Beaverton, OR, United States
Over the span of 60 + years, thru WW!! and concentration camps, 2 young Czech lovers stories are told by fabulous George Guidall as Josef and Suzanne as Lenka. This is a novel that translates wonderfully to audiobook, especially with such talented narrators.
Alyson Richman gives a brief synopsis at the end of the book about who the characters are modeled after and much of the story is fictionalized history. I was born in 1943 and it amazed me to think that I was a happy well fed baby with no fears, raised in Los Angeles with my mom and dad and grandparents while in Europe babies my age were being starved to death or simply murdered. Books like this are important-we must never forget.
The story is haunting and can't help but be very sad, but the inner strength of some of the people makes me wonder if people today could endure what these families went thru with the same courage and grace.
5 Stars-everyone should listen to this if only for its historical value.
My second Don Winslow novel but first narrated by Joe Barrett is a truly compulsive listening experience.
Though I very much enjoyed the plot with it's plot of Neil and all the back story with the senator, Alli, and the other various characters from a Senator hoping to be Vice President to the pimp that push Alli into the streets, I really connected with Joe Barrets narration. He's great!
I loved this book and am looking forward to other Neil Carry stories in this series. and I'll be also looking for more narrated by Joe Barrett!
Well wrath a credit...but only if you want to purchase the other novels in this series..they are addicting!
I imagine everyone has had periods of unawareness or forgetfulness, of getting tongue twisted, forgetting names of friends or even appliances-I once asked my eldest son to mow the living room carpet and vacuum the yard for me...he would have done it just to be mean if I didn't stop him.
In any case, Still Alice made me so aware of what can be in store for any of us--and not necessarily just when we age.
I found the reading to be less than ideal though and think the author could have served herself better by using a professional narrator instead of narrating it herself.
However, the material itself is so compelling I can almost excuse the poor narration..Encourage listening or reading this novel..well worth your time.
Montalvan writes very compassionately about his bonding with service dog "Tuesday" and how they come to learn about and understand each other.
A dog lovers dream of a novel, I recommend it to anyone who has a friend who relative who has been thru the Middle East wars or even Viet Nam.
Of course I had a few tears towards the end of the book, but I do love animals and have a friend who uses a service dog herself.
Well worth a credit and your time
I don't know how I've missed author Don Winslow and his So Cal Surf Scene novels but I'm glad I found him. This rather strangely plotted book tells the story of a retired mafia hit man known as Frankie Machine who would rather stay retired from his hit man job and focus on early morning surfing, his bait shop on the pier and as fish supplier to 4&5 star restaurants.
Unfortunately Frankies Boss man has other ideas.
If you haven't read Don Winslow, I think this is a good book to start in with. I found Frankie to be a basic nice guy who is shoved into situation he'd rather avoid.
Worth the credit and your time.
Though not the type of book I might normally buy, "Code Name Verity" surprised me by its captivating, real life look at UK women aviatrix and their striving to be allowed to fly combat type missions instead of just being the ferry pilots.
Elizabeth Wein has authored a real tension filed novel that is beautifully narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell as code name "Verity" and "KittyHawk"-Verity/Julie is captured and tortured while KittyHawk searches for her in war torn France and bemoans the fear she has of the loss of her pilots license.
Well worth the listen and credit.
I very much enjoyed listening to this narration of a great mystery. This was one of those books that seem written to be narrated for an audio book and the narrator was the perfect choice for it.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy mysteries
Book 2 in the Alli Reynolds series kept my interest as well as the first book. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this series, based in Sedona, AZ, though much of 'Web of Evil' takes place in Los Angeles.
The trials and tribulations of Ms Reynolds do get a bit dramatic but anyone who has dealt with the LAPD knows that "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't hold much sway there.
Enjoyable, exciting and with an occasionally confusing story arc, I did enjoy listening to this novel and intend to purchase the 3rd and 4th in the series.
If you like dramatic storytelling this is a good series to start on a cold winters night!
I've read all the Beaumont and Johanna Brady books over the years-especially liked Beaumont's tough gritty cop and if you haven't read these now somewhat dated stories, they are still worth perusing.
I was interested in this new series and thought I'd try the first..and found it very enjoyable, written with Jance's usual tight plot intrigues and containing sufficient side story arcs to keep my interest as I recover from surgery..audio books are the best things for recovering in a nursing home where you share a room-can't sleep? Can't keep the light on all night? Get out the iPad and headphones and listen until you do fall asleep.
I've already purchased books 2 & 3 in the series, even though there are negative reviews, I want to make my own mind up about it.
Reviews to come.
Elle in Oregon
Although I have enjoyed each of the Simon Serrailler novels, from Hills tight plotsnto Paceys wonderful narration, this novel was the most gripping of all the books in the series in my opinion.
Based on up to date horriffic social issues that none of us really want to read about, Simon is sent underground into a dangerous situation fraught with perils where he is discovered as a spy. Any more info would create a spoiler and I don't want to mess up your excitement.
Simons family reaches situations that have been building over the past 4-5 books and placed in less than hopeful circumstances that not only tax Simon but threaten the peace had harmony we've come to expect from his sister and her friends who seemed to have reached some joy in their lives.
This may be the Last book, as many story arcs come to a less than satisfying end, but other new plot lines were brought out and the listener is left to ask herself "can Simon overcome the horrible situation?". And wonder what will happen next.
If you enjoyed most or all of the series do listen to this 2014 issued audiobook to become enthralled as you might have been with the first introductory novel.
I loved it and it's amongst the top 5 on my 2014 reading list.
Over a period of 3 weeks, while recovering from surgery, I have been kept company by the wonderful UK mysteries written by Susan Hill and narrated by Steven Pacey.
These take place in mostly current times, though I estimate Hill has been writing the series over the past 10-15 years so current events and tech has changed from "Dashing to a pay phone" to a 15 year old with a cell phone..In other words these aren't vintage novels.
Steven Pacey has a wonderful ability to bring Hills writing to life, especially when it comes to characters voices. I've listened to all 8 books and have come to know and enjoy the dialogue between Simon and Cat,the arguments between teen Sam and his sister that lead to anger and typical sibling bickering, and to know the stern father of the 3 triplets and his wonderful second wife-just thru Paceys intonation. Spectacular-especially with Paceys cultured accent that can swiftly change to Cornwall or Northern or Scott accents--how does he do that?
I've read negative comments about the series-not exciting enough, no plot etc. This hasn't been my experience at all.
Hill doesn't write shoot 'em up mysteries with American gumshoes and car cases. His cop shop is full of men and women who work hard and with diligence to discover the perp.
Try it-I bet you'll like them!
Well worth the credits
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