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S

Retired reading, English, & math teacher. Survivor of rear-ending on Channel 5 bridge in Florida Keys that resulted in 10 day coma&rehab,

United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "On the Beach precursor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Complete with details and people. This is about a part of WWII in Pacific that is not well known. It ties together many parts of the story and makes it real. Worthwhile listen/read with ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (250)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "Keeps attention and gives facts and news"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mary liked being a cook, but then people started getting sick. She thought it was unfair to isolate her for a time. The novel covers what she lived like, where, and what her relationships were. Well-researched and written. Seems like it could be accurate as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1767)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Reacher again and still worthy of a good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kept my attention with fast clear descriptions. Learned a little more than I would have liked about interstate driving, but that is in other books, too. I liked this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (635)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Air Combat and Honor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is about both German and US pilots and totally absorbs attention. Good research and wonderful writing and telling to keep this story from being confusing with so many different characters and two different Air Corps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (943)

    "Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

    Janice says: "Change of selection"
    "Disappointing narrative -- too dogmatic."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This did not interest me at all and I am glad it was offered for preview.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Journal

    • NONE (45 mins)
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (45)

    You can now listen to an audio digest of The Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal as part of your Journal subscription.

    S says: "I get the WSJ daily on my BB; rarely the wkend WSJ"
    "I get the WSJ daily on my BB; rarely the wkend WSJ"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Why can I get the morning read, but the Weekend Journal does not do over the air?? I travel and don't always have a computer available, just my phone. I feel cheated that weekend WSJ does not always come like the Morning Read.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I love the calm reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8864)
    Performance
    (8245)
    Story
    (8243)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Totally lost my interest. And I really like most"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ernest Cline and/or Wil Wheaton?

    This lost my interest by Book 2 -- never seemed to be able to develop into anything. I usually can develop interest for all kinds of reads but even after sticking through Book One, I just deleted Book 2. Sorry.


    Has Ready Player One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    will have to see


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wil Wheaton?

    He was probably best for genre, good balance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ready Player One?

    don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3684)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1459)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Should be r'qd reading for teachers"
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    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Surprised that I became so involved in it. Slow start and then very good details.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He was constantly in character of teen boy and did it well-- no catering.


    If you could take any character from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The mother.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (2434)
    Story
    (2444)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Wonderful read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole thing was beautifully put together. No one character stands out.


    What about Ann Patchett’s performance did you like?

    No one thing.


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

    Wistful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuareg

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alberto Vázquez Figueroa
    • Narrated By Fernando Díaz
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Los tuareg constituyen un pueblo altivo cuyo código moral difiere del de los árabes. Auténticos hijos del desierto, los tuareg no tienen rival en cuanto a sobrevivir en las condiciones más adversas. El noble inmouchar Gacel Sayah, protagonista de esta novela, es amo absoluto de una infinita extensión de desierto. Cierto día llegan al campamento dos fugitivos procedentes del norte, y el inmouchar, fiel a las multiseculares y sagradas leyes de la hospitalidad, los acoge.

    S says: "Oops -- not in my language"
    "Oops -- not in my language"
    Overall

    I have never seen Audible not have foreign books translated or with a choice in download language. This was a waste of my time and credits. I don't speak or read Spanish and the language was not obviously noted when I bought it. Big mistake for me.

    1 of 15 people found this review helpful

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