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  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marliss Melton
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she's targeted by terrorists avenging her father's actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun. Embracing solitude in his remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ike thought he'd left the War on Terror behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "not worth it"
    "not worth it"
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    Any additional comments?

    By halfway through the book I was mentally begging the terrorists to kill everyone and be done with it. The FBI characters were so self-motivted to the point of stupidity. I often could barely listed to audio book, I just kept thinking "really? Really? are you that dumb." The heroine was ok, but not that interesting, and the guy supposed to be rescuing her was more a jerk than anything. Honestly I ended up disliking almost every person in this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3872)
    Performance
    (2187)
    Story
    (2238)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "LOVE IT!"
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    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing! Witty! (an) Adventure!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's so broad and sweeping in all ways. It covers a long time period. It has something for everyone: romance, adventure, tradgety, treasure, revenge, science, and a range of human nature. and at all points it is so detailed and descriptive to capture you time and time again. It is a stunning novel.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice. It is beautiful. It captures characters so well. The tones match their emotions and their personalities. While it is mosly all set in France and I know it was origionally all set written in France the narrator does an excellent job capturing accents, I mention the Frnace thing since he does not do the main characters with a french accent or any accent that would be noticable, the side characters, the ones from italy, england etc... have wonderfully convincing accents and the words that are definitly foreign are prnounced int he way they should be spoken, something for which I am greatful.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it! and listen to it again! actually if you can you should find a copy of the book with foot notes explaining what all the little references Alexandre Dumas makes int he book mean/refer too. it will expand your appreciation for the book enormously. That said, this copy of the audible version is beautifully done. I absolutely love the narrator. I have listened to this book at least half a dozen times and I am still not tired of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2093)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Wish I'd had a Warning"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a highschooler without realworld experience


    What character would you cut from The Next Always?

    The stalker. Really. Please. There is one and he is creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should come with a warning! The book ends in a situation where the main woman is attacked by a violent, psychotic, narcissistic stalker.
    While I enjoyed the beginning of the story and loved the main and side characters I wish someone had warned me about the main story line. The summary for the book sounded sweet and endearing so I thought I'd give it a try. But, halfway through it took a turn for the worse. One of the characters, who you could tell was going to be an annoying headache, turned out to be a narcissistic stalker. This turned me off the book in a huge way. The character/ scenario was unfortunately too believable seeing as how the character in question was shockingly like real people that many women have to deal with on a daily basis. I'll admit that my view point might be a little skewed after past personal experiences and hearing about the experiences of many of my close friends, however it was disturbing to have my nice light charming romance novel degrade so quickly into a horror and terrifying story. The ending was happy, but only because of the interference of a friendly neighborhood ghost. If there has been some warning I would not be so violently against this book, but coming as it did out of the blue really disturbed me up.
    This romance turned horror nightmare kept me listening for many hours after I normally would have taken a break to go to bed because I knew I could not stop before the ending otherwise I would have nightmares. While I like staying up because I was too engrossed in a book to put it down, feeling forced to do so was a different matter. Like I said I loved the main character and how the guy took on the kids and how they became a family the interactions between the woman and the man, the kids and the guy etc really made me smile. Nora Roberts also has a gift for writing about different careers and situations in a way that makes them absolutely fascinating. She made me want to learn more about architecture and the buildings I live and work in because of the main character. I just wish the story had remained that way. Or, had a hint or a warning of what was to come. Probably wouldn't sell quite as well but it would help women who have been in a similar situations (and let's be honest what woman hasn't been in a situation where the guy thinks she's his property and won't take NO for an answer?) not stay up an extra night terrified of falling asleep or of going out to work in the morning. sorry for the TMI but someone had to write this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Sara says: "Spying in Washington"
    "lots of info but borning"
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    Has The Irregulars turned you off from other books in this genre?

    maybe


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    there were not any characters in this book. Or, more correctly, there were characters but they never spoke directly enough for us to know their voices it was all narrated what they did and said.


    Any additional comments?

    The book has a lot of info but it is written like a social calendar not like a book on the amazing, creative and daring activities of the "basker street irregulars." True most spy activities are probably not exciting, but unless you enjoy hours and hours of listening to what parties one man went to listed out then you will not enjoy this book. Also, this book focuses on one man and touched briefly on many of the others, but even after listening to the book for 8 hours the character was flat and dull. I was also often was confused about when the activities took place. I could not keep a time line. I would often think we were months or years a head of when the actual event being described took place which was most disconcerting. A very thorough review of the facts, but one that is hard to get into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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