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ratings
43
REVIEWS
4
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rebecca Dana
    • Narrated By Rebecca Dana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it all came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into another world....

    Janet H. Maddox says: "a story so good it can only be true"
    "It's not all it could be!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was great but each event, thought, or experience was retold without - who, what, when, where, &/or how.


    What could Rebecca Dana have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A possibly marvelous story would have made the grade if the 5 questions above were written into the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The characters and setting were almost interesting. If only reasons, background, history, or internal dialog were included. This book could have been so much more than it was. I was very disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Chasidic Crown Heights is so different, interesting, and rife with stories and history I wanted this book to be more than it was. The storyteller was, for me, just the person to fill in all the blanks. Her non-observant Jewish background would have really been ideal for this but, I guess, it would have been a ten book tome rather than a single book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (715)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Totally A Waste of Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had expected an interesting story in line with Dan Brown's quasi historic pot boilers. Alas, this book is total hog-wash -- Blaming America for 9/11 --
    Drawing parallels between the fall of the first Temple in Jerusalem and the fall of WTC is beyond contempt. One would have to be a rather dim bulb to see these happenings as G-d's punishment for the deeds of the victims rather than the actions of evil men.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Long Time No See: An 87th Precinct Mystery, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When a blind couple is murdered, Steve Carella’s only clue is the 10-year-old dream one of the victims had. This dream will lead him to a killer whose secret is worth murder. This lastest installment in the 87th Precinct series is a labyrinthine thriller that will leave listeners breathless.

    HarperNaidoff says: "Narration Spoils Book."
    "Narration Spoils Book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Long Time No See better?

    I have read almost all 87th Pct Police novels when they were first in print.
    Over time, after reading all the novels as they are published, I have created a minds eye view of all the characters. Much to my chagrin the narrator of this installment of the series bears no similarity to my mental image. The difference between what I have created in my mind, over the years, and what I hear on this download is completely incompatible. The voices I hear on the audio book bear no similarity to the voices of the characters I have created in my mind. So much so that after 5 minutes I could no longer listen to this audio book. As a born Brooklynite the accent is totally unrecognizable as from an Earthly city. What a waste of money!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Never ever.


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

    Total disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8514)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2834)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "The Lost Symbol"
    Overall

    Found The Lost Symbol to be totally boring. With the help of Google I did see the wonderful painting on the dome and the sculpt of Washington as Zeus but the setting lacks the exoticism of the settings in his other books. Trying to demonize the Masons is like re-writing Mozart's Magic Flute - it has all been said before and de-bunked.
    I am sorry to have wasted my book credit on this book and feel cheated by an author from whom I had expected new ideas, tantilizing plots, and a roaring good read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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