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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Same Ol' Dan Brown (in a good way)"

    While Angels & Demons still is my favorite of the Robert Langdon books, I enjoyed Inferno. It's a good story, and offers up lots of both historical and modern points of discussion. I know Brown likes to muddle history a bit, but you have to give it to him - he knows how to get your mind going. I spent half a semester in college discussing the Knights Templar and their role in The Da Vinci Code. This book will get you thinking.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Deliciously Dark"

    This book is one you need to prepare yourself for. The subject matter is unsettling, if not outright disturbing. The story is so well-written, though, you can't help but to keep listening. So after a few hours under the headphones, you feel pretty rotten. At least, I did. Gillian Flynn really drags you into the story; you are made to suffer the angush and anxiety of the narrator right along with her. I had to force myself to take breaks because I was getting so anxious myself.
    Meanwhile, the narrator took a bit of getting used to. There was something about her voice that made me a bit uneasy, but I guess that worked out in the end considering the story.
    All in all, it was a fantastic book and I look forward to more of Flynn's stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Best Way to Experience a Book"

    There really is no better way to experience a book than to have it read to you by the author. I sometimes had to consciously remind myself to pay attention to the story because my mind would drift away thinking how amazing it was to be hearing the story as Neil Gaiman intended it - the right words emphasized, the right tone of voice used, the characters using various accents. (As an American, the characters would have been much more boring in my head than the way Gaiman performed them!)
    The story is magnificent. It's a grown-up's Alice in Wonderland. I bought the audiobook because I was going on a long car trip and I like listening to books while driving. Beware! You'll not want to put the story down! When the trip was over and the book wasn't, I locked myself away in a room simply to finish it.
    If you are a casual listener that just wants to hit play and be done with it, this may not be the audiobook for you. There are parts where you'll have to strain (if even the tiniest bit) to hear the narration, or keep fiddling with the volume button. This was a minor thing for me, but it drove my husband crazy.
    If you're reading this because you can't decide whether to buy it, let me make it easy for you: Get it. There will be no regrets. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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