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Claire

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  • The Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrew Britton
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. In the wake of an unprecedented attack, Ryan Kealey's operation goes into high gear.

    Kathryn says: "Best to skip this one"
    "A good story, but"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person who has never in their life heard a British person speaking would probably enjoy this book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good, very enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles???s performances?

    J. Charles is a very good narrator, with one HUGE caveat: he should never be the choice when one of the principal characters is supposed to speak in a British accent. There are so many American narrators who can pull it off -- but Mr. Charles just isn't one of them. It is so amateurish, it makes me squirm in my chair, and I'm not even British! I would happily listen to a performance by Mr. Charles in other circumstances, but it really did have an adverse effect on my enjoyment of the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "G*D-awful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have made this a 4 or 5-star production. Although Mr. Rosenberg can certainly spin a tale, the quality of the writing is pretty pedestrian. This is a pretty fair example of the chewing-gum-for-the-brain novel. And that's fine, because sometimes we want exactly that, and there is room for all kinds of writing. However, the repetitive insertion of the author's religious views was about as welcome as that knock on the front door by the ubiquitous dark-suited gentlemen who want to know if we have heard the "good news" about Jesus! He is entitled to his views, but it is possible to tell a story without imposing them on the reader in such an overt manner.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg? Why or why not?

    I would never read another of Mr. Rosenberg's productions. It seems as though the story is merely a device for right-wing religious proselytizing. I have read and whole-heartedly enjoyed books written by authors of many different faiths and backgrounds without feeling that I am being preached to.


    What aspect of Christopher Lane’s performance would you have changed?

    Christopher Lane is a good narrator, and at times his narration can be quite moving. Once in a while the challenge of giving voice to each character takes him into a cartoon-like delivery, but since the book presents a fairly high number of characters, it's hard to hold that against him.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book annoyed me for all of the reasons I have expressed. I don't give a hoot about this author's (or anyone else's) personal religious views, but I don't expect to be bombarded with them. Even the fact that the main protagonist is represented as a Muslim would seem to be a clumsy device to forestall criticism of the inherent bigotry in this book. It fools no one, and is an insult to the intelligence of the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad that I purchased this book on sale rather than at full price!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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