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Robin

Jacksonville, AL, United States

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  • Ramses: The Son Of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christian Jacq
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    An epic re-creation of the exhilarating and mysterious time when the Sun King ruled Egypt, Ramses, the Son of Light, has become the rage in France. With over two million copies sold, it is the greatest publishing phenomenon to hit the shelves there in 20 years. Rameses is only 14 when his father, the Pharaoh Seti, begins testing his true mettle. Being the younger of two sons, the proud Ramses has a problem with being relegated to second place.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great Book"
    "What a disappointment!"
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    Story

    I love historian fiction. I love the insights you get into life in times past. The story has almost no historian context. It is basically a mundane mystery thriller told with modern dialogue. If you want a story about Ramses hanging out in a bar with Moses and a bunch of college buds, go for it!

    Even George Guidall's excellent narration couldn't save it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Molly Keane
    • Narrated By Fiona Shaw
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Silverue - an enchanting Irish mansion - is owned by one of the most frightening mothers in fiction: the indomitable, oppressively girlish, Lady Bird. Blessed with wealth and beautiful children she has little to worry about except the return of her son John’s sanity. To help her through the occasion of John’s return from the asylum she has enlisted the support of Eliza. But Eliza has her own secrets.…

    Robin says: "Plot?"
    "Plot?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just seemed to go on and on without much direction. I admit, I did not see it through to the end. I just really didn't care about what was going to happen with these people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4646)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2354)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Excellent, but grim"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Riveting story. A lot of historical detail, which interests me. but disturbing. Definitely want more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (822)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Lost interest half way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the main character and the story about him, but when the narrative changed to talking about an elusive author he was trying to track down, I found I didn't care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6251)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2388)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "A little too much on the romance side for me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like historical fiction, but I like mine more reality based. Did hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (296)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "Does it have a plot?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got through about the first half of Part I. It introduced a number of interesting characters, but I couldn't discern any real story line.
    Did I give up too soon?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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