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Jane

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  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (441)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "Overall, a good read"
    Overall

    The Templar Legacy is an interesting mix of history, speculation, religion, and thriller. The reader has to be ready to suspend some disbelief: the secret-agent-type heroes are incredibly slow at times (evidently they had never heard of a transponder) and the evil bad-guy is uncannily lucky and able to pull correct hunches out of the blue. The end of the book leans a little toward the preachy side, but I suppose it's impossible for an author to leave his personal opinions out of a book. If you can get by those things, you will enjoy a lively, "page/turning" story with many thought-provoking perspectives on history and present-day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (687)

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.

    Forest says: "Warning, *Young adult*"
    "Mixed Bag"
    Overall

    I was interested in trying this book because of the popularity of the Twilight series. As many others have said, the first part seemed slow, but the book became more interesting later. Somewhat formulaic with the teen girl-rivalry thing, and the motley group of almost-outcasts dethroning the beautiful-in-crowd, but formula can be a satisfying read to many teens.
    I was a bit stunned with the b*** j** scenes follwing so soon after "This is Audible Kids." Some re-thinking needs to be done there.
    I kept forgetting it was about vampires since so many references were wiccan.
    And I know this is picky, but can't an author or her editorial staff use "lie" and "lay" correctly? I don't mean as dialogue from the characters, but when it appears in narration.
    All-in-all, not sensational, but not terrible either. It's worth reading one more book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Not your average "story""
    Overall

    If you're looking to while away some time with a pleasant or exciting "story," this is NOT the book for you. Matthiessen analyzes and re-constructs the larger-than-life figure of E.J. Watson is great detail and from many points of view. Some mysteries about Watson's life are revealed, but ultimately, many questions remain. The pioneering "settling" of the Everglades is seen for what it was: a raping and destruction of what made it unique and beautiful. It stands as an object lesson of how lands and countries are settled or subjugated. Racial injustices continue this theme of "to the victor belong the spoils." This book is filled to overflowing with characters, history, and the raw dialogue and life of another century. The narrator does a great job of delineating the myriad of different characters. A trip into the Everglades today reveals that the character of E.J. Watson still lives in the memories and folklore of present-day Florida. That was where I first heard about him, and since then I've waited for Audible to carry this book. A GREAT read, but definitely not for a reader looking only for entertainment.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (699)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "oops...forgot to mention...."
    Overall

    I forgot to mention what a great narrator Scott Brick is. He does dialogue particularly well, and is a master of creating mood.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (614)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Great read!"
    Overall

    The ancient Roman world springs to life in Harris' narration. Cicero is seen as a very real "hero," warts and all. The intrigue, pride, ambition of politics was just as true in ancient Rome as it is today. Harris portrays all this with a wonderful realism that will make you sorry when the book ends. If your only memory of Cicero is high school Latin or Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR, you are in for real enjoyment with this book. I just hope there will be a future volume, continuing the involved destinies of Cicery with Caesar.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6548)
    Performance
    (2859)
    Story
    (2870)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    The story was engrossing and often surprising. The narrator really did it justice, with his many voices and interpretations.
    Only one criticism..........LOSE THE MUSIC!
    Very distracting.
    Great book thought.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Butcher's Singing Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Louise Erdrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    What happens when a trained killer discovers, in the aftermath of war, that his true vocation is love? Having survived the killing fields of World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns home to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action.

    Larry says: "Erdrich's"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall

    I hesitated to read this book, because I felt I didn't always "get" Erdrich's books. But I found myself quickly drawn into the narrative, the time period, the portrayal of small-town-midwestern life, and most of all, into the personalities of the characters in this book. Plot points are resolved, not always in the happiest of ways, but in a way that was true to life. This book goes onto my all-time-favorites list.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Prior Bad Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    Patty says: "Couldn't Turn it Off"
    "GREAT read!"
    Overall

    This is a book with many twists and turns, exciting plot, the solving of a brutal crime, and yet lightened by occasional humor. The narrator's voice for the "criminal" was excellent...the childlike quality and pace matched the character's stunted soul. For me, the conclusion seemed to drag out a little, but that's being a little nit-picky about a really great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicholas Evans
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

    M. Andrews says: "Awesome"
    "Engrossing and Moving"
    Overall

    This was a fascinating telling of a good family, apparently living the American dream, until things get seriously off track. Each point of view shows another angle of a complex situation. Even when some of the characters infuriated me at times, it was the author's skill that made them very real portrayals of flesh and blood people. The ending was sad, but satisfying. Great book and GREAT narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unreturnable: Queen Betsy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (361)

    Though she's the vampire queen, Betsy Taylor is much more like a princess. In MaryJanice Davidson's novels, this high-maintenance monarch is finally coming to terms with her new status.

    Monica says: "Fun!"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    Lots of fun, snappy writing, and loaded with laughs. However, I was SO unprepared for the ending. Yes, ok, the plot lines were tied up, but still, it came so FAST that when the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed etc." came on, I sat there in disbelief.
    Great entertainment, though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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