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  • Dead Like You: Roy Grace, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

    Jean says: "Better read than listened to"
    "dead like you"
    Overall

    a good mystery, flash backs sometimes confusing but still very suspenseful and as always with pd a surprising ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vicki Constantine Croke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1386)

    At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten.

    Patrick says: "Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Bravery"
    "Elephants are smarter than you think!"
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    Not sure how I came upon this book but so glad I did. Williams adventures and life in Burma from the mid 1920's through the war and later are incredible. This book teaches us about the elephant as a worker, friend and "group member". Besides all that Williams did with these magnificent creatures. I always love reading a book that I learn more about the subject and addition to a wonderful story. "Audible 2o review sweepstakes entry", audible 20 review sweepstakes entry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great Reckoning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4622)
    Performance
    (4268)
    Story
    (4245)

    When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

    Lisa K. Dillon says: "A Return to Three Pines"
    "another hit from louise penney"
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    If you could sum up A Great Reckoning in three words, what would they be?

    terrific AS always


    Any additional comments?

    Louise Penny knocks them out of the park every time. each book makes you crave for the next one and there better be more!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4138)
    Performance
    (3764)
    Story
    (3777)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "too much botanh"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    book was too long, too much scientific botanical stuff, frustrating cause it had little bearing on the story


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Gilbert before, how does this one compare?

    first one


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    love her as a reader, look for her books specifically


    Could you see The Signature of All Things being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cate Lineberry
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    When 26 Army nurses and medics - part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron - boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival.

    Christi Milton says: "Amazing story untold for so long"
    "secret rescue"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    this was written more for a young adult audience. it comes across very immature. also the author puts in one liners about things or what people said and it comes off very poorly and no one cares....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    not much but the narrator talked liked she was dealing with a young audience also but it was most likely the material


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

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149324)
    Performance
    (137797)
    Story
    (137662)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "great book not so great narrator"
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing, educational, captivating


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

    ?


    What aspect of R. C. Bray’s performance would you have changed?

    he was not the greatest


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

    the crew going back to mars


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this again just for the pleasure of the book not the narrator

    0 of 0 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
    (445)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (387)

    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.

    Susan says: "Interesting box stories"
    "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
    (151)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    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.

    Donna 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

    2 of 2 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
    (2618)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2059)

    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.

    Susan says: "Great listen"
    "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.


    1 of 1 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
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    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.

    ellen says: "good info on war terrible narrator"
    "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

    1 of 1 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
    (438)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    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.

    Rebecca says: "The Musketeers Get Old"
    "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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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