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Claire

Safety Harbor, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "All facts, no story"
    Overall

    This would have been better if it had been written as a science history book which is how it read. The murder mystery part of it was lost in the science history of telegraph communications.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Christian witness for the most part"
    "Great story here, but not in this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this book dissappointing in the fact that the description of her trip to heaven was minimal and from what she told of it I didn't consider it a trip to heaven at all. I purchased this book because it was the book of the month for a Christian book club I am in and felt less than inspired by the theology she expresses but what did intrigue me was the actual story of her accident.
    At the end of the audio book there were some questions and answers and she said she didn't understand why so many people inquired about her actual injuries to her legs. But the real miracles in this story were that not only was she revived after drowning but that she also survived her trip back to the United States with two broken legs and a disorder of her lungs that should have killed her within 48 hours and yet it took longer than that to get to the hospital in the United States. Also, after breaking her legs the way she did it seems miraculous that she is even walking again, let alone skiing. However, because she doesn't elaborate on any of these facts, the story seemd to have so many holes that I found myself not believing what happened after her accident. I couldn't picture how she even got on the planes to get back to the United States seeing that she couldn't have been walking and I couldn't visualize the splints her husband put on her in such a way that didn't make her legs so that they wouldn't bend. And how did he carry her on and off the plane if they couldn't bend?
    I also think the story of her flying to her father's funeral 2 weeks after she got out of the hospital in casts on both legs from her ankle to her groin with no one flying with her is a story in itself. How do you even sit in a wheelchair like that let alone get in and out of it to sit on a plane? And the conflicting emotions she must have been feeling at the awkwardness of her physical situation along with the loss of her father and the anger at her step mother, yet from what she wrote, I did not get any sense of this at all. I felt this could have been a really good story but not from the way she told it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14378)
    Performance
    (11790)
    Story
    (12418)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Thoroughly Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    This is nothing more than a really bad Harlequin Romance. I am about a third of the way through and doubt I will finish it as I consider it a waste of time. Wish I had actually read some of these reviews before listening to one friend's assessment that it was a good story. Not only is it a boring story so far but it is poorly written and narrated. Just one more example of the media's contribution to the "dumbing down of America." Sorry I wasted a credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She has no ability to distinguish one character from another with her voice. Only positive thing is her vioce does fit the character of Anna.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you like cheap Harlequin romance novels then you will probably like this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1196)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Amazing story!"
    Overall

    I almost gave up on this book because it was extremely slow moving for the first two or three hours, but it was definitely worth sticking it out and listening to the whole story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

    Julie says: "this book is a gothic cathedral of literature....."
    "Too slow moving"
    Overall

    The individual stories were too detached and the story telling too verbose to hold my interest. I never made it through part 1 of the download.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4242)
    Performance
    (1605)
    Story
    (1628)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Excellent Story and Well Narrated"
    Overall

    I usually find time travel plots too illogical to really enjoy but this one was woven together very well. It was a unique love story that left me feeling good about everything. The double narration also made it very easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5108)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (2007)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "A Good Story"
    Overall

    I found this story difficult to hold my attention at first but I kept listening and in the end I enjoyed it tremendously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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