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  • When the Stars Fall to Earth: A Novel of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tinsley
    • Narrated By Holly Villaire
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    When the Stars Fall to Earth is the story of five young Darfuris trying to make sense of their changing world in a time of war. Their lives come together in a tale of love and loss, self-reliance and courage, fear and violence. They overcome the ultimate challenge: to become proud survivors with a future rather than defeated victims, despite the tragedy enveloping them.

    P. Burdge says: "International Disgrace: Our Disinterest in Darfur"
    "Narrator falls to earth"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Holly Villaire’s performances?

    No. She was fine in overall narration but when it came to male characters, she was just awful. They all sounded exactly the same, and they all shouted their lines like fishmongers.
    I could not finish listening to this book because of this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (279)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "brilliance"
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    What does Ron Silver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ron Silver is an extraordinary narrator. His ability to stutter like Merry is amazing.Why isn't he narrating more books?


    Any additional comments?

    Roth is one of our greatest American writers. American Pastoral is a masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (1002)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Lessons in Christianity"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is close to nothing about Bonhoeffer helping to rescue Jews in this book, which makes sense, since according to Yad Veshem, he did not save any Jews.
    The book was much too long, and too full of long sermons and correspondence by Bonhoeffer. Since he was saying essentially the same things in his sermons and most of his letters, it became very repetitive and I started to feel like I was in a Sunday School class. It would have been a much better book had it been at least 1/3 shorter.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was superb.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Tenet
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad.

    Karen says: "Brilliant!"
    "How many ways can you pronounce "Al Qaeda"?"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Arthur Morey’s performances?

    Arthur Morey is usually a very good narrator, but in this book, he did something that made listening to him painful. He tried out 4 or 5 pronounciations of Al Qaeda, sometimes in three consecutive sentences. He finally settled on the most annoying pronounciation, AL-KAY-EEDA, which, because it was used so often, was extremely distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross, Run

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Judith Schiffer says: "creepy and boring"
    "creepy and boring"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer ?

    This is a mystery without any mystery. The serial killers were known from the start, and they were preposterous. The killers were not enough to make a book, so the author told other stories -- a foster daughter's tribulations and an over-the-top reporter trying to get revenge on Cross for a wrong he wrongly blamed on him. None of it worked. I did not finish the book. The narrators were fine, but I would not read Patterson again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dogs of Babel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carolyn Parkhurst
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. He abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Is this the project of a madman? Or does Lorelei really have something to tell him about the last afternoon of a woman he only thought he knew?

    Christopher says: "Back-story excellent, present story mediocre"
    "IDIOTIC"
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    What disappointed you about The Dogs of Babel?

    I can't believe I listened to the entire preposterous story about a professor who tries to teach his dog to talk in order to find out how his wife died. All he accomplishes is harming his dog. He figures out how his wife dies, but not because the dog talked to him. The episode with the Cerebus Society (the members are other dopes who operate on dogs to modify their larynxes so they can be taught to talk, but just butcher the poor creatures) was gothic, ugly, and hard to take.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to Faulkner's


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started with an interesting premise -- that his dog could give him information about his wife's death, but it soon degenerated into silliness.


    Any additional comments?

    Reviewers praised the book. How could they?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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