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Fran Pearson

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  • Decoded: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mai Jia, Olivia Milburn (translator), Christopher Payne (translator)
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In his gripping debut novel, Mai Jia reveals the mysterious world of Unit 701, a top-secret Chinese intelligence agency whose sole purpose is counterespionage and code breaking. Rong Jinzhen, an autistic math genius with a past shrouded in myth, is forced to abandon his academic pursuits when he is recruited into Unit 701. As China's greatest cryptographer, Rong discovers that the mastermind behind the maddeningly difficult Purple Code is his former teacher and best friend, who is now working for China's enemy - but this is only the first of many betrayals.

    alan says: "racist and offensive narration"
    "Histrionic Hogwash"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a totally unrealistic interpretation of code breaking and math. There are irritating repetitive passages.


    Has Decoded turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ryan Gesell’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Decoded?

    Most of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By D.W. Buffa
    • Narrated By Dennis Predovic
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (91)

    When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.

    Michael says: "Buffa's Best"
    "Boring"
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    Any additional comments?

    Boring, philosophical blather, no plot or story. I was expecting Connolly or Grisham.
    Couldn't finish the first half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1055)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "This is a cheap bodice-ripper"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvain Reynard and/or John Morgan?

    Reynard writes poorly and I would not waste my money on another book.
    Morgan's performance was okay, but he should have been embarrassed to read this junk.


    What was most disappointing about Sylvain Reynard’s story?

    pot-boiler, cheap unrealistic sexual attitudes


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Morgan’s performances?

    yes


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your money on this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25588)
    Performance
    (19433)
    Story
    (19502)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Too much gore. It goes on and on..."
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    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    I kept hoping to get to the good part, after reading all the positive reviews, but finally gave up halfway through part 3. This book is terrible: gory, violent, histrionic, boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    Boredom, disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    The other book we are listening to now is by Trollope, and we love it. I suspect other fans of Trollope will also not like this book by Martin, and vice versa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tom Colletta
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This science-fiction classic is the story of a Professor, his nephew, and their quest for the secrets contained at the earth's core. Led by Hans, their Icelandic guide, the two explore the mysteries of a never-before-seen subterranean world.

    Sandinic says: "Voice fits"
    "Terrible recording"
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    Terrible recording; distorted, poor reading, repetition of whole chapters.
    This is not up to the quality of Audible books.
    It is a wonderful story and deserves a better reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (511)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Too grim & gory for me"
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    The details of the story were too gory for my taste. The author created an intense atmosphere of blood and fishguts and violent people. The end of the book finds the protagonist drifting toward his next adventure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1546)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Where is part two of the Expanse series?"
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    This is great classic space opera. Part two of this series is available, but where is the Audible version? Part one leaves us hanging on a cliff with a nifty new life form, part human-part something else, forming two giant towers on Venus. Oh boy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Grandin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (47)

    Fordlandia by National Book Award finalist Greg Grandin tells the enthralling tale of Henry Ford’s failed attempts to transform a Connecticut-sized chunk of Brazilian rainforest into a homespun slice of American utopia.

    Melissa says: "An eye-opening account of an arrogant man's folly"
    "Tedious & repetitive; sad & depressing"
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    This book of Henry Ford's unfortunate attempt to grow rubber and to instill his American Way of Life in the jungle of Brazil, is overly long and repetitive. Every problem is hashed to death, over and over. The history is probably fairly accurate, and occasional facts are interesting. The ending of the book about the long-term effects of industrialization is particularly sad....the devastation of the local Brazilians' way of life, and the destruction of the jungle ecosystem. This is one of the worst books I've ever slogged through.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (62 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    John-Mark Stensvaag says: "Splendid Novel, Splendid Reading"
    "I hear there's a newer translation..."
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    This seemed like an out of date translation with stilted English.

    I hope Audible makes the 2007 translation available; it is supposed to be much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1166)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Much more than your third-grade teacher told you.."
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    This is an engaging biography of someone we have heard about all our lives, but probably didn't really know that much about. It's a well-written story of Washington's boyhood, his roots and subsequent family, with their many foibles and accomplishments.
    This book tells you the good and the bad about him and of the other famous men of his time. It's a wonderful account of the early formation and politics of our government and how the detail were hammered out. It's non-fiction even a fiction lover could love.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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