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Christy

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Russka: The Novel of Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself.

    Angelyn says: "Wonderful Historical Novel"
    "This book is long in coming"
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    If you could sum up Russka in three words, what would they be?

    I waited for this book to come out on Audible for a long time. I read it back in the 90s, and this audio version does not disappoint. I love the mingling of different narratives throughout the history of Russia. It truly helps the reader understand how a Russian mentality is different from our own Western mentality.


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

    This book is too long to listen to in one sitting. It has different narratives spanning the entire history of Russia, so it is easily broken up into smaller (but still very substantial) parts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1383)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Outstanding story mitigated only by poor narrator."
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    Where does Separation of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mitch Rapp is an awesome bad ass. I can't get enough of him.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Kilban?

    George Guidall


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stand the way the narrator over-exaggerated the narration. The worst part was his going from VERY LOUD to very soft. It makes it almost unbearable to listen to in the car. I kept wanting to turn the volume down, and the next moment I couldn't hear a thing. Very frustrating. Story was worth listening to and getting through the awful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2028)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Wonderful story, very mediocre narrator"
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    What did you love best about Transfer of Power?

    I prefer George Guidell to this narrator, but the story is still captivating. I love Mitch Rapp and his Bad A... character.


    What other book might you compare Transfer of Power to and why?

    All of Vince Flynn novels rock!


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

    Nick Sullivan takes away from the story, because his different impersonations are weak at best...and terrible for the most part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3739)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3344)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Bill O'Reilly is no narrator."
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    The facts of this book were interesting and enough to keep me listening. However, unlike other great narrators with Audible like George Guidal, Davina Porter, etc., Bill O'Reilly lacks the ability to deliver.

    I loved the historical accuracy of the book and the way it educated while telling an interesting story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I already spoke to the narration of Bill O'Reilly. In short, I wouldn't buy an audible book narrated by him again. It doesn't sound like a story but like a news event.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (758)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "A little lengthy at times but an outstanding read"
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    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Yes! It was a wonderful narrative, and it made the movie and all the musicals I have seen make more sense. It went in depth where the movies could not go. It got bogged down in details at times, but I found myself enraptured by the story. My brother says this is one of his all time favorite books. I have to agree.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting story with a gripping cast of characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the priest gives Valjean the candle sticks as well as the silver he "stole" and forgives him for everything.


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

    No way. It was way too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1149)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Captivating and engaging."
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    What did you love best about The Prince of Tides?

    I loved the weaving of the different stories into the novel. I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting to "hear" what came next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7860)
    Performance
    (4577)
    Story
    (4563)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "The sequel can't come soon enough!"
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    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fall of Giants is one of my favorite historical fiction novels ever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the various plots and characters that were so richly developed throughout the book. It really made me love and hate different characters along with the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12511)
    Performance
    (4893)
    Story
    (4932)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Surprisingly engaging."
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    Any additional comments?

    I never thought a book about building a cathedral could be so captivating. But I couldn't stop listening to this book. There were so many different plots with antagonists and protagonists that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I was sad when the book was over. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8677)
    Performance
    (3124)
    Story
    (3154)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Engaging plot."
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    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I like the way the narrator was able to capture each character differently with different voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this book was very engaging. I am really enjoying all of Ken Follett's books. There are intricate plots that are all neatly tied up together in the end. Worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (671)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

    Eileen says: "Much better than the movie..."
    "Superb story with great narration."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if this narration was better than the print version, as I never read it until this "listen." I will say that it is better than the movie. I loved the suspence and the way the author built up each character as well as the drama.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this was a brilliant listen and one that I will go back to in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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