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Tracy

Marlin, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (747)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Best of the Best"
    Overall

    This title supplements Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Being a work of non-fiction, it explains what happened to those who did not flee from the dust. I enjoyed it so much, I bought the hard copy and gave it as a gift.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    I really thought the ending was going to be a tear jerker, but WOW! I don't want to spoil it for you, so just read (listen) to this one. If you enjoy fantasy set on earth in the present, this one is probably one of the absolutely best titles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (427)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Koontz at his best"
    Overall

    A new twist on the Frankenstein story. Excellent!
    I can't wait for part three.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1308)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Endearing Fantasy"
    Overall

    The Historians of English Magic just can't believe that there is a practitioner out there. This is a comical and very entertaining novel. I recommend it for those who enjoy titles with "twists of history." Difficult to put down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (2038)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Excellent for Young Adults and Adults"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story the author created to explain the origin of the "Wicked Witch of the West." It was entertaining, but not entertaining enough for me to want to read or hear "Son of a Witch."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (92)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    Matthew says: "Breaking new ground"
    "A new genre for Anne Rice?"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this title. It does follow Catholic tradition, though I doubt Protestants would be offended. This Methodist wasn't offended. I was hoping the author might consider a second title, picking up where the first ended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (585)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Koontz at his best"
    Overall

    A new twist on the Frankenstein story. Excellent!
    I can't wait for part three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, enthralling portrait of a family driven (and riven) by familiar passions and jealousies. The result is a staggering achievement and intimate, hilarious, and utterly original telling of temptation and murder, and of exile and loss.

    Jacob says: "Remarkable!"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    Poor premise of reverse chronological order. I usually enjoy "Biblical Fiction," but this one was lacking and unenlightening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shirley Hazzard
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    This mesmerizing, poetic novel won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction and has earned universal acclaim. Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, The Great Fire tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy.

    Margarita says: "Always found something else to do"
    "Just couldn't enjoy this one"
    Overall

    I just couldn't seem to make myself care for these characters. I know the book was an award winner, but the audio version just didn't do the book justice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2109)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (726)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "A good listening experience"
    Overall

    If you enjoy the author, you won't be disappointed. The book gets a little slow in the middle, the author repeated things that seemed unnecessary. The ending was a surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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