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Winkie

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  • 13 reviews
  • 78 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1038)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Exciting!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this fast-paced war thriller. The characters were great and the audio recording was one of the best I've heard. Eric Lincoln does a terrific job. He adds to the excitement of the novel by pacing his narration to the action in the novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "Boring people in a lifeboat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are better books to read with this subject matter. Don't waste your time on this one. The characters are boring and I never felt a connection with any of them. Grace, the main character rambles on and on. It doesn't help that the performance is dull as well (but, that may be a result of the content). It raises a couple of interesting discussion questions for a book club, but again there are better books to spend your time on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (860)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "The Uninterestings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is nothing "interesting" about the book or the characters. There's no depth to any of the characters, and after hours of listening, I found I didn't care about any of them. There's nothing overtly wrong with the story - it's just boring. There are better books to spend your time on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7645)
    Performance
    (5860)
    Story
    (5878)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my second time through the book. I read it in hardcover the first time and enjoyed it just as much in audio form. It's a touching novel filled with the most creative use of words and imagery. While a book narrated by Death during WWII may sound depressing, I found the story filled with hope and compassion. This book is on my top 10 list of all time favorites. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. Jacob introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and to Rosie, a seemingly untrainable elephant.

    MIKOKO says: "Couldnt hear the story because of the narrator"
    "I hate circuses - but loved this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has been on my "to read" list for a long time because so many people have recommended it. I kept putting it off however because I absolutely hate circuses. I have to admit that this book pulled me in and it was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed the back and forth between the younger and older Jacob. Great narraters added to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Richard Gong says: "Exceeded my expectations"
    "Complicated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Probably more enjoyable if you've read the other books. I've read a couple, but not all and I felt a little lost at times trying to keep everyone straight. It's a complicated plot to follow with lots of characters, and at times it's just way too wordy. Lou Diamond Phillips is an awesome reader however and brings a lot to the story. I'll look for more books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperfectionists

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Rachman
    • Narrated By Christopher Welch
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English-language newspaper as they struggle to keep it - and themselves - afloat. This hilarious and poignant look at the struggles of print news will establish Rachman as one of the 21st century’s most perceptive talents.

    Debra says: "love it"
    "Does Every Story Have to be Depressing?"
    Overall

    This book of intertwining stories about the staff of an international newspaper is well-written with interesting characters. Unfortunately, every single story is a downer. It got to be predictable. It was like the author kept trying to outdo himself in the ways he could make the characters miserable. The book would have fared better with a couple of happy stories thrown in.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (207)

    A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

    Renee says: "Pretty bad"
    "Not My Favorite Koontz Work"
    Overall

    This early Koontz novel must get by on his name recognition as it certainly doesn???t live up the reputation he???s built with his other suspense thrillers. The characters are shallow and the plot is predictable. He manages to keep the excitement flowing, but the overall result puts this at the bottom of my list of recommended reads by Dean Koontz.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2958)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1573)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Should Pendergast be Retired?"
    Overall

    I really enjoy Preston and Child???s page-turning stories, and I???m a fan of Special Agent Pendergast. The beginning starts off great and sucks you in. Unfortunately, the ending wasn???t satisfying and leaves me wondering if the Pendergast storyline has run its course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22922)
    Performance
    (9567)
    Story
    (9641)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Doesn't Live Up to the Hype"
    Overall

    When I actually read this book the first time, I was challenged by the Swedish names of locations in the book. Stumbling through them really threw off the flow of the storyline for me. In addition, it was a slow read as the plot is often painfully bogged down by excessive details. With all the rave reviews it???s received though, I was compelled to try it again ??? this time in audio. Listening to it was much more enjoyable. Overall though, I still don???t feel it lives up all the hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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