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Eileen

Huntington, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4767)
    Performance
    (4014)
    Story
    (4023)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Epic History Lesson Page Turner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the 2nd part of Ken Follet's Century Trilogy and I recommend reading The Fall of Giants before Winter of the World. Follet is a masterful historic fiction writer. He fully researches the time period for the story's background and creatively weaves his characters in and out of real events. If you like history, then you'll love his epic sagas. Although, you cannot have a weak stomach. It was a horrendous time in history, but people still had to go on living their lives. His characters can be viciously cruel as they are passionately intriguing. He spares nothing when telling a story. As much as he'll have you turning pages quicker than speed reader Evelyn Wood, he'll also have you wanting to slam a fist through a wall into one if the character's head. His books have a tendency to elicit a wide range of emotion, but they are addicting! Narrator John Lee is well cast and a fantastic reader. Can't wait for the last part!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (836)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Sharing is Caring, Oh My!"
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    If spending your next precious reading time locked into a setting with over zealous utopian-istas who are also narcissistic twenty-something year olds (who you could't stand in high school or college) with unchecked power, and if you have no idea where that could lead, then by all means read the book. If you do have an idea where today's social media's smiley face and frowny face insistence on total transparency 'could' lead, your right; this book will be predicable, not a page turner, and will most likely make you sick to your stomach. If you've never read Orwell's 1984, or Atlas Shrugged, then this might be a book for you, although the characters in the Circle lack the quality and depth some of the characters had in the latter two. The dialogue in the circle is often repetitive and quite boring. Here are a few mantras the Circlers live by, and impose on others: 'Sharing is Caring', 'A Secret is a Lie', 'Privacy is Theft'.
    They seem innocent enough right? I mean, at least to a five year old. There is a lot of five year old preachiness in this book.
    George Carlin was once quoted in an interview. He said, "When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts. Smiley-smiley Fascism--Germany lost the Second World War. Fascism won't. Believe me, my friend". Let's hope he wrong.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1620)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Courtenay is a Master Storyteller!"
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    Sometimes you come across a gifted writer. Sometimes you come across a gifted storyteller. When you come across both of these attributes in one person, then you have a legend. I am just sorry that I was introduced to Courtenay by way of his obituary. The Power of One was his first book; one of many that I will read.
    A bright young boy sent off to boarding school at the age of 5, after the death of his father {and his mother subsequently committed to a "nervous breakdown" institution}, has to find his way in a very socially complicated and racially divided society. He soon discovers his dream is to become a champion boxer, but only after first conquering many humiliations and fears. The bullies that nearly break him in boarding school leave open an emotional sore, which is soon mended by people who, by happenstance, enter his life and become integral forces in giving birth to a tenacious champion of both body and soul. I am listening to this book rather than reading it. The narrator, Humphrey Bower, does an outstanding portrayal of every character in the book. I highly recommend the audible, if you want to be truly entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5874)
    Performance
    (5091)
    Story
    (5081)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Captivating!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jess Walter's rocks this book with his passion for storytelling. The novellas within the novel were delightfully engaging as each character is deftly defined and linked to others, making the story all the more endearing! And, Edoardo Ballerini's narration and character performance is stella!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk. He has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call....

    Dennis says: "A window into urban Africa"
    "Good Thriller"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It keeps moving. The characters are interesting and numerous.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I really like his performances, his American accent needs work though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "Beauty and the Beauty?"
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    What was most disappointing about Beatriz Williams’s story?

    The protagonist was annoyingly naive and rather adolescent. Her beau or Prince Charming was unrealistically perfect and often too predictable.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    I liked her.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for anyone whose head is in the clouds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (623)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Brilliantly done!"
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    What did you love best about Involuntary Witness?

    Everything. The narration was excellent too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two-thirds of what we see is behind our eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've read in a long time. An Italian legal thriller who's protagonist Guido Guerrieri is an attorney/investigator who's life seems to be coming undone. At the same time he must defend a man accused of murder and who faces life in prison. The story is not only captivating in sequence, its written with the highest degree of intelligence and reasoning. There are many poignant moments in the book which make all the more memorable. It's also a bit of a love story too. I enjoy visiting another part of the world without having to make travel plans. I will definitely be reading more of his books.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2906)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1518)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Wish the narrator was different."
    Overall

    Not to be disrespectful to George Guidall, he has a classic voice and an impressive resume. But when he is doing 4 characters together in an interrogation room, they sound like a bunch of cranky old men at a poker game. I'm a fan of Vince Flynn, but I'd like Mitch Rapp to sound younger.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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