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  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Rich Tapestry"
    Overall

    Rich tapestry is a much used phrase, maybe overused; however The Religion is definitely a rich tapestry. The characters are alive. I cared about them. They wove themselves and their situations into my waking hours -- and some of my dreams. Vivid! Alive! The story was whole, a tale, a spoken ballad to be sung again and again. Unlike many books who tell a story to get to the end - the climax; this book lives, has a past, present, and future. It allows for a full range of emotions to be experienced and treasured. Thank you, Tim.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Lensman: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive.

    DJM says: "Lensman Series is Still Fun"
    "Confusing"
    Overall

    I was lost in the first paragraph and never found my "feet." I listened for about 30 minutes and gave up trying to follow the plot. I didn't care about any of the characters nor what happened to them. Language is very stilted and "square." Wish there was a way to return it and get my money back, so to speak.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "Really Boring -- Couldn't finish"
    Overall

    The only good thing I can say about the 30 minutes of this book that I managed to get through is that the readers had wonderful voices and the accents were great. The story was boring and there was nothing to keep me interested. I found myself not really caring what happened to anyone. I just wanted another book. I usually manage to finish at least one part but I just couldn't make myself listen to this anymore. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you really like wordy, Victorian-style novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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