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Kris

SPRING HILL, TN, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 31 ratings
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1275)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Story of a story of a story...."
    Overall

    Still trying to get through book. It is the story of a story or a story. Too many strange accents. The abridged version might me a better bet. Only a historian would enjoy this version.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thy Neighbor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    At 34, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents 13 years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does. Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents' deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones.

    Cindy says: "STOP LOOKING... SPEND YOUR CREDIT ON THIS ONE!!!"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Norah Vincent and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Ballerini is one of my favorite narrators so I thought I would try this book. Publishers summary sounded interesting. The story is well written but is very disturbing, depressing and at times sickening. Not what I was looking for.


    Did Edoardo Ballerini do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    One of my favorites narrators!


    What character would you cut from Thy Neighbor?

    I don't think there is a like able character anywhere in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (51)

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Better Than I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to listen to this book because I'm from Franklin, TN. The story and production (multiple narrators) was better than I expected. It was a good book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10749)
    Performance
    (5618)
    Story
    (5665)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "I tried to finish it"
    Overall

    I really enjoy listening to audio books and I especially like Stephen King. But let me warn you, the narrator of The Dome is bad beyond description. The characters sound like half surfer dude and half Georgia chain gang boss. One of the main female characters sounds like the Queen of England. Its too much - I'll opt to read the book someday. I can't believe the author would have approved this reading. I only gave it two stars because I'm sure the story itself is good.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9294)
    Performance
    (3689)
    Story
    (3729)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Couldn't Be Much Better"
    Overall

    I have read (listened) to both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I loved Pillars and was surprised to find I enjoyed World Without End even more. The narrator deserves an award. I enjoy long readings but 40+ hours of almost any voice can be too much. This narrator is fantasic! Highly, Highly recommend. I so wish there was another volume waiting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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