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  • Cross Country: Alex Cross, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J Fernandez, Dion Graham
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Alex Cross is drawn into a bitter personal battle against corruption, conspiracy and savage violence in a chase that takes him through a vast and uncompromising landscape. When Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that the victim is an old friend. Angry, hurt and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this cruel crime.

    Deana says: "A fast paced thriller"
    "Campaign for Africa"
    Overall

    Very disappointing listen. The hero is a superhero this time and his escapades in Africa are impossible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By Richard Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

    Margaret M. Bell says: "Insert hyperbole here"
    "A deserving winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Narrow Road to the Deep North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe,off the cuff in my top 100


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorrigan, he was a hero and a human being with flaws


    Have you listened to any of Richard Flanagan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Still on my to do list


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The ripple effect of senseless war,


    Any additional comments?

    A difficult but very rewarding audiobook but not for the faint hearted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1090)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "I expected more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Usually I am enthralled with Jodi Picoults story telling and research hard work


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Always


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think Leaving Time needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it is me,a septuagenerian>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Very dissapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved the Goldfinch but this is not what I expected and the narrator just irritated me progressively so that I could not listen past 3 hours.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    Of course


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whiney and irritating


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

    Disappointment in a big way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oaxaca Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Oliver Sacks is well known as an explorer of the human mind - a neurologist with a gift for complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions. However, he is also a card-carrying member of the American Fern Society, and since childhood has been fascinated by these primitive plants and their ability to survive and adapt in many climates. Oaxaca Journal is Sacks' spellbinding account of his trip with a group of fellow fern enthusiasts to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca, Mexico.

    Dawn Macgregor says: "A WONDERFUL LISTEN AND VIRTUAL TOUR"
    "A WONDERFUL LISTEN AND VIRTUAL TOUR"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Oaxaca Journal the most enjoyable?

    I love Oliver Sach's medical writing and this is my first adventure with him. He is an erudite and knowledgeable man prepared to share his knowledge. Highly recommended.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unmisseable


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sartaj Garewal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

    Charmaine says: "RICH, DEEP, LAYERED, ABSORBING"
    "Please get more of this brilliant authors work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    Without hesitation. It has proved to be my best listen in 2011


    What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

    A Suitable Boy boy by Vickram Seth. A book I loved and read with relish


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rather which was the least ...... none


    Who was the most memorable character of Cutting for Stone and why?

    Gauche as he was memorable as a man and dr.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable for a different listen."
    Overall

    This is one of the few books that I listened to in two days as it was entrancing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Di Langford
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before - and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him - this is the most authoritative life of Mao ever written. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao.

    Mark says: "A revenge?"
    "Long but worth it"
    Overall

    I avoid abridged books but during this listen thought it would have been easier to read the abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their union is based on fraud and shored up by moral blackmail, but it is so perversely durable that, long after Maureen’s death, Peter is still trying—and failing—to write his way free of it.

    Dawn Macgregor says: "Disapointing read unfortunately"
    "Disapointing read unfortunately"
    Overall

    As a long time fan of Phillip Roth I found this waffling on sometimes inanely.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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