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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (472)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Cookie says: "potato chip warning"
    "Like "M-A-S-H", loved The Lieutenants book one."
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    This was my first W.E.B. Griffin book and I absolutely loved it. It was similar to the t.v. series “M-A-S-H” where you got to know the characters, their heroics and their failures in their military and personal lives. I loved the character Lowell who was a rich kid that was drafted into the Army and in his teens.

    The book gives a great image of military culture and the brotherhood of soldiers. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! So glad I found this author and this book.

    Eric G. Dove was a great reader/performer too!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (456)

    Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

    Coffee Lover says: "A Delicious Confection"
    "Ramses is Back!"
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    For those that enjoy this Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peter; Book 4 is just as enjoyable as the others. Once again, it is a mixture of mystery and light romance and witty comedy.

    I really enjoyed getting to know their seven year old son, Ramses. I also liked the rivalry I began to see between Amelia and her son.

    Enjoy.

    The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat . . . awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Betty says: "Dense & rich - not a light listen"
    "Boring Alternate History"
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    I agree with many that Keith Roberts’ writing was excellent and that he has a very good literary style. Unfortunately, the story or plot itself is very, very boring and I don’t feel it was worth a credit or worth reading.

    There are several stories in the novel that Roberts’ attempts to interrelate. The first story was interesting and the second wasn’t bad. After that, I kept reading hoping that the plot would then develop with the next story and that it would get even better. No such luck. It was downhill all the way after story two. I would not recommend the novel, Pavane.

    The narrator, Steven Crossley, was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (838)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "A metaphysical reality with dilemmas"
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    To me it was like reading an adult version of “Alice in Wonderland,” just not as good.

    This is the first book I have ever read by the author, Haruki Murakami, and I found it quite different, if not bizarre. Perhaps it was because it was a translation from its original Japanese language.

    I found the story sometimes boring, and sometimes interesting. I felt I was left hanging at the end of the book and was disappointed after all of the time I had invested in the story. Were we supposed to figure out on our own whether Saeki was Kafka’s mother or not? The story was never concluded, which for me was a bummer.

    I did like the character Nakata. He was the cat finder who was simple minded, but why did he have to say he was “simple minded” so many times in the book, again and again and again?

    I never did figure out who the “Crow” represented in the story. He appeared a few times, but I never could understand why.

    I know that many gave this book good reviews, however, it wasn’t that good for me. I have another one of his books on my Wish List ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” which also had excellent reviews. I am going to have to think twice about purchasing it before I choose a different book by a different author on my Wish List.

    Narration by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (613)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "A Character Study"
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    This is the first novel in a fiction crime mystery series about an attorney, Guido Guerrieri, in Italy. It is written by Gianrico Carofiglio, a real criminal lawyer, and narrated by Sean Barrett.

    The story mainly focuses on the attorney and the difficult time he is currently going through with depression and anxiety and separation from his wife. The book was very well written, it was interesting and different, plus the narrator was very, very good. I doubt, however, that I will continue on the attorney’s journey. There are currently 3 other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "A Military Science Fiction - not for me."
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    All I can say is, "Glad it was free!"

    I listened to about 1 and a half hours of it and finally gave up on it.

    I was also annoyed by the narrator, Ray Chase. I just did not enjoy his narrative style.

    I will not be reading the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "For Cat Lovers and Bakers Only"
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    It was o.k. the first time she mentioned how she made bread and what ingredients she used, but to have to repeat it more than once was boring. In fact, the book became so boring; and with so many other books that I haven’t read yet which are probably MUCH better than this one; I couldn’t finish the book.

    I also found her discussion about Corinna Chapman's cats, in addition to the neighborhood cats, annoying after a while. It was as if the cats were the lead characters and the bread making and recipes were too.

    The mystery was so slow that I did not even bother to finish the story which is unusual for me. I don't think I will ever select books by Kerry Greenwood unless they are free and I have nothing else to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (554)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Guess I’m not a Phryne Fisher fan."
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    So many readers love this series; however, I have no interest in continuing with it. It’s not that interesting to me and the story seemed somewhat silly. Some say the television series is much better than the books, so I’ll have to check it out some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1406)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Excellent 9th Book in the series"
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    I loved it!! Just as good as ALWAYS.
    It is a very complicated mystery . . . and the ending!!!! You've got to read it if you're into the Walt Longmire series.
    Narrator George Guidall was fabulous as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1358)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Not bad; definitely glad it was free!"
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    This was a predictable Molly Harper book and not my kind of story. It is an introduction to her “The Undead in My Bed” series.

    I was glad it was free. I’m just not into the paranormal vampire romance stories. Those that are will thoroughly enjoy this. I am sure they will find it funny and a light read.

    Narration by Sophie Eastlake was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all. A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.

    Janae says: "I was taken aback"
    "Great Short Story"
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    I really liked this short story by Dave Eggers. It definitely implies a social message and has me now interested in reading the entire book, "The Circle."

    The narrator, Dion Graham, performed it perfectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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