more of Shakespeare's plays this way. I think the bard would be honored by this adaptation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Zhivago

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara.

    Beth says: "Nothing like the movie."
    "Endured it, but I didn't get a prize."
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Lee?

    John Lee sure. He saved it. But this book was a chore.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I read this book because it is a classic. I suspect it reflects the people and the times well. But oh, my. Take me back to Follett's Century Trilogy.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Voices distinguishable and not annoying, even though the characters were.


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

    Relief it was over and sorry it cost 2 credits.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (121)

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

    Blue Ridge Book Lover says: "loved it much more than expected!"
    "Best Dickens"
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    What did you love best about The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby?

    Good story and characters I could love (and hate) as well as believe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The title character of course. We get to know him best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers! But there are plenty of good scenes.


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

    Too long to think of it. But I always looked forward to my next walk to listen more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dynasty 1: The Founding

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    This wonderful series opens with the back drop of the Wars of the Roses with the marriage between Eleanor Morland and a scion of the influential house of Beaufort. It is a union which establishes the powerful Morland dynasty and in the succeeding volumes of this rich tapestry of English life, we follow their fortunes through war and peace, political upheaval and social revolution, times of pestilence and periods of plenty, and through the vicissitudes which afflict every family - love and passion, envy and betrayal, birth and death, great fortune and miserable penury.

    Hollace says: "So Entertaining and Interesting!"
    "A great start! Good characters, good history"
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    If you could sum up Dynasty 1: The Founding in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging historically-believable characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dynasty 1: The Founding?

    Sorry--no spoilers!!! I hate spoilers. But the book is great.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favorite?

    The main character. Though female, the voice rendition was not annoying.


    If you could rename Dynasty 1: The Founding, what would you call it?

    This name fits it best.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a couple of CHE's 20th century books in this series a while back and decided I wanted to go back and pick up the family from the beginning. I unfortunately read her 20th century books at the same time as Follett's Fall of Giants, which was better, perhaps because it had to cover multiple cultural grounds quickly and not just one ancient family's descendants. But this Dynasty 1 book has me interested in this family again, and I'll keep going in the series for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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