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  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (394)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "No ending!!!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make it a complete story and not a cliff-hanger. I think the author is cheating his readers by leaving the story with no end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert McCammon? Why or why not?

    Sure - I have to read the next book to find out what happens. Pretty sneaky, Mr. McCammon, no?


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

    I love this narrator. I actually searched for other authors he reads and plan to get some of them as well.


    Could you see The River of Souls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow in "The Game of Thrones" series on HBO would be perfect! Or Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock"), who might be a bit too old for the role but could probably pull it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Was disappointed in the length and limit to the story. Makes me think the author is "pulling a fast one" in order to secure the guaranteed sale of his next book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1583)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Predictable Historical Fiction"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Edge of Eternity? What did you like least?

    I always enjoy how Ken Follett weaves his characters into history. I didn't like some of the situations he put his characters in. Some of it was unnecessary to the plot. There were times when I could predict exactly what was going to happen to a character, and those predictions didn't have anything to do with the real history that was taking place.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The political history of the USSR.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to John Lee for hours. What amused me is that there is a child called "John Lee" in the book - and I could almost imagine the narrator's delight whenever he read his own name. I almost wonder if Mr. Follett gave the character that name on purpose, since John Lee has narrated so many of his books.


    Was Edge of Eternity worth the listening time?

    I think so - I needed closure on the other two books. I will say that of the trilogy - this was my least favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    This may sound terrible - but there wasn't enough tragedy in the story. These people went through some of the worst periods in history and came out relatively unscathed. Everyone lived happily ever after for the most part - and that was a bit unrealistic, IMO.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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