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Teresia

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  • The Third Wheel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Kinney
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (56)

    Love is in the air - but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn't have any prospects either, but that's a small consolation. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who's going to be lucky in love.

    Darby says: "Very cute book"
    "Yawwwwwwnnnn!"
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    Truly do not see what my 10 year old grandson sees in these books. Surely there have GOT to be better books than this to inspire a boy who LOVES reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Michael says: "Slow, very slow"
    "Red Rabbit is out of order!"
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    Even though this was written or published later, if you want to read the Jack Ryan books in order you need to read this after The Patriot Games and before The Cardinal. It takes place WAY BEFORE what happens in many of the other books. I'm going back and reading them in order, and am bummed it's not listed in chronological order.

    I'm really sad that we won't be reading any more Tom Clancy novels. R.I.P. Mr. Clancy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.

    Jaime says: "Love this whole series"
    "Oh PALLEEEZZZZZZZZ"
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    This book is one of the most annoying books I've attempted to listen to in the past ten years. Supposedly we have a situation that involves the Russian mafia, the CIA, a former CIA agent, jewel dealers and a question about whether a missing man is a good man or a world-class jewel thief, and yet the male (former CIA agent?) and female protagonist (jewelry designer) act like horney tweeners....every other thought/sentence/line is about sex and their hormones raging for each other. It seems the author couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a bodice-ripper or an international jewel-theft thriller. It is just too ridiculous to continue!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (681)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Silly is NOT funny"
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    If you like things like Mr. Bean or Johnny English (I don't) you'll likely like this. Had to stop after 20 minutes because, to me, silly (unless you happen to be 3 years old) is not the same thing as funny. Many people wrote great comments, so I'm happy they have been able to enjoy it....to me it was just a great waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    Two years ago, Robin Monarch was a top level CIA operative—perhaps the best they had when it came to black bag operations. Then one day, in the middle of an operation, with his team around him in the field, Monarch walked away, leaving his old life and friends behind without a word of explanation. Now this ex-soldier, ex-operative, and orphan with a murky past is a thief, stealing from the super-rich and has surfaced in St. Tropez.

    Eliezer Wagner says: "Great Story, great characters!"
    "Fun read BUT...."
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    ***SPOILER ALERT***
    I never would have read this book had Audible not offered a sale on many of the first books in various series. Thanks Audible!! This book was a fun read and I really enjoyed the protagonist, Robin--especially his background and how he was able to change his life from the utter depravity of his youth. However, I only gave it 4 stars because it seems utterly improbable that a man (spy) who managed to reach the top of the spy chain in America would be so slow as to find the bad egg in their midst at the same time the whole nation/world did. Had he spent half the time doing research that Robin's teammate did in forty-five minutes he would have found the bad guy...and then that would have ended the story. I hope in the second book in the series the head of the CIA is just a little smarter! Nevertheless, I'm glad I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

    B. Lambert says: "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    "Awful narrator BUT...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I highly recommend this book, as well as the other two in the series, BUT the narrator is just AWFUL (as many have stated) BUT I urge you to grit your teeth and after about 1-2 hours the story will have you so involved that you don't care about the awful narration!! The book will give you goose bumps, especially as the trilogy unfolds and you begin to realize just who the real-life people are about whom the author is writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    There are just too many to name.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The man who narrates this book is probably the worst narrator I've ever listened in over 600 audiobooks. It is like he is reading a catalog--completely monotone....but he does get better in the second book and almost normal in the last book. HOWEVER, as bad as the narrator is....the story line is so important that you just HAVE to listen to the rest of the story so just suck it up and grit your teeth. I promise you that even listening to the first book I immediately ordered the other two books (even though I had about eight other books I'd already ordered and downloaded) and listened to them one after the other....staying up way into the night to listen and turning the book on every morning as soon as I could! (At the end of the first book the narrator states that he narrates the book "through a special arrangement with the author," which likely explains why he narrated the other two books, even with the huge number of complaints about his delivery.)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry, angry, and think a LOT about the situation in our country today.


    Any additional comments?

    The extremely poor narration is a given....just accept that it will be awful and listen to the book, or read it....whichever way you prefer....but READ/LISTEN TO IT!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (476)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Boring...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Because I was able to purchase the book for $4.95 it wasn't a total waste as I was able to listen to a new author and narrator. It could have been the beginning of a series that I might have enjoyed, BUT I continually became distracted until the last third of the book. It is a book I will NEVER listen to again.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alex Grecian before, how does this one compare?

    Never heard of him before. He was okay, but I doubt I'll ever pick one of his books again.


    Did Toby Leonard Moore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was okay but I will not search out books narrated by him.


    Could you see The Yard being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Can't imagine it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love to read and the books are still on sell then go for it, otherwise there are many more books that might be more worthy of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5854)
    Performance
    (4223)
    Story
    (4242)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Fantistic story but..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was so wonderful but it was told in such a choppy manner that Iconstantly had to backtrack. It was extremely annoying BUT Instill believe it's a book everyone ought to hear!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new prospective on what it was like in WWII Germany and that one individual can change thecourse of someone's life forever.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No....he was fine....it was not his delivery as much as the disjointed and the way it was told by the grim reaper. I personally think the story would have been much more powerful had it been told in a less disjointed manner.


    Do you think The Book Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that I would have liked to listen to again but, sadly, it would be too annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Love historical novels!"
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    This is, in many ways, difficult to listen to....it is hard to realize that people actually went through all this hardship. This is based upon the life of Mary Wilder of Virginia. The story is told from Ms. Wilder's viewpoint of her hardships during her journey into captivity and back to her family. In order to survive she had to leave her baby who was born on the harrowing journey as a slave/captive, with a woman who loved her, and her older son, who was adopted by the Indian chief (her younger son died early on). I could barely stand to turn the book off to sleep. I understand why she left her children but I doubt I would have made that same choice. She knew that in order to survive she would likely almost be starving by the time she got back to her people, over a thousand miles of traveling by foot, and that her children had a better chance of survival if they stayed. I cannot even imagine how hard that must have been for her to do....she even wrote later that she had to harden her heart in order to leave them behind.

    It never ceases to amaze me how resilient people are and how they can overcome some of the most excruciatingly difficult challenges. If you like historical novels based on read events you will...enjoy is not the right word...but you will be glad you listened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2602)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Great story but present strangely"
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    This was an amazing story...but it was difficult for me to keep track of who was talking and the year. Even though the date is told at the beginning I often wondered if it was 1913, 1940s of this decade. Ms. Morton wrote a fantastic tale but it was done, in my humble opinion, in an odd, convoluted manner.

    I am glad that I listened to it, but it is not something I'll listen to again...it was too frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5809)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5249)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Not what I expected"
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    It is difficult to hear parts of this because, even though it's fiction, you know that people actually had to live through this. The story is about a curmudgeon of an old White man disinheriting his entire family and leaving 90% of everything he had (worth over $20 million) to his Black housekeeper. That may sound like it would be boring but the story holds your attention completely. The narrator is simply amazing; his voice is spellbinding. I was never in doubt as to who was speaking because every voice was distinct.

    If you read A Time to Kill, this takes place three years after Jake won the acquittal of his Black client.

    Worth every dime and every minute of your listening time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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