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  • Songmaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either to heal or to destroy.

    Sean says: "Terrible and Beautiful"
    "Terrible and Beautiful"

    SONGMASTER is a wonderful audio book. Card revisits some familiar themes, including the morality of indoctrinating children to do terrible things, and the high cost of power. He creates an empire of a hundred thousand worlds, but focuses on the intertwined lives of a few individuals. The focus is on a young singer named Ansset. He is a gifted child, blessed and coveted by all who hear him sing. He is an innocent tossed into a royal court seething with Byzantine intrigue. The book constantly returns to the idea that all there is a price to be paid for any gift, whether it is one given by nature or by another human being. Card?s story sucks you into a world that seems too idealistic to be true, but is nonetheless compelling. The psychological dimensions of the novel suggest that Card may be in desperate need of therapy, or that his books are a cathartic release that unflinchingly looks at what innocence means and how love and intent determine how an action should be judged. Only Card knows for sure, and maybe he is still sorting it out. He creates characters you care about and the narrative tension comes from the threat that seems to loom over every decent person in his books. We get to watch his characters grow and change. Most of the characters evolve from one-note beings into people with demons and angels lurking in the deepest recesses of their minds. The pleasure in the book is watching the interplay of these opposing forces and seeing the consequences of the character?s actions. Definitely worth the time and a credit.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Not his best, but a good yarn."

    I enjoyed this book. I love King's novels and actually think he is the perfect narrator for anything he writes. I had a taped copy of the original Dark Tower series(the first 3 books) with King doing the narration. I came to love his way of telling a tale. The story is a good one and I really enjoyed the integration of the music into the tale. It is not as riveting as some of King's work, but it did keep me entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case

    George MacDonald Fraser beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the wars final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service

    Andrew M. Woodward says: "Accents"
    "Interesting military history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quartered Safe Out Here to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quartered Safe Out Here?

    The author's first combat experience.

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

    I enjoyed the narrator's accent which a print book doesn't always convey.

    Any additional comments?

    Although I enjoyed learning about the war in Burma, I was disappointed that there was so little about Burma itself. There is almost no description of the people and very little about the culture. Hard to imagine spending that much time in a country, even under war conditions and not having much to say about the people or the culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our rakish hero, Alan Lewrie, is in trouble with his wife, condemned by his daughter, and out of favor with the Admiralty. He is lucky enough to receive a command position on an expedition to the West Indies, there to suppress a bloodthirsty slave rebellion led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the future father of Haitian independence. In Haiti, L'Ouverture's forces are sacking plantations and slaughtering whites and mulattoes.

    Blackmac says: "Solid Nautical Fiction Book"
    "Great fun!"

    Great fun! A good swashbuckling yarn. I ended up doing a lot of googling about yellow fever, Hati, and other historical materials discussed in the book. I didn't really like the start of the book, but then got into it in a serious way. I wish there were more of Lambdin's books on audible. John Lee does a very good job of narrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "A classid"

    A good read. I read it many years ago and it still holds up. I would like a little more full scene dialogue. It is a much more positive outlook than most post-apocalyptic novels.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Good, but exhausting"

    This is a fascinating book that ties together the development of American medicine in the early 20th century and an exhaustive look at the 1918-9 influenza epidemic. I learned a lot as the author gave a detailed background on medical research and its successes and failures prior to the pandemic. He sometimes gets carried away with his prose and goes into more detail than I wanted on some of the medical biograpies, but it was still very interesting. The narration is good and the author's research on the topic seems to be top-notch (though one of the problems with audio books is that it is hard to flip to the back of the book to check the endnotes or even the bibliography). It is a long read, but if you have a real interest in the subject, it is one that will educate and provoke a lot of thought about how we would deal with a similar pandemic today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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