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  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1566)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "The cover is a little misleading"
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    Story - First off, I am one of the few females reviewing this book and I thought it was very good. Second, only about the first 20% of the story is battle engagement (like on the cover.) The rest is what the destroyermen find after they emerge from the squall and the challenges they face in their new world. They find several new species and become involved in battles between two of them, but if you're looking for lots of engagements between destroyers at sea, etc., you might be disappointed.

    The story is interesting and unusual. There is action and suspense, but not the edge-of-your seat kind. The characters are smart and likeable, but unfortunately I never really got emotionally involved with them. (That would have made the story so much better!)

    The book ends at a good "stopping point" as opposed to a cliffhanger ending, but there is much to look forward to in future books. I don't plan to listen to the entire series, but I will definitely pick up an occasional book when Audible has one on sale.

    Narration - Good job, but nothing special.

    Overall - Recommended, especially if you like hearing about fictitious new creatures and their way of life. And this is not just for guys...


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (657)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Loved it, but don't think much was 'Easy' about it"
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    STORY (new adult romance) - Easy is a contemporary romance which takes place on a college campus involving college students. There are some difficult issues and a lot going on besides just the romance...BUT...it is what it is, a college romance. I'm an adult with a grown child and it was still a great escape for me, but you may think differently. There's are classes, roommates, parties, fights, breakups, hookups, etc. Nevertheless, I loved it.

    The story is told from Jacqueline's perspective. She is a music major who's just been dumped by her long-term boyfriend. She meets Lucas, who has kind of a bad-boy image, but he's noticed Jacqueline. He's sensitive, romantic, sexy...and complicated. They have some issues which must be overcome before they can have a relationship, but I won't spoil them in this review. I will say that I wouldn't have titled this book "Easy."

    PERFORMANCE - She reads with good expression, and the "male" voice she gives Lucas is pretty good. Some of Jacqueline's female friends, however, sound a bit too bouncy or nasally for my personal taste. All in all, though, she does a good job.

    OVERALL - This is Book 1 of the series, but it stands alone. I understand Book 2 tells the same story from Lucas' perspective and gives a bit more detail in some areas. Recommended for college-age listeners or older (like me) who are in the mood for a walk down memory lane and a romantic escape. There are quite a few makeout sessions that are romantic and steamy, but they don't really go anywhere. Then there are a few sex scenes where the concentration is on kissing and touching with only a minor reference to the actual act. Quite a bit of profanity due to the age of the characters, but it's not "overdone."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1372)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Wonderful story with an important message"
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    STORY (personal memoir) - Lawrence Anthony is "The Elephant Whisperer." He lives in South Africa and runs an animal preserve called Thula Thula. He is persuaded to adopt a herd of rogue elephants to save them from being killed, and he establishes a form of communication with them. Though they still live in the bush and remain wild, he learns from them and earns their respect. They form a strange bond, and his life is forever changed and enriched.

    Much of this story is about the day-to-day running of Thula Thula. Anthony must deal with poachers, fire, Zulu tribal politics, animal attacks and running a preserve teeming with all kinds of creatures. In a place where only the fittest survive, there is the beauty of life but also the sadness of death. I'm an animal lover and must admit to shedding a tear or two, but I'm so very glad I heard this story. I was impressed with Anthony's patience and kindness, and I was amazed by the intelligence of the elephants! The message I take away from this book is one which is mentioned in the beginning, that there is much more to life than yourself, your family and your own kind. Makes me think...

    PERFORMANCE - He does a good job. I liked his African tribal accent.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book to everyone except younger children, due to some intense scenes. There is no profanity. Animal lovers who are softies (like me) will cringe and cry a little, but the book is wonderful so don't let that hold you back!

    UPDATE AFTER THE BOOK - Mr. Anthony died in 2012 of a heart attack. According to news articles, two herds of elephants mysteriously traveled for 12 hours to his home shortly after his death. It had been approximately 18 months since their last "visit." They stayed two days, as if paying their respect, and then returned into the bush. Yet another example of the unusual communication and bond Anthony had formed with the elephants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (529)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Wow"
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    STORY (historical fiction) - I didn't want to put this book down. Yes, Auschwitz was a horrible place and you will hear some awful things, but I didn't find it depressing. From the very beginning you will become invested in the characters and their lives. You will learn how Jacob, the main character, is captured and sent to Auschwitz, and you will hear his reactions to the atrocities he finds there. Existence at Auschwitz was not living-- it was barely surviving -- but a small group of exceptional characters develop relationships and manage to keep each other strong. Needless to say, this book is about an escape. It's fascinating to listen as the characters plan and make their preparations, and you will be on the edge of your seat as they are actually carried out!

    PERFORMANCE - Good job with French and German accents.

    OVERALL - I highly recommend this story for all adults. There's no profanity, but lots of death and suffering. Be prepared for an emotional ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

    Benedict says: "Beyond touching"
    "Good book, but not what I expected"
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    STORY (fiction) - This story takes place in Scotland, sometime near the present day. When I bought this book, I was expecting a heartwarming family-oriented story about a six-year-old child. There is that component to the story and it's very sweet (Bertie and his overbearing mother), but there's two other story lines of equal importance -- a story about some newlyweds and another about two women vying for the attention of one man. The stories are all basically about navigating through life's various ups and downs, and there's lots of character development. I almost returned this book after about an hour or so of listening to it because there wasn't enough going on to hold my interest, but I persevered. Soon I became involved with the characters and their various personal journeys.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job.

    OVERALL - Recommended for adults only. Even though there's no sex or profanity, children would find it boring. It's part of a series, but the story stands alone. This book is basically rambling around in the daily lives of richly developed characters. I prefer a little more "going on" in books so I won't be continuing with the series, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (578)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    Michelle says: "The Audible equivalent of a SyFy movie."
    "Great Halloween story till the last couple hours"
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    STORY (horror/suspense) - First of all, this book is creepy and scary, but it's not blood and gore like the cover art suggests. In fact, there is no character that bleeds from her eyes and there's very little bloodshed. The story is about an investigation into a house that is supposedly haunted -- to be filmed live on Halloween! The book begins with the haunted history of the house, moves to assembling an investigative team and prepping for the show, then culminates in the live broadcast. I enjoyed all aspects of the story but, as in all mysteries, there are lots of clues that the reader is trying to figure out and understand. During the live broadcast, when I thought things would start to be revealed and make sense, the book seemed to just drag on and on with very little becoming clear. Then there's a short prologue where the main characters get together months after the broadcast and talk about what had actually occurred. It is only then that the mystery of the haunting becomes clear, and I doubt any reader would have seen it coming. It's a decent explanation, but I didn't like the way it was revealed.

    There are lots of characters that are all important, so you will want to keep them straight. Sometimes they're referred to by their first names, sometimes their last and sometimes by their job in the story. "The Supernaturals" refers to the team who assembled to assault whatever is haunting the house -- a professor, an Indian dreamwalker, a psychic, a genius in inventing ghost-detecting gadgets and a woman who is possessed by a male ghost. They're all likeable and you will root for them as the suspense in the story progresses. The other characters in the story each have their own motivation for wanting the live program to succeed or fail, so there's television politics, police conflict, double-crossing, etc., which keeps the story interesting.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job. Characters that were on the phone or radio sounded as if they actually were, and the ghostlike voices were pretty creepy.

    OVERALL - Quite a bit of scary occurrences and also profanity, so not suitable for children. While I chose not to listen to this book as I was falling asleep (as I often do), I don't think it would cause anyone bad dreams unless you're pretty easily scared.

    SLIGHT SPOILER ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S VISIT TO THIS HOUSE - While this story is fictitious, the house itself is a real house which is supposedly haunted. A realtor showed the house to the author, but she wouldn't go inside. The author, after driving several hours, went in alone. He said he felt like an ominous presence was watching him and wanted to be left alone, so he left the house after only a couple minutes. That visit was his inspiration for writing this book!





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poirot Investigates: A Hercule Poirot Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun room...a million-dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharaoh's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a prime minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and finally, the mystery of the missing will. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

    John Derderian says: "Poirot at his best: short"
    "Don't let your mind wander!!!"
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    STORY (short detective stories) - This is a collection of maybe 10-15 short stories by Agatha Christie, set in the early 1900's. The star is a Belgian detective named Hercule Poirot, a small man with a big ego who always manages to outsmart everyone and crack the case. The publisher's summary gives hints about the different stories so I won't repeat that here, except to say that there's a bit of everything -- kidnapping, murder, robbery, etc.

    I think the mysteries are well-written and interesting. My only negative comment is that, since the stories are short, there is very little "fluff." Everything is important, so you must listen carefully. Unfortunately, I'm used to much longer books and, as I'm commuting to and from work, my mind wanders a bit. In a mystery which is, say, 30 minutes in duration, you can't afford to "zone out" for two or three minutes without missing something important. I found myself lost several times and having to rewind and rehear to understand. Alternatively, I often just continued and was completely lost at the end of the story.

    PERFORMANCE - Throughout most of the book, Mr. Suchet performed convincing French and British accents, great emotional performances and probably the best female voices I've ever heard performed by a male narrator. The only reason he received a four-start rating is because the last few stories (about the last hour) seemed like a completely different narrator was reading! The great voice of Hercule Poiroit was gone and blended in with the voices of the other minor characters. What happened? Anyway, he went from a five-star rating to a four just because of the final hour.

    OVERALL - No sex or cursing. There's kidnappings and killings but they're described with basically no violence. Recommended for any audience, but must be prepared to listen carefully and concentrate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5624)
    Performance
    (4331)
    Story
    (4340)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "I love Molly, but the honeymoon might be over..."
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    STORY (vampire romance) - I usually love Molly Harper's books, especially those set in Half Moon Hollow, but this one fell a little short for me just like the last one. I think it's because I've listened to several of her books and the "newness" is wearing off. Don't get me wrong. This is probably an awesome book, but I'm just not the right audience for it right now. Maybe I need to wait a year or so and then I'd appreciate her wonderful writing style all over again. That said, this is the typical Molly Harper story with lots of clever, snarky humor and a bit of romance. Her characters are quirky and loveable, as always.

    This story is about Jane Jameson, who is accidentally shot and killed by a hunter who thought she was a deer. A vampire sees the accident and bites her, making her an immortal vampire but saving her life. This book begins with that incident and then follows with Jane's adventures as she attempts to resume her previous life but with her new nighttime hours, blood diet, immortality and new-found vampire boyfriend. It's a hoot.

    PERFORMANCE - Nobody but Amanda Ronconi should ever narrate a Molly Harper book. She is awesome in this story, as always.

    OVERALL - Recommended for mature females only. Moderate cursing and sexual content. There's lots of humor and a little mystery with a bit of romance tossed in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    In Harvest, the book that introduced us to Tess Gerritsen's unique blend of medical expertise, harrowing suspense, and brilliantly crafted plot twists, the dark side of medical research is exposed. Harvest vividly portrays a young woman doctor challenging a world where medical miracles and greed fuel a lethal conspiracy - and the bright lights of the O.R. conceal the ultimate corruption of genius.

    A says: "Far Fetched"
    "When things aren't as they seem..."
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    STORY (medical thriller) - Abbe is a young surgical intern with a bright future and a great guy. Everything is going perfectly until she starts to wonder about certain things going on in the operating room. The publisher's summary doesn't give much away, so I won't either. I'll just say that some of this book takes place on an ocean-going vessel, but most of it takes place in and around a Chicago hospital. Abbe has stumbled onto something that's as dangerous as it is suspicious. As she struggles to learn what's going on in the OR, she is pressured by those who want to keep things secret. Her career and her very life are at stake.

    There's interesting medical situations and lots of suspense in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    PERFORMANCE - George Guidall does a very good job reading this book.

    OVERALL (Actual rating 4.5) - Moderate violence and some cursing. Recommended for mature listeners(male or female) due to the subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together and Whiskey wants to help.

    Randal says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Curiosity didn't kill the cat"
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    STORY (gay/lesbian romance) -- I'm not gay/lesbian, but I was curious. I stumbled on Clear Water in a sale and decided to check it out. I got a little bit too much information, but this cat isn't curious anymore so all is well. I didn't find this book in the gay/lesbian section since I don't shop there, but I will try to review this book for those who do.

    Whiskey is 30-something, bisexual and a marine biologist. Patrick is 20-something, gay, has ADHD and teaches yoga. They meet when Whiskey saves Patrick from nearly drowning. Most of the story takes place on a marine research vessel near Sacramento where Whiskey lives and does research on water pollution and marine anomalies.

    The characters were likeable, and the romance is sweet. Patrick is pretty screwed up emotionally, but Whiskey is supportive and wants to take care of him. The marine biology background of the story is pretty light, and I would have liked the book much better if there had been more depth in that area. All in all, the book held my interest but, if it hadn't been for "satisfying my curiosity," I would have found it pretty boring.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator had a nice voice and read well, but often he would get lost in a sentence and didn't seem to know what words to accent or where to pause for emphasis. Also he didn't differentiate between characters.

    OVERALL - Recommended primarily for gay male listeners. There are several sexual situations but they only last a couple minutes each. Lots of cursing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

    Alexandria Milton says: "Elegant, simple, and true"
    "WHY, OH, WHY did I think I'd like this book?"
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    STORY (European classic) - I need my head examined. I'm not particularly "deep," so why did I buy Tolstoy???? I think I was drawn in by a couple of reviewers who said this book really made them put their life into perspective and think about how they should spend the time they have left on earth. Then there's the fact that I'll try anything once. It's only 2 1/2 hours, how bad could it be, right?

    PRETTY BAD, unless you were the kid that loved to dissect literature in English class. If you're looking for anything entertaining, you won't find it here. Ivan, the main character, lives a boring life and then he dies. As he's dying, he realizes that his main goal had been to achieve a life of success and to surround himself with members of high society, but he also realizes the fallacy of such a life was that he had never been truly happy. Yeah, that's something we should all probably keep in mind, but I'd suggest you take the money and time you'd spend on this book, buy a "Life is short so be happy" refrigerator magnet and do something you enjoy for 2 1/2 hours.

    PERFORMANCE - He did an okay job. He sounded middle-aged and had a British accent.

    OVERALL - No bad language or sex. (Maybe Ivan would have been happier if he'd had some.) Recommended only for deep thinkers and lovers of classic literature.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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