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Gabriel

Duluth, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3270)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Gripping Story"
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    This story grabbed me quickly and wouldn't let me go, even through the somewhat slow portions near the end. I listened to the whole thing in just a few days. I just had to know what would happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (460)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "What happened to this series?"
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    This is the third book of the Clifton Chronicles. The first book is typical Jeffrey Archer, and is a very strong start. The series languished in the second book. This book is just flat terrible. The characters are flat, and the problems all seem superficial and petty. The plot changed at least three times, and this isn't a very long book. It seems as if Mr. Archer had a number of storyboards done, and just slapped a few together because he had a publishing deadline.

    Hopefully the next book gets back to good storytelling, but I'm not sure I will even give it a chance as this series has been on a steady decline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2548)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Very interesting story"
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    I picked this book up after reading Red Shirts by Mr. Scalzi. Red Shirts was hilarious and fun, and I wanted to check out another of his stories. Old Man's War was a pretty interesting narrative. I enjoyed the beginning of the book the best because it seemed to offer the most witty banter, and you were discovering new twists. As the book unfolded the story seemed to slow, and kind of ground to a halt by the end.

    The narrator was engaging the whole time, so that was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (829)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Thought Provoking"
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    I have now listened to the entire WWW series. It is a very thought provoking story. I have long enjoyed Sawyer's yarns because they challenge my preconceptions. The only knock I have against the story is the blatant audible.com product placements throughout the story. Seemed a little tacky, but an author has to get paid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3401)
    Story
    (3369)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Why all the hype?"
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    I listened to the entire book to make sure I wasn't missing any major plot twists or surprise endings. There were neither. The book plods along for 46 hours with no real tension. The characters are flat, and even when shocking things were happening in the book, I didn't feel a sense of tension.

    Perhaps I missed the finer allusions, and lost some of the Japanese cultural references, but I did not like this story. I thought it was long and boring. Do yourself a favor, get "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Just as long and far more engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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