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Duncan

annapolis, MD, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Wash: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Margaret Wrinkle
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur, Kevin Stillwell, Betty Hart, and others
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    In early 1800s Tennessee, two men find themselves locked in an intimate power struggle. Richardson, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran, has spent his life fighting not only for his country but also for wealth and status. When the pressures of westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he’s built, he sets Washington, a young man he owns, to work as his breeding sire.

    Joseph says: "Deeply Spiritual"
    "Could not finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wash?

    The story was just boring. At first I was into it because it felt like a great view into the world of slavery from both viewpoints. That aspect grabbed me immediately because it is just so hard to imagine the horrors of being a slave.

    But as the story meandered (and it does lots of that), I just put the headphones down (3/4 of the way through). First the language was very hard for me to follow. Second I expected the story to go somewhere, which it didnt.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Clancy


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent - Very Much like the Help with multiple character voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7703)
    Performance
    (5913)
    Story
    (5933)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "This story is just boring"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this story was just dull. I listened to all but the last hour and could go long periods of time without noticing it. The genre and idea could have been good but nothing happens. The girl moves in, they hide someone, the son becomes estranged....but for some reason none of it touched me in any way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Markus Zusak again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get all the glowing reviews. There are plenty of other tragedies you can listen to that will be more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6005)
    Performance
    (5569)
    Story
    (5587)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "King is the "king" of audiobooks"
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    Performance
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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

    He is one of the best narrators I have listened to. I am not sure if I have heard anything else he has read.


    Any additional comments?

    I bounce all over Audible listening to this author and that, this genre and that. The only author that keeps me listening in my driveway after my commute home is Stephen King. I don't know why his stories grip me, but they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (392)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Finally puts a plot around HBO Series the Pacific"
    Overall

    We watched The Pacific series on HBO, which was a bit hard to follow. Of course the series is pretty much based on this book and after listening to it, perhaps we will re-watch the HBO version and follow it much better.

    The story is, of course, excellent and riveting. The experience of all soldiers during WW II is beyond a civilian's comprehension, but this book does a better job than others of detailing the true horrors of warfare. I would recommend this listen to all particularly as we near July 4 celebrations to remind all of us the sacrifice so many have made (and continue to make) for those of use enjoying the freedom they provide.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The War After Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Michael Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.

    Joshua says: "Harry Turtledove, this is not."
    "Good book - if a bit dark"
    Overall

    Narrator was good and I found the story compelling..if not a bit creepy. The story itself is a bit unsettling probably because one could imagine our current strife in the Middle East unfolding in such a manner. I also found the United States' internal division quite interesting (if not a bit paranoid) in light of our response to the attacks on September 11. I could imagine a similarly amplified response to the tragedies unleashed in this story.

    Worth a credit in my humble opinion.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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