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  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "Not written by Deborah Harkness"
    Overall
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    What would have made Overseas better?

    I bought this book because it was recommended as similar to Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches. WELL! It's so similar that it feels like a rip-off. Skip this and enjoy the remarkable stories of Harkness.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Remarkable performance.


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

    Cool story idea, but the characters just seemed too much like Matthew and Diana.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (592)

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "So much history!!!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I have to give this 4 stars because it's just so darn impressive. The author clearly did his research, and he made the interwoven stories fascinating. Sometimes, however, the history became too complex to hold my attention. I would imagine that historians would find this more compelling.

    I came away from the listen with a newly-found appreciation for how the Colombian Exchange began to interconnect the world, and I'm amazed at the impact that exchange of commerce had on so many millions of people. Who knew that the chief reason I live in the U.S. is because my ancestors fled famine-struck Ireland because Columbus discovered America and the potato was discovered in Peru! Huh!

    I definitely recommend this book. I wish it could have been more concise, or attempted to cover fewer outcomes of the Exchange, but I'll have to trust that the author is more of an expert than I am.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (2491)
    Story
    (2496)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not your typical historical fiction"
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    Any additional comments?

    Kind of slow at first, and the ending was way too abrupt, but 98% of this story kept me interested and entertained. Fascinating characters, exceptionally well developed and intricate plot, and an engaging narrator. The only downside was that it was impossible to know what was historically-based and what was complete fiction.

    A fascinating account of the settlement of the Australian continent by convicts from England, including wonderful stories of the seediness of Charles Dickens' London. The main character was the real-life inspiration for Fagin in Oliver Twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (982)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Maybe if I was 10"
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    What would have made Howl's Moving Castle better?

    Description should have noted that this is not just young adult fiction, but child fiction. Cute, but really for a younger set. Although an adult, I regularly enjoy reading from the young adult category. This book is nowhere near as insightful and mature as most of its neighbors on the bookshelf.


    Has Howl's Moving Castle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Wrong genre.


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    Nice performance. It was the book I didn't care for.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10170)
    Performance
    (7621)
    Story
    (7665)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Smart, classy, and compelling"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    The author's research is exceptional, and her ability to weave a story of strong characters and intriguing situations has kept me from living in the real world for the entirety of the crisply-delivered performance. BRAVO!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely my favorite historical fiction! I promise that you will love Deborah Harkness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6601)
    Performance
    (5874)
    Story
    (5874)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "On my top 10!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Loved this book! I'm not sure which of my favorites I'm going to bump off my Top 10, but this one definitely belongs on that list.


    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26854)
    Performance
    (20619)
    Story
    (20701)

    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"
    "Taking a long time to go nowhere!"
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    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    So long, with no resolve. Interesting sub-plots and characters, but the author never ever finishes a single thread of his multi-story story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader has basically one voice. He even makes the female children sound like grown men. A British accent does not necessarily mean a good narration. Bad bad bad!


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

    Exasperation! How many more hours and hours will I need to listen to for any of this story to be resolved?!


    Any additional comments?

    Stay away unless you have nothing better to do.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Felt like 60 hours"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed several of Connie Willis' books, but this one was just painful. Interesting tidbits on scientific discoveries and societal trends, but the story was very slow and pretty weak. I do have to congratulate Ms Willis for her imagination and detailed research, although I recommend Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Stay away from this one.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • St. Augustine in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In St. Augustine in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of St. Augustine's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from St. Augustine's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place St. Augustine within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "Author hates subject"
    Overall

    This book is more of a history lesson than an examination of the writings and evolution of beliefs of St. Augustine. The author seems to genuinely dislike Augustine, and makes fun of him throughout the book. If you're hoping to gain more insight into the contributions Augustine made to Christianity, this is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

    Steph says: "My New Favorite Book"
    "In my top 10!"
    Overall

    I love this book! I am putting it right up there with Poisonwood Bible in my Top 10 favorite books. The author narrates this audiobook and he's wonderful. In fact, this is one of those books that you should never read because you'll miss the beautiful tempo and language pronunciation that the reader offers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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