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Dolores L. Loftin

Sun Lakes, AZ, US | Member Since 2004

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  • 34 reviews
  • 72 ratings
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  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (906)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Heart stopping!"
    Overall

    I've read about six of Bryce's books. I would have been burnt out with most authors, but as soon as I've completed a book, I want it to go on --- tell me more -- don't let it end like this!
    Still feel that this is not the end of the Solomon saga. There are still more fascinating characters to explore. Bryce always leaves a "hook".

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9401)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8598)

    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.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Rehatched"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    Sometimes, you can go home once too often. Not a Di Vinci Code. Brown plagerized from himself. Ending abrupt and opening for another book. Should that occur, I will be "twice shy".


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Nothing new. Same old retold story.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2458)
    Story
    (2464)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Tiresome, with a T"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about NOS4A2?

    Too long and story too familiar. Since Hill collaborated with "The King," (Stephen, my hero), I expected much, much more. Couldn't wait to finally get out of "Christmasland". Ho Hum.


    Has NOS4A2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Decent performance.


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

    Disappointment and loss of a credit.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (457)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Fatal Mistake by Author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Infidel? What did you like least?

    Great story; however narrator/author makes fatal mistake by telling the story herself. Has an accent that most ears will find it difficult to adapt to. A good narrator could have made all the difference. Author knows a few different languages, but quite a few words spoken by her in English are confusing and misaccented.

    Too bad, could have had a wider audience with a narrator like Robin Miles. sigh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    learning about different cultures


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

    bad narration kills story.


    Was Infidel worth the listening time?

    so-so. trying for second time because I have no unlistened to books at this time.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "heart shattering"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Book of Night Women rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Absolutely up there with the best books I have listened to. Hard to believe this is the author's second book. However, the narrator is mind-blowing. I had not heard of Robin Miles before, but I shall look for her.You will be in awe of her voice talents. She has the uncanny ability to speak in any dialect or accent (slave or "high born". Enjoyed it more than The Help and I love that one too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Lilith lost all control and got a weird kind of revenge when she attacked her tormentors. I as rooting for her - even thought it was gruesome and barbaric. She had learned well from her captors


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Still listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1935)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A reblowned wind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I feel Stephen, who is my favorite a writer in this genre, must have pulled this one out of his "holding" bag. Not much of a story. Audio screwed up. Wish I had my credit back. Will look at future Roland adventures with a jaundiced eye. King is worthy of SO much better.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably, cautiously.


    What didn???t you like about Stephen King???s performance?

    Should have gotten a better narrator. John Lee, etc Roy Dotrice probably wouldn't have done it. Frank Muller would be my first choice, but his marvelous voice has been silenced by fate .


    What character would you cut from The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    Not that many to choose from.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen, you owe me a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

    Annette says: "Fairy Tale... even if it's not"
    "A total Disaster"
    Overall

    I previously read Butler's Fledging and thought it a very good book. However, this book is a very, very poor rendition. I purchased it after reading a glowing report by a famous female jazz singer. Now, I know her taste in books is deplorable. This book could have been read in one chapter, yet it droned on and on. It is redundant to the point of making the listener want to turn the gas on. Can't remember when I've been so dissappointed and want my money back.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1104)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "What A Ride!!"
    Overall

    Whenever I see Lisa Gardner's name on a title, I've got to have it! This lady does indeed have this genre sewn up. She rules!! I'm looking for more Lisa Gardner's books. I've read a lot of books and Gardner is one of the few authors I know will have me tingling with tension and exhales of wow, wow, wow!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (704)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "What The Night NO"
    Overall

    I feel mislead into dloading this title. Thought it would be a new take from Koontz. Instead, it is the same, old rehashed mush. Halfway through the first part and it feels so predictable and trite.
    Koontz has a long, long way to go before becoming halfway the writer Stephen King is.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post - Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

    Nancy says: "Most excellent"
    "Broadens Knowledge of Settling of West"
    Overall

    Read this twice through public libraries. Want to own my copy. Britt Johnson, the "colored" ex-slave was also mentioned in the gritty best seller, "Empire of the Summer Moon." In my humble opinion, this is Jiles best book. So many are uneducated about how blacks were involved in the settling of the West, because it is not taught in most schools in the United States. Hope you will be as delighted as I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (492)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "Gabriel Rehashed"
    Overall

    I, too, have most of Daniel Silva's audios in this series. I realize it's a fine line, but one can go to the well once too often. You know Gabriel won't die because he is the linchpin to future serials. I personally like the author and his hero, but I'm now bored. I can just go back to early books and relisten. Readers want new stimulation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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