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Soquel, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 260 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014

  • The Nightmare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?.... After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally best-selling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries.

    Amanda says: "A Tale of Two Authors"
    "Good story--great narration"
    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the second Kepler book I have listened to and Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators now. He is a great storyteller and shifts effortlessly from giving us the voice of the italian mobster, to an adolescent swedish girl of limited capacity to the main character of Joona Lina who has a rich and gravelly voice. Wonderful narrative technique and compelling storytelling.

    Any additional comments?

    It is very interesting to have the crime story set in Sweden as a wonderful change of pace from American crime fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "Excellent historical journey"
    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who enjoys the story of the American people and the westward expansion, this book is a must. I warmed to Kevin Foley's narration, a little unsure at the beginning if I was going to enjoy how he told the story. However, he is a perfect fit to what is a uniquely American story. Although it is history, it reads like a novel. Eckert not only brings the characters alive, he creates drama in the telling of this remarkable history. Whenever I was away from it, I couldn't wait to get back into the rich narrative and fascinating detail of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "Great tale, great telling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The depth of the novel surprises and the glimpse of 17th century lifestyle and language is enriching.

    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The growth of the character living in extreme circumstances gives the author an interesting context in which to make his philosophical and theological beliefs known.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    John Lee is a superb narrator who I now seek out because of his capacity for nuanced language, accents, and tonality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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