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  • The English Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

    Leslie A. Foote says: "4 lives in the aftermath of WWII"
    "Not as good as the movie."
    Overall

    I was interested in this book, partially because the movie was tremendous (Best Picture), and generally books are even better than movies adapted from books, but this was the opposite. The movie was far and away better. This book was tedious,long, drawn out, and boring. I was very disppointed.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (754)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "Interesting piece of history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great fictional tale of very real events. If you have any intererst in the reign of Henry VIII and his dissolution of England's monasteries, this novel is for you. Excellent view into life in those monasteries, and the reasons why the crown wanted the monasteries dissolved (get their money) and how it transpired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Frank Thompson
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In King Arthur, young Arthur is given a seemingly impossible mission: to defeat a bloodthirsty Saxon conqueror and his army, a dozen times the size of Arthur's own. Haunted by Merlin and tormented by the fact that his small band of knights has only a slim chance at survival, Arthur is determined to fulfill his duty to the Roman Empire, his family, and Great Britain.

    Ingwe says: "Very Pleased"
    "Good Arthur tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a fairly good Arthur legend story; lots of battles with the Saxons, Arthur, Lancelot, other knights were trained by the Romans who ruled Britian at that time. It is far from a complete tale of Arthur, doesn't get into Guinevere switching her affections to Lancelot, nor of her becoming queen. Arthur is not king either, takes place before he would have been king. Interesting take on Merlin as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (946)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "glad I found it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Saw the movie back in the 1980's, always remembered it. This is an excellent novel, of a small town beginninning in the 1920's, needs and hires a police chief, finds mysterious deaths occurring of teenage boys. The book follows the town for decades, through several chiefs, the deaths always lurking in the under currents. Quite a good listen; I plan to listen to it again. The narrator did great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6404)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (2007)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "no Da Vinci Code"
    Overall

    This was a decent thriller but not nearly good as a Da Vinci Code, which was a real page turner. The plot here was pretty unrealistic - jumping out of a helicopter a mile up and surviving?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1192)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Fine Follett novel"
    Overall

    Another excellent Follett WWII novel, good reading of a German spy desperately trying to make his way safely out of England to report on the deception of where the D-Day invasion will take place. The final battle on the island was a bit unrealistic but made for pretty good fiction. I could hardly stop listening to this, as with all Follett's WWII novels. Thought the narrator did a good job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (567)

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "dreadful, cheap, hollywood"
    Overall

    I am kicking myself for wasting money on this stupid, ridiculous autobiography of a drug using moron of a woman. Simply dreadful, and its only redeeming feature was that the sex was not explicit at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tristan Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

    Charlotte Cox says: "The Tristan Betrayal"
    "Good tale of post-war Soviet Russia."
    Overall

    This was a page-turner about life in the Soviet Union after the second war. It was a good tale, classic Ludlum, with many twists and turns, ups and downs, the worst and best of the Russian people. I enjoyed it but was a bit surprised by the ending. I recommend if you have any interest in Cold War and/or Russia v Germany topics. The narrator did a solid job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (428)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    Drew says: "Exciting, intriguing"
    "Excellent tale of good vs evil"
    Overall

    Perhaps Daniel Silva's best - outstanding tale of Gabriel Allon investigating his friend's death, uncovers corruption inside the Vatican, and allies himself with the fictious Pope Paul VII. If you miss the clearly defined good vs evil of the Cold War, this one brings some of it back, as well as tells a wonderful tale, set in Europe, of the humble art restorer who moonlights as an Israeli Assassin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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