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Louis

North Wales, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9193)
    Performance
    (5779)
    Story
    (5766)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Loved it and learned alot."
    Overall

    I must admit that I was put off by the negative reviews I read. I listened to it anyway and loved it. With good characters that I cared about it is a very easy read. What I was amazed at was how little I learned in school about WW1. I think you could easily teach a course based on this book. I went to the internet constantly to learn more about incidents that were mentioned in the book. I could not put it down.

    92 of 93 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (3713)
    Story
    (3733)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "One sided."
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    The fact that this is well written hides the fact that this is a bunch of propaganda. And it is just out and out wrong! We have a young man, who is very smart, very articulate who is unhappy because he can't play anymore. He ignores the important things of life and is more concerned that he can't mountain climb any more. And we are expected to feel sorry for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17960)
    Performance
    (16672)
    Story
    (16677)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Bray is fantastic"
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    I guarantee that Bray's performance brings this book to life much better than reading it. The book can bog down at times but Bray is able to get you through it. Just totally enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5744)
    Performance
    (5064)
    Story
    (5074)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "One of best ---EVER"
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    Great book! Met and loved two characters that will live in my mind forever. The young German boy study is both enlightening and troubling at the same time. How could a young bright boy get caught up in Hitler's propaganda. The young girl is just lovable. I recommended this book to anyone who will listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2106)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "MAYBE NOT FOR EVERYONE"
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    Having read all of the negative reviews, I did not know what to expect. Let me state at the outset, I really enjoyed it! I'm sure many felt the never-ending preaching on the evils of strip-mining was a bit tedious. There was no doubt Grisham had an agenda. Very anti big law firm and very anti defense lawyer. He was able however, to blend a good story into his preaching. I think I liked it because it dealt with topics I know well. I was one of those defense attorneys that represented big corporations in toxic tort cases. (not coal) (We are not all bad) On the other side I worked with a state attorney's office investigating the strip mining industry. What Grisham is saying is true and I believe his effort to make all aware of it is worthwhile. Maybe a little more story and less preaching would have worked better..

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2691)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Nothing like the first two"
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    I even marked my calendar so that I could read it as soon as it was released. Not only was I disappointed but I felt ripped off. One obvious big difference is that I lived through t he period that he wrote about and easily recognized his left leaning views as sheer propaganda.

    In his prior books of this trilogy, I wrote that you could teach a class from the book. I was constantly going on the internet to look up things that I knew little about during the first and second world war that he brought to life in his book.

    In book 3 Follett clearly has an agenda and very little story. If he was not spinning his political point of view, he was throwing in a lot of gratuitous, graphic sex. Very little story and very little history.

    The reader was terrific as usual.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (725)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    PerryMartinBookReviews says: "Does a serial killer exist if no one knows?"
    "Loved it"
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    Could not put it down. Totally different than any book of its kind. I won't say more as to not spoil it. I totally enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5233)
    Performance
    (4778)
    Story
    (4777)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Slow"
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    Loved the first book. Loved the main characters. I wanted to give up reading it but fought to finish it. Very disjointed. .Way to much character development of secondary characters.. I feel bad that I did not like the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

    Amber says: "Exciting!"
    "Could not put this down."
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    I read this in under 2 days. Great character development. Great plot. Exciting,suspenseful, drama, emotion; it has it all. Scot Brick does a great job. I wonder why I just read it as the book is almost 10 years old. It is interesting to see how far technology has come in so short of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3660)
    Performance
    (3226)
    Story
    (3222)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Not one of his best but fun."
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    I have enjoyed all of his books, including this one. But this just did seem up to his normal quality story. In reality there was very little story line with a lot of filler. Just not wild about it like I am with most of his other books. Sometimes I felt that I was listening to the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1271)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Kenneth says: "All Time Best!!!"
    "Fantastic"
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    Change of pace book for me. I usually do thrillers and history Great story, great performance. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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