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Lorna

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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
    (10655)
    Performance
    (9635)
    Story
    (9721)

    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.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Another great Dan Brown Novel"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love Dan Brown's novels and this one was no exception. In his classic action packed writing style Dan takes us through Dante's Inferno, yet at the same time making the reader think about things maybe they haven't thought about or haven't thought about in a while. If you are a Dante fan and/or a Dan Brown fan then do not pass this book up.

    Paul Michael also did a really great job at narration!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (590)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Should be called Bad American Pop-Culture Ideas"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski again?

    Probably not. At least not without extreme causion


    What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s voice?

    The only decent thing about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is all American and focuses mostly on sports and celebrities. These ideas, while bad, in my opinion, are not the worst ideas ever - even in recent history. While this is not the worst book I've listen to - it is ranked up there and I would recommend a pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barbara Olson
    • Narrated By Tessa Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Television commentator and former congressional investigator Barbara Olson has conducted countless interviews and tapped sources of Washington insiders to reveal the real Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Jan says: "Hillary Exposed"
    "Hit the Sample button before buying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I understand that it is hard to find a balance when reading books. There are those with no tone inflections that, despite a great book, tends to put the listener to sleep. Then there are narrators like this one, where everything is stressed as though what is being said is of great revelation even if all they are saying is "she was born on.." You get the feeling that there are 20 exclamation points at the end of every sentence. You start to find yourself rolling your eyes at ever drawn out word and every spike in tone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tessa Dalton’s performances?

    I will not say no, as this could have just been a case of bad direction, but I will be weary in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrators are a personal performance. The narrator ruined the audio-book for me. This does not mean the book itself was a bad one. I think the author makes some good points and her arguments are verifiable. However, until I read the actual book I cannot give this book a fair review on its content.

    0 of 0 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
    (4992)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1879)

    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"
    "Amazing Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Actually "amazing" is not good enough to describe this book. I rarely write reviews, I never know if what I think is a good book, will be agreeable to others. But I have to say this about this book - if you love books, if you are looking for a story that has it all - ups, downs, and everything in-between - that leaves you sad it's over but delighted you listened to it, then you must get this book. I could not put it down (or in this case turn it of). The narrators did a fantastic job. They worked and blended very well together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6909)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5357)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Great Story Great Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    The perfect mix of fact and fiction. Really good and entertaining story. If you are looking for a good audiobook to capture your imagination and take you too an old world with a new twist look no further. I also found the narrator very good and enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

    Srinivasa says: "Great book, Good enough narration."
    "Great Book! Subpar narration"
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    Would you listen to An Autobiography again? Why?

    Yes I love when people tell their own story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandhi


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. I think it is a must read for everyone. However the narration does not do this book the justice it deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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