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Darlene

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2980)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (988)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "An Disappointing Average Book"
    Overall

    I read this after reading the Da Vinci Code. I was expecting the same high quality complex plot. Unfortunately this book did not meet up to that standard. It was fairly obvious from the beginning what was going on. However this didn't take away completely from the suspenseful novel. I still enjoyed the book and the characters. If I wasn't comparing it to the Da Vinci Code, I might have given it a higher rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Learning Like Crazy
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It was created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are native speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic Latin American accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations.

    Jeanne says: "This is a good style for me."
    "Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 2"
    Overall

    I have to say that this is really a fabulous language learning program. You receive the transcripts which are very valuable for spelling. The speakers speak slowly when introducing terms and then what seems very rapid (or normal speed).
    The introduction of compound sentences and indirect and direct objects is very good. They start in the last two lessons of Book 1 but really get into it here.

    If you're really serious about learning Spanish, you're going to have to supplement this with book learning and memorization unless you're a wiz.

    The author has a nice email newsletter that comes with all kinds of tips and free grammar lessons.

    All in all, I give this series an A and I am a language teacher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Good but not Best"
    Overall

    I really enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books and have read them all. But I found this book difficult to follow. More than once, I had to rewind in order to catch what was going on.

    Overall, the plot was good but sometimes there can be too many hidden meanings and sub-plots.

    Don't listen to this book when you're tired or need your attention on something else like the road.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Learning Like Crazy
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It has been created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are college-educated speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations. Level 1 consists of Lessons 1 to 30.

    Toni says: "I love this course"
    "The Best Spoken Spanish Program"
    Overall

    I just love these series. I bought version 2 as well. The authors provide you with a transcript which is really valuable. I listen when I go on a walk. First, I read the transcript and then it's out the door.

    The repetition is fantastic and you can through the dialogues in your mind after you've finished!

    Great introduction of vocabulary, tenses and overall I would say that this is a different system for learning Spanish.

    My advice is to get it while you can. Right now it's only 1 credit and the audible book is on sale for $95. On the authors website it is priced at the original price of $127. It's worth the full price so to get it for one credit is the best deal going.

    I forgot to mention that I'm a language teacher and I have seen a lot of mediocre programs. This is one of the best, second to Warren Hardy's system of learning Spanish which is more visual than audible. :-)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times best seller Billy Straight, she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page-turning suspense.

    Woody says: "Vintage Kellerman"
    "A Great Book That Keeps You Hanging"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. In fact, I have listened to it three times now. It has an interesting plot and characters and keeps you guessing all the way. One of Kellerman's best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6951)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1745)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "An Interesting Read"
    Overall

    This was my first Audible Book. I found it interesting but had to review a number of times because of the complicated plot. I would listen for an hour before sleeping at night and found that I sometimes fell asleep before the hour was up. And this isn't the kind of book that you can miss anything! In the end I bought the hard cover only because I enjoyed it so much.

    I enjoyed revisiting Paris and the Louvre. I especially liked the historical information that was provided by the authour.

    I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mourning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

    Andrew says: "Disappointing"
    "Monday Mourning"
    Overall

    Kathy Reichs is a good author and this Tempe series book lives up to her reputation. The biggest complaint that I have is not with the book but rather with the speaker. I suggest that the next time a book contains any French you have someone do the speaking that can at least pretend to speak French. The pronunciation is really bad and it interferred with what should have been enjoyable listening.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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