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Blakely

Encinitas, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Don't believe all the bad reviews."
    Overall

    I can't believe all the negative reviews that all the narrow minded politically correct do gooder wannabees have written to trash this suspensful book. They gotta get over the fact that the protaganist is on the other side of the current liberal beliefs on global warming. When I was a kid, we didn't have wind chill factors, heat indexes etc. It was either cold or it was hot. Lets start reviewing books on their good and bad merits instead of whether they are in tune with the reviewers beliefs. I thought it was a great story and well worth the hours of listening. Never a dull moment. I listened and learned from both sides of the global warming argument. I found the book challanging, not written at a level below me. Maybe thats it, they just didnt understand the book.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Last White Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Lynn Sharrott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    With her frayed jeans and cascade of tousled dark hair, Lynn Shaw looks more like one of the teenage residents of Horizon House than their counselor. So it's no wonder State Senator Erik Gunther mistakes her for one. Not that he exactly fits the description of a politician, with his movie-star looks and athletic build. Even Lynn, cynical, stubborn, and decidedly not looking for a relationship, can't ignore her body's response to the man.

    Shawn says: "Boring"
    "Soft Porn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tami Hoag and/or Lynn Sharrott?

    I will pass on reading any another book from Tami Hoag. Too many other good authors out there to read.


    What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

    Thin story line if any. I used to enjoy her detective stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17685)
    Performance
    (15725)
    Story
    (15678)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I wasn't expecting a love story."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I have been a JFK fan since I was a boy. Combine that with a little time travel that you dont have to be a rocket scientist to understand. Set out a few time travel rules and see how life was in the late 1950s - early 1960s. Such insight into how lifew was in small town USA. The narrator nails the accents. This early style of King's writings make it one of the most enjoyable of his books to read.


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

    No, books with lots of detail like this you need to take a break and let your mind process it. I did have to sit in the driveway to listen to the last half hour. I wasnt ready to take a break. I wanted to stay with the flow.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend recommend I read this book. Now it is my turn to recommend you read it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....

    C. Telfair says: "Screenwriters Changed it for the Better"
    "The book is not the same story line as the movie."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This book should not be sold as the Marigold Hotel. It should still be named These Foolish Things. I liked the story line of the movie much more than the book. I am not just referring to the visuals and the sounds,The characters are similar, but they are also so different from book to movie. Enjoy the book for what it is, Just do not expect it to follow the movie.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Like a fine meal"
    Overall

    I relate the author John Grisham to a fine restarant and his books to a fine meal. I loved the hors devours. This book starts off great. And the wine pairings to take us to the main course developed and fleshed out the story. I could not wait for each successive course or wine pairing. But when dessert was served, it was like being offered an ice cream cone and rushed out the door because the restaurant was closing. What a let down. I still gave it 4 stars because I liked what was there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tears of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles McCarry
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and featuring secret agent Paul Christopher, The Tears of Autumn is a tour de force of action and enigma.

    Richard says: "Read Me First"
    "It must be me"
    Overall

    I couldn't get through it though I forced myself to endure the endless drone. I thought suspense novels were supposed to make you want to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next or to uncover another clue. This book just goes on and on endlessly without suspense. This book makes reading the crime beat or arest records in the newspapaper exciting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (399)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Fun Easy Read but Lacks Details"
    Overall

    Entertaining, contemporary setting, but lacks the details that Dan Brown or John Grisham would have included. Left me wanting for more. I felt I was being sluffed over. I could have learned a lot more about industrial spying. Paranoia wasn't up to my expectations on technical aspects that would have enhanced the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (23)

    The electrifying Left Behind™ series has soared to the top of best seller lists! Listen to what life might be like for those left behind when millions vanish, fulfilling the prophecy in the Book of Revelation. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror-stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.

    Andrew says: "Fun if you accept it for what it is..."
    "Should have been Left Behind"
    Overall

    Simple, Predictable, Lacked imagination and development of non christian explanations of the rapture. Didn't provoke any thoghts for me, left me wanting for a good discussion between the christian and an alternative cause.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6928)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1721)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "The perfect book for me!!!"
    Overall

    Murder mystery, Conspiracy, Religion, History, the old seach for the Holy Grail meets the new. The author weaved wave after wave of new information adding more and more pieces to the puzzle. I am sad it is finnished.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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