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Jane

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  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Allan Wolf
    • Narrated By Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, and others
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    More than 2,000 men, women, and children are on board. Here on the first-class promenade is millionaire John Jacob Astor, who hopes his return from Egypt with his pregnant teen bride will invite a minimum of media attention. And here, in the third-class common room, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers first love. And there in the distance, shrouded in darkness, an ancient iceberg lies patient, awaiting its encounter.

    danny lawrence says: "It could have happened that way"
    "Highly recommended & bittersweet story"
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    Would you listen to The Watch That Ends the Night again? Why?

    Yes. It is entertaining, despite the tragic end to come. Even the iceberg had a voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The voice of the rats. It was so unexpected.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having so many voices really made this story. I think the book alone would have less impact.


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

    No, I prefer to savor it a little at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the many books about the Titanic, I think this book has a lot to offer. At times, I almost felt myself aboard the ship, and became so thankful that I was on land as I listened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coffin Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gwendoline Butler
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It is 1978 and senior police John Coffin has been drafted back to South London to oversee the Local Detective branch. Here, he becomes involved in a game so deadly that everyone is a possible victim...

    Jane says: "Great Narrator!"
    "Great Narrator!"
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    Nigel Carrington really made Coffin Underground! Now I want all 13 Coffins. I think this book is better than Coffin In Fashion, but that was my first Coffin & I opted for a second. I think Nigel Carrington is one of the best if not THE best narrator of all the many I have heard. And I thought no one could top John Lea or Simon Prebble....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (140)

    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Kathi says: "Predictably excellent addition to Rutledge series"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having read several mother/son team books authored as Charles Todd and enjoyed them, I was somewhat lost in this one. It seemed a stretch in both plot and characters.Perhaps I listened in too many short snatches of time. I wanted to like it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (572)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Benoibe says: "Best book of the year!"
    "Surprisingly Good"
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    I never thought I would be interested in a boat race. But I thought the fact that it was in that horrendous Nazi Olympics might be riveting. It was, but not in the way I thought. As the title suggests, it was the boys in the boat that were mesmerizing.

    I was a bit disappointed that there was not much on the German side of the story.
    Still, I came away with a huge amount of respect for the boys in "our" boat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (165)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Sometimes raw, but good"
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    I think I got this one because I'd read Robotham before. His character's struggle with Parkinson's adds a twist to his books in the series. In this case, the trouble knocked on his door....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (2000)
    Story
    (1992)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Colin Firth is wonderful as a narrator."
    Overall
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    Colin Firth is right up there with Ralph Cosham. Cosham has narrated about 100 books, and so far I've only found one by Colin Firth. It was a bittersweet story with more introspection than plot, but Firth nailed it as far as I'm concerned. I wish he would do more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (648)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Too much"
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    This seemed to spend a lot of time in the weeds of Who discovered what, and when, and how could someone profit from it? I had read a biography of Tesla, but I have yet to find his story presented in a truly interesting way. Tesla deserves great credit for his genius, but I came away still somewhat confused of what use it has been to us in the long run.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (216)

    What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand... what is good about America... and where we have gone astray.

    Jonathan says: "A must for Americans"
    "If you love America, listen to this"
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    Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, the references in this book about our country's early years are a must read. Later in the book, some of the implications for today seemed a bit repetitive, but the message is worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1926)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Raw but good"
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    Despite the sometimes x rated horrors in this mystery, it was intriguing the way it was solved and I didn't want to stop listening. Later, there were some twists I wasn't entirely expecting and didn't like, Despite that, it was one of the better ones I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "Liked Kindle Book & the Audio together"
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    This was a bit unusual. It seemed a little unlikely, but at least I read and listened to the end. It wasn't boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trent's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E C. Bentley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Considered by many to be the first modern mystery novel, Trent's Last Case introduces the gentleman sleuth Philip Trent, a freelance reporter and invistigator. Trent becomes involved in the case of the murder of millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson, slain while on holiday in England.

    Roxane says: "A real find!"
    "Bought for Simon Vance narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. It is rather forgettable as it is.


    Would you recommend Trent's Last Case to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't remember a single one! However, I do remember lots of scenes from The Watch That Ends The Night: Voices from the Titanic.


    Did Trent's Last Case inspire you to do anything?

    To be more selective in my ordering, perhaps paying more for some of my Audiobooks than in the past.


    Any additional comments?

    When this book was finished I remember thinking, well that was okay. Apparently it takes more than loving to hear Simon Vance's narration for something to stick in my memory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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