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Marlene

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (522)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Extremely interesting"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Three Cups of Tea. The story of Greg Mortenson's life building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan was inspiring and real. I usually feel that stories of people doing great things like this are too romanticized and don't tell the whole story, but this was not the case in this book. The story keeps you listening, it never fades into overly intricate detail. The other people in the story are humanized and not just flat extras. I would highly recommend this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "What a wonderful story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't believe anyone could give this book less than 5 stars. It does start slowly, so maybe if you don't give it a chance, you would rate it less. This is the story of a traveling storyteller and you actually feel like you are in the livingrooms of Ireland with his audience. The narrator (the author) effortlessly takes you into each story and then back to present day ( 1950's Ireland). This is one of my favorite books! Enjoy!

    0 of 0 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
    (24819)
    Performance
    (18726)
    Story
    (18785)

    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"
    "3.5 really. This is not the next LOTR"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book because off all the fabulous reviews (from years ago). The story was fine, but not exceptional. There were so many characters to follow, you never really bond with any of them. This may be a good thing because the author is not afraid to kill them off. When the book ended, I didn't feel like I listened to a story-- instead like I read the background or setup to a story. Of course it was 33 hours of setup. When I realized how many more books there were after this one, I decided to stop. I love a good trilogy, but I think there were 5 books and I couldnt spend another 33 hours hoping that it got better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2446)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (480)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I found this book to be disappointing after all of the strong reviews. The author keeps repeating events that happen in the story as if you didn't hear about those events earlier in the book when they were actually taking place. I felt as if I was being talked down to as a reader. Events and feelings of the characters were explicitly explained as if I could not understand the characters actions without the author explaining them.
    The actual tale is interesting but I couldn't help but feel it had the potential to be a much better book. I could at most see it being given 3 or 3.5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Really just not good"
    Overall

    I am sorry, but I purchased this book because of all of the positive recommendations. This book was not good. It had a horribly silly plot. You have to believe that a 21 yr old bike messenger would risk his life to keep a package that he was sent to deliver to a parking lot. Oh yes and the book tries to take you into the very shady world of the ..... bike messenger. This book was like watching a B movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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