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Billzen

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  • The Love Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gish Jen
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens, Ken Leung, Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Critically acclaimed author Gish Jen is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and the person John Updike proclaimed as the young novelist most likely to become his successor. In The Love Wife, Jen poignantly explores the explosive dynamics of a mixed-race modern family.

    Cynthia says: "really special book"
    "My favorite audiobook!"
    Overall

    Gish Jen has written a delightful and enjoyable book with vibrant and rich dialog. The story has enough twists and the characters so engaging that it is difficult to stop listening! This is my favorite audiobook thus far! The readers are fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3408)
    Performance
    (2821)
    Story
    (2827)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Best in a quite awhile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Outstanding story that lends itself to the audio-book format. The narrator does an excellent job. I now want to listen to more Lee Child books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5088)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2880)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "given up"
    Overall

    I have not read any of the previous books in this series and sadly discovered this to be a major impediment to following this book. After many tries, I have given up listening (a first for me)- to many characters - disjointed action- no discernible theme.

    6 of 95 people found this review helpful
  • A Caress of Twilight: Meredith Gentry, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (416)

    "I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne - if I can stay alive long enough to claim it. My cousin, Prince Cel, is determined to see that I don't. As long as we both live, we are in a race for the crown; whichever one of us reproduces first gets the throne. So now the men of my royal guard - frightening warriors skilled with blade, spell, and gun - have become my lovers, auditioning with pleasure for the role of future king and father of my child."

    Mysticalsister says: "Great Adult Fantasy Series --"
    "A plot?"
    Overall

    Despite that fact that the narrator is excellent, this is the only audio book that I could not complete. I have no idea what the plot is after 4-5 hours of listening.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Change

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation.

    Bob Patin says: "Great book"
    "Be tolerant"
    Overall

    Unless you can develop a tolerance for the endless repetition of “he said” or “she said”, this not your book: once beyond this, we have a compelling story with many twist and turns that will keep your eardrum humming.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chinese, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linguistics Team
    • Narrated By Linguistics Team
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You're no idiot, of course. Neither is the team of memory and linguistics experts who have designed the world's most effective foreign language self-study course. International travelers, students, and business people can now learn to converse in a new language in less than half the time they expect.

    Thomas says: "Love it"
    "Pimsleur in much better"
    Overall

    This just does not work as well as the Pimsleur books. Too bad only one of the Pimsleur books on Mandarin is avialable from audible.com

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Has its moments"
    Overall

    Too many characters, too many locations, too long but has its moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence Matters: The CIA, FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America's War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bob Graham, Jeffrey Nussbaum
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For ten years, Senator Bob Graham served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he oversaw the conduct of the CIA and had access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets. In this explosive, controversial, and profoundly alarming insider's report, Senator Graham reveals faults in America's national security network severe enough to raise fundamental questions about the competence and honesty of public officials in the CIA, the FBI, and the White House.

    Greg says: "Open your eyes"
    "A must listen!"
    Overall

    Senator Bob Graham has done an outstanding job of meticulously detailing the intelligence failures related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. This is an eye-opening book and raises serious concerns about the health of democracy in America. Had Senator Graham not written this book we would be blissfully ignorant of the political distortions surrounding 9/11. This is a must read (listen) for those who care about the future and safety of America!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (507)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "provocative"
    Overall

    I have read and enjoyed all of Michael Crichton?s previous books. This one does not lend itself well to an audio format (very convoluted). The book is, however, provocative and compelled me to undertake a comprehensive scientific review (dont worry, I am a rocket scientist) of the global warming issue. For this, I strongly recommend beginning with the superb 8 hour book The Modern Scholar: Global Warming, Global Threat by Professor Michael B. McElroy available from audio.com. From my review, I concluded that the science in this book is superficial and reveals a very basic lack of understanding of how greenhouse gases can alter climate and are potentially a serious environmental and economic concern. Moreover, this book does a social disservice since many will accept the authors premise that global warming is just another scam hatched by greedy lawyers without doing their own critical analysis. The premise that a massive tsunami would immediately be blamed on global warming is not convincing. We just had a real massive tsunami and no serious mainstream climatologists blamed this on global warming (goggle this yourself).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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