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Gann

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  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (222)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Zzzzzzz"
    Overall

    Don't know if it's the book or the narrator, or both, but what a bore. I have long been a mystery fan and have read hundreds over the years. This one just doesn't get it. The reader is a drone. The writing is hackneyed. The suspense is non-existant. Don't bother.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1421)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Linda says: "HEARTBREAKINGLY POIGNANT AND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL"
    "A MUST LISTEN for WWII devotees."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Nightingale again? Why?

    Yes. The reader perfectly portrayed the individuality of each character. The story is compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vivid characters and the voice of each one.


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

    I have not listened to her before but she did a terrific job in this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but my explanation would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. As usual, descriptions about what the Nazis did boggles the mind and crushes the spirit, but the strength and determination of the French resistance is impressive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Caroline Moorehead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15 who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.<

    Sher Sutherland says: "A real look at life"
    "Too Much and Too Little"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Put it into first person of each character so the listener can picture her and know her as a person, not just a victim. Use dialogue instead of narrative. As graphic as the descriptions were listening to them over and over was boring.


    Has A Train in Winter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon?

    Probably not unless it was a novel and she could play characters, not just describe them.


    Was A Train in Winter worth the listening time?

    No. I found myself waiting for dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, while well written, is told exclusively in narrative form. There is no dialogue among the major characters and therefore listening to the narration gets tedious and I could not identify with the women in any way except by name alone. Also, the story is not for the faint of heart. I found myself turning it off several times upon hearing about victims, including children, being burned alive or dismembered, poisoned, or starved to death. I know these things have occurred and people should be made aware of these acts but not over and over and over in the same story. I have read many books of all genres about the atrocities of the Nazi soldiers and officers alike, but none were as graphic and disturbing as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cate Lineberry
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    When 26 Army nurses and medics - part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron - boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival.

    bkgrn says: "Well-told story of a WWII rescue"
    "A Bit Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless the friend is a World War II fanatic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erin Bennett?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    The research is excellent but the reader uncompelling and there's too much detail and repetiveness. This story would be a much better listen if written as historical fiction.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (862)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Geat story even greater narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the twists on who is the perp.


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same excellent writing, description, and intrigue.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Andrew


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've listed to more books than I can possibly recall I do believe Barrett's narration was one of if not THE best I have ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (313)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Zzzzzz"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Greater detail, more insight. This author is too young to write a memoir that reflects a true life experience gained from another twenty years of her life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Feldman again?

    probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the reader's voice irritating, although its youth was authentic for the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Few.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing was rudimentary and a bore to listen to. Of all the outstanding writers out there who have received rejection upon rejection, how did this one get published?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans"
    "Too many words"
    Overall

    Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria told Mozart his most recent composition had "too many notes". Although I really like Elizabeth George's books, this one had "too many words". Much of the descriptions in one chapter or another could have been left out with no damage to the story. Still, Havers is my favoriate...next to Salandar.

    I did not figure out whodunit on this one and for that reason I give it 4 stars.

    I still like EG.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (884)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Zzzzz"
    Overall

    This is a guy book, unless you like a lot of testosterone-based language. The reader is deadly; a monotone. Someone recommended this to me and I wish they had not.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Vendetta: A Cotton Malone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (309)

    When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

    Paul says: "Excellent novel"
    "Uggggh"
    Overall

    I have listened to about 1 hour of this book and could bear it no longer. The story is old, the language is hackneyed, and the reader, oh the reader...dull, dull, dull. Can't think of a reason to give it even one star.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Lee says: "Disappointed"
    "Do not waste your time"
    Overall

    I don't know which is worse, the writing or the narration. Cornwell needs to drop the Scarpetta, et al characters and start over. She should begin by reading PD James to see how really good mysteries are written really well. As for the narrator, oy. So monotonous I could hardly tell which character was speaking. The last straw for me was the 20 minute sleep inducing dialogue between Benton and Clark. The text is hackneyed, the plot simplistic, and the writing and dialogue nervewrackingly tedious. What was the editor thinking? Wake up, Cornwell. Splash some water on your face and write something that does not cause drowsiness in the listener/reader.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9723)
    Performance
    (3873)
    Story
    (3953)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Get the abridged abridged"
    Overall

    This book is way, way, way, too long. It is filled with information that is useless and repetitive. I don't usually get abridged versions but this one needs serious editing, abridging, and whatever else to make it even remotely interesting. All you never wanted to know about the Masons. Use your credit or $ for something else, it does not live up to its promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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