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FredAllen

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  • Apple Tree Yard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Doughty
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her.

    Melinda says: "No Scarlet 'A' in Apple Tree"
    "Strange Story, Brilliantly Done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like many reviewers I had difficulty with the underlying assumption of the story but the writing and the narration were so good that it did not hinder my involvement. In fact I took it as a method for a good author to take a character and put her in an odd place to build the framework for the fiction.

    If you like this book I recommend "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan and also narrated by Juliet Stevenson. It seems almost like a sequel (or prequel).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

    Clarence says: "Wow. "
    "Cliche ridden"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Book is a pile of cliches. Plot moves forward at snail's pace. Reader is OK for narration but can't do accents, a skill horribly needed for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (409)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "Technical Specifications of the Boeing 314"
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    Performance
    Story

    Book should be re-titled Technical Specifications of the Boeing 314. As a novel it was pretty terrible with, as others have said, dreary cardboard characters. Most of the writing seemed to have no purpose other than to extend the weight rather the quality of the book.

    The narrator offered no help either as it was a dry reading although he did have a lot of characters to cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Biskind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme.

    Celia says: "If you studied film in the '70's..."
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I struggled through half of the book but could not finish it. It's an endless chain of unrelated incidents bent on showing how horrible the new age directors of the 70's were. I am also not a fan of Dick Hill's narration where everything sounds like a scream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pat Duggins
    • Narrated By Gary L. Willprecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles - both technological and financial - have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They'll have to grow their own food, find their own water - and solve their own problems.

    Mark says: "Not close to what it claims."
    "Got this because of narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book itself was pretty good but the narrator was amateurish at best using "eye-talian" as Italian and things really went off track when he read quoted material using wierd attempts of foreign accents. When authoritative female sources were quoted a voice that sounded like a 13 year old teenager was used.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Red Tequila: A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Edgar Award winner Rick Riordan captures San Antonio at its grittiest with his mysteries featuring Jackson "Tres" Navarreunlicensed P.I., Tai Chi master, and imbiber of Big Red cream soda laced with tequila. It’s been a decade since his father was murdered and Tres left town. But he’s got an itch that can only be scratched by looking for answers. Returning to San Antonio with his enchilada-eating cat, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the Mafia and dirty politicians.

    Robyn says: "Love It!"
    "Got this because of narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wanted some mindless listening and the story more than delivered on the mindless but I enjoyed the narrators performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joe Peta
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    An ex-Wall Street trader improved on Moneyball’s famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat the Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games - with a 41 percent return in his first year. Trading Bases explains how he did it. After the fall of Lehman Brothers, Joe Peta was out of a job. He found a new one but lost that, too, when an ambulance mowed him down. In search of a way to cheer himself up while he recuperated, Peta started watching baseball again. That’s when inspiration hit: Why not apply his outstanding risk-analysis skills to improve on sabermetrics, the method made famous by Moneyball?

    Holley says: "Fascinating"
    "Listening to a phone book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We always hear this phrase about a good narrator that he's so good we could listen to him/her read a phone book. Well now's your chance. This book is mostly the reading of tables like baseball lineups and standings or computations of probable wins.

    What editor thought this would be a good idea?

    I want my money back.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gregg Easterbrook
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century; and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book.

    Michael says: "Not"
    "Simplistic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed his take down of CEO's although examples are from the Enron era, bit out of date, but his solutions are terribly naive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (708)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "What do audio book editors do for a living?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is essentially a good book with some interesting insights which should get 5 stars made into a farce by someone (the author/narrator?) doing ridiculous attempts at reading referenced sections in the accents of the original author. So for example Voltaire quotes are spoken in a ridiculous French accent. It is so bad that it makes the book into a bad joke. How could an editor let this happen?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Are all Follet books the same?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It seems that Follett has about 5 or 6 cardboard character templates that populate all his books. It is so wooden even John Lee can't bring them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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