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Jane

Birmingham, AL, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Twisted (Selected Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines, Michele Pawk, Frederick Weller
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Diverse, provocative, eerie, and inspired, this collection of Jeffery Deaver's best stories exhibits the amazing range and signature plot twists that have earned him the title "master of ticking-bomb suspense" by People. With nods to O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe, these beautifully crafted pieces pulse with subtle intrigue and Deaver's incomparable imagination.

    maxpower says: "hooray for great plotting!"
    "I miss Pendergast!"
    Overall

    No spoilers here, but I fell in love with Special Agent Pendergast from previous Audible listens (Cabinet of Curiousity, Still Life with Crows, etc) and eagerly awaited this book's release. We catch up with familiar characters but in many ways I felt like the story was written by someone else entirely and was simply transitioning us to the next book which would then wrap things up nicely. I was a little disappointed with this book, but still look forward to the next book to see if things return to normal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words, or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

    Jim says: "What a waste!!"
    "Captivating and moving story!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed Berry's previous novel, The Romanov Prophecy, and so was very excited to see this release on Audible. Like his previous work, Berry puts his spin on a classic historical event with intrigue. As such, his work may remind readers of Dan Brown and such, but he truly is a unique author. He develops his character well, and the story is continually moving. My only critique of this novel was that the ending, that is the secret, seemed a bit convenient, and thus not credible. Oh well, the story is still great and definitely a must listen!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1047)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Another Great Demille Novel"
    Overall

    I eagerly awaited the release of this novel and was definitely not disappointed. Demille returns us to familiar characters and scenes and tells a very interesting tale. I particularly liked the ending as I felt that it dealt with sensitive material in a way that left each reader to interpret or handle in their own way. As always, Demille is a thorough and well-researched author and his books never lag or get boring. I highly recommend this book and all others that he written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quite Ugly One Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged?

    Donald says: "Wow!"
    "Funny and very captivating story"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book! The story and characters were intriguing, well developed and FUNNY. Unlike many mysteries, this story was never boring, never redundant, or played, and was entirely unique. I loved the premise, I loved the characters. This author is now on my list of authors to watch and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to anything else he's written. I liked the narrator, his accent could be a little thick, but he was perfect for this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, comedy or both together![

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Rape of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iris Chang
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    In December 1937, in the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity- one of the worst in world history- continues to be denied by the Japanese government.

    Douglas says: "Powerful"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I wanted to learn more about the hidden or unacknowledged atrocities that happened to the Chinese people during World War II and so downloaded this book. This book did an excellent job of informing the reader of everything that occurred. The problem is, the book becomes so overwhelming that the reader becomes desensitized to the events written herein. I think had the book been a little better oragnized, it would have done the events more justice. As a reader, I truly wanted to sympathize with the people who suffered these tragic events, unfortunately, their story teller (aka the author) was not effective.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (313)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Lighthearted listen"
    Overall

    I was excited to know that this reader also provided the voices for Memoirs of a Geisha, a book which is still one of my favorites. Unfortunately for her, she got stuck with "Andrea" the main character who is whiny, wimpy, and pathetic at times....so it makes it hard to enjoy the storyteller. But otherwise the book is good....loved Miranda, the killer boss, and all other workers at Runway. Thought this book would have been better if they continued telling the story without Andrea, but rather kept up with Miranda's antics and such. For as light hearted as it is, I mean really, no depth here in this story, the author tried to get too moral at the end with Alex and Andrea's roommate Lil...that part got boring. Oh well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (1970)
    Story
    (1988)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Good story"
    Overall

    Anyone who has listened to and enjoyed Life of Pi is hoping to find another such book with a character like Pi Patel that they can latch onto and read about. This story is similar in that you see the world through the eyes of a boy who captures your heart and endears himself to you. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters aren't as likeable and I found myself wishing I could remove him and put him in different book/story....but kept listening anyways. The book turned out ok, but the best part is the boy and his perspective on things. Enjoyable enough.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Defection of A.J. Lewinter: A Novel of Duplicity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Before The Company, Robert Littell made a name for himself with The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. Hailed as "a perfect little gem" and a "concise, smart, and funny [novel that] turns Cold War spy cliches on their head," A.J. Lewinter tells the story of an insignificant American scientist whose defection to the Soviet Union becomes a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Not to be missed!

    Michael Koscielski says: "The Defection of A.J. Lewinter"
    "What a bore!"
    Overall

    I bought this book after having listened to the Company and becoming a huge Robert Littell fan....bad choice. Some of his other works are ok, but this one was boring. I would set it to play and fall asleep to it at night. I had no concerns or cares for the characters and only looked forward to the ending, which I don't even remember. If you liked The Company....STOP NOW. It's a great book and he's not come out with anything to match it...if you're desparate for more from him, read The Sisters...but I strongly advise not listening to this particular droning epic.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6239)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2378)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "What a find!"
    Overall

    I choose this book as a recommendation "for those who also bought..." and have been quite pleased with this selection. Everything about the book is awesome, although slightly reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, I guess because of cultural similarities. However, the books differ dramatically with respect to plot, and the characters are truly mesmerizing. Can't wait to listent to the second book, and anxiously await the third in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (428)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Quite a disappointing Crichton novel"
    Overall

    I have long been a fan of Crichton and was excited to see this book available on audible. What a disappointment. The book was predictable and boring. Through out my listening to this book, I kept wondering if this was truly one of his books as most of them have been awesome reads. I hope that he doesn't produce more like this, but returns to his more credible and interesting plots. Read/listen if you must, but definitely not one of his betters, best, or even good ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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