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Anna

Albuquerque, NM, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 5 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Adventures of Augie March

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.

    Darwin8u says: "THAT part of the Universe visible from Chicago!"
    "Lots of Words, Little Plot"
    Overall

    If you like highly descriptive prose, this book is for you! If you appreciate long descriptions of each and every character -- even those that don't advance the story -- or if you enjoy books with little or no plot at all, then this book is for you!

    I like eclectic and offbeat reads, but I found this book to be tedious and endless. I slogged through the whole thing, but that was only stubborness on my part. I can't even claim unrequited curiosity -- at the midpoint I just wanted the main character (and all the other hundreds of thoroughly-described characters) to be hit by a bus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2262)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "GREAT read!"
    Overall


    This is a GREAT book! The plot moves briskly, but slows to allow the reader to savor key scenes. There are flashbacks -- they enrich the story and add depth to the reader's understanding of the characters. I seldom rate books at 5 stars, but I did it here. The next book of this series is currently downloading to my MP3 player!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22826)
    Performance
    (9483)
    Story
    (9556)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Solid writing, great read"
    Overall

    This book is well written and intriguing. I listened to it once, and then filled time while on business travel listening to it again. I seldom write reviews, but felt that this is a book worth recommending.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4923)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "A great book"
    Overall

    As one of the other reviewers noted -- your family will always see you with your headphones on as you listen to this book.

    Though long, the story keeps the reader engaged. The story line is great, the characters are believable, and the narration is superb. I highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Carl says: "Excellent"
    "Worth the time spent"
    Overall

    Time spent with this book, set in WWII, is not wasted. Two enigmatic brothers -- twins -- are separated at age 12. One later becomes a flying ace for the Luftwaffe, and the other flies for the British. My husband and I both listened to the book and we both felt it was worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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