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  • Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ina Caro
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (20)
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    (21)

    In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites listeners on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through 700 years of French history. Whether taking us to Orléans to evoke the visions of Joan of Arc or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. "[An] enchanting travelogue" (Publishers Weekly), Paris to the Past has become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.

    Simone says: "Day Trip From Paris?... Look No Further!"
    "Day Trip From Paris?... Look No Further!"
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    It’s a first hand account of the author’s travels through France, most sights and destinations are within a 90-minute radius from Paris, all accessible either by metro or train (regional train or fast train / TGV). The destinations are set up in chronological order in an attempt to educate the reader a bit about French History – it works! It’s a wonderful guidebook – although not the type you’d carry around with you.

    Perhaps it’s because I am planning a trip to Paris for next spring and I am all ears when it comes to suggestions that I was so enamoured by this book, but I think anyone could benefit from the ideas presented.

    You can be sure this book will be a resource for every trip to France I ever make! The entire thing was interesting, but I really perked up when it covered places I’d already visited (most of Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chartres and Rouen) or the parts that cover things I plan to see and do on my next trip (more of Paris, Tours and Lyon).

    It was a great book, and excellent idea, and a lot of fun to read! Can’t wait to get over there and follow in her footsteps!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Les Standiford, Joe Matthews
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder, unsolved for over a quarter of a century, forever changed America.

    Reserved Powers says: "Well-told from the Law Enforcement Perspective"
    "Stupefying!"
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    Dear Lord! You hear stories about bumbling cops and botched investigations where incompetence is rife and egos rule the roost… but on some level you hope (pray!) it’s all an exaggeration. I guess clichés exist for a reason.

    The book itself lost me through some passages, after a while I started losing track of who said what to whom - but what remains is a truly sad story on many levels.

    I admire how John Walsh come through it all and became a trail blazer in a field that needed someone like him to come around. On some level, you can say Adam didn’t die in vain.

    (p.s.: I miss AMW!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diplomat's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Pam Jenoff
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when his plane crashes. Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries a caring British Diplomat and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a communist spy in British intelligence.

    Simone says: "Unsurprising, Yet Still Exciting"
    "Unsurprising, Yet Still Exciting"
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    I liked it better than Book 1 (The Kommandant's Girl), but I still could not help picking it apart.

    I can’t say it was completely predictable, but I wasn’t surprised by any of the multitude of plot twists. Sure they were exciting, but I didn’t consider any of them gripping; to me the whole book felt like a string of contrived scenarios rather than edge-of-your-seat suspenseful drama.

    Nevertheless the story was fast-paced and interesting; I’d recommend it as a fun distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kommandant's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pam Jenoff
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    September 1939. Overnight, Jewish 19-year-old Emma Bau's world is turned upside down when Germany invades Poland. And after only six weeks of marriage, her husband Jacob, a member of the Resistance, is forced to flee. Escaping the ghetto, Emma assumes a new, Christian identity and finds work at Nazi headquarters. As secretary to the charismatic Kommandant Richwalder, Emma vows to use her unique position to gather intelligence for the Resistance - by any means necessary.

    Simone says: "Not As Good As I Hoped"
    "Not As Good As I Hoped"
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    Overall the story is a good one, but I still had trouble with a lot of it.

    My biggest issue is that I just didn’t buy the chemistry between the Kommandant and his Girl, and since that’s the entire point of the book it made it hard to get into. I had to suspend my disbelief and just take her word for it that she was “hot for the Nazi” as opposed to really sensing her dilemma.

    I also found the ending too contrived; I don’t want to give it away, but suffice it to say it was all a little too neat.

    Nevertheless I was interested in the characters enough to get the sequel (The Diplomat’s Wife), and I am starting it right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dublin's Fair City: Molly Murphy Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Molly Murphy's beau Captain Daniel Sullivan may be out of jail on bail, but he's still a ways from clearing his name, and his foul mood has Molly in search of a little breathing room when providence steps in in the form of a proposition from New York City's renowned theatrical impresario Tommy Burke. America has been very good to Tommy, and now that he's getting on in years, he'd like to pass some of that good fortune on to his family back in Ireland.

    Simone says: "Such a Fun Series!"
    "Such a Fun Series!"
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    I love this series! The more episodes I read, the more I want to read; I am glad there are many more instalments ahead.

    This one had me rolling my eyes on multiple occasions because it was a little heavy on the lucky coincidences, but so what – I still enjoyed it.

    On to book 7!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oh Danny Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
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    (199)
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    In turn-of-the-century New York City, Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less complicated, less exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, whom she'd like to avoid completely. But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed, and after everything they've been through, she cannot turn him down.

    Simone says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
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    The more instalments I read, the more I love Molly and her escapades!

    On to book 6!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (363)
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    (332)
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    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "Another Riveting Holocaust Memoir"
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    How many books like this have I read? They are always good. Human resilience is amazing… and sadly, so is cruelty.

    This recollection of suffering and surviving through hard times was just as riveting as the others, and therefore another must-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Like Flynn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
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    (226)
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    A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding as a New York shamus. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con-artists even though the offer comes from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart - until she discovered he already had a socialite fiancée and an upcoming wedding. Now Molly's masquerading as a cousin from Ireland at the Hudson River mansion of Senator Barney Flynn. Flynn's invalid wife hopes the psychic sisters can contact her dead son, kidnaped and lost in a sensational crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "The book is excellent but there are audio issues"
    "I love Molly Murphy expect for …."
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    …all the pondering!! It’s a bit much and can become rather tedious at times.

    Aside from that one and only complaint, I’m having a great time working my way through the series; so glad I came across it! On to Book 5!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miklos Nyiszli, Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator)
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Simone says: "Bad Narration"
    "Bad Narration"
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    It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.

    I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.

    The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "Sci-Fi-Courtroom-Drama?? Yes!!"
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    Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!

    What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.

    I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copenhagen Connection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Elizabeth Jones, vacationing from her New York publishing job, is off to do touristy things in Denmark: gawk at the Little Mermaid, stroll in the Tivoli...look for a missing person? The plane ride itself had turned out to be Kismet, introducing Elizabeth to her idol, Nobel Prize-winning historian and famed eccentric Margaret Rosenberg and her long-suffering son, Christian.

    eileen hash says: "Light Entertainment"
    "What Just Happened?"
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    As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.

    It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.

    Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?

    Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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