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Zara

Carlsbad, CA, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Naming of the Dead: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Called "required reading for crime-fiction followers" by Booklist, The Naming of the Dead is Scottish writing sensation Ian Rankin's 16th thriller featuring Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus. It is dark, complex, and utterly gripping.

    Brindel says: "Ian Rankin Rocks!"
    "A good one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    An overall good audio book experience. Rebus, well-done performance, and a good mystery. Enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    From one of the greatest modern writers in world literature comes a magnificent story of love, adventure, and rescue played out against the shimmering South Seas. Alone on a tropical island, a Swedish baron and a beautiful violinist discover the long-lost joys of love. But when two treasure hunters arrive on the beach, the lovers know that evil has invaded their romantic paradise—an evil they are powerless to stop.

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, sad and powerful"
    "Classic told well."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrific reading highlighting the subtleties of Conrad's prose. Well done.An incredibly villainous villain and a naive hero.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Nautical Chart

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Margaret Sayers Peden (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    At a maritime auction in Barcelona, Merchant Marine Officer Manuel Coy sees an intense bidding war erupt over a seemingly innocuous 18th-century atlas. The auction winner is the beautiful Tanger Soto, who is obsessed with a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the 17th century. Joining forces, Tanger and Manuel hit the seas in search of Dei Gloria and its precious, yet unidentified, cargo. Their quest sends them not only into dangerous waters, but also into the perilous recesses of the human heart.

    Purdy Oaten says: "The Sailor, The Siren, and the Sunken Ship"
    "Consummate Perez-Reverte"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A ship, a treasure, a mysterious woman, a naive sailor all mixed together with Perez-Reverte's fine story telling. Not everyone is a fan of Perez-Reverte. I am. Great nautical tale. Guidall's reading brought characters to life and kept the slow-building tension. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (877)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "An all-time favorite."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scott Brick does a marvelous job of reading. This story, even though from another time, is a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    In this spirited and romantic saga, a young heir named David Balfour meets his miserly uncle Ebenezer, who has illegally taken control of the Balfour estate. Ebenezer kidnaps David and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery on a ship to the Carolinas. A couple of days into the voyage, a shipwreck throws David together with David Break, a Scotsman returning from political exile in France, and the two of them journey together.

    Kappavpi says: "Great story, great reader."
    "Classically done classic."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great listen to a well told tale. Narration was lively and character voices distinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Conspiracy: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Glenn Meade
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Dr. Laura Pavlov, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to solve one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Dr. Pavlov is a member of an international team digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterinburg, where the Romanov royal family was executed by their captors in July 1918. When Pavlov discovers two bodies perfectly preserved in permafrost in a disused mine shaft, they offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs and, in particular, their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been shrouded in doubt.

    monet says: "Ho- Hum"
    "Goes along but not great"
    Overall
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    I kept getting distracted by other things. Not a good sign for a story that holds your attention. Twists and turns often seem contrived.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1049)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Story excellence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    McKinty at his best. Everything works toward the moving ending. Geratd Doyle a perfect match for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1147)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Excellent story delivered with punch"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Great story. Empathetic protagonist. Excellent narration. Fantastic combination. This is what I look for in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Kristine says: "The Best of the Best"
    "Clear and engaging reading."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Clear and engaging reading of a classic le Carre. Great character voices especially when switching back and forth among characters..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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