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Brett

Beth page, TN, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bernhard Schlink
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

    Ella says: "Dysfunctional"
    "a nice twist"
    Overall

    I liked this book very much. I listened to it, at first with a bit of distance, then it drew me into the story. By the end I was twisted and conflicted just as the author wanted me to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foucault's Pendulum

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

    Kenneth says: "too much missing"
    "not very good"
    Overall

    I liked some aspects of the plot. The whole idea of creating a story that takes on a life of its own. However the audio, the way the story was told, and probably some things missing from the book really made this story no that good. At the end I wish I would have listened to something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Like Water for Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura Esquivel
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, the tyrannical owner of the De la Garza ranch. As the youngest, she is expected to remain single and stay at home to care for her mother. So when Tita falls in love, Mama Elena arranges for Tita's older sister to marry Tita's young man.

    Linda says: "A delicious story"
    "Loved this story"
    Overall

    I did not know what to expect from listening to this story. But I loved it. The characters are rich with details, and the author spins a story like no other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Club Dumas

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated By David Warner
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. Soon the unsuspecting Corso is drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do.

    Jim N says: "Worth the Credit"
    "A great read."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. This is one of those books that gets you thinking, and keeps you thinking long after you are done listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6664)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2493)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "what we should have learned years ago"
    Overall

    A great book to go over the vast history of science. I would have named it the short history of nearly everything scientific, because no time is given to history of any other sort than science. I very much enjoyed the book, and learned much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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