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Hanon

Milford, CT, USA

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  • The Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Katherine Neville's groundbreaking novel The Eight dazzled audiences more than 20 years ago and set the literary stage for the epic thriller. A quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne, it spans two centuries and three continents, and intertwines historic and modern plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the ancient past. Now the global adventure continues in Neville's long-anticipated sequel: The Fire.

    gene says: "Under rated by most reviewers"
    "A Terrible Disappointment"
    Overall

    My wife and I also had read Neville's novel "The Eight" and were looking forward to her latest work. What a disappointment.

    The previous reviewer is spot on. The story is confusing with a lot of loose ends never tied up. For a mystery/thriller, the literary technique is rather amateurish, inventing solutions to some problems which the reader could not possibly have guessed or deduced.

    A great deal of time is spent developing the historical framework, but it is hardly significant as presented and could have been done much better.

    Don't waste you time...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (340)

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est tr├Ęs bien!"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read Sarum, and it was terrific. London, somewhat less. Even Russia was OK. But in this novel, Rutherfurd does not present the story chronologically, and the jumping back and forth makes it difficult to follow.


    What could Edward Rutherfurd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Making it is easier to follow would have at least made it tolerable. Jumping forward and back by centuries I found very poor.


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

    It was a big disappointment.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    There were only a couple of short stories in this collection that I found to my liking. I am quite ready to admit that my taste may be more "traditional" (if that term may be applied to Science Fiction). I grew up reading Asimov, Herbert, Clark and the like. SciFi stories which attempt to address serious social issues in the genre simply diminish the effect in my eyes.

    To paraphrase Bob Seger, "Gimme that ol' time SciFi..."

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful

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