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Cynthia

Lancaster, PA | Member Since 2005

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  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (517)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "Unexpected delight"
    Overall

    I knew nothing about this book or the author when I purchased it on a friend's recommendation, and against my better judgement. Was I surprised! A book about death and the meaning of life and all those serious topics with a sense of humor. George Guidall brings this story alive (no pun intended) and makes it a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking experience. I'm not a Sci-Fi or Fantasy fan, but just purchased the next Audible in the series. Give it a whirl!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3803)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3148)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Way better than I would have guessed"
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    This is my first zombie novel. Were it not for the zombies, it would be a classic terrorist thriller -- a pretty good one. So the zombies just added a bit of scary humor to the story, without really distracting from it. The science as written was pretty accurate (but taken to the next degree to make it unreal). I plan to read the next in the series. There are some good laughs, some creepy bits, and a few times when you are desperate to find out what happens next. The reader is perfect, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1174)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Interesting lens through which to look at history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a historian, I wasn't sure I would like this book. However, it was pretty good and I recommend it. Each beverage is a really useful vehicle to discuss the history of a particular era/culture. Standage did a good job of transitioning from one to another and letting us see the evolution of his concept. I like his vision of the next important "glass" (probably water). The book isn't long, and it is a worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6744)
    Performance
    (5130)
    Story
    (5211)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Way better than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was embarrassed to actually pick this book, and I am glad I did. There is "real" history here, albeit embroidered with a goofy vampire story. It was compelling and entertaining, and I'm glad I listened. The reader was great. That said, I'm not sure I'm ready for "FDR: Zombie" or whatever the next book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (889)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Farfetched but a fun read"
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    Another in the Prendergast series, with enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. The storyline was a bit unrealistic (aren't they all?), but enjoyable. This one seems a bit darker than some of the others, but not hard to listen to even when alone at night. If you like the series, this is a good one to include. Rene Auberjonois is the ideal reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Booked to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    The murder of a harmless book dealer draws Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway into an extraordinary quest. Suddenly his sources become victims, and he begins to understand that rare editions can cost lives.

    Cynthia says: "Great new series!"
    "Great new series!"
    Overall

    This intelligent and entertaining novel seems to be the start of a great new series - new to me, at least. Glad to find it! And, as usual, George Guidall is outstanding as a reader. He could read the phone book and I would listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden Country

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Fisher
    • Narrated By Cassandra Cambell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, immigrants, and Native Americans, A Sudden Country is, above all, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding.

    Jennifer Hall says: "Eloquent simplicity"
    "Must press on...."
    Overall

    The story itself isn't bad, but this is unlistenable. The narrator just kills it. So sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3241)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1581)

    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"
    "A pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    I didn't know what to expect, but this long, fascinating saga kept me at the edge of my seat. Just when you think things can't get worse, they do, and they you're laughing out loud. The writing is rich, the characters are well-developed, and the plot is intense and intricate. The narrator did a fantastic job of voicing many people. I really enjoyed this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, America's most provocative satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, reads from Adam Smith's revolutionary The Wealth of Nations - so you don't have to. Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes.

    David W. Ruppert says: "Good, but missing PJ"
    "Should have been better!"
    Overall

    As an accounting professor, and being familiar with the author's work, I had high hopes for this book. However, the producers apparently decided that they needed a "serious business voice" for a humorous book, and the narrator killed the content. I was hoping to use this for my classes, but would never consider boring them to death with it -- somehow they seem to find accounting boring enough!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6015)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2225)

    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!"
    "A compelling reader"
    Overall

    A fascinating subject, dragging only a bit during the romance with the "object", but it was the reader who made this a great listen. His voice was charming, entertaining, and sympathetic, and I laughed aloud a number of times. Not something to listen to with children in the car, though!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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