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JudyP

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5261)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2787)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Great way to start!"
    Overall

    I had not listened to a Vince Flynn book before. A friend recommended him to me - and this was my first. What a great way to start! I am addicted. I understand that this is a "flashback" book, but it fits into any order. Love it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7792)
    Performance
    (5270)
    Story
    (5305)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Wonderful, magical series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Final Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Empire?

    The whole series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was so much to experience that it took me two days to recover from not being able to listen to this series. There was no one scene. It all was magical.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the normal, fighting the bad guys to preserve the world, type story. The bad guys won 1000 years ago. Now what do we do to make life liveable? Even the available magic is unique. This series brings you in, envelops you, takes you to a new place, and lets you live there. I loved it. I will give myself a few weeks, and listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She: A History of Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Somewhere in Africa, a tiny, primitive tribe, the Amahaggers, live secretly amongst the debris of a lost Egyptian civilization, ruled by the beautiful semi-goddess Ayesha, or She-who-must-be-obeyed. Ludwig Horace Holly, a Cambridge academic, is reluctantly drawn into plans for a voyage in search of this legendary queen. With his adopted son, Leo, he sets out on a brave journey, following a trail of clues. Shipwrecked and captured by cannibals, their voyage soon turns into a nightmare.

    Craig says: "Great Adventure"
    "Fascinating on several levels"
    Overall

    I read this book as a child. It was one of my first "adult" reads - I think I was about 10 years old. I still have my copy. When I saw it on Audible, I purchased it because I had never forgotten it. What a blast from the past. The language was that of my childhood - things we would never say or think now - all came rushing back.

    I wonder if, in this modern age, this book will hold the reader the same way it did for me in the '50s. I also wonder if people who use phrases like "She who must be obeyed" realize that this book is the origin of the phrase. Wonderful escapism. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viking Funeral

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Driving along the freeway, LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully glances over and sees at the wheel of a neighboring car his oldest friend and LAPD colleague, Jody Dean. Why is Scully so surprised? Because it's been two years since Jody committed suicide. Now Shane is confronted by the bizarre truth: Jody and five other cops thought to be dead are anything but.

    JudyP says: "I will not finish listening to this book"
    "I will not finish listening to this book"
    Overall

    There are only two books that I have not completed. This is one of them. Usually a book has some redeeming factor; humor, love, poetic writing... This has none. It is dark, dirty, vulgar, and is leaving me absolutely cold. This is the very first time I was mid-listen and realized (in the middle of nowhere) that I could not listen any longer. I turned the book off and enjoyed the silence. In short, I do not recommend this book to any one - for any reason.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Under Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles.

    Mike says: "Impressive!"
    "Breathtaking"
    Overall

    I finished listening to this book a few hours ago and my head is still full of the magic of Kay's world. The descriptions were beautiful, the story line is huge, the emotion is raw. I will have to listen again to grasp the nuance of many passages. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    Kay usually writes beautiful fantasy novels. I really can't find the line between ancient China and fantasy in "Under Heaven". It is all Heavenly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6848)
    Performance
    (3217)
    Story
    (3222)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Totally unimpressed"
    Overall

    As I listened to the book, I was often reminded of S.King's "The Stand" - with fond memories. This book wandered around its own rhythm with no pace. There was never a point, never a place to sigh and realize that "This is what this book is about". I could not stop listening, but I couldn't wait for it to be over. Not boring, not exciting; no moral, no joy. I would not recommend this book; my life is too short for this drivel.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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