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Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Gun Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Reg E. Cathey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for 20 years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil.

    JunkyardMessiah says: "Perfect marriage between writer and narrator"
    "gratuitous macho violence"
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    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this book. The story was full of unnecessary violence without subtlety and a theme of native American lore dating to Manhattan prior to white settlement that simply didn't ring true. The noir ambience was crude and overstated. Not worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Map of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha Jin
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary - an astonishing chronicle of his journey from 1949 Shanghai to Okinawa to Langley, Virginia - reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed.

    mchrysoc says: "The very first Ha Jin book that I COULD put down."
    "Sino-American spy novel"
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    Would you listen to A Map of Betrayal again? Why?

    No. I got it the first time and I'm happy with that


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gary. He is emblematic of the immigrant caught between 2 worlds


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice introduction to Sino-American relations during the cold war told in a fictional format. The characters are interesting, and the events that Gary, the protagonist, deals with cover the gamut of Chinese-American cold war history However.I was, not moved or emotionally invested in any of these characters, as much as I enjoyed the story.
    The narrator does a good job in switching between Chinese and North American voices.Overall, I enjoyed it but I doubt that I will read/listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Family Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Akhil Sharma
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision. We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: When automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important.

    Shantanu Sharma says: "Honest and touching"
    "Portraint of an immigrant family"
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    What did you like best about Family Life? What did you like least?

    Portrayal of an immigrant's family struggle under difficult circumstances. The story ended prematurely without development of some of the themes.


    Was Family Life worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a study in an immigtrant family's relentless drive for success through their children's lives under diffficult circumstnces. It portrayed the struggle of adaptation to a very different culture.The charcters are well devellped and realistic. The narration was excellent and well paced.
    The story could have been more fully devloped however, and I found the ending disappppointing because I felt it was premature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1237)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Gripping thriller"
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    Would you listen to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel again? Why?

    No because I now know the story and since it is a thriller it has less interest a second time. The first time was great however.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel?

    The fight on the pirate ship.


    What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

    Nuanced, alternatively threatening and tender. Brilliant.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant adaptation of the play moved forward a generation with gripping drama and well developed characters all set into motion by spectacular narration. This is NOT the play Hamlet, but rather a creative restatement using some of the former characters and plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8532)
    Performance
    (7675)
    Story
    (7683)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Moving, complex, and brilliant"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great historical fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Handfull. Great portrayal of a complicated, noble, and persecuted individual


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Handfull


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a brilliant evocation of the mores and lifestyles of the old south prior to the civil war. The characters are well-developed and complex; the story is easy to understand but likewise complex with multiple plot twists, partially based on fact and the author's research. The narration is superb. If I have a complaint it is that the perspective is almost exclusively female which makes the story a little one-dimensional. Overall, however, a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface - and the lives that led them there.

    Deborah says: "Profound"
    "Tense compelling story"
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    What did you like best about Deep Down Dark? What did you like least?

    The unfolding of the post rescue events were the most interesting and complex


    What other book might you compare Deep Down Dark to and why?

    I can't think of another; this is a unique story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is an incredible story of survival, perseverance, and determination with a fascinating discussion of the consequences of success after the rescue.It reminds us not to give up until there is proof of failure and that success has its own complications.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The new novel from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling writer Richard Flanagan.A young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is adopted by the most celebrated explorer of the age, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, to show that the savage can be civilised. When Sir John disappears while looking for the fabled Northwest Passage, Lady Jane turns to the great novelist Charles Dickens for help.

    Peter says: "Had to bail"
    "Had to bail"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    listeners from Aiustralia and/or Tasmania


    What could Richard Flanagan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The Charles Dickens part was disjointed and didn't blend in soon enough with the story to make it worthwhile continuing


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't worth it for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (421)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "Excellent historical fiction"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about An Officer and a Spy? What did you like least?

    This is a well rendered fictional account of a very important episode in European history depicting the pervasive anti-semitism of the late 19th century and the antiquated leadership style of the French army of that era. It is also a great view of the society and culture of "The Proud Tower" of Europe, as Tuchman has described the era. On the down side, the plot was full of somewhat confusing subterfuge with multiple characters that were a bit of a struggle to keep straight in an audio format. this is a minor criticism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Officer and a Spy?

    Piccard's "duel'


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Georges Piccart


    Any additional comments?

    The Dreyfus affair was an important episode in modern French history. It exposed the latent anti-semitism in France which was to become more apparent later in the 20th century and the pathetic leadership of the senior French military of the time. It also exposed the pervasive French mistrust and paranoia of Germany which in part set the stage for the run up to WWI. This book renders all this digestible in a great fictional format. David Rintoul's narration is excellent and his French accent est parfait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once We Were Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald H. Balson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

    Simone says: "Almost Perfect"
    "Great mix of WWII thriller and legal drama"
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    Where does Once We Were Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 20%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben--tenacious, humble, and brilliant working class survivor.


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

    Berman has excellent control of the different voices and rotates smoothly between them. His narration is a pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the blend of tight WWII suspense with the Jewish plight at the hands of the Nazis and the contemporary legal machinations. This is reminiscent of an historical John Grisham at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1556)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Engrossing view of narcissism"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes--if they were interested in the culture of the 60's and 70's and the roll of this music in our cultural history


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Joe Hurley was fantastic, but Johnny Depp was uninspiring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating view of a very brilliant man and artist beset by self destructive tendencies but able to have a productive career in spite of his destructive lifestyle. The context of how the famous songs (Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash, etc.) came about was fascinating. He is brilliant but very self-absorbed.

    0 of 0 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
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1080)

    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"
    "Brilliant complex mystery/love story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Luminaries?

    The writing, the sense of place


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gascoigne--cheerful, independent, insightful, interesting past


    Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favorite?

    Walter Moody--the trial scenes were fabulous


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a complex and brilliantly conceived story with many layers about a remote place and time. The narration is pitch-perfect as Meadows rotates seamlessly between indigenous Maori accents, Irish, Scotch, and English accents. The story is told in a non linear fashion with multiple loops back to the original themes making it easier to grasp. The writing is spectacular. This is a unique piece with throwbacks to a Jane Austen style but with a rare and exquisite layering of plot lines. It takes some time to get through it but it's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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