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Ilan

Fredericksburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Chief Of Staff

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ram Oren
    • Narrated By Liat Shnapp
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At the age of 51, Chief of General Staff, Noam Einav, reached the pick of his military carrier, alone at the top, uncompromising, full with self confidence, arrogant and harsh. If a war broke, he must lead the IDF (Israel Defense Force) to victory. Suddenly everything goes wrong, nothing goes as expected, and a combination of personal and professional distress disrupt his life. Disaster follows disaster, love affairs crash down to pieces, and a critical decision ends in a tragic manner.

    Ilan says: "Great Thriller but Lousy Narrator"
    "Great Thriller but Lousy Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ram Oren writes a very interesting an suspenseful book. The problem is that the book is narrated by someone who seems to be reading a book for children and even that is done in a very monotone and slow intonation.
    I'm an avid audio book listener and this narrator is probably the worst narrator I've listen to in many years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (890)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Ella says: "This book consumed me"
    "Well written and narrated but hard to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This true story is very somber and therefore it's not something for easy listening. The story is very well written and George Guidall is excellent (as always).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (311)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "Original but Too Much Linguistic Oriented"
    Overall

    It's very original, interesting and even suspenseful but the author seems to be obsessed with his treatment of the "language" and the story gets to almost becoming an academic essay in the field of linguistics.

    0 of 1 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
    (7871)
    Performance
    (4585)
    Story
    (4572)

    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."
    "An Excellent Historic Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great historic novel that is an accurate tale of the events that led to WWI and shaped the world during and after that terrible pointless war. Ken Follett is doing a great job of mixing history with fiction and keeping the reader mesmerized. The narrator John Lee is also very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Married Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Zvika Amit
    • Narrated By Barak Sagi
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Udi Bergman had a routine, yet comfortable life: A beautiful, successful wife, two children, a small house in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and a great job. One day, without any warning, it all falls into pieces. (Please note: This audiobook is in Hebrew.)

    Ilan says: "Love and Hitech"
    "Love and Hitech"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Zvika Amit writes a good love story which is entangled in a complicated story of what seems to be hitech/industrial espionage and shenanigans. Barak Sagi, the Hebrew narrator is doing a very good job of narrating clearly and changing his voice and intonation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "Worst James Patterson"
    Overall

    As a fan of James Patterson, I was very disappointed from this book which was downright unbelievable and the characters were unconvincing. With a bit of effort he could have turned this into a children's book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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