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I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.
There are many great books by King, but 11-22-63 is undoubtedly his finest work so far. It cannot be compared to any of his previous novels since it is not a horror story. It is a story about friendship, love, passion, compassion and of course time travel and a great lesson to learn in the end. And all of you who have read "IT" will even meet some old friends in Derry... And apart of this: Craig Wasson does a fantastic job as reader!
In 2001 I travelled from Switzerland to Sayre to visit Robert F. Butts, the husband of the late author Jane Roberts. Together with the energy entity Seth they wrote the Seth books (Seth Speaks, The Nature of Personal Reality...).
On a little table in Rob's living room I saw the book "Journey of Souls" and so I asked him how it was. He was very enthusiastic about this titel and said that it is like the Seth material, but from another point of view.
Some weeks later, back in Switzerland, I found in my mailbox a letter of Rob Butts and in it also a copy of the book cover of "Journey of Souls" with the advice to buy this title. I bought the book and later also the audiobook, and since then I've listened to it many times - it is a great titel which reveals spheres, which usually are beyond our reach.
With "The Ruins" Scott Smith has written a great story and a real page-turner. What for five young people starts like an exciting vacation adventure in the jungle of South America turns into a no end of trouble horror trip.
If you like creepy stories with psychological depth you must not miss this titel.
Patrick Wilson as reader does also a great job and gives each character the appropriate but never exaggerated expression.
Perry Keenlyside has written a very nice little book about the life of Mozart. Within nearly four hours the listener gets by means of many letters by Mozart to his father, sister and wife a very good overview about his music and fascinating career. Many short and well selected extracts of his works make this biography a very enjoyable listening experience.
For me this book could have been much longer. A must for every Mozart fan!
Although I'm not a religious person and no member of any of the great religions I was always fascinated of the life of Christ and other spiritual leaders. Rices new book about Christ and his early life is thrilling, well narrated and absolutely interesting. She has done a great job and I'm looking forward to the sequels of this volume about Christ.
The idea for this book is not new but nevertheless always a good plot for an exciting story. The novel's first two hours are really great and very entertaining: Atlantis found in the Antarctic, connections to Egypt and Southamerica and so forth. But from the point where "Mother Earth" (one of the main characters) gets in the story lapses a lot. Too many hints to the catholic church and Christianity as "the only true way" to save mankind from even the "evil Egyptian gods". Other things are also too black and white: Americans are good, Arabians are evil and so on.
Although Scott Brick as narrator does his best to keep the listener awake I was more than once on the brink to switch off my iPod or to change to another story because there was a lot of unnecessary bla bla bla.
Well, in one sentence: This is just the best vampire novel after Bram Stoker's "Darcula". I think I will spend my next holidays in Rumania, Bulgaria and France and try to follow the steps of the vampire lord himself with help of this fantastic book! It takes you on a journey through several centuries and countries - no boring moments, very well written, beautifully read by a fantastic crew and underlined with music that gives you the creeps!
I was really happy to find at audible.com an unabriged version of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca". The story is timeless intriguing and Anna Massey as reader does a great job. Because I'm Swiss for me it's very important that the reader speaks a "clean" English and that's a strong characteristic of Massey's work.
Furthermore she finds for each different person the proper variation of voice and is able to paint pictures with accentuation and emphasis.
Enjoy this audible book!
About 10 years ago I bought Carl Sagan's novel as a German translation (I'm Swiss). The German edition was somewhat boring - the translator probably didn't like the story at all. But when I saw that Jodi Foster reads this book I gave it another try - and now I'm convinced that it's one of the best science fiction novels ever written and read fantastically by Jodi Foster. Too bad that it's just an abriged version. But nevertheless: Not to miss!
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