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Pam Minier

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  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (291)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "A Fascinating Account of the Microscopic World"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Hot Zone again? Why?

    Most people only think about airborne pathogens in terms of the common cold. This book highlights the vulnerability of all the world's citizens and gives an in-depth look at how viruses are identified and contained. The author delineated the individual fears and personalities of the people involved, as well as the laborious efforts to contain a world-wide disaster. Mesmerizing from start to finish!


    Which character ??? as performed by Richard M. Davidson ??? was your favorite?

    Nancy Jacks, a woman who balanced family and work, was my favorite character. She is a brilliant woman who does a good job at making it all work. Her decisions are not always easy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I looked forward to my commute as an opportunity to continue with the narrative. Besides being entertaining, the book was a learning experience.


    Any additional comments?

    A real-life whodunnit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (567)

    "Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

    Judy says: "Can I give 6 stars?"
    "Predictable, almost non-existent story line"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about After the Night?

    There was nothing interesting about this story line. This book is about characters who are sexually obsessed with one another. If you want to listen to disk after disk about the characters foreplay, sexual fantasies, and fulfillment, this is for you. If you want some romance and a decent story line, download a book by Nora Roberts.


    What was most disappointing about Linda Howard???s story?

    From the start, it was totally unbelievable that this man didn't initiate a search for his father. We are expected to believe that this young man can run a substantial empire, but was too dense to try to locate his missing father. Any first grader could have figured out who the villain was early in the novel.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Natalie Ross?

    Maybe.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A complete waste of time. Since I only download books with a rating that is at least close to 4, I was amazed that so many people found this book in that category.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (634)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Great Story - Unfortunate Narration"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story, but the narration was below average. The narrator's enunciation and articulation was so poor that I had to listen to much of the book twice, losing much of the flow of the story. Straining to make out the words while listening in the car definitely impacted my enjoyment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    This mysterious tale is the best known and best loved of du Maurier's work. After honeymooning in Italy, the dashing Max de Winter returns to Manderley, his beautiful country estate, with his innocent young bride. But the unsettling presence of Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter) still lingers within the mansion's rooms and halls, and most of all in the persistent reminders from the grim housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

    A User says: "Rebecca"
    "Tiresome!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the visual pictures du Maurier painted with her words. However, two-thirds of the book is devoted to the neurotic thoughts of the leading character, making the book drag unmercifully. The plot is thin and, I felt, the characters unbelievable. There are thousands of better choices.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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