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David

David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 165 titles in library
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  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

    George says: "Best of Grisham"
    "It was okay"
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    I thought that the story had the potential to create more suspense & drama, but it fell flat. I spent the majority of the story expecting something more to happen, and then it wouldn't. Don't get me wrong, it's still an interesting story with good character development. But don't expect suspense or twist & turns. It's not that kind of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "I LOVE Francine Rivers"
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    I absolutely love Francine Rivers. She is my favorite author. Redeeming Love was such an amazing story of redemption, forgiveness, and love. Because I love Francine Rivers as much as I do, I was so excited to see that her new book was out. I rushed to add it to my queue and I started listening right away. I have to say, this is the first book that I was really disappointed with. The writing seemed sloppy, not her usual style or ability displayed. I was amazed at all the general catch phrases she used. I was actually waiting for this one to end so that I could pick something else. I was very disappointed in the quality of this book and the narrator. It felt like a quota book instead of a book written out of passion. This was certainly a miss for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1062)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Excellent"
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    This author does an absolutely amazing job of weaving the stories of his ancestors together. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment. He selected a great narrator who was able to bring the story to life. His rich, deep voice was mesmerizing. I would gladly listen to another book narrated by Avery Brooks. This story allowed me to experience such a wide range of emotions - from tears, to laughter, and heartbreak. I absolutely would recommend this amazing piece of literature. It's easily in my top 5 audiobooks. Spend your credit on this book and you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (527)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Not Stephen King's best - but not bad either"
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    This book was enjoyable enough. It wasn't unique like "The Stand" and it wasn't his typical creepy like, "It". It was just a pretty average scary'ish story, It was worth the credit but it's not one I'll listen to a second time.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "Humphrey Bower's is amazing!"
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    This is a long book. Because it takes so many hours to complete, there are certainly areas that go slower then others. But overall, this is a very interesting, fast paced look into the Indian culture. Humphrey Bower is absolutely amazing! He brings each character to life in a unique way. I would highly recommend this listen. It's easily in my top 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (810)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "I'm looking forward to Book 2"
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    First of all, I love Grover Gardner. He is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come to life. This is also my first John Jakes book and I was pleasantly surprised and hooked. I'm looking forward to checking out his other books. His ability to weave characters together, create drama, and bring in historical accuracy was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23632)
    Performance
    (17613)
    Story
    (17670)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Original & captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
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    George Martin does a great job of weaving this book together. The character development is great, the plot line is intricate and fascinating, and the world he has created is unique and believable. The authors imagination is remarkable and his ability to put his vision into words is amazing. Five stars and certainly worth your listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "One of Courtenay's best!"
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    I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (572)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Great sequel to The Power of One"
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    I thought that Tandia was a really good sequel to The Power of One. I enjoyed reading more about Peekay’s life, boxing, and relationships. I thought it was interesting that the summary makes the book emphasis seem to be about the struggle of a black/white relationship in South Africa when that only occurs in the last few chapters of the book. I’d say this book really isn’t about the relationship between Tandia and Peekay. It’s more of a story about the survival, strength, & victory of Tandia – an abused but victorious black woman. THEN it’s about Peekay’s story and lastly it covers and his relationship to Tandia. I didn’t like the ending. The ending was so disappointing and that is the only reason I rated this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5.

    Spoiler Alert:
    Let me elaborate as to why I really hated the ending of this book. Bryce Courtney killed off a couple beloved characters (Dee & Dum) with only a few words and not much response/remorse from Peekay. First he killed off Dee with a single shot fired by the antagonist. Then he has Dum jump off a cliff in an effort to protect Peekay from death. But then that proves to have been for nothing because Peekay chose to jump to his own death anyway. And right after Dum sacrifices her life for Peekay the next phrase completely dismisses the extent of her loss by this phrase:

    “Peekay lay still for a long time. The moon came up, full and glorious. A bright light in the African night. He always liked the full moon. He was back in the night country…”

    Where is the remorse for the loss of someone he grew up with? Seemed a very strange ending for those two characters that were part of both books and supposedly loved like family by Peekay. It also seemed that Peekay gave up on his own life quickly too. I absolutely did not like this ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5986)
    Performance
    (5271)
    Story
    (5316)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Favorite!"
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    This is probably my favorite Steven King book. Such an interesting read/listen! The character development is amazing. Loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4555)
    Performance
    (3828)
    Story
    (3836)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Wonderfully interesting listen"
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    I really like how Ken Follett develops his character. By the end of the book I really felt as though I knew his characters and I was interested in all that happened to them. Very interesting and fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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