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Jan

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (935)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "Orwell and Cosham, a Dynamic Duo!"
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    I haven't attempted reading any of Orwell's works since high school. I'm now 60 and took the plunge. This book is amazing and the narration is truly awesome. I couldn't turn the book off and finished it in one sitting, and went straight on to "1984."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

    Amelie says: "Great boo."
    "To counter my review of the first novel!!"
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    This was one of the best books I've listened to ever. So my apologies for my "juvenile" review of the first book. I'll try it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (567)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "The Incomparable John Lee"
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    Average story made better than average by John Lee's narration. Wonderful vocal intonation and accent delivery! Only problem I have is his pronunciation of "Chelmno." He uses the c-h sound when it's actually pronounced with a hard C. But that could just be a British thing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (409)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Is this a children's book?"
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    I don't know, maybe I wasn't in the mood, but this title seemed very juvenile to me. I don't know if it was the author's fault or the narrator's or mine! I turned it off after one hour and said "Ugg, I've wasted another credit."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18429)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8618)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "The Mesmerizing Voice of Simon Vance"
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    Not only is Simon one of my top favorite readers, but my cat loves his voice, too. She comes running to my chair (or pillow) whenever I turn on my Kindle and she hears Simon. One evening I put on ear buds, but Shamu could still hear him! She sniffed the ear bud and then laid her head down on my ear so she could listen too.

    Shamu's review is more telling than my own could ever be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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