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Terrence

SINKING SPG, PA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 474 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (687)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Exotic"
    Overall

    What a fun read. The story is a skillful tale that blends and blurs reality and unreality; and which is which? Ultimately all seem to be only facets of the same reality. Maybe that is too ambitious a description. It is enough to say that the story is interesting, mysterious, comedic, thought provoking but above all entertaining throughout. The narrator is excellent, and every character has their own personality and voice. I enjoyed this book very much.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping the House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ellen Baker
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When newlywed Dolly Magnuson moves to 1950s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, she discovers that making marriage work is harder than it looks in the pages of the Ladies Home Journal. As she adapts to her new life, her restless imagination is seized by an abandoned Victorian house which, she learns from quilting-circle gossip, belongs to the once prominent Mickelson family.

    Terrence says: "A rich and enthralling tale"
    "A rich and enthralling tale"
    Overall

    The publisher's review does not do justice to the intricacies and depth of this novel. I loved this book on many levels. First of all, there is the humor. Descriptions of the ideal housewife of the 40s and 50s are wryly amusing, but at the same time, isn't simple goodness and striving to please an important essence of a good marriage? The dynastic tale of the Michelson family is intensely interesting. Is there truly a curse at work, or are the 3 generations we come to know so intimately, predestined to live lives shaped by their own foibles, or in some cases by their very strengths. This book is part mystery and suspense, part cautionary tale, part allegory of hope and ultimate redemption.
    If you enjoy good story telling you will enjoy this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By David Hilder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Here is Pat Conroy's powerful, captivating, and highly acclaimed best seller. He sweeps us into the turbulent world of four young men, friends, cadets, and bloodbrothers, and their days of hazing, heartbreak, pride, and betrayal. We go deeply into the heart of the novel's hero, Will McLean, a rebellious outsider with his own personal code of honor, who is battling into manhood the hard way.

    Terrence says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I wish I could write a review as beautifully as the word pictures painted by Pat Conroy in his books. I enjoyed Beach Music very much, enough that I wanted to try another book by Conroy. Looking over my available choices on Audible, I considered - hmmm - a sports story or a military institute story. Egad, neither one of those topics is exactly in my area of interest, but I decided to give Lords of Discipline a try. In the first hour, I was hooked. By the middle of the book I was finding it difficult to put down. With only two hours left before the ending, I had to give in and just listen to the conclusion.
    Conroy's writing sytle is lyrical, evocative and compelling. The narrator complements the beautiful writing of this book with fine and varied characterizations. An excellent read.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4793)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1687)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Everybody has a story"
    Overall

    This book is pure and beautiful storytelling. The characters are interesting, mysterious and appealing. The book reveals itself at a measured pace that irresistably draws you deeper and deeper into the storyline. It is a pleasure to read from beginning to end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (280)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Magically delicious"
    Overall

    I read Plain Truth and My Sisters Keeper before giving Second Glance a look. Tales of the supernatural immediately raise my "I'm not going to like this" alarm, but you know - it was my favorite book of the three. Very enjoyable. I thought the length of the story was just fine and it ended when it should have. I am sure I will read this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By D.W. Buffa
    • Narrated By Dennis Predovic
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (91)

    When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.

    Michael says: "Buffa's Best"
    "Very enjoyable."
    Overall

    This was one of those books that captured and held my attention from the first page. I looked forward to my commute or any of the other excuses that let me spend time with it. With one hour remaining in the book, I set aside all excuses and blasted through to the end in one continuous sitting. Good ending too. My biggest regret is that there are no more unabridged titles by this author available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janson Directive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (223)

    Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. "Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

    Grady says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This is my first Ludlum book. Call me dense but the plot wasn't predictable to me. Maybe after I read a few more of this author's novels I would have something different to say, but as a newbie, I enjoyed the twists and turn of the story. I will be trying out another Ludlum. This story definitely held my attention the entire length of the book. 4 instead of 5 because my suspension of disbelief was a bit taxed at times, but I don't mind enduring a little incredulity for an entertaining thriller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3312)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1307)

    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!"
    "No plot, no magic"
    Overall

    Long audio books don't intimidate me, in fact I prefer them. There are many good reviews for this book, and scattered among them a number of bad reviews. I took a chance on the good reviews and downloaded the book. After 7 plus hours of listening, I had to return to the reviews to evaluate them in context of what I had heard.

    The bad reviews pretty much hit the mark. If there is any real plot it must be waiting to make it's appearance in part 2 of the download. As for magic, there sure is a lot of talk about it, but very little of it on display. I don't often give up on a book, but I have learned that when I start telling friends that "I am still waiting for it to get good", it usually never does. This one took an early exit into the magical bit bucket. There must be an audience for this kind of droning story out there, but if you are at all doubtful about whether it is for you, consider the other negative reviews which all pretty much agree on the same shortcomings, and in that, they are accurate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (301)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Very Entertaining."
    Overall

    Pompeii is entertaining from start to finish. I found nothing at all distracting about the narrators accent, and in fact thought that John Lee was an excellent narrator. The story line was interesting all the way through. Best of all, the book piqued my interest enough in the subject that I found myself researching and learning a wide variety of things about that time in general and about that event in particular. I highly recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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