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William

Willow Spring, NC, United States

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  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "A Great Culmination of Fact and Fiction"
    Overall

    When I finished the book, The Ghost, I was excited about finding the author Robert Harris. I immediately looked at what else he had written and thought I would begin with his first novel, Fatherland. The premise was very interesting to me, and it became more interesting when I saw how he was tying real history to the imagined story. It was like the two were seamless. Although I really enjoyed The Ghost, I found this book even better. I will now be moving on to Harris' other books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Writer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    "How did I miss this one?"
    Overall

    I just stumbled across this book and I'm glad I did. The Ghost (or the American title, Ghost Writer) was the Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel of 2008. I appreciate that Audible lists award winners on their page. As I was listening to this book, I couldn't help but think, "why haven't I discovered Robert Harris earlier?" The book is suspenseful, well written and the narration is excellent. For anyone who enjoys a political thriller, where the suspense begins from page one, then you must give this book a listen. The movie was also just released on DVD, and to my excitement, Robert Harris co-wrote the screenplay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Four: Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.

    Lane says: "Frankenstein Lost Souls"
    "Better Than Expected"
    Overall

    I've been down on Koontz for a while, not enjoying his last books. When I heard that Frankenstein would be a new trilogy, I was baffled as to why. Regardless, I chose to give it a listen and was pleasantly surprised. Although the book ends just as the action is mounting (like his previous Frankenstein books), the story was quite a bit more solid (so far) then the last trilogy. There are the old characters along with an interesting set of new characters, most of which are likeable. Apart from a few minor issues, I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series. I hope this is a sign that Koontz is beginning to return to the writing that made me a fan so long ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dropper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After the death of his mother, Albert "Shoe" Horn is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby - a teenager with the mind of a child. After Shoe inadvertently kills a man in a fight, he must try to balance the need to protect his brother and his desire to protect himself. Shoe's story unfolds against the 1922 union strikes in England, as he must choose between living his father's life, with his brother, or a new life in America, alone.

    William says: "You can't pass McLarty by!"
    "You can't pass McLarty by!"
    Overall

    Ron McLarty is a talented writer and narrator. I was first introduced to his work in Memory of Running. If you haven't listened to Memory of Running, you need to listen to that audio book next. It's amazing. This book isn't Memory of Running, but it McLarty through and through. He establishes characters that you care about and he takes them through a journey that isn't very typical. You don't always know where he's going, but you enjoy the trip. The Dropper is a bit different because you're not sure what the title is about, but you eventually find out in a story that is very intriguing. I'm a McLarty fan, and I'll listen to everything he's does. He's a great writer, and I highly recommend The Dropper as well as his other books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "Sad in a Very Funny Way"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Although the topic is very sad and depressing, it's got some of the funniest scenes I've read in a book. The way Hornby presents the characters is very interesting, and having three narrators makes this work unique. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because of the ending. It wasn't a bad ending, but since I'm like a typical American (as Martin, a character in the book, describes), my rating makes sense. A very good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18391)
    Performance
    (8287)
    Story
    (8314)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Only Got Better"
    Overall

    I thought "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was remarkable, so I had to listen to "Girl Who Played with Fire." Hard to believe, but the story only got better. Larsson had the ability to give you just enough to keep you hooked, making me drive around the neighborhood over and over again to find out what happens. To top it off, Simon Vance does a incredible job narrating both books. I can't wait for the third book. It is a pure shame that Larsson was taken away from us much too soon. I HIGHLY recommend this book and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." These may be the best books I've read this year.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricky Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The Extravaganza of the Seas is a 5,000 ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money.

    William says: "A Lot of Fun"
    "A Lot of Fun"
    Overall

    This has got to be one of the funniest and entertaining books I've heard. Couple Dave Barry's story with Dick Hill's narration, and you have a complete package. Both were excellent. To my surprise, the story takes a more serious turn with the culmination of characters in the final quarter of the book, but Barry is able to inject his humor keeping the book fun. And did I mention that Dick Hill is an excellent reader? The book might not make you think about the world, but you'll find yourself laughing even when you're not listening to the book, quoting lines such as, "Play the song about the guy, you know, with the car."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (203)

    In a bold novel, Harlan Coben (Tell No One) continues to stake out new ground in suspense, unleashing a haunting tale of secrets and betrayal...and of one man's search for his missing brother that spirals into a breakneck hunt for a killer, a victim, and the truth.

    Ed says: "Excellent twists and turns"
    "Twists to the very end"
    Overall

    This was a really fun story - when you thought you knew what was going on, Coben would throw a twist in. When you thought the story was wrapping up, there was another twist. Another excellent Coben book that will keep you guessing that I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Worst

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    That's what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can't tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he's loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger.

    Val says: "WOW!"
    "A Lot of Fun - Barclay Does It Again"
    Overall

    I really enjoy Barclay books, and this one is no exception. The story developed throughout the book, never going through boring patches like some suspense books tend to do. I was glued to this one. The characters were well developed, and Barclay knows how to inject humor without making the story silly. If you've enjoyed his other books, you won't be disappointed with this one. Now it's back to waiting for his next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (369)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Frustrating"
    Overall

    Let me begin by stating that I have always been a huge Koontz fan - he has written some outstanding books, but I'm now starting to worry if he's ok. I really enjoyed Koontz's first two Frankenstein books and I was really looking forward to this one. I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about this book considering his last two novels were huge disappointments. Unfortunately, my fears were founded. It was like this book wasn't written by the same person who had written the first two. The dialog was weak, especially between Carson and Michael - they didn't seem like the same characters from the other books. Instead, it was like they had been beaten with a silly stick. And the thing that came from Harker - Koontz had been building the return of that thing all through book two to end up just delivering a goofy sideshow character in part 3. Frustrating. Despite what some have said in these reviews, the ending wasn't as bad as I anticipated - a slight reprieve from my having to give the book one star. Needless to say, I'm glad it's over.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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