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  • $20 Per Gallon: How the Rise in the Price of Gas Will Change Our Lives for the Better

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By John Wolfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives. Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.

    dm says: "Disappointing"
    "Thoughtprovoking view of the future!"

    $20 Per Gallon is a fascinating, thoughtful, and thoughtprovoking view of the near future as the price of oil rises. Steiner describes the economic and social implications of rising energy prices across the human experience and proposes some interesting scenarios about how life will look as the world, especially the U.S., is forced to adapt and reinvent. While some of his conclusions are a bit too rosey, he makes a strong case for the re-emergence of American industry, a return to locally grown TASTY food, and energy innovation. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shenandoah Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Francis Hamit
    • Narrated By Gail Shalan, John Zdrojeski

    Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. This narrative takes place between July 1861 and July 1862 and is the first in a series about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most effective agents. Belle Boyd was the first woman in American History to be formally commissioned an army officer.

    Robin says: "Starts Like YA and suddenly moves to soft porn."
    "Skip this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I could not listen to this book due to the extremely poor narration - lost money on this one. The narrator speaks very, very quickly - a hurtling freight train - and there is an absolute absence of tone or emphasis variation. Skip this one and maybe read the book instead.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Francis Hamit again?

    don't know

    How could the performance have been better?

    Dump the narrator and get someone who can vary their tone, etc to match different characters and SLOW DOWN. I think there was an attempt to do a southern accent several times, hard to tell, but it absolutely did not work.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Poor narration spoils the book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is spoiled by the very poor narration. One of Evanovich's strengths is satire and it is clearly here but it is hard to pick up because the narrator simply cannot bring the satiric note to the material. Lorelei King, who narrates the Stephanie Plum books, can do this in spades. I was very disappointed.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is clever and builds in a way that makes one curious to see what will happen next. I've not read the 2nd author, Goldberg, but the Evanovich touch is clearly here.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As I have said, the narration undermined the book.

    Was The Heist worth the listening time?

    It would be worth the time to read the book but not to listen to. Some books are enhanced by good narration - this is clearly not one of them. It's not the fault of Audible but I feel my money was wasted here - one of the books I would better have read in hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Tedious Tedious Tedious"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Coplin and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Based on this book I would NOT try another book by Amanda Coplin or narrated by mark Bramhall.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    Bramhall's narration was part of the problem. It was dry, only one tone without variations, and underscored the boring book.

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

    No redeeming qualities - I did NOT care about the characters, lost interest in what happened to them, and found the character development not believable.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is so tedious. I kept trying to stay with it in hopes it would get better, but finaly had to give up before I could finish it. The story is depressing, the people are mostly without redeeming qualities, and there is no hopeful outcome - not that anyting would be perfect, but that something would be different. The charaters were just not believable - very one dimensional.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba

    In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her -- or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye.

    Jean says: "Trial By Fire"
    "Crisp writing - Jance is just getting better"

    I am a long-time Jance fan so expected a good read, but realized part way through that this is some of her best work so far. The writing is absolutely crisp so things unfold at a steady pace while also providing excellent character development and a solid story line. Multiple characters and story threads can be confusing sometimes & I think the audiobook format may accentuate that problem, however, in Trial By Fire, Jance draws the characters and outlines the story threads so distinctly that this is not a problem at all. If you like a good puzzle as well as emotional context, then you will find Trail By Fire right down you alley. I suggest this is a good novel to start with if you are new to Jance's work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought You Were Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Pete Nelson
    • Narrated By Josh Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it's a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side, especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation, life can be full of surprises.

    glamazon says: "Huge suspension of disbelief"
    "Stay with this one long enough."

    I recommend this novel, esp. to those in want to believe in the potential for transformation and the power of love. The first half is very slow and, honestly,I struggled w not careing much about what happens to the main characters. But, I hung in there and was rewarded wtih some interesting and surprising turns.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    connie says: "if you like Russell as theologian"
    "Love the series but give this book a miss."

    I love the Mary Russell series by Laurie King, but suggest people give O Jerusalem a miss. The circumstances and characters are just too far beyond believable (e.g., Sherlock Holmes & Mary Russell passing for Arabs) and the story drags endlessly, becoming more like an out-of-date travelogue than a solid story. The next book in the series, Justice Hall, fleshes out enough of the story line from this book. If you are new to the series, start w/ Beekeeper's Apprentice and don't let this one put you off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Beautiful and sweet"

    excellent story, well drawn characters and fascinating locale - a good, solid read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Mrazek
    • Narrated By Patrick G Lawlor

    John "Kit" McKittredge is a young Union officer who is terribly wounded in one of the first battles of the Civil War. Still unfit for active duty after nine months in the hospital, he is recruited by an unorthodox colonel named Valentine Burdette to work in the Provost Marshal General's Department in Washington. The beleaguered capital, now swollen to seven times its prewar population, is filled with saloons, brothels, spies, thieves, and murderers. It is also rife with official corruption and political intrigue.

    Jessica says: "This was a great listen."
    "predictable fare"

    A disappointing book due to a very predictable plot and equally predictable characters - the goodhearted prostitute, the young hero soldier fighting bad guys,and the well-known story of corruption/predation in the Union supply line during the Civil War. Many unexplained gaps in the story line and characters. The sexual scenes are equally predictable and, frankly, as boring as they are un-believable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible of Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julia Navarro
    • Narrated By Shoreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In St. Peter's Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he's about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him....It's only the beginning of a ruthless race among the world's most powerful to find a rumored cache of sacred texts inscribed with the story of Creation as told by Abraham. This account, on tablets of clay, predates the Bible by a thousand years and could be one of the most important discoveries of all time.

    Dyane says: "Excellent Read, Hard Listen"
    "Excellent Read but Problematic Narration"

    This novel is a well-told tale with an interesting plot, surprising twists, and well developed characters set against the emotional and political backdrop of the pending American invasion of Iraq. However, the narration is problematic. Mispronouncing English is less distracting than the almost total lack of tone, accent, or pace changes for different characters (and there are a lot of characters) so that scene shifts are sometimes unrecognizable. I several times had to rewind a bit to figure out what (and who) was going on. That said, the book is marvelous.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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