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Regan W. Polone

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  • 9 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 367 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (472)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "worthwhile"
    Overall

    This book was well written. The first Robert Crais book I have listened to. It was exciting, not very predictable, and read well by the narrator. It was well worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (777)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Typical Nicolas Sparks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does John Bedford Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good audible reader and was able to keep the story interesting. He was able to keep the voices in character which is necessary for an audible listen.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    predictable and light but worth the time and credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.

    Carolyn says: "Not My Favorite Picoult"
    "Predictable love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it is a good book but unfortunately was rather predictable.


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

    predictable- I am glad that everything worked out but you are frustratedby the dumb predictable things that are done by the main characters.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Gibson – was your favorite?

    the main female character was beautiful and innocent.


    Did Salem Falls inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13502)
    Performance
    (9343)
    Story
    (9401)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Motivating Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    Good character development and enjoyed the hisotical data. It helped me realize the inhumanity that man can do to one another. It also helped me understand when I was a child, and relatives/family friends that had been prisoners of war acted the way they did- such as refusing to eat oriental food (especially rice). I never understood how a person could refuse to eat something as simple as rice, or how people developed such sterotypes and disgust for another human or ethnicity


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked best the ability to understand how peoples character is formed by their past experiences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was amazed with how long and the ability of the characters to stay alive in such adversity. I did find it hard to believe that the only one in the raft that was able to solve any problems was the great Zamparini. I wondered how realistic that was- It seemed somewhat skewed.


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

    too long but did hold my interest. I listened on a trip with my 19 year old son and he was unable to stop listening. It was comical how if any type of disturbance occured during our listen, we had to reverse and listen to the area again.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and money. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and as I said before if you can enjoy a book and learn as well, it is time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18670)
    Performance
    (16618)
    Story
    (16579)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Very Novel Idea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Historically interesting and unpredictable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was intersting as he developed and began to understand how his actions affected (wrinkled) time.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a good narrator and was able to use different voices/inflections to help you recognize the differnet characters. Otherwise can be hard to follow an audible book if the narrator is not good at changing characters to be recognizable in his voice.


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

    too long but did keep my interest


    Any additional comments?

    well worth the time listening to it. The historical data appeared to be relatively accurate and the limits in the time period was well thought out and seemed to carry through the book. It was interesting that he had help from economists and others to imagine what the world would be like if the past was changed to such a large degree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (602)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Could be a Good story but too Political"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    About 50% of the book was well written the other 50% was for the authors political initiative. I am a disabled veteran as well, and I have no problem discussing the rights and needs of disabled veterans - people that get this book need to understand that this book was written to help the author with his political agenda. As long as you understand that, it is worth listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am glad that "service dogs" are helping disabled veterans in multiple ways that are needed.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Before this book is purchased, the purchaser needs to understand that there is a considerable political agenda adopted in this book and that is the main reason this book was written.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Luis Carlos Montalvan’s life?

    It might have been nice to develop his childhood more. It might have been interesting to see if some of his childhood issues were the cause of his lack of resilience. Autobiographies are always skewed to some degree anyway; and it is difficult to be judgemental to ourselves as much as by others- I think this could have been a better book if written by somebody else about his life and Tuesday's life without the inevetable one-sidedness of an autobiography. I give an example of Steve Jobs book was more realistic as it was not an autobiography.


    Any additional comments?

    Please understand before purchasing this book that there is considerable political motivations in this writing. Which is very common in literature but understand that this is not just a cute little book about how a disabled veteran and a service dog came together to become a functional unit, but also includes considerable ranting about the way disabled veterans have been treated and denied their rights. I am not against politically motivated writings for disabled veterans rights but realize this book is 50% cute, sweet, and heartwarming. The other 50% is politically motivated (rightfully so) for the improved rights and benefits of our service members who deserve better treatment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13230)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5607)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "One in a million book"
    Overall

    I have yet to meet anyone who has read or listened to this book and has not liked it. I realize that a book set so far in the past seems like it would be dry and boring. Quite the contrary, the character developement is phenomenol and you actually feel for the characters as they go through their trials and tribulations. There are some rather R rated parts in the book but I think they are appropriate for the book and add to the story and character of the book. This is one of the few books in your life that you will read and never forget. I am sure it will become one of those great classics that will be studied in literature classes after we are all long gone. I highly recommend this book and if you don't enjoy it then you are definitely in the minority.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6823)
    Performance
    (2126)
    Story
    (2145)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "emotionally gripping book"
    Overall

    Very well written. The author as the narrator is tolerable but probably not ideal. In all I think he does a good job. My wife and I really enjoyed the book. There are a few areas I don't feel are appropriate for under teenage children. Don't know why considered "audible kids" production. It does show mans inhumanity to man, and the maturing of an individual to regret his past treatment of his "best friend" and his attempt to correct his wrongs which regrettably is too late. I wanted to listen to this before seeing the movie and plan on renting the movie in the near future. It was well worth our time and feel it was entertaining as well as somewhat insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4763)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1947)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Good for a historical novel"
    Overall

    This book does not compare to a good fiction novel. It is very well written for a historical book, and I think the author as a narrator is fine. If you are looking for an edge of the seat thriller, look elsewhere. However, if you would like to learn a little more about our struggle against Britain to become the USA, we know and love, it is a good book. I do think it would be more interesting and easier to understand if you had a hard copy, and could see some maps which would be easier to understand during the descriptions of the battles and troop movements. It was obvious that he had done a lot of research for this book in all the quotes from letters and diaries. All in all a good book of revolutionary history but not all that entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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