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Jody R. Nathan

Tulsa, OK USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6601)
    Performance
    (5874)
    Story
    (5874)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Wonderful mix of light and darkness"
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    This magical book allows you to escape into it, and then sigh with both satisfaction and disappointment when you are finished. Satisfaction for a well told story in a world you want to stay in, and disappointment because the circus tent has come down and you must go back home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "This book even has an ending!"
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    Many of Ms. Rice's books go on for hundreds of pages and then stop -- no ending. This became annoying, especially with the Mayfair witch books. This one wraps up quite a few stories and has an ending. Bravo! The appendices gives a brief outline of the characters and a chronology. . . (Hint: Audible, it would be nice to have pdf versions of these for reference)

    It was a bit difficult to recall all the details of the other books in order to make sense of this one. (see hint above)

    And the descriptions get a bit tedious at times, but then, these are the sorts of details that characterize Ms. Rice's best work. I enjoyed her use of the English Lit professor to take a shot at the proliferation of vampire lit out there.

    But really, Ms. Rice's writing is what started it all, and this book shows you why. The story is good, the characters are intelligent and act within the logic of the book. I got lost in the book, which to me is the hallmark of a great book. It made me want to go back and re-read the other dozen novels and then read this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (477)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Bosch is Back"
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    The story was very good -- a few surprises but one could figure it out along with the detectives. I was at first disappointed that there was a new narrator, but Mr.Welliver has a nice deep voice, and I enjoyed the telling once I got used to it. Others complain that Mr. Welliver was monotone, but I disagree. The story is a police procedural and much of the procedure cannot be narrated in an excited tone. I enjoyed the book -- couldn't put it down, and as usual, am looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (713)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Meh!"
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    Not one of Grisham's best; but for the ending, might have been a romance book. . . . heroine gets laid off from fancy pants new york firm goes to Appalachia, describes abhorrent conditions, finds the joys of working for real people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Alison says: "Inconceivable that this book could be any more fun"
    "Get this book"
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    If you are at all a fan of the movie, and want some insights into the making of the movie, you need this book. Cary Elwes does an excellent job reading it; his stories are both funny and touching, like the book itself. A gem. I listen to many books. This one was special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Blanding
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers - both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

    Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

    Andy says: "with a little charm, you can rob almost anyone"
    "True story reads like a novel"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed the book. There was enough history of mapmaking to put the story in context. Indeed, the short history was probably the best part of the book. One gets some insight into the main character, and there are also interesting details regarding those in the business and the libraries which were victims of the crimes. I only wish there had been some illustrations or photos included.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pulphead: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Jeremiah Sullivan
    • Narrated By John Jeremiah Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion, Sullivan shows us - with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that's all his own - how we really (no, really) live now. In his native Kentucky, Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century polymath genius who concocted a dense, fantastical prehistory of the New World.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "interesting and intelligent"
    "interesting and intelligent"
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    This collection of stories was great. I really enjoyed the historical stories, as well as the more current ones. The writing was excellent; and unusually, the author was a good narrator. If you are looking for something different, try this out. The story on Geeshie Wiley was the best thing I have read all year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2280)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Escape book, hero gets chased"
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    In this book, hero wakes up in unknown place and tries to get back home. He is chased by all sorts of bad guys. Then he finds out "the truth". Just wasn't for me. I thought it might be like Shutter Island, which I enjoyed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (3471)
    Story
    (3492)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "ear turner!"
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    great story, great narration, did not want to put it down! There are two intertwining stories, nicely done; Rudnicki is wonderful as always. I have only read a few Orson Scott Card books, but will definitely look for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of Gary Leon Ridgway & John Wayne Gacy: Green River Killer & The Killer Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Steven G. Carley
    • Narrated By Steven G. Carley
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This audiobook documents the lives of Gary Leon Ridgway and John Wayne Gacy from their childhoods to their villainous murder sprees and eventual arrest and captureRidgway would possess the largest death toll of any one serial killer within the United States. Despite this, upon Ridgway's criminal conviction he would make a plea bargain in assisting in the search for the remains of 41 of Ridgway's other victims.

    Louis says: "Very Poor Work"
    "Poor writing, terrible narration"
    Overall
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    The writing is awful; the narration is like listening to a poor reader being forced to read aloud at school; don't bother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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