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  • Ship of Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Renowned as FDR's favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. But the men of the Houston fought back with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, willpower, and the undying faith that their country would prevail.

    Laurie says: "interesting read"
    "ship of ghosts"
    Overall

    this was an excellent book. what a wonderful way to learn history of the war in the pacific and read about the men who fought, died and survived. Their ordeal was horrific but their stamina and strength was amazing under such terrible conditions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and biography and just wants to broaden their minds. looking for others about this period to expand my knowledge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "where is the mystery"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    make the stories mysteries instead of terrible short stories that are more psychological than any mystery


    Has Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no I love a good mystery when there is a plot etc.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the reader was good


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your money on this buy a true mystery book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Flory A. Van Beek
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Like Anne Frank, Flory Van Beek was a young girl caught in the ruthless Nazi occupation of Holland. But Flory survived to recount her extraordinary story of persecution and survival. Flory and her husband, Felix, endured the sinking of a ship bound for safety in the New World, the increasing danger of the occupation, and finally a life in hiding. This inspiring account vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust while telling a poignant story of love and courage.

    D. Hurley says: "Inspiring Story"
    "geared toward young adult"
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    Would you recommend Flory to your friends? Why or why not?

    no see more comments


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    performance was choppy and no inflection in voice; in defense of reader however the story itself was written like an essay in high school what I did last summer. this was more like someone reading from trite entries in a diary.


    Was Flory worth the listening time?

    could not wait for it to end. I went on internet to see her story because this book was so dull and lifeless that I was not sure I would read the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    more for a young adult audience, definitely hard to listen to and

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (450)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "good story narration could have been better"
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    If you could sum up Medicus in three words, what would they be?

    interesting background on rome etc during that period; story dragged some


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the goings on in the hospital and market and brothels if they were true were enlightening


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    simon vance was good to a point until he spoke for Tilla and sometimes reverted to an irish accent. would have been better if he just kept to his normal speaking, it distracted one from the character and what she was saying because it did not fit. I have listened to other vance books and they were great. not sure what happened here


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no reaction. will not pursue the series because I could better spend my time on better books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tim Brady
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Dirty Dozen meets Band of Brothers in this true story of how a rusty old New Orleans banana boat staffed with an unlikely crew of international merchant seamen, a gang of inmates from a local jail, and a French harbor pilot spirited out of Morocco by O.S.S. agents in the trunk of a Chevy, were drafted into service in WWII - and heroically succeeded in setting the stage for Patton's epic invasion of North Africa.

    Illini Two says: "A cameo of USA's entry into WWII"
    "good info on war terrible narrator"
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    Where does Twelve Desperate Miles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is okay for those of us who know little about north africa, but too much unimportant information that has nothing to do with the acutal operation


    What did you like best about this story?

    basic info about war in north africa and morroco conditions during it


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator kept switching accents with different characters but he was horrible and wold mix french with english and then southern . would have been better if he did away with the accents and just read the book. the accents were very distracting because they were so bad I would recommend someone read this book or find another narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    read it and dont listen to this version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Iron Mask

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.

    Joel says: "Not very pleased."
    "more muskateers than mask"
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    this was not a book about the man in the iron mask. it was 21 hours plus about the four muskateers the iron mask took up about one hour. If i had read the reviews first I would have known However I was going on the assumption from the movie adaptions that this would be about that story. if you are looking for an book about the iron mask this is not it. this is just more muskateers and their story. not a bad book but not what I was looking for and paid for and spent all that time listening to and waiting for me mask which never came.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (954)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "the first in a serires cant wait to read the other"
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    overall the story is great. I had read another and decided I needed to start from the beginning and I did. all should start with this one to get her background, and this first case is very interesting and intriguing. Good historical background information on WWI.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (780)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

    cstardancer says: "Not as good as usual"
    "great as always"
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    cannot wait for #11 from james patterson and lindsey and her womens murder club also more about joe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (621)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "looking forward to next in series"
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    great book and interesting plot; will read next in series to follow liam and his exploits

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (980)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "don't miss this one"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    this is a great story that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in stories not told or forgotten about wwII.


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

    definitely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (774)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "another great from louise penny;"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fatal Grace the most enjoyable?

    the narrator was terrific and the story keeps you wanting more; which I will certainly continue with inspector gamache in the next book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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