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Colleen Fitzgerald



  • 6 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Plot to Save Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Levinson
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan

    In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future. Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max.

    Sherry says: "Not perfect, but enjoyable"
    "Don't waste a credit."

    This story jumps around so much that it is difficult to follow. The characters are so one dimensional that you really don't care what happens to them, which is good because you are not going to know. Way too many loose ends. Don't bother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Vampire book sucks the life out of you"

    The interesting parts of this book are so bogged down by the reading of historical documents that it was an excrutiating listen. In my opinion they did not even contribute to the plot of the book. I found my attention wandering far too many times. It made my daily work commute longer instead of shorter. I don't recommend this book if you are looking for a scary vampire novel. If you like history books, then go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    Brian says: "State of Fear - A Refreshing Point of View"
    "Too much talk, not enough action"

    I usually love Crichton's books. This one was very disappointing. There is so much preaching about the fallacy of the global warming theory that there is very little room left for an actual plot. The characters are too thinly sketched to make you care about them. If you haven't listened to "Prey," I recommend that instead.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Good book, but left me wanting more"

    I really got into all the characters in this book, but I feel that there was no sense of closure. I want to know what happened to everyone. I hope there will be a sequel to tie up the loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Man in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner

    Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

    Jessica says: "Best Historical Fiction Ever"
    "extremely dull"

    I guess this just was not my kind of book. I thought I would die of boredom during the description of the political hijinks of the Roman senate. The names of everyone are so similar that it is hard to keep track of who is who. Definitely not a book that kept me sitting in my driveway because I wanted to hear more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Rambling and Boring"

    I listen to books on a long commute to and from work. If a book holds my interest, I look forward to the drive and do not even want to shut it off when I reach my driveway. I had no problem this time. This book was incredibly boring but I forced myself to keep listening to it because I thought it would eventually catch my interest. The parts where Hero was discussing religion with the librarian were sleep inducing, which is not good while driving! The ending was a big dud with no real resolution for most of the characters. I will not be listening to any more books by this author.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful

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