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  • Nights in Rodanthe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By JoBeth Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    Nicholas Sparks, best selling author of A Bend in the Road and A Walk to Remember, returns with this touching tale of two vulnerable people who find love in the eye of a storm.

    Karla says: "Not a "happily ever after" book!"
    "Sorry, if you are looking for art"
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    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or JoBeth Williams?

    No to Sparks. I think I've enjoyed narrations by Ms. Williams in the past.


    Has Nights in Rodanthe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, was never interested in "romance" novels, only read it on a whim as a new friend mentioned it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure it could have been since the writing was so artless.


    What character would you cut from Nights in Rodanthe?

    I can't say. But I would have re-crafted the device of sitting the daughter down and revealing the tryst of 14 years earlier. Felt like a daytime TV series. But hey, this type of writing is not within my realm of experience and the devices may have been intentionally crafted for that audience. I'm the wrong audience, that's all. Won't be seeing the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not looking for fine writing and are willing to settle for artless phrases and worn out and simplistic story telling devices, there IS a story you can relate to. I might compare this ;-) to Annie Dillard's Maytrees, which is full of art but often bloviated. If someone could recommend a middle ground....I suppose I should not have written a review. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3603)
    Performance
    (3223)
    Story
    (3252)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Fascinating however"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    This would have been a truly excellent story had the author left out his political leanings. Actually ruined the book for me right at the ending.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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