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Jeff

Corvallis, OR, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 84 ratings
  • 414 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (700)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    This is only one of two audio books I have begun and not finished. Out of over a hundred. The story just didn't do a thing for me. It is neither a historical novel or a fantasy. I see in other reviews that some people really liked it. But I just didn't get it. It was long, drawn out and even after half way thru the book I really did not care how it ended so I stopped listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12478)
    Performance
    (4868)
    Story
    (4905)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Good but not great"
    Overall

    There was several things I liked about this book. I love historical fiction and I like long books if they are good ones. I think there was alot of potential here for a great writer to exploit. Many places that a good long suspensful tale could be woven. But what I didn't like about it was how linear the story telling was. Repeatedly throughout the book the same formula was used over and over again.
    Good guy gains something he wants. Bad guy takes it away. Bad guy takes revenge on good guy. Good guy defeats bad guy. There is no interwoven plot lines. No suspensful building on the story.
    Every time something good or bad happened it would immediatly be resolved in the next few paragrapghs. One after the other in a very linear format.
    I think if the writer was a better storyteller and his editor had done a better job it would have been a much better book. But the way it was told did not impress me.
    I have to suggest that the reviewers that called this great literature need to read some real literature to understand what the word means.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (795)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Dull and Duller"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of historical fiction and even like reading true fiction if well written and read. I thought this book would be a natural choice for me so I picked it up. I was unable to get all the way thru the first part no matter how hard I tried. It was dull, drab and drawn out. Maybe if I had to write a report for school it may be worthwhile to listen to it. But as pure enjoyment it is a chore.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1085)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Good Historical Fiction"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. Yes it spends alot of time with details and side stories but isn't that the point of historical fiction? To mix the story of the past with the story of the author?
    I thought it was well written and did a great job of creating the feeling of being in eastern Europe. It sitrred a renewed interest for me in Vlad the Impaler and has led me to seek out other sources of info on this "colorful" historical figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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