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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 134 reviews
  • 139 ratings
  • 913 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (600)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Code Talker novel a little boring."
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    I was looking forward to learning about the Navajo Indians and the unbreakable code that they created. I admire them and am proud that they received medals of honor.

    The book, however, is often boring and I feel that you must like history in order to be able to enjoy it. There were so many facts in the book, that it was not entertaining.

    After listening to the audible, I wish that I had purchased the book instead. I have learned that the book includes the Final Dictionary of code words and more than 30 personal photographs! You can't enjoy those on audible.

    David Colacci did an excellent job narrating the book.

    I am not disappointed that I listened to it because I feel it is important history about the Navajos and their dedication to winning the war and protecting our soldiers. The book, however, as mentioned above would have been better if only I had time to sit and read.

    The highlight to me was in the end where we were able to hear the original code talker, Chester Nez, being interviewed and listen to him speak a code in his native tongue.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "Only Fair to not really that Good"
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    I did not really like this book and made myself finish it in hopes that it would get better. It never got better for me. It seemed sort of "stupid" or "corny" or "soap opera"; just not my kind of book.

    It was poor on character development. The author, Glenn Cooper, focused on the main character, Will, and did not develop the other characters at all. A lot of times the author added details to the story that were totally unnecessary as if the reader was dumb, or he needed to add to his word count.

    Even though the plot was very good and had a lot of potential, the story drags on and on. If written with better character development and less wordy detail, it could have potentially been an excellent story.

    The narrator was mediocre, however, that could have been as a result of the book he was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19505)
    Performance
    (17359)
    Story
    (17319)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Good Time Travel Adventure"
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    I enjoyed traveling back in time to the late 1950's. It seemed like a place I would like to move back into and stay, if only . . . it didn't have its dark side.

    This book is definitely a page turner. The reader will want to read to the end to see what is going to happen to Jake and Sadie and the other characters that I liked in the story.

    I liked the mixture of science fiction with history and JFK's assassination. I wished the story could have continued much longer!

    Excellent narration by Craig Wasson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (895)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Shelley says: "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
    "It could have been much better."
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    Not only could it have been much better, but the trilogy should have been written as one book. The three books did not develop the story like it should have, and did not develop the characters very well. It was a great dystopian future kind of theme, but it could have been developed much deeper.

    The book leaves you hanging in the end and I'm not sure if the author, Blake Crouch, did that so that he can now write a new trilogy connected to the "Wayward Pines" story.

    The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, did a great job in narration of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4644)
    Performance
    (3568)
    Story
    (3546)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "A Fun Action Thriller"
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    I enjoyed this book which reminded me of a James Bond type of thriller. The action scenes are excellent even though the injuries sustained by the Gray Man were a bit much to believe that he could physically continue on to the next attack. It's a fictional thriller, so why not?

    I look forward to reading the next book in the series, "On Target" published in 2010. I hope that in the next book he can develop the main character, Court Gentry, so that we can get to know him better than just a one dimensional action hero.

    The narrator, Jay Snyder, did a great job of narrating except for the voice of the little girl. I don't feel it was necessary for him to try to do a childish type of voice.

    Overall, a great action book to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hell is a choice"
    "Could have done without numerous love stories."
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    Wow, very long story. I could have definitely done without so many background love stories that were told by his friend, Marianne Engel. Some other reviewers, however, absolutely loved those stories and how they were interweaved with the main story. There were just too many of them for me.

    Some of the burn ward details were disgusting to me but definitely necessary to understand what the main character was going through. It was very enjoyable to see him survive, begin to recuperate, and become a different person than he was in the beginning of the story.

    I liked the story a lot, but felt it was a bit long. I will definitely considering reading another book by the author, Andrew Davidson. The narrator read a bit too slowly but still did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (540)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    Rebecca says: "You've love this Story"
    "12 Ghosts following the main Charater . . . hmmm"
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    There was definitely a lot of action in this story and it was well written by Stuart Neville. What began to annoy me, however, were the ghosts that kept appearing. The ghosts lead the way for Gerry Fegan's revenge and, even though he and others stated Fegan was crazy, I found the ghosts hovering around and guiding him a bit stupid.

    I doubt I will get the next book in the series because I really don't care whether Fegan gets over his guilt of killing innocent people or not. I could also care less whether the ghosts are still hanging out with him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattooed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pamela Callow
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When a body is found on the outskirts of Halifax, rumors run wild about the victim's identity. But tattoo artist Kenzie Sloane knows exactly who she is. They share a tattoo…and a decade-old secret. Lawyer Kate Lange remembers Kenzie Sloane. The former wild child was part of the same crowd that attracted her little sister, Imogen, before her death. Now Kenzie needs her help. And Kate needs answers. But there are others who know about the tattoo and its history.

    Cheryl says: "Not that good : ("
    "Not that good : ("
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    I have read her other two books which were pretty good, however, I found this one disappointing. It seemed too "Harlequin" type of a story to me. I also disliked how she talked about her feelings of sadness over the loss of her sister in an automobile accident. She has already revealed and discussed those emotions in the first and second books in the series. Why do we need to read it all over again. We get it!

    Now I feel that if I ever purchased a fourth book in the series (and I'm sure she'll write another one), that for sure she'll delve on the past again, and go over the emotions she's feeling about whatever happened in the past AGAIN.

    No thank you. This book was not worth a credit to me. It was just too predictable.

    The narrator did fine and she'd be perfect for a "Harlequin" novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (396)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "A strong message about the human condition."
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    This story was very good, but very dark. The main character, Hackberry Holland, is an alcoholic rich lawyer with a lot of issues, especially his past as a prisoner of war in Korea.

    James Lee Burke is an excellent writer and I like how he expressed the good and the bad sides of Hackberry. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series.

    One of my favorite narrators, Will Patton, was awesome in his narration of this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (628)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of my Favorites"
    "Will definitely read more books by McKinty!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the last book in this trilogy. I liked the Catholic cop character, Sean Duffy, a lot. It was a great read and kept my attention throughout the entire book. I liked the setting in Protestant Northern Ireland in the 1980s. I also liked the additional mystery of how the woman named Lizzie "accidentally" died in a bar where she was found alone and locked into.

    I like Adrian McKinty's writing style and I look forward to reading more books written by him. I also enjoyed the narration by Gerard Doyle.

    I highly recommend this book. Rumor is there is a fourth book coming out this year to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (325)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "What an author CJ Sansom is!"
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    Fourth book I've read in the series and just loved it! What a fabulous writer and what an exciting story. The way that the author, CJ Sansom, wrote the story made It easy for me to become absorbed in living in that era with all of that religious tension. It was also easy to engross myself in the Tudor England period.

    I enjoyed getting to know the character Guy, a former monk who is now a doctor. It was also very interesting and funny to learn about the false teeth that were becoming popular!

    Once again, excellent narration by Steven Crossley!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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