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Russell

Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.

ratings
165
REVIEWS
25
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
36

  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2549)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Left Me Wanting More"
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    I like mysteries and this didn't disappoint. The protagonist is smart and observant much like Sherlock Holmes but from a more humble background. Edoardo Ballerini was the perfect choice for narrator and was so good I immediately began a search for more of his recordings. I am now listening to the third book by this pair and it is ever bit as enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (859)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "A Special Combination"
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    Normally after listening to two books by the same author I get bored with their style. Not so with the Matthew Corbett series written by Robert McCammon and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. The combination makes for exciting listening and great entertainment. This book continues Matthew's adventures while you watch him grow and mature as the series continues. Can't wait to go directly to book 4 of the series. Hope there are more to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1362)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Powerful, Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    This book pulls at your heart strings, makes you laugh through your tears and relates a powerful story of resilience. It is all the more moving because the narrator is the author. You can almost feel the never-ending hunger of the kids as they make do with scraps of bread and tea. The book reveals a level of poverty not often written about but related in a unique way from a kid's point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2444)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Mongol Hordes Explained"
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    This a a great book with a lot of new details you may not have heard about Genghis Khan and his family. I was not very familiar with the history of the Mongols but after listening to this book I was in awe of their accomplishments both on and off the battlefield. While their fighting prowess was the stuff of legends, their governing of conquered countries and encouragement of trade was pretty astonishing. If you like history in this time period, this is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Rifles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In 1861, men are enlisting in the Texas Mounted Rifles to keep the land free from Indian raids. There are larger conflicts, however. Texas has seceeded from the union while war brews between the North and the South. Sam Houston Cloud has just joined the Texas Rifles. But he is deeply disturbed by the suffering he sees on all sides: White and Indian, Texan and immigrant. Elmer Kelton has an amazing talent for sweeping away stereotypes and filling his novels with unique, unforgettable men and women who know the ways of the frontier. Audie Award-winning narrator George Guidall's performance is superb.

    Russell says: "Just What I Expect from Elmer Kelton"
    "Just What I Expect from Elmer Kelton"
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    If you are in the mood for a good old-time western, you will always get your money's worth with Elmer Kelton. Set in Texas, where Kelton grew up, this story moves right along and is good entertainment. Not his best effort but worth a listen..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (667)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Saw the movie.....book is much better"
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    First let me say that Anna Massey (narrator) was superb. I immediately went online to find more of her work. The story is captivating and compelling. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "More of American History I didn't know"
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    This was an interesting book that helped explain a time period which is often overlooked in American History. It helped me gain respect for the early Forest Rangers who believed in the preservation of our natural resources and worked against tall odds, often with little or no pay, to protect our beautiful national parks and forests.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (592)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "Jack Reacher is becoming a habit"
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    This is my second book by Lee Child with the Jack Reacher character. I am happily on my way to #3 and beyond. I like the way the stories are put together, I love the way the author thinks and makes his characters behave. I like Jack Reacher because, while he is very efficient at what he does best, he also makes a couple of mistakes here and there to prove he is human. He is not indestructible but he is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Certain Spark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Hake
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Inspirational Readers Choice winner Cathy Marie Hake whisks listeners away to 1890s Texas where the townsfolk of Gooding are shocked their new doctor is a woman. The men vow to boycott the lady doctor and send her packing. But when her medical skill saves a blacksmith’s life, he feels obliged to shield her from threats to her person and practice. And despite their initial clashes, the determined doctor and her outspoken guardian soon forge a surprising bond.

    susan says: "my fave author"
    "This is one I couldn't finish"
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    Too predictable and overly dramatic. I hate it when I can't finish a book I paid for, but I just was not able to get into this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • More than a Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (468)

    An arrogant duke does the unthinkable - he falls in love with his mistress.... She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in - were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind.

    Cam says: "engaging and entertaining"
    "An Enjoyable Journey Back to Chivalry"
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    I always like novels from this era but enjoyed this one more than most. It deserves it's high rating. The story was well written with a some suspense and a few surprises. It was good enough that I immediately bought the subsequent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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