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Silvia

Oakland, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11546)
    Performance
    (10380)
    Story
    (10471)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Wait for the Movie and then Don't Go"
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    Inferno read like a mediocre movie script. As a result, it was disconnected and disjointed with two dimensional and predictable characters. As a result, the book is boring and filled with unnecessary and repetitive scenes. Like John Grisham, Dan Brown has sold out his considerable talent for the sake of movie rights. This will probably be the last Brown book that I read or listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21598)
    Performance
    (17973)
    Story
    (17961)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Into the Tunnel"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and its twists and turns. The narrative kept me engaged. The only problem was telling the 3 narrators apart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (669)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Flights of fact and fancy."
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    Thoroughly enjoyable! I looked for opportunities to listen so I have a really clean house. Well written and performed. Hurrah!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3646)
    Performance
    (3218)
    Story
    (3225)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "It Took an Eternity"
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    What would have made Edge of Eternity better?

    Where to begin? Cutting the length of this turgid novel would have improved the quality. Follet's attempts to connect the divergent threads fails to be believable and is often improbable. The author's attempts to describe relationships depends on social, racial, and sexual stereotypes. Women are described in terms of their sexual attractiveness and bedability. The gratuitous sex scenes do little to move the story forward. Instead, they feed Follet's fascination with the sizes, shapes, and appearances of women's breasts, which detracted from the story and thrummed with an adolescent boy's fantasies.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    Follet returned to his roots of anti-Communist and Cold War dogma and stereotypes. All communists were either bad or delusional and Democracy is the salvation of the world. He skipped over the more recent and relevant international political events in favor of trying to resurrect old stories. His treatment of the late 20th century was heavy handed and exceedingly biased.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    Lee had a tough job in narrating this multi-character text. Although he made a valiant effort, his attempts to mimic regional and international voices fell short resulting in confusion. The story would have benefited from having more performers.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Once I began fast forwarding through unnecessary verbiage, I enjoyed the historical sweep of the narrative. The book needs serious editing!


    Any additional comments?

    Follet undertook a daunting project in writing this trilogy in a relatively short period of time. He appears to have relied his successful Cold War novels for information and tone. Hhe fails to address the role of the Middle Eastern conflict on international politics. In fact, the book is so Eurocentric that I wondered what had happened to other major players.

    2 of 2 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
    (5411)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2250)

    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"
    "Complexity rules"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this title to friends who appreciate a complex and multi-layered tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed them all.


    What does Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have liked narrators who had more differentiated voices.


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

    Yes. Unfortunately, life did not afford me that opportunity. Instead, I listened to it in the car, while doing housework, and cooking.


    Any additional comments?

    Setterfield built a story much as one would construct a house--from the foundations to the more articulated and clearly defined rooms. She included surprising corridors and hidden rooms that held the secrets of the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (383)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Pamela J says: "We're all victims of our youth"
    "The Train Departs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Murkarami's latest book shows his growing maturity as a writer and willingness to move beyond his established magical realism genre. I recommend this concise and tightly woven book to readers who are new to this author. He seamlessly balanced the psychological, emotional, and physical journey of the protagonist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage?

    If I told you that, I might spoil the enjoyment of the reader.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Locke – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, Tazaki, lived through Locke's rendition.


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

    I became completely immersed in Tazaki's journey


    Any additional comments?

    Marakami has written a beautiful book that immerses the reader into the mind and world of Tazaki.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Haj

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.

    Jean says: "Oversimplification of Middle East problems"
    "Bigotry and Bias Rule Reason"
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    What would have made The Haj better?

    The Arab-Israeli conflict is a complex problem with both sides contributing to the struggle for each group to be autonomous. Had Uris acknowledged the equal culpability of the Jewish settlers in escalating tensions, the book may have been tolerable.


    What was most disappointing about Leon Uris’s story?

    His one-sided picture of a complex subject has done so much harm as he justifies the excesses of the Israelis in destroying a rich and ancient culture.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Shah’s performances?

    Never.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    As I listened to this grossly exaggerated and inflammatory piece of garbage, I became more and more incensed by the author's willingness to blame the Palestinians for their homelessness and degradation.


    Any additional comments?

    Uris presnted This blatant piece of anti-Arab propagand in a blurred fact/fiction format that blames the displaced Arabs for their forced homelessness. His specious arguments come across as grossly biased, untrustworthy, drenched in bigotry. Gratuitous scenes of Arab sex-and-violence are inserted to remind the reader that this is a "savage, uncivilized people, hell-bent on revenge for having their lands and livlihoods forcibly stripped from them. Generalizations about the Arab "nature" abound. Similar remarks about blacks or Jews would probably be considered unpublishable and inflammatory.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1075)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Ilumminating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The author's ability to weave the stories of several complex characters stands out among writers. I felt as if I had been sucked into a swirling whirlpool that drew me deeper and deeper in the the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Luminaries?

    The final chapter of the book in which all is revealed stands out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    With a book of this length, selecting a single scene as a favorite is virtually impossible.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Luminaries and why?

    Anna became my most memorable characters for her depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8202)
    Performance
    (7566)
    Story
    (7583)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Dr. Sleep Indeed! Dr. Sleepy In Fact."
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    I am a huge Stephen King fan and consider him to be one of the best authors around. All that being said, Dr. Sleep left me sleepy rather than sleepless. The story seemed contrived and predictable. It certainly did not meet the usual high King standards. I almost felt as if he had run out of ideas and decided to dust off an enthralling tale of the super natural, hoping to touch on the glory of The Shining. Don't get me wrong--I still couldn't stop listening to this sequel; I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Perhaps another and more serious problem was the narrator. Will Patton tried to inject the missing feeling into the book with an often sonorous voice that attempted to convey fear and tension. Instead, he interfered with the story, often detracting from the tale with his overly dramatic reading of simple sentences.

    However, an author as prolific and talented as Stephen King is entitled to an occasional miss. I will continue to look forward to his amazing offerings with anticipation.

    17 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (874)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "A Shot In the Dark--Solving the Gun Conundrum"
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    Stephen King brings his prodigious intelligence to a difficult task--addressing the growing gun violence in this country. He comes from a place in the middle of a mind-boggling controversy and presents a well thought out solution to this conundrum. It is a must read for anyone who agonizes over protecting our second amendment rights while controlling the proliferation of death-dealing firearms.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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