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J. K. Williams

Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 66 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Clever story; terrific narrator"

    I listened to Relic over a couple of long trips in the car recently. I would describe it as Michael Crichton meets Sherlock Holmes, and the story is engaging.

    However, the narrator, David Colacci, turns a good listen into a great listen. He makes the characters come alive. You love Pendergast, root for D'agosta, and want to see Coffee flayed alive. Colacci may be the best Audible narrator I've ever listened to. I was crushed to see the sequel, Reliquary, is narrated by someone else. AUDIBLE, DO US A FAVOR AND BRING BACK COLACCI AS PENDERGAST IN RELIQUARY!

    Last, the conclusion to Relic is clever and caught us totally off guard. As soon as the book ended, my wife and I went back to the first chapter to pick up the clues we missed the first time around. An excellent listen.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Same Kind of Different as Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dan Butler, Barry Scott

    A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

    Maria says: "Buy the printed book on this one..."
    "Life changing story"

    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it is an abridged version. The narrators do an excellent job of personifying Ron and Denver, and the story is moving and profound. You will be riveted, and if you let it, this memoir can make you a better person. I have also read "Same..." and don't understand why an unabridged version is not available, since the book is short.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Powerful story of redemption"

    I came to The Shack reluctantly, figuring any mass market book that sold through Target department stores would be spirituality light at best. I was wrong. The Shack is a riveting story of redemption, and the audio version is especially powerful. The narrator brings to life the pathos of the protagonist Mackenzie and helps the listener visualize Mack's hosts at The Shack vividly.

    I have pages of quotes from listening to this audiobook and found the theology solid and compelling. I don't want to give away the story but will say that William Paul Young more successfully accomplished in The Shack what John Milton attempted to in Paradise Lost (Book I, line 26 in P.L.)

    If you are spiritually inclined at all you will relish this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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