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Dolores

Avid audible listener. Favorite writers: Stephen king, Bryce Courtenay, R. R. Martin Fav narrators: Humphrey bower, Roy Dotrice, Frank Muller, Robin Miles

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  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10940)
    Performance
    (7478)
    Story
    (7502)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Gabaldon is a literary genius"
    Overall

    I have listened to the Voyager, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and finally Drums of Autumn. All books in the series that I have listened to are magnificent. Authors knows that perfect narration is the key to an excellent audio book and Davina Porter is the absolute best. Will listen to them again. Just when you think Diana's story is "pat," she puts a twist in the story that makes you sit up staight and say, "Wow". Thank you so much, Diana and Davina.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6117)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4268)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Too Wretched Long"
    Overall

    I have read all of Diana Galbaldon's Outlander books and just loved them, but this one leaves me cold. Up to the fourth part and it's very difficult to get through. "Too Many Words," as they say. Heard the ending is disappointing, but don't know if I'll ever get there.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1642)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    Wonderful, but thought provoking. The storyline reminds me so much of the movie, Slumdog Millionaire (or Q&A). Slumdog was written several years before the release of Shantaram. Couldn't help but wonder if parts of Slumdog were "lifted". Anyway, both the movie, slumdog, and Shantaram are excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "Heartstopping and Unrelenting"
    Overall

    This story grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let you go. Characters are real and suffering. Loved it. Great narration too. Will add this author to my favorites.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13685)
    Performance
    (6074)
    Story
    (6154)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Water for Elephants"
    Overall

    Loved it. Magical. Great ending. A human story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3872)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1308)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "An Old Sory Repackaged"
    Overall

    This is new age psycho-babble. It has all been said in numerous self-help books, particularly, the book written by Norman Vincent Peale, "The Power of Positive Thinking."
    The Secret is just rehashed from foregone books. If a person feels they can think their way into riches and a better life, they will grow a beard waiting. Get real and get to work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Train

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pete Dexter
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lionel Walk, better known as Train, is a young black caddy at an elite Los Angeles golf course. There, he navigates between careless hostility of patrons and the volatile brutality of the other caddies. One day, he finds an unexpected protector: police sergeant Miller Packer, who Train dubs "the Mile-Away Man" for his distant gaze. Packer is investigating a botched and bloody boat hijacking that left a lone survivor: achingly beautiful Norah Still.

    Dolores says: "Train"
    "Train"
    Overall

    Regarding the reviewer's comment that the last chapter had been left. This book is so intelligently written that the author went as far as he could without repeating the sad events that would keep happening to these characters. The ending left the reader feeling like these characters were just born "under a dark cloud." It's a great read. Life is not always a happy ending. It's real! I want more Pete Dexter books. Heard The Paperboy is another excellent read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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