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Halena

Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century

Alexandria, KY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 24 reviews
  • 96 ratings
  • 380 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (364)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "This book should be half price"
    Overall

    Incredibly juvenile! More than half way through it and I'm done. Ohhhhhh he this and Ohhhhhhh she that! Spark? Lil Spark? Not!

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (901)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
    "Laurels Didn't Come Thru!"
    Overall
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    Story

    King, as in others of his books, has resurrected former story lines that reinserting them in The Black House become tiring and unimaginative. The beginnings are intriguing and grab your attention but then he picks up a scent from the past and there he goes off and running, ho-hum. This was one of those - Been there, done that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3733)
    Performance
    (3382)
    Story
    (3390)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Heroic Story / Some misguided loyalties"
    Overall
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    I became so appreciative of these men as defenders of our country and way of life! The rigors they have endured for our freedom is over the top.

    Not to diminish at all the heroism of these men, but, listening to Marcus' constant bashing of the "Liberal Media" wondered if Lutrell knows that the right to be liberal and have liberal medial is one of our constitutional rights. and the most egregious was his disdain for the Geneva Conventions. It takes away from his merits.

    It's an incredible episode in our war with Afganistan, for sure - but there are other reasons that Danny Dietz, Matthew "Axe" Axelson, Marcus Lutrell and, Michael Murphy were caught in that scenario - It may have something to do with Iraq.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (654)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Greg says: "Outstanding Audiobook!"
    "Amazingly Wonderful!"
    Overall
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    My first book by Gabriel García Márquez and I loved it. Marquez' poetic manner of writing was so compelling that sometimes I would rewind so that I could enjoy it a second or third time. Every character in the narrative had their own extraordinary fantastical traits. I knew before I was finished listening to this audio that I would listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

    I. Aleksandrov says: "A nice way to get the feeling of Faulkner"
    "Too Chopped"
    Overall
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    Story

    I couldn't make the transitions from one story to the next, one author to the next very well. Didn't complete the listening. I use it sometimes during the interim of waiting to purchase a new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3217)
    Performance
    (2954)
    Story
    (2979)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Why did I Wait So Long?"
    Overall
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    After watching the movie countless times, I decided that I would listen to the book. It's a slightly different story and so well done that it was very enjoyable to listen too. Little changes made it not so predictable that added to it's engagement. One of King's best!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1162)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Mel says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "As Always!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the intrigue and the intelligent manner of presenting the mystery. Never shoddy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1865)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Only Capote"
    Overall
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    Story

    After watching the movie and then listening to the book then watching the movie again did I understand Capote's involvement with the murderers' stories. Very intriguing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Crockett: The Lion of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett", and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories.

    Michael says: "Author is very bias."
    "The Book"
    Overall
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    Not fair for me to write about it -- I didn't finish it. It's a very adolescent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3826)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2280)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Very Informative"
    Overall
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    This book has given me an insight in many different areas that I couldn't have gotten elsewhere....Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6549)
    Performance
    (2663)
    Story
    (2692)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Ambivalent"
    Overall

    I did enjoy listening to this book but the ending did it a disservice. I was intrigued by the shifting periods, cultures and classes but I felt the writer became somewhat lazy in the numerous contrived character summations. I was a little relieved when the book ended.

    The narration was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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