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Amelia

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1343)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "what were they thinking?"
    Overall

    I'm sure the story will turn out to be fine, but Ron McLarty is one of my favorite narrators! What were they thinking by adding another narrator to one of his books??? and a horrible female voice too. Yikes. It was bad enough the last book when they added all the squealing tires and gun shot sound effects (hated those) but this is a slap in the face. Mr. McLarty you don't deserve this. Hachette! wake up and quit ruining good books. There are a few great narrators around. Ron McLarty is one of them (others are Davinia Porter, Simon Prebble, Scott Brick, Simon Winchester, Barbara Rosenblatt, C J Critt, just to name a few) Quit trying to gimmick your audio books! We're sold already, leave good enough alone... and get rid of all the music and sound effects. Whatever 20something who decided to screw this up should be sacked... even though they are probably a very nice person. Sheesh.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18170)
    Performance
    (16168)
    Story
    (16127)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    a wonderful story, and well narrated. Just finished listening and will listen again. A weird comment on the narration though.... although I thought the narration was really well done... there is a character that sounds just like Burt Lancaster in Field of Dreams, one that sounds like Jimmy Stewart and one that sounds like George W. Bush : ) .... all of which fits the characters, and kind of makes it even more fun. As a person who listens to LOTS of audio books, this was a first for me though.
    I highly recommend both the story and the narration.
    enjoy!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5884)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2518)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "heart breaking and fascinating"
    Overall

    I listened to this book after seeing the movie. The book is much better and explains interesting details more than the movie does, even though I really liked the movie. Great narration and a lovingly told story. I do wish it was longer or that there is going to be a sequel or pre-quel of some kind. The whole concept is easy to get caught up in... what would you save, what would you do....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1086)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "absolutely wonderful"
    Overall

    wow. I listened to Blackout and All Clear back to back and loved them both. I neglected to say in my review for Blackout how wonderful the narrator is. I listen to a lot of audio books and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She made the characters (especially the children) and the story come very much alive. I highly recommend both of these books. It was a real pleasure to listen to them. Thank you Ms. Willis.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1313)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Great, loved it!"
    Overall

    Well... I had downloaded this book some time ago, in spite of the bad reviews, and because of those reviews didn't listen to it for months. Now that I have listened to it, I feel silly for waiting. Perhaps the people who didn't like it hadn't listened to her other books? I thought it was great. I was totally into the characters and couldn't stop listening. Granted, I knew going in that it was a first part of two books and since I just finished it, the second part is already available and I am starting to listen to All Clear right away. I think Connie Willis is a great writer and I want to go back and listen to her other books again. If you liked Doomsday and To Say Nothing About the Dog, you will like this book too. Don't put too much stock into the bad reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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