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Judy

Southold, NY, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Man in the Middle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Ripped from today's headlines, Brian Haig's new novel finds Army lawyer Sean Drummond caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq. Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of D.C.'s most influential defense officials, an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq, Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington's most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas.

    Sherri says: "Where is Scott Brick?"
    "An engaging diversion"
    Overall

    There are no surprises here, but the story was engaging, and the narrator suited the genre just fine. If you like murder mysteries with some espionage mixed in, then you'll enjoy this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3178)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Nice Bit of History-Needed a Better Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Americans got so lost in the abolitionist cause (rightly so, by the way) that we forget that this is a story of two countries at war, and it contains all the plot twists and turns of a spy novel--an assassination attempt--unfortunately successful--and a conspiracy to go along with it. Mr. O'Reilly appears to have gotten it right--nice pacing, factual details, correct timelines. However, Mr. O'Reilly is a broadcaster, not an actor. If this book were written as a news story, then his narration would have been fine. Instead it is more a dramatization of the facts, and reads like a novel, not a news broadcast. Missing are the nuanced pauses, and dramatic reading that a novel needs.

    I liked the story, but would have loved it were there another narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1471)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "It was a lovely journey"
    Overall

    This book was very well written,and the narration, done from the perspective of the two main characters,and so with two different voices,was completely engaging. I feel like Henry and Clare Detamble are two old friends. This is a story of love and separation, but also makes time travel seem feasible. For the two weeks it took me to read it during my commute, I actually looked forward to going to work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5898)
    Performance
    (4264)
    Story
    (4284)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Wow! Poignant, inspiring, unforgettable."
    Overall

    Told from Death's viewpoint. I read this book at a friend's recommendation. She had difficulty describing it, but said it was one of the best books she had ever read, and she couldn't put it down. I agree completely. It is difficult to explain it in a way that encourages you to read it, but I will say this: I am very interested in stories, fact or fiction, that are placed in Nazi-era Germany because I am looking for how the German people found their own ways to rebel against the Nazi regime. The Book Thief became part of the fabric of my life over the week or so that it took me to listen to it, and I felt a bit empty when it was finished.

    It will change you for the better, and help you see that even in Nazi Germany, fathers loved their daughters, mothers loved their sons and it is in human nature to do good even when faced with severe punishment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (196)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "No surprises, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    Nothing exceptional, but a decent mystery with some thrills, even if it is a bit predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Slow start, decent finish"
    Overall

    I heard great reviews for this book, or maybe it was just good marketing, so I took the plunge. However, it started a bit too slow, and I found it hard to keep track of who the characters were. I got half way through the book before I figured out who was truly the protagonist, but once that become clear, I was able to figure out who to root for. Also, the action started to happen, so the suspense started to build too. Don't lay out the cash, but if you are looking for something on which to spend a credit, you'll do ok.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Revolutionary for its realistic dialogue and uncompromising plot, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably the greatest of all American novels, and a powerful sequel to Mark Twain's lighthearted classic, Tom Sawyer.Join the industrious, fiercely independent young Huck as he escapes his abusive, drunken father and sets out on an unforgettable journey down the Mississippi River.

    Catherine says: "just outstanding"
    "Abridged version left some holes"
    Overall

    I skipped this book in the required reading list in High School, so I am now trying to fill the gaps left in my education. I really enjoyed the story, as I expected I would. However, since I read the abridged version, it wrapped up very quickly and left some unanswered questions. The narration was first rate, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "Please Read Before Your Next Hurricane Party"
    Overall

    This is an well written, well paced account of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane that struck without warning and completely swamped the island city one September day. This audio version is abridged so some of the more gruesome, and pendantic, details were left out, but the story still provides a vivid recounting of harrowing experiences of the survivors of this spectacular disaster. A hurricane is nothing to celebrate, and Isaac's Storm tells you why. If you enjoy such survivor accounts against Mother Nature's fury, then you will enjoy this one, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Vitale, Ihaleakala Hew Len
    • Narrated By Joe Vitale, Ihaleakala Hew Len
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    If it seems like you work hard but never get anywhere, maybe the problem is something within you. Maybe the limitations holding you back come from inside you, not from the outside world. Zero Limits presents a proven way to break through those self-imposed limitations to achieve more in life than you ever dreamed.

    Todd says: "Don't waste your time or money"
    "Learn How to Enjoy the Ride!"
    Overall

    Most spiritual processes require a leap of faith. Zero Limits, and the Self-Identify Ho'oponopono method discussed by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, help the reader understand how to recognize that we take this leap of faith every day, even if we don't realize it. Nearly all religions teach that we can chose the path the Divine has mapped for us, or we can follow our own path. Zero Limits helps us figure out how to follow the path our lives were meant to take, and how to enjoy the ride.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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