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  • The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Shreeve
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life, seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich.

    Neil says: "DNA/Microbiology 101"
    "Entertaining and educational"
    Overall

    Great book. Not too technical. Entertaining and engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (424)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "predictable characters/story but beautiful writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The writing (words actually used) is too mature for the younger crowd but the story line is too young for the older crowd. So, it doesn't really fit...

    The main character is delightfully precocious but is mentally way beyond her age as the author tells it. (i.e. she notes a look of "contempt" on a man's face. Eleven year-olds -- even very smart ones -- are highly unlikely to note such a look, and even if they did, they wouldn't use the word contempt to describe it. I don't know many forty year-olds who really know what that word means.)

    The writing is descriptive -- which I like, but some might think it unnecessarily wordy. And the dichotomy of characters being all good or all evil quickly gets boring.

    The author puts every character into their neat little box: the curmudgeonly widowed father, the haughty butler, the simple cook, the mean older sisters, the evil actress, the jocular movie set manager. All laid out within the first few chapters -- all that is left to learn is the how-of-it. Not much fun when you're looking for a good who-dun-it. And because of the perfect boxes there are no character surprises to bring on a little serendipity.

    (Narration was very good.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (566)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint about Crais' books is that they are too short! This one was a page turner. I listened all the way through the night and was disappointed when it ended because I wanted more.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Sara says: "Terrible Listening Experience"
    "Not worth the time."
    Overall

    Contrary to some other posts, I thought the narration was good but the story is not.
    It's full of holes and has numerous torture and gruesome scenes.

    If you're looking for something adventerous and fun, this isn't it.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "Slow but well written - boring"
    Overall

    If you want to learn a little history of Italy and learn to speak some Italian, then this book might appeal to you.
    Definite departure from his normal style. Much of the book is devoted to learning Italian and other very boring things that don't directly apply to the story.
    Perhaps the unabridged is better...
    It is well written, scripted and narrated, which is its only saving grace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Bryan says: "A book that draws you in"
    "Such potential - disappointing"
    Overall

    I'm new to this author and series. I thought from the reviews that it would be a good listen, but was certainly not.

    The main character is bi-sexual. The other main character sleeps with a King to get her husband out of prison and each chapter begins with annoying music.

    The narrator does a good job, but that's about all that can be said is good about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Uplifting and Entertaining"
    Overall

    Defintiely worth the time. It was easy to identify with the main characters and the narrative style was well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Yuck - shallow and obnoxious protagonist"
    Overall

    Two main reasons why you should pass this one up:

    1 - The protagonist is a whinny, shallow, lying, unfaithful, cheating person. Very difficult to identify with a character like that.
    2 - Some parts of the plot are highly unrealistic (alligators haven't eaten humans for many years, let alone three at once!)

    If you can get past wanting to slap the portagonist and the unrealistic events,then the writing is not too bad, but ultimately not worth the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world. He is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies of his books in print. Now the epic saga he began with Hidden Empire continues in this breathtaking novel.

    MS says: "Great Writing"
    "Great Writing"
    Overall

    This is the first sci-fi series that I've read. I went through all three books in this series in about 4 weeks.

    One of the best things about this series is Anderson's ability to bring the worlds and charcaters to life with believeable conflict and plot lines.

    Warning...he ends each novel with a cliff hanger, which is madening now that book 4 won't be published for a few months. Book 5 won't be out for another year and book 6 in two years. Ick! I'm not a patient person and I can't wait to find out what happens to the characters.

    Is definitely worth the time.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • From Potter's Field

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Edgar Award winner Patricia Cornwell is the internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Kay Scarpetta mystery series. From Potter's Field finds criminal pathologist Kay Scarpetta in Central Park investigating the crime scene of a bloody homicide. Kay has an eerie feeling the murder was committed by a maniacal killer from her past, Temple Gault, and that he is trying to force her into one final showdown.

    Dammschippee says: "Good in spite of the narrator."
    "Boring, Disappointing & Frustrating"
    Overall

    Don't waste your time on this one. From the first few pages you could easily plug the worn-out, tired old formula in and solve the murder without reading any further.

    At one point in the book, Scarpetta says, "Why is he doing this to me?" (Patricia, please don't insult our intelligence!) Scarpetta is supposed to be a smart woman who has been called in to solve a murder, but Cornwell makes her more of a victim, and a stupid one at that.

    Characters are two-dimensional and uninteresting, and style of writing is too dramatic when understated would be far more intriguing. The adulterous affair is a major distraction that only shows how weak the main characters are.

    I kept hoping for some redeeming writing, character explanations, twist in the story -- anything -- to justify my continued time investment, but it never came.

    I wish I could give it 0 stars.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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