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Howard Lovy

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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10465)
    Performance
    (9504)
    Story
    (9521)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "So bad it made me angry"
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    I bought this book on the recommendation of other reviewers on here. Big waste of a credit. Huge disappointment. This seemed like it was written by a high school student. Characters were types, narrative filled with cliches, plot completely predictable. I stuck with it, thinking there would at least be a surprise ending, as indicated by other Audible reviewers of this book. Not even a decent payoff there. Saw the ending coming many chapters before. A book is rarely so bad that it makes me angry that I wasted time. This one made me mad.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1148)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Cromwell: Hero or villain?"
    Overall

    Excellent book, but remember that it is a work of fiction. Thomas Cromwell turns into a likable character in this book. For balance, I'd also recommend reading or listening to The Tudors, by G.J. Meyer, a nonfiction book that depicts Thomas Cromwell as, well, not so likable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NKJV Audio New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By uncredited
    • Narrated By Stephen Johnston, Full Cast
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The much-beloved New King James Version comes to life in this fully dramatized audio product. The work is directed and narrated by Emmy award-winning actor Stephen Johnston, and includes a full cast of seasoned performerss. Music and sound effects enhance the listening experience.

    Bryant says: "Holy Bible, NKVJ"
    "Dull, one-dimensional lead character"
    Overall

    I found the lead character to be rather boring. I never got a feel for who he was -- only that he stole some ideas first proposed by the Prophet Isiah, who was writing mostly metaphorically, and then to the most literal and extreme level.

    The protagonist also apparently has some "issues" with water, first hijacking a leadership role from John the Baptist, indulging in a foot-washing fetish and then giving some questionable, if not unsanitary, advice regarding not washing the hands.

    The ending bordered on science fiction, which seemed OK within the context of this book -- a sort of Magic Realism backdrop (not as skillfully done as a Salman Rushdie, certainly) to an ancient drama.

    The point of view of different narrators would work better if they truly held different points of view. I suspect some heavy editing was involved.

    Needs more work.

    1 of 26 people found this review helpful

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