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Jacquelyn

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  • Lost City: A Kurt Austin Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (269)

    An enzyme that will dramatically prolong life has been discovered 2,000 feet down in the North Atlantic, in an area known as "Lost City". But why are the people attempting to harvest it getting killed? Why are the scientists in a remote Greek laboratory disappearing one by one? To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA's Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it's clear they have their work cut out for them, but it may be even bigger than they think.

    Snoodely says: "Guilty pleasure"
    "My first Clive Cussler"
    Overall

    I enjoyed my first Clive Cussler book. He has an excellent ability to tell a story. By the end I felt that there were too many 'close calls' for one book. Other than that, an excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (724)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Fast-paced and engaging."
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    Death on a high floor is a legal thriller. The crime is introduced at the front of the book with the balance used to unfold the story line. Clues are illuminated at a good pace and my interest was held. The courtroom drama is engaging, and balanced with plenty of activity outside the courtroom. Interactions within a law firm, dealings relating to rare coins, and media behavior seem accurately described and are at times humorous. The characters are interesting but do lack depth. The audiobook rendition was excellent, with the narrator breathing personality into each of the characters. This book was a fast-read and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 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
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    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"
    "Engaging and Interesting."
    Overall
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    The book is offered as a historical 'thriller', and that is exactly how it reads. The entire book spans events of a few short weeks, yet the authors manage to breathe life into the events, the environment, and the characters of the time. I feel I know the persons of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee better than before I read the book. Even Daniel Boone and General Custer are mentioned, though there is no commentary on Jefferson Davis nor much on the politics leading to the Civil war. Critics point out discrepancies in the details, but I find these to be relatively minor. This is an engaging recounting of the Lincoln assassination and I found it to be informative and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2122)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Good, but not the best in the series."
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    This is my third Orson Scott Card book, having read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I hadn't meant to read the final book in the series before having read Xenocide, but I was able to fill in the blanks through reference. As in previous books, Card masterfully tells a story that expands my thinking. It includes characters with differing viewpoints, capabilities, histories, and agendas who face personal and community threats. The drawback is the number of soap-opera-like love stories that composed the main focus of the book. The book ends on a positive note, with the main characters looking toward the future with hope. I'm glad to have read this, though I enjoyed the first two books the most in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8512)
    Performance
    (4942)
    Story
    (4999)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "And the story continues ..."
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    This sequel to Enders Game is like Enders Game, but not like Enders Game. Ender leaves his sister Valentine and finds his way to the distant human colony of Lusitania. My brain was exercised as I worked to form an understanding of the indigenous culture of Lusitania (piggies) from my own knowledge base and culture. The piggies turned out to be totally foreign in their method of reproduction, communication, and government. Yet, still, they had a thirst for knowledge, intelligence, and a desire to integrate human things into their lives. Their evolution was to continue, only now woven with the things of the humans. A good book for stretching my mind beyond my current conceptions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1808)
    Story
    (1809)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Unique romantic comedy with a twist"
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    This book is extremely clever. It is a romantic comedy written in the first person of someone with Asperger's ... who doesn't know he has Asperger's. Don Tillman designs a plan to find a wife through the 'Wife Project', gets sidetracked by the 'Father Project', and in the end finds love in the 'Rosie Project". The book is downright laughable in many parts. The drawback for me is the constant monotonous tone of the book, which fits right in with the Asperger theme. But I found it irritating after the second chapter. If the tone doesn't bother you, you will thoroughly enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2526)
    Performance
    (2230)
    Story
    (2223)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Story by vignette"
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    Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2663)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Delightful."
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    I was intrigued by this short story, never having read it before. It seemed quite dense in that a lot happened in a very short time. Dickens skillfully developed his characters and developed the story through their interaction. I did not anticipate the outcome, and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it to all Dickens lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (914)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "Overly laden."
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    This was my first Louise Penny book. Because it was my first book featuring inspector Armand Gamache, it took me a while to understand who the main characters were. While the author injected humor at points, I found the plot to be overly laden with characters such that I lost track of who was who, and the clues leading up to the exposure of the criminal were muted and confusing, even upon retrospection. Perhaps the book would be enjoyed by someone who was familiar with the series, but I found it problematic to even read through to the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23216)
    Performance
    (14548)
    Story
    (14701)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Does the ends justify the means"
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    It has been some time since I read science fiction. A fellow air traveler made the recommendation and I followed up. From the start I found it easy to suspend disbelief because the characters were full of human emotion and thought ... loyalty, fear, distrust, greed. The intensity and focus of those around Ender on destroying the enemy at any cost was disturbing. Yet, their reasoning was sound. There are times, I guess, when children can not be allowed to be children ... when sacrifices must be made ... and when decisions are best made by those other than the ones performing the task. This book prompted much rumination about the morality of the ends justifying the means.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (977)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "An unexpected delight."
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    Pride and Prejudice was an unexpected delight. I most appreciated each character who was well formed, and I enjoyed the interaction of the various personalities. Due to its style I had to pay close attention to every word and at times gained understanding through context. There was much humor and wit. Overall, a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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