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Mary

Bardwell, KY, USA

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  • 6 reviews
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  • Life Expectancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

    Nicholas says: "Not my favorite Koontz, but still engaging..."
    "A Minus"
    Overall

    This is without question the most awful book I have ever tried to listen to. It was so badly written that I quit in mid-book. I wish I could rate this book with a minus.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4034)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1788)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Four Stars"
    Overall

    Seldom does an Audible choice provide such a complete package: great writing, outstanding reader, and a story based on real events that reads like fiction. Larson brings characters from the Gilded Age to life. They'd all - even Holmes! - be very pleased with Larson's "resurrection." Four stars.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Oates at her other-worldly best"
    Overall

    This master story teller has fashioned a plot that is frightening in its intensity; shocking with its twists and turns - and peopled it with characters who are as dark, brooding and unpredictable as the Falls are wild, chaotic and life-threatening. A strange, lovely, don't-let-it-end kind of book: Oates at her other-worldly best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    I selected this book after listening to "Prey" thinking that another book by Crichton would also be suspenseful and well-written. Big mistake. This is a terrible book. To add insult to injury, the narrator is lousy. To preserve his reputation, Crichton should remove this book from distribution. I'm sorry I wasted my money and my time. I wish I could give this book a zero.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Terrifying"
    Overall

    As a rule, I'm not a big Crichton fan. This book changed my mind. Well written. Well researched. Terrific plot of a terrifying possibility. The icing on the Crichton cake? The book's narrator. Why can't every book have such a perfect reader?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3480)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (826)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "A Masterpiece"
    Overall

    Plot. Writing. A strange culture brought to life. Page after page of poetic storytelling. This book has it all. The characters rise from the page to live with you throughout the entire book and linger in your thoughts long after the book is finished. I have only one complaint: that the book had to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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