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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (866)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Living History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Unlike any version of history I've read. At first it seemed odd, since I had not read Wolf House (first of the trilogy). Soon the storyline and narration fell into place and I could hardly stop listening to it. Compelling, dramatic, illustrative of life in the court and country of King Henry the VIII. I am no history buff, but this book made me eager to learn more about Old England, its monarchy and politics.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intriguing voice and intonation. His ability to portray the characters distinctly.


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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9312)
    Performance
    (4288)
    Story
    (4314)

    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.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "A Cautionary Tale"
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    Never having read a Stephen King novel, I chose Under the Dome with some apprehension. I don't mind some necessary bloodshed in a story, but having heard about the excessive violence and gore King is known for, I was worried. I had good reason to be worried. It is gory and bloody. However, I was determined to listen to the whole story no matter what. I am glad I did as it is not without compassion, great sensitivity and plenty of dark humor. The plot was ingenious and cleverly developed. The characters in the story were archetypes that most readers will have encountered somewhere in their lives--the good, the bad, and the totally despicable. The reader did a superb job in differentiating among the many characters in the story as well as the various accents and dialects required to add depth to the drama. Under the Dome describes a microcosm of our future society if allowed to continue on the path currently underway. This is my personal interpretation and not that of the author's. According to the prologue, Stephen King had no such notion in mind when he began the novel, then left it, several decades ago. I highly recommend this book based on the excellence of the plot, the compelling mystery as it unfolds, and the general excitement that is generated at every turn. In hard copy terms: It's a page-turner and almost impossible to put down until the very end.

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6245)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2116)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Utterly Fascinating."
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    This is a book that is not only fascinating to listen to but so replete with information that I am going to buy a print copy too. I have already recommended it to many friends. The audio version is exceptionally engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the reader's style of presentation. It is hard to describe briefly how the book covers the millennia beginning with the inception of the entire Universe and continuing on to the present century. To say it is thought-provoking is an extreme understatement. Anyone who is even mildly interested in life on this planet, evolution, the sciences, history, politics and so much more will be informed and entertained to their heart's content. It is difficult to stop listening for even awhile as the pace carries the reader to more and more discoveries throughout the course of time immemorial. I want to emphasize too, that despite the prodigious amount of information, there is humor on every "page." The author ingeniously infuses humor into every aspect of revelatory research and describes factoids and details most of us would never have known from reading other works. I LOVED this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (733)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "An early Feminist"
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    Jane Eyre was ahead of her time while also living by the social and religious mores of the era. A strong character in every way, I couldn't help but feel frustration for her choice to accept or tolerate the unjust treatment she endured over the course of her life. I had to keep reminding myself that for the times, she had few choices and made the best of what was available and possible. Charlotte Bronte effectively incorporates a clear picture of the oppressive circumstances of the age by the intellectual originality of her main character's internal dialogue and the actions she takes. Jane Eyre is always true to herself. It is a classic novel and a must-read for women of any age or stage in their own lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way, doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic.

    Ann says: "Humor and Mystery"
    "Classic Carl Hiaasen"
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    Quirky, crazy characters again are on the loose to right some wrongs committed by selfish, self-serving sociopaths. I always love the way Hiaasen weaves his sense of humor, social conscience and environmental awareness into his creative mystery stories. His blatant disdain for the rampant hypocrisy in our industrial/political system warms my heart. He is my kinda guy and I love the way he thinks and writes. My only complaint is that this book was ABRIDGED. I try to get only UNabridged books and didn't notice this discrepancy until after the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (3254)
    Story
    (3253)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "If you love mysteries and dogs..."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. I had not read anything by this author before but look forward to getting another of his books. The mystery was a "page-turner" but the addition of a great dog was a special treat. Obviously the author knows the significant traits and instincts of dogs and it was easy to relate to his interpretations of the interactions between the protagonist and his partner. It made me wish I again had my own dog companion. Thank you Robert Crais.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (629)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "More of the Same"
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    Kay Scarpetta continues solving grisly crimes and arguing with Benton. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader interested, I just did not really enjoy the story as much as I have enjoyed other Scarpetta novels. The narrator, Kate Reading is also not an appealing element of the audible book. She has been the narrator of all the Cornwell novels I have listened to, so it must be because she is the preferred "voice" of the stories. Still, I find her reading affect flat and monotonous. She does do an excellent job of the Bronx accent of Scarpetta's colleague.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1821)
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    (1828)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "First Book, My Last Review"
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    I mistook my earlier review of The Last Boyfriend as the first in this series. However, my reviews for all three of the books is the essentially the same. I liked them ALL very much and would recommend reading all three in succession, as I did. Most of my comments about this and the other two are covered in my other two reviews. Nora Roberts is a "new" discovery for me, and I enjoy her style and look forward to reading many other of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1368)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    tgp157 says: "Great End to a Delightful Series"
    "A Satisfying Conclusion"
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    I loved this and all three books of the series. At the beginning of the story I did find it difficult to embrace the expanded paranormal element to this final book. As the story went on, I was better able to just go with it and enjoy the fantasy of it. In several reviews the narrator was highly criticized for his slow delivery of the material. I did not find that to be the case and felt he did an excellent job distinguishing the various characters in the series. One exception was that of the children's voices, intonation and general expression. Having raised my own child, and being the teacher of hundreds of young boys and girls, his interpretation of the kids was the weak point of the narration. It was mildly distracting but only for short periods as the boys had far fewer lines than the adults in the stories. Overall, another engrossing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1685)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1504)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Great beginning to the trilogy"
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    I had only read one Nora Roberts book before this one. Loved it, so felt encouraged to begin another. After listening to about half of this story, I decided that I would definitely want to hear the other two that followed, so ordered them both. I listened to all three in succession even though each on could stand on its own. However, I enjoyed prolonging the pleasure of following the characters throughout the series. Now, despite recognizing a degree of formulaic style to Nora Roberts' novels, she has such a great imagination and ability to find new plot lines, believable characters and challenges for them, I don't mind her formula for entertaining her fans. I plan to read many more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (2977)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Amazon Customer says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "If you like Sookie Stackhouse..."
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    What disappointed you about Driving Mr. Dead?

    You might like this book/series. I expected to be rapidly engaged with this story after reading several positive reviews of this book. I have read nearly all of the Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhouse" novels and enjoyed them very much. However, by Chapter 4 in Driving Mr. Dead, one of the main characters was revealed to have been a British soldier in the Revolutionary War, it just smacked too much of a main character in the "Sookie" series, and that was enough for me. Besides that similarity, the plot line so far has failed to entertain me even at the most superficial level, so I will not even waste my time finishing the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen. I need some laughs.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought her narration was very good and her characterization of the players distinctive.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I would have enjoyed the series beginning with the first of it, AND if I had never read the Charlaine Harris books as they seem so much more entertaining than this one was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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