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Janachek

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  • 78 ratings
  • 166 titles in library
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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Don't Waste Your Money on This One"
    Overall

    The author shows he is an very angry leftist and anti-Catholic in this easy to forget novel. I was misled by all of the five star ratings who must be the author's friends or other angry people. I found it sad that the author used derogatory terms such as idiot. retard. an moron to describe mentally challenged people. He rewrites history by blaming the entire Viet Nam War on conservatives while overlooking liberals who also took part in this tragic war. The author is a very angry person who shows his hatred for the USA, Roman Catholics, and anyone who may not agree with his far left political beliefs. My mistake for being taken in by this dull audio time waster.

    5 of 16 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
    (10278)
    Performance
    (9313)
    Story
    (9393)

    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...."
    "Starts out great--then..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I so want to enjoy reading Dan Brown and I thought this was the book that would win me over again. The story is well written and exciting at first, then it is if Mr Brown simply went through the paces to fill pages and make a ton more money. The book is a real let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers of the Greybull

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen B Smart
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Twenty-two years old Cole Morgan struggled after a career ending football injury and then the tragic loss of his parents in the winter of 1937. He felt like a man with no destination... running from lost opportunities and memories better left alone. Maybe it was for this reason he accepted the offer of a near stranger to use his education and backcountry skills to work on the Greybull, one of the largest ranches in Wyoming. With little fanfare he packed all his worldly possessions in his beloved truck and headed for the small town of Meeteetsee.

    Janachek says: "A refreshing mystery western novel by a new author"
    "A refreshing mystery western novel by a new author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    To be honest I have not read a western novel for many years. I wanted to try a new author and Stephen Smart did not let me down. The story flows nicely and is well read by Rusty Nelson. The author does a nice job painting mental pictures with words that makes you feel like going back in time. I found the book refreshing after reading so many that have honestly let me down in the past. I felt like I had gone back in time when as a kid I watched shows about cowboys and was shown the difference between good and evil. I hope Stephen Smart has another western for us soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1672)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1351)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Finally-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was so refreshing to finally find an author that is not a far left liberal. Thank you Brad-keep up the good work. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4920)
    Performance
    (2311)
    Story
    (2325)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This was an enjoyable read. The first few chapters were so beautifully put together with words that my only complaint was that it did not flow through the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1085)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Three interesting short stories"
    Overall

    Not a huge SK fan but this one was interesting. I especially enjoyed hearing from the author at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12493)
    Performance
    (10129)
    Story
    (10244)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Don't always believe the reviews!"
    Overall

    I had hoped to try a new author on the ratings of others only to be sadly disappointed. I would rather have a root canal than listen to another book by this author and reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (747)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "City of Thieves"
    Overall

    The best Audible book I listened to in 2009.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10300)
    Performance
    (5209)
    Story
    (5243)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Under the Dome"
    Overall

    Stephen King was better before his accident. Too bad as this could have been much better. Nice plot, but Stephen-please keep politics out of your novels because it gets old fast.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Child 44"
    Overall

    Nice plot that kept me interested to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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