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Angela Kehoe

Conklin, NY United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 423 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Hood"
    Overall

    This book was an excellent read. The beginning started out somewhat slowly, but it really ramped up after the first 30-45 minutes. The author integrated a well loved story with rich history, excellent descriptions, a troubled but essentially lovable "Hood", and a thread of magic that was both believable and a perfect addition to this great story. I am early and impatiently anticipating the next book!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12700)
    Performance
    (5075)
    Story
    (5113)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    This book is dismally depressing. The horrible events that befall the characters never seem to cease. The violence and sex is gratituously described and doesn't seem to add anything to the plot - which meanders too much between the various perspectives. I tend to enjoy multi-perspectived books, as a rule, but this one is not on that list. Some of the characters are so awful and the descriptions of their pursuits are so disgusting that one tends to skip through them. I still don't know what the point of the story was at the end - really. It follows a typical epic narrative but often these have a common denomnator that links everything together. The cathedral is supposed to be it, but the misery, the violence and the horror detract from it for me. The sex scenes are uncomfortably akward, even when they aren't meant to be - like a romance novel or bodice ripper gone bad. The detail is, I think, meant to illustrate the humanity or lack therof with in the story, but I found it to be over the top. I give it two stars for some of the charcters and their stories, but would not read it again. To be honest, I only finished it because I dislike not completing a book once started.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Thom Dodd says: "One of my Audible favorites"
    "Beautiful Story"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this book. Only one small complaint is the amount of French both old and modern dialects. (I am not a linguist by any means.) You do become used to it and the beauty of the language won me over. Other reviewers have mentioned the skipping back and forth between the two time periods - I did not find this to be hard to follow, the characterization helps to clarify what time you are in. I loved how Mosse brought the two periods together. You will find yourself wanting her to write more about one over the other by turns! Engaging characters and deep relationships - all in all a beautiful and original story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6035)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2196)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "DEEP, BEAUTIFUL & ENGAGING"
    Overall

    I LOVED THIS BOOK AND THE OTHER TWO IN THE SERIES! THE RELATIONSHIPS WERE DEEP AND RICH, THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS AS FULL AS IT GETS AND THE STORY SUCKED YOU IN. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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