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Linda

Harrisburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1665)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Marvelous read on many levels"
    Overall

    This book begins when the main character is 5 and ends when he is 18. The book has many dimensions. It is, among others, a "coming of age" journey, a story of the people of South Africa - black and white - through both individual characters and institutions, a story of relationships, and even a primer on boxing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10154)
    Performance
    (5065)
    Story
    (5099)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Engrossing story"
    Overall

    This is not a horror story. I normally avoid Stephen King books but this is a great sci-fi story about what happens when a small Maine town is encapsulated. The corrupt first selectman (it helps, but is not essential, to have grown up in a small Maine town) attempts to use the dome to his advantage. The ex-Army Captain, with the help of some very smart kids and the editor of the town's newspaper, manage work to thwart him. All told, a very engaging tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1058)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Discworld is a very different place"
    Overall

    I had to listen to this book twice because Discworld is so different that you have to pay close attention at all times! This story about a rich "tourist" and his not really cowardly companion is great fun. Lots of action and impossibilities that require a well working imagination to appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1300)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "the webs we weave"
    Overall

    A close circle of friends is thrown into confusion when one of its members is found dead -- was it an accident or a murder? It all gets sorted out but not without consequence to the investigators and the investigated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (871)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Inside the news story"
    Overall

    The author spent years digging into the Columbine shooting and tells the story behind the story -- what actually happened that day, how the survivors are doing, and why it happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help to whoever may be listening comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.s most prestigious prep schools.

    Jonna says: "Really disappointed"
    "Who's really the deceiver?"
    Overall

    Kellerman's series featuring Milo Sturgeis and Dr. Alex Delaware is enjoyable, although the later books, such as this one, have not been as good as earlier ones. In this story, Milo, the unlikely gay cop, and Alex, the formerly commitment-adverse psychartist, manage to untangle the morass and discover who killed the tutor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (598)

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "Continued awakening"
    Overall

    This is the continuing story of the artificial intelligence discovered in the interspices of the web. Its focus is the defeat on an attempt by the US intelligence agencies to destroy the AI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (879)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Artificial intellingence lives"
    Overall

    A blind girl gets an implant that gives her sight. A side effect connects her to a budding consciousness in the interspices of the WWW, created when China shut down web access to its citizens. The girl, an American living in Canada with her parents (autistic and brilliant dad and former professer mom), with the help of her parents, her Japenese doctor, and others, assist the burgeoning consciousness and prevent it being wiped out by the US intelligence agencies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worldwar: In the Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

    W says: "Awesome"
    "Alien invasion"
    Overall

    This book is about an alternative history -- lizard like space aliens attempt to take seize control of earth during WWII. Allied and Axis countries work together, albeit relunctantly, to save the earth. The story is told throught the experience of individual lizards and people. It is exciting and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (383)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Hamilton -- a founding father"
    Overall

    This biography of Alexander Hamilton, while really long, is a great lesson about the important figures in United States history from the beginning of the revolt that became the American Revolution throught the first years under the US Constitution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse..... August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe,,,,

    Helen says: "Didn't want it to end...best in series!"
    "Masie Dobbs is a great heroine"
    Overall

    This is the seventh Masie Dobbs story. While not quite as good as some of the others, it is still a great read. Masie, the former servant and nurse who is now a renown PI, continues to take on fascinating cases with a connection to WWI. Billy, her competent assistant and former WWI infantryman, continues to be an interesting secondary storyline. This series is a great way to gain insight into British society in the early 1900's, the horrors of WWI, and the leadup to WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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