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Rachel

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  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (316)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "An amazing book about complex human perception"
    Overall

    "Atonement" is a deeply satifying, extraordinarily well written book that seems simple because it is so well crafted, but deals with such complex issues. Core to the book is that each of us comes to our own 'truth' while never really seeing the whole. One of the characters says "It's like being close up to something so large you don't even see it. Even now, I'm not sure I can. But I know it's there." Throughout the book the reader watches this happen again and again, something so large the individuals don't see the whole of it, although they know it is there. For Briony, this lack of understanding leads to tragic consequences, but the book goes on to show how each of us lacks a comprehensive understanding.

    I thought it a wonderful, brilliantly written book that will stay with me for many years. Rarely have I had such a satifying "read." From start to finish McEwan didn't let me down. I think those who don't like it are listeners who prefer more action in their books, and this isn't that. It isn't a light read, nor is it fast-paced. I find myself almost wishing I belonged to a book club so I could talk about it, since I know that for all I got out of it, I missed so much. If this type of book isn't to one's taste, or the subject matter and ideas the author explores aren't interesting to you, then certainly don't get it. But that it is well written is not in doubt. I also found the topic utterly fascinating and felt the author was able to express ideas that I have played with in my own head but never would be able to write up as well.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15466)
    Performance
    (9804)
    Story
    (9686)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "excellent listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this audiobook has it all for a commuter like me: narration, a great storyline, and a length that makes it worth the purchase. the narration was clear, interesting, and pleasant to listen to. when she takes on the scottish accent, she does it very well and consistently, so as not to be distracting, but not such a heavy accent that one can't understand. the storyline is fun, adventure filled, there are enjoyable, complex characters, and yet it was easy enough to follow as i listened on my commute. while it is billed as a romance, the sex scenes are very minor. there are some parts that are graphic, but those are about the brutal war. i WILL say that if you love bonnie prince charlie the potrayal of him in the next book in this series is NOT flattering. clearly gabaldin does not have any sympathy for the scottish separatist movement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (676)

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
    "wonderful series"
    Overall

    this trilogy has everything. loved it start to finish. the narration is great. the story riveting and unique. the characters interesting. just make sure you listen to it in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "good adventure story if you can suspend belief"
    Overall

    the narration is very good. the story is fun and easy to follow. the downside to this book is that one has to believe that a)russia was better off under a tsar [check with, among others, the jewish community regarding this!], 2) russia could return to rule under a tsar in this modern age, and, 3) a brilliant lawyer wouldn't be able to see a corrupt conspiracy going on right under his nose. and that is just in the first couple of chapters. there are other parts of the narrative that are weak but i'd have to give away the story to go into them. i enjoyed listening to this on the way in to work, but didn't think it completely riveting nor really well written; it was too predictable to be either. and there were a number of parts and comments that i had to not examine too closely or else just ignore in order not to get annoyed with the sloppiness of the writing and stereotyping.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.

    Rachel says: "All around terrific"
    "All around terrific"
    Overall

    Wonderful story [but make sure you read this series in order] with lots of good characters, action and plot. The reader [F. Davidson] is perfect for the story and takes the listener along with him. Definitely worth it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Terrence Mann
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Like his FBI-agent brother Nick, Theo Buchanan is devoted to his crime-fighting career. Only Theo works the other side of the desk as an esteemed Justice Department attorney. At a gala ceremony in New Orleans, he is suddenly struck ill and is rushed to a hospital, where a brilliant and beautiful surgeon, Dr. Michelle Renard, saves his life. It is not the only life-and-death crisis that will ensnare Theo - for he is about to uncover a ring of criminals bent on preserving their secrecy at any cost.

    Rachel says: "Good but suffers from abridgement"
    "Good but suffers from abridgement"
    Overall

    I found the story good, but the abridgement made the story choppy and it was clear there were bits left out. I do not generally like abridgements, though, so perhaps others who don't mind this will enjoy this production more than I did.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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