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Robert

I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "I see why she's so popular!"
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    Fantastic book with a great narrator. I see why this book propelled CM to fame. No spoilers here--just get the book and go with it. Another great one is Independence of Miss Mary Bennet--I don't usually like spin-offs, but I don't think Austen would have minded this one. Really wish Audible could get CM's Roman history series (all of them) available on audiobook--they are long but interesting and would lend themselves to a good long listen. If you like CM and historical fiction, send in your "vote." Maybe if enough of us ask . . .

    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
    (119)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    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.

    Robert says: "good historical fiction plus NancyDrewForGrownUps"
    "good historical fiction plus NancyDrewForGrownUps"
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    I enjoy this entire series. The narrator is great---knew her voice from Kearsley's Rose Garden and immediately bought the first book when I recognized her voice on the sample. This one takes a particularly interesting turn, keeping our character from being just a NancyDrew/MissMarpleTheYounger/CaseOfTheWeek type of story. This one really broadens the scope of the story. Listen to them in order. After this one I knew I'd continue to listen and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "Takes a while but pretty reasonable interpretation"
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    This is a pretty reasonable opening for the Arthur saga/backstory. I'm glad btw that I've already read CS Lewis's Space Trilogy (all the way to the end) as well as King Arthur's Bones (medieval murderers) as those stories honestly gave me more patience with this one. (I recommend you listen to both of those first.) This book takes a long time to get going as another reviewer said, and it was actually that review to got me to finish it. I'm glad I did. Haven't decided whether or not to go further. I believe now that I actually care about these people I'd like to know how the author develops the rest of the Arthurian saga, but i don't think I can take Fred.Davidson's narration of it. (I've listened to lots of his stuff, and after a while it all grates.) May just need to read it if Audible doesn't get another narrator to do them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1123)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    David says: "Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!"
    "Fine and fitting send-off for Tom Clancy"
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    Unless Mr. Clancy does like R Ludlum and continues to give us scads of posthumous material (I do love covert-one, btw, better than the real Ludlum, actually...), this is it. I've read or listened to every Jack Ryan/JR Jr./and John Clarke book. The Jack Ryans are my all-time favorite thrillers, and John Clark had to grow on me. Jack Jr I was enjoying initially but it was getting a little tiresome as the books were sort of becoming just name-the-terrorist and pick-a-spot-on-the-globe. Nevertheless I decided to give this one a chance, and I'm very glad I did.

    This is such a fitting send-off because the book is well-balanced between the Jack/Jack Jr./Mr. C. story lines. Though three decades into the saga, this book brought all three into a nice globally and temporally intersecting story. There is some flashback which gave us important backstory we didn't already know and took me at least to a comfortable place in the storyline, since I really still like Jack Sr-of-the-past best.

    I have a sense of closure. And if the series continues Ludlum style, I'm all ready to enjoy that too . . . now. And I can't wait for the movie (due out in a few days) !!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Riley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (220)

    Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America.

    Robert says: "Delightfully fun series"
    "Delightfully fun series"
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    Just finished this and Murphy's Law (#1) can't wait to keep going. The narrator I already loved from The Rose Garden (check it out!!--I've listened to it twice and my daughter loved it too.) The narrator makes this character completely believable. If you liked Nancy Drew once upon a time, think of this as Nancy-Drew-for-grown-ups except without the unbridled confidence and worldly-wise-ness of Nancy (which was always annoying anyway--so this character is far more believable than Nancy). Light and relaxed adventure/detective/romance. I always looked forward to turning it back on. Just enjoy them. (I've gotten the whole series.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (359)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "A genuinely fun listen."
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    Just finished this one and the second in the series and can't wait to keep going. The narrator I already loved from The Rose Garden (check it out!!--I've listened to it twice and my daughter loved it too.) The narrator makes this character completely believable. If you liked Nancy Drew once upon a time, think of this as Nancy-Drew-for-grown-ups except without the unbridled confidence and worldly-wise-ness of Nancy (which was always annoying anyway--so this character is far more believable than Nancy). Light and relaxed adventure/detective/romance. I always looked forward to turning it back on. Just enjoy them. (I've gotten the whole series.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7526)
    Performance
    (6783)
    Story
    (6880)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "An audio book for all seasons..."
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    Whether you've read it already, and either before or after the movie, this is an audiobook that's just plain enjoyable to listen to. Same is true of Rob Inglis's rendition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Truthfully, I had a hard time years ago with the paper copies when it came to the songs, (They're just not my thing.) But Inglis makes them not only endurable but sort of fun. This a story worth reading or hearing or seeing again and again. I suppose that's why it can be considered a classic. Tolkien and Inglis make the story come alive visually so that you have a movie in your own head, and one perfectly compatible with the new movie. A must for any audiobook library, whether you just want a friendly story to accompany you through driving/walking/housework/quilting (much more fun than housework--I'm not "Robert," more like "Mrs. Robert"), or whether it's a new to you and you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, you need to hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2014)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Took a chance on this one and SOOOOO glad I did!!!"
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    I love historical fiction but somehow had never heard of this writer, and "horror" really isn't my thing. The description of this book intrigued me when I saw it on the sale list, and here I am writing a review before I've even finished it (something I do not normally do). The narrator and the story got my attention immediately and has held it without disappointment. A welcome escape to look forward to, this book will likely draw me into a number of busywork tasks until I finish it, looking for chances to listen to another chapter and another. In addition to the vivid descriptions of a time I'm glad I did not live in, the plot is rich with all that makes a thriller/mystery thrilling but without the shallowness of pulp fiction. (I do like short thrillers for quickies, but I find intricately entwined long plot threads much more enjoyable.) I have already added the rest of the series to my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2763)
    Story
    (2775)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Good addition to the J.RyanJr-and-friends saga"
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    Though my favorites by far are the core Jack Ryan books, as they give both a great story and character development, this ongoing series is a good way to keep the story going as and did not disappoint. The characters are a bit two dimensional, but as thrillers go, at least we're getting to keep up with what-happens-next in the lives of the original JRetc characters. Though this story did grab my attention early on, there was a point when I thought it was just going to be a remake of the previous JRJ-and-friends books. Stuck with it, though, and soon the story took some new turns and got interesting in its own right. One warning--don't jump in here--read the series in order, otherwise it will be quite difficult to handle the moral dilemma created and explored by the overall premise. Can't say more without giving you spoilers! The narration was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2002)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "my first major audible disappointment"
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    I should have paid more attention to the negative reviewer on this one. This will be the first Audible book I've started and not finished. (I even dragged myself through Doctor Zhivago, which was depressing and seemed to make a hero out of someone in whom I found almost no heroic qualities, though admittedly I may have chosen to finish it either because it cost two credits or just so I could say I did.) For this one, I can only ditto the reviewer who says the protagonist just keeps bouncing back and forth with his whinings. And, as part of those whinings, I must add a comment: Why does he seem to think it if God's responsibility to make things work out for him when he makes foolish and immoral choices and gets his feelings hurt? It is certainly not God's responsibility to simply give him whatever he wants. The main character, not only in his concept of God as a cosmic Santa but also in every other way--at least as far as I could stomach the story--seems absurdly shallow. I know most everybody else liked this one, but I kept thinking, where's the story? and what's the point?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By John Richmond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848, it tells the story of Paul Dombey a heartless London merchant who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business. In his daily life there is no room for dealing with emotions because emotion has no market value. In his son he sees the future of his firm and the continuation of his name, while he neglects his affectionate daughter, until he decides to get rid of her beloved, a lowly clerk.

    Mary says: "good story, poor recording"
    "one of the best"
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    One of the best of Dickens, I think. This one and N. Nic. can make to wail and cry, here more for sorrow and there, more for story. (I don't like L. Dorritt, so you can assume this one is not like that one--Dorritt was a doormat. I can believe these characters better than those.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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