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janice

ingleside, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Free Interview with Jeffery Deaver, author of Edge and The Burning Wire

    • ORIGINAL (14 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Jeffery Deaver discusses his latest book, Edge, as well as the story tellers that inspired him, his love for audiobooks, and his research methods.

    Dann says: "Good interview"
    "I will check out this author..good interview"
    Overall

    This author was very forthcoming and interesting. I want to read his book after listening to the interview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In the story, a land owner named Vasili Andreevich Brekhunov takes along one of his peasants, Nikita, for a short journey to the house of the owner of a forest. He is impatient and wishes to get to the town more quickly to purchase the forest before other contenders can get there. They find themselves in the middle of a blizzard, but the master in his avarice wishes to press on. They eventually get lost off the road and they try to camp. The master's peasant soon finds himself suffering from hypothermia.

    janice says: "Tolstoy a great thinker and observer"
    "Tolstoy a great thinker and observer"
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    Story

    I think this author was an amazing thinker in his time. I should say he was ahead of his time. He writes this story as if he was there or this telling were part of his experience.
    He nails the thinking of the characters as one who might have know them. I felt bad about the horse in the end.
    The foolishness and the arrogance of the man in charge does not escape my own thoughts about some of the people I have met, not willing to listen to reason. It was amazing to see someone who was living in such an environment and should have understood the danger, but so full of himself that he ignored all the tell tale signs. He did vindicate his main character in the end in a very dramatic way. Tolstoy, one of the best writers ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Gold Dagger-winner and best-selling author in the United Kingdom, Ian Rankin crafts absorbing crime novels with solidly drawn characters and first-rate plotting. In Strip Jack, he portrays a shocking murder investigation that exposes the sordid side of Edinburgh politics and society. Detective John Rebus suspects a set-up when a respected Member of Parliament is caught in a police raid on a brothel—and his flamboyant wife suddenly disappears.

    connie says: "Rebus regains early promise"
    "Rankin's great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story gets out there rightaway, and you are into it up to your neck. Everything is fast-moving as usual with Rebus sometimes annoying, as his general character is meant to be. I was right with this reading from begining to end. couldn't put the book down(so to speak).
    The narrator is excellent and the surprise but very interesting ending had you guessing all the time. Highly recommended reading. I would love to talk with this author, he must be a hoot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple's intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she's ever known.

    Jean says: "great READ; so-so listen"
    "Good story, confusing beginning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The beginning of this story was really screwy. I had to keep backing it up to figure out what was going on. The split between each stage setting narrative was not smooth, and I had trouble keeping the characters sorted out in the beginning. After that point the story unfolded pretty well, but I was looking for more to the whole story. The plot would have been much better if the killer would have seemed more realistic to me. I couldn't figure out how to respond to him.
    The rest of the story was very good, and I especially liked how the writer handled the little girl and the people around her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.

    Mario says: "Voynich Manuscript to nowhere"
    "Another great book"
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    This book presents very good facts that I would have done research forever to find.The information here is absolutely mind bending and you can really see how the real facts can and have been distorted especially by religion to control and keep people in line. It saddens me to think that foreward thinking people of the past have been burned at the stake just for questioning their interpretation of the things that lay before them. It is an amazing thing to look at all the evidence and wonder what calamity befell the earth and how old we really are. Very good read and he did his homework, and it really is up to us how we sum the information up. I am sorry to see he has hooked up with some questionable conspiracy theorists that make his hard work seem out of line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Face

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (235)

    He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.

    Peggie says: "Entertaining"
    "Not one of Koontz's better books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an interesting story, as I really enjoy most of Dean's offerings. However I thought this one had far more repetitive narrative than I can handle. I buy a book for moving and interesting dialogue and this one did not measure up to his other books, frankly it was driving me up a wall.
    I liked the story layout and the conclusion, and it was very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1232)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Liken it to a Harlequin Romance Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this novel to be so predictable and almost infantile in some ways, that I got bored and didn't finish the book. I swear I had de-ja-vu, as it seemed like something I had read before. Anyone else think this? The reader was great, but the extreme character presentation was not compelling enough in the storyline to keep my interest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unleash The Book Within

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Internet Business Ideas Inc.
    • Narrated By Core Media Productions
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    You've heard the saying "Everybody has a story to tell"? Well, here's your chance to discover how to get your story down on the written page! In the new audiobook Unleash the Book Within, you'll discover everything you need to know to quickly and easily achieve your dream of becoming a respected author!

    tamingchaos says: "Horrid Internet Marketing Scheme"
    "Very interesting title...Not enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This work was too short. The title had me, but more work in each area would have been more help. I think the reader was great here, but more expansion on each topic would have been more helpful as I was looking for more information, and maybe a 2 hour lecture in this format would have been better. What was there was very good, but I expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (622)

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    "Very, very good fantasy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I know that a lot of people feel this series of books was written for a younger crowd, but I was interested enough in the content description to read them myself. I was really captivated and the writer kept excellent connect throughout the books, paying attention to detail, and not leaving loose ends anywhere. The descriptions were just right and the story was fast moving and exciting. I really liked this writers imagination, and the narrator is outstanding. For a good read without long dalliances on sex this is your book. I liked the writers sticking on point and moving us all over the world in such a creative way.
    I recommend this book and the series to everyone of all ages and background, a total escape that's refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10738)
    Performance
    (7642)
    Story
    (7646)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Confusing at first"
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    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    The is story was fast moving, and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found his cohort Detective a little annoying, and a little too much like a TV production character. I understand it is part of the plot and stage setting for the story, but nevertheless, annoying. I have read one of Jim Butchers stories in the past and found him to be a very good writer, that's why I bought this audible book. I believe I will purchase another in this series to get a better feel for his characters, as some of them are compelling enough to read on.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really like this reader, James Masters, as he pronounces words properly, unlike some of the other readers I've listened to. He is really great and keeps your attention, even during the descriptions which is a plus. I like Him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    His skull friend is a real hoot, and I really laugh out loud when he is present, just waiting to see what he will try or negotiate next. I was laughing so loud that my husband came to the doorway, watching me sew, and when I looked up, asked "what's all the merriment going on here? I think that says it all, as he is a book reader... I often think I have the best of both worlds: the written word read by a great reader who makes the book perhaps more delightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because I was not quite into the drift of the book at first, and had to work on pulling the characters together is the only reason I did not give it full marks. My husband is an outright fan of Jim Butcher has told me that I will be totally in the groove in the next book. I think he is right, as I did like this one very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5442)
    Performance
    (4671)
    Story
    (4680)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Mr. Doyle has done it again"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    This is a short story, and hence a great one to listen to with my grand children.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    His stories are always fast moving and interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This reader is really great in inflection and and sound. Great voice!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can a precious stone really be called a Carbuncle?


    Any additional comments?

    I have always admired his writing, but for some reason missed this book. Very glad Audible offered it, and this was a good time of year to get it. Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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