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  • Winter in Madrid

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Gordon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Winter in Madrid is set just after the bloody Spanish Civil War, with World War II looming over Europe. Reluctantly, Harry Brett looks for an old schoolmate who's become a person of interest for British intelligence.

    Annie says: "realistic characters in historical context"
    "Needed to erase from my memory."
    Overall

    As a fan of CJ Sansom and historical novels, I purchaed the not-yet-reviewed, "Winter in Madrid." I haven't read very many books about the Spainish Civil War and looked forward to an interesting and complex story. Historically accuate or not, the novel is filled with wholly unlikeable and pathetic characters. By the end, unscrupulous Sandy was the only sympathetic character. I forced myself to finish this long, dismal novel. I was left with such a "bad taste in my mouth" I immediately started, "Inherent Vice," by Thomas Pynchon to erase, "Winter in Madrid," from my memory.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Tens of millions of Americans sense there is something very wrong with the president of the United States, but they don’t know what. The Manchurian President answers that question. In writing this exhaustively researched book Aaron Klein, with Brenda J. Elliott, definitively exposes just how dangerous Barack Obama really is as America’s commander-in-chief.

    I love audiobooks says: "Bill Ayres IS dangerous."
    "Bill Ayres IS dangerous."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Manchurian President rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top ten percent.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    President Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.
    On Oct 20, 1981, fugitive members of the Weather Underground shattered the peace of Rockland and surrounding counties when they shot and killed a Brink's guard in an armed robbery of $1.6 million. Then at a road block, they shot and killed two Nyak police officers. To ensure a fair trial, the venue was moved to Orange County. During their trial, they repeatedly disrupted the proceedings by shouting anti-US slogans, proclaiming to be "at war" with the government. I lived in Orange County at the time of their trial. Almost thirty years later, I have a vivid memory of their hate of America. These are the people that Bill Ayers was most closely associated. Can we blithely dismiss his connection to President Obama?


    Any additional comments?

    Clear, concise reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.

    jacqueline says: "Bad writing and bad narration"
    "Yuk!"
    Overall

    The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetness in the Belly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Camilla Gibb
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    When Lilly is eight years old, her pot-smoking hippie British parents leave her at a Sufi shrine in Morocco and inform her they will be back to collect her in three days. Three weeks later, she learns they've been murdered. Lilly fills that haunted hollow in her life with intense study and memorization of the Qur'an under the patient care of the Sufi saint's disciple she was entrusted to.

    Ciara says: "Bittersweet Tale"
    "thought provoking"
    Overall

    I recommend this book to people who are looking for something different. I grew up during the time-period of the story and now look at the past events in a different light. Also, the Islam described in this book is a peaceful religion. I grew tired of the lead character, but I highly enjoyed the story, writing, and reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Fun, fun, fun!"
    Overall

    Normally, I avoid books read by the author. I'm glad I made an exception in this case. Sometimes, I just want a funny, easy to listen audio. However, if it's not well written and read, it's just annoying. I will listen to this one again on a long car ride with my daughters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1142)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Just couldn't finish it."
    Overall

    I thought there was a mystery involved. I could have enjoyed it if there was some character development. However, it failed on both accounts

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13232)
    Performance
    (5566)
    Story
    (5609)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    I have over 250 audiobooks in my library. This is by far the best book to which I have listened. It has all the elements that make a book exceptional. John Lee's reading makes you feel you are right there in medieval England. The characters are so real I never wanted the story to end. How lucky I am there is a sequel.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "a death in vienna"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book so much that I read it after I listened to it on audio. The reader is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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