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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1661)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I have been an audible customer for years and listened to hundreds of books. None touched me like this one. This is my first Courtenay book and I've since bought up all his books. The narrator is wonderful in bringing the characters to life. I didn't want the story to end. In fact, I hope these's a sequel in the works.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Grievous Sin: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (207)

    The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and Rina fear for the safety of their own precious child.

    Brenda says: "Shallow plot, dragged out"
    "Narrator sucks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Grievous Sin? What did you like least?

    I like the story but the narrator does not accurately portray the characters. His sing song delivery of dialog doesn't match the intent and detracts from the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His sing song delivery of dialog doesn't match the intent and detracts from the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Noel Hynd
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    From best-selling ABA author Noel Hynd comes this new series set against the backdrop of Havana, an explosive capital city of faded charm locked in the past and torn by political intrigue. U.S. Treasury Agent Alexandra LaDuca leaves her Manhattan home on an illegal mission to Cuba that could cost her everything. Accompanying her is the attractive but dangerous Paul Guarneri, a Cuban-born exile who lives in the gray areas of the law. Together, they plunge into subterfuge and danger.

    Evelyn J Martin says: "Enjoyable, a bit predictiable, but entertaining."
    "Pretty good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Noel Hynd and/or the narrator?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were exciting segments where you didn't want to stop until that threat/challenge was resolved.


    Do you think Hostage in Havana needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes because the main perp was never apprehended


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Woodring
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is discovered dead by the railroad tracks outside of town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Percy, the president of the town’s worldrenowned furniture company, had seemed invincible. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen, and that glimpse tugs at her, urges her to find out more.

    Holly Helscher says: "Agonizing"
    "Worst story ever."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Woodring again?

    not likely


    How could the performance have been better?

    Move it along a little faster


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't find any


    Any additional comments?

    Too much detail. I love unabridged books but this was agonizingly slow and painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "WHERE'S THE STORY?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did not find a compelling story line. There was no character development and I was lost. Not my type of story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (330)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME"
    Overall

    I'm an avid audible listener and can usually get into anything. Not so with this book. I kept waiting for the author to grab me and focus my attention on something interesting. I went 1 hour 17 min before giving up. When I have nothing left to listen to, I might return and see if this book has any value added. As of now, it doesn't!!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (661)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING"
    Overall

    This was BC at his best. I never wanted this book to end. It was an incredible story rich with Korean War detail.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (294)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I have become a great fan of BC and his narrator Humphrey Bower. Jessica was not as good as The Power of One but better than Matthew Flinder's Cat. I was fully immersed in this book and laughed/cried in places as he makes the characters come alive. This book is definitely worth the price of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3656)
    Performance
    (1781)
    Story
    (1802)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Absolutely Awesome!!"
    Overall

    I have read just about every book Stephen King has written. I began the DT series in the early 70's, never imagining the roller coaster I had jumped upon. I think this is King's best work. He ties up the loose ends and brings finality to almost everything. If you read his other books, you will appreciate how he has woven the DT into them.

    The ending is perfect. It could be an end, continuation, or new beginning. I'm torn between wanting it to end and dreading the thought of not having the incredible Roland in my life any longer.

    I think I may listen to the series again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reversible Errors

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By J. R. Horne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Scott Turow has written a supercharged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. No other writer offers such a profound understanding of what is at stake when the state holds the power to end a man's life.

    Kent says: "An engaging story"
    "Adequate"
    Overall

    This book could only be described as adequate. I found it confusing with the jumping from past to present. I wondered if I was listening to two love stories or a legal review of this case. Most stories about the legal system are plausible. This case seemed so fraught with legal errors and investigative oversights that I can't imagine it could happen. Ending was very predictable. I think I'll stick with John Grisham.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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