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  • True Light: Restoration Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (78)

    As Oak Hollow grapples with a global power blackout, a teenager is shot in a food robbery. Jailed as the suspect, young Mark Green must prove his innocence to a community that has already judged him in its heart. But the Branning family stands with him as he fights to survive - and forgive. This is Book 3 in Terri Blackstock's Restoration series.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "World is getting used to the blackout"
    "A bit wearisome"
    Overall

    The first book, "Last Light" was entertaining, but the heavy handed method of preaching was annoying. The Christian message the author was trying to convey could have been done more subtly and more effectively. The second book, "Night Light", was not as good and the survival scenario seems a bit unrealistic. This book has a fairly predictable plot and is less interesting than the second book. I do not plan to get the fourth one in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1212)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Connie Willis' Domesday Book was excellent. I thought this would be similar. Unfortunately, it is not. She seems to go to absurd lengths to make the characters run around missing each other, missing messages and handicapped by last minute schedule changes that seem to be designed to cause as much confusion and trouble as possible. The refusal to acknowledge the invention of cell phones and texting in 2060, from when the time travel takes place, is just too much. I couldn't finish this book. I gave it a higher rating than it deserves, figuring that I might not be a typical reader.


    Would you recommend Blackout to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, for the reasons set forth above.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I might, figuring that the cell phone issue would have to be corrected in order for people to enjoy the movie. A lot of the running around in circles would have to be eliminated to make it into a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (3538)
    Story
    (3529)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Yet another great story."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Fiery Cross again? Why?

    Yes. These novels are great listening stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fiery Cross?

    Quite a few spring to mind, but The revelation of Otter tooth's identity is the one I thought of first.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All her characterizations are some of the best I ever heard. Claire's is the most familiar because of the long first person sections.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is over 50 hours long, so that is impossible


    Any additional comments?

    It is a bit frustrating to see the characters continue doing stupid things. I realize this is necessary to set up the scenes. Their low levels of emotional maturity lead to a lot of misunderstandings, often with dire consequences. Again, I realize the necessity of these interactions to set up the scenes. The series of books, this one included, are some of my favorites. I recommend them highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1643)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "A complex and fascinating story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Likeness the most enjoyable?

    The protagonist, Cassie and the people with whom she "lives" are multi-faceted, flawed people. The story was very unusual.


    What other book might you compare The Likeness to and why?

    All Ms. French's novels are complex and full of real characters with contradictions and flaws.


    What about Heather O'Neill’s performance did you like?

    It is the best performance of all the audible editions of Ms. French's novels. It took me right into the scenes and I appreciated the accents and different voices. I hope Ms. O'Neill will be used as a narrator in future books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, most definitely. I stayed up late several times listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (3525)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1925)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "great story and performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is interesting and complex. Ms. French has a talent for writing exceptional mysteries and this is my second favorite after "Likeness".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faithful Place?

    The last part when we see the perpetrator's and the victims' views on the situations.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    I think the protagonist Francis Mackey is my favorite


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light: Restoration, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well. But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize that, and trust doesn't come easily.

    Anna Leavins says: "If it does nothing else it will get you thinking"
    "A decent story"
    Overall

    This, the first in a four part series dealing with EMP-like effects of pulses from an exploding star, is the best one. The characters are far less than perfect, and the suspense level is fairly well done. The outcome is predictable and the preaching is a bit heavy-handed. I recommend reading this one, maybe the next one, but would most likely avoid the third and fourth ones in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5076)
    Performance
    (3080)
    Story
    (3106)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "A good story"
    Overall

    This book,an EMP survival story, is reasonably well done. The organization level achieved by the protagonists, as well as the antagonists, seemed a but exaggerated given the time frame. The horrendous level of starvation was probably realistic. This is one of the better works dealing with such a scenario.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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