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Katka

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (2491)
    Story
    (2496)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "This book has everything!"
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    I don't know how many times I've passed over this series of books because I was more interested in European historical fiction rather than Australian. I regret that decision, but am so glad I finally got the first book in this Australian Trilogy. This was in part because of Audible's recent trilogy promotion as well as because it was narrated by Humphrey Bower. He has quickly become my favorite narrator, and I've listened to many!

    This book has everything I love to read about, the contrast between extreme poverty and wealth, crime, drama, adventure and so on. All the while learning about a part of history I was never much interested in-- Australia.
    I cannot wait to start listening to the next book, I'm sure it will be just as good if not better than this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1086)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Dull"
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    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this story. I tried several times to get back into it, but gave up after the third try. As another reviewer stated, there were very interesting parts, but they seemed to be dwarfed by long, droning, pointless sections that made no sense to me at all. A lot of times the dialogue was so juvenile as to be almost nonsensical. Very disappointing waste of a credit.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (982)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Good Story read by my least favorite narrator"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Rene Auberjonois


    Any additional comments?

    I think I am one of the very few people who truly dislike Scott Brick's narration. I deliberately avoid books when he is reading, although sometimes I just can't avoid it when the book is one I really want to hear. I don't like his quavery voice when the story gets exciting, sad or scary.
    Other than that I really enjoy the Pendergast series of books, I'm almost done with all of them. They're not the best books I've ever read, but are really very entertaining and worth the credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1513)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Entertaining tale of time travel"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was one of those average books that was somewhat entertaining, but not a story that will stand out in my mind for any length of time. I read a lot of historical fiction, I am fascinated by the way people lived years ago. I like a lot of detail, I want to feel immersed in the story with sights, sounds and smells well described by the author. I want to feel a connection with the characters, understand how they think and feel. This book did not fulfill that need for me. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this story, most of them were annoying and unrealistic. It was an interesting book, just lacking a certain something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5348)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2230)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Not what I expected"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story started out very well, kept me interested for a long while, but around 5 hours from the end, I totally lost interest. I did not like constantly being thrown from once scene to the next, I had a hard time keeping track of what was a dream and what supposed to be reality. I love stories of the supernatural, but this one was sort of ridiculous. Everything the 'gods' said or did were metaphors, or just plain didn't make sense, I had no idea what was going on so I gave up and moved onto another book.
    Shame, I had this book in my wish list for a long, long time. I should have listened to my gut instead of the reviews and skipped it all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "First time I didn't like Koontz"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.


    Would you recommend 77 Shadow Street to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think so.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Yes, narrator was decent.


    Do you think 77 Shadow Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! I think the story needs to end with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't think of a single Koontz book that I've read and didn't like at least a little bit. I've read almost all of his books, and loved a lot of them, and liked most of them. I almost couldn't believe this was a Koontz story, that's how dull it was. I forced myself to finish listening to it, thinking it must improve somewhere along the line. It didn't.
    I can't remember many details of the story, my mind was wandering most of the time. Such a shame, I so love this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18507)
    Performance
    (16474)
    Story
    (16434)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "For every 100 mediocre books, there's 1 great one."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I can't say for sure the audio version is better than the print version because I haven't read it myself. BUT, I am fairly certain it would be better. The narrator was excellent. When there is an excellent narrator, it brings the story to a much higher level for me.


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

    No more Stephen King movies please, leave well enough alone. They rarely live up to the books in any way.


    Any additional comments?

    This may be S.K.'s best novel. I've read almost all of them and this one is pure joy. I knew within the first 5 minutes of listening that he had hit it out of the park. I was engrossed in the story in no time at all, and was led on a fantastic journey through a period of our history I never took much interest in. I've missed out apparently.
    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Nickle
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (50)

    The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother's cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope.

    Abraca says: "Entertaining"
    "Dull"
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    Would you try another book from David Nickle and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I don't think I'll be looking for other titles from this author. The narrator was OK, not great, not bad. His narration tended to make me tune out unless there was something very interesting going on.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully something wonderful. I like long stories that keep me engaged for many days/weeks, full of detailed characters, settings and a well defined plot.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman???s performance would you have changed?

    A little more energy and enthusiasm would've been welcome.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of a single thing I did like about this story.


    Any additional comments?

    The dialogue of the characters in this book really annoyed me. The prim, proper English combined with the simple, almost juvenile way of speaking just didn't ring true with me. The characters were not very realistic and I didn't sympathize with any of them.
    I found myself wondering what in the world was going on for most of this story, I just couldn't keep up with it. Whether it was because my attention kept wandering or because it wasn't explained very clearly I can't tell. Maybe it was a combination of both.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "It's not Stieg Larsson...."
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    But not a bad murder mystery. It lacked the depth of character and attention to detail I really enjoyed in Larsson's stories. Narrator was excellent though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (618)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Excellent series, highly recommend!"
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    I first read this book over 20 years ago as a very young adult and was instantly hooked. I've looked for the Edward X. Delaney series every so often here on Audible and other audiobook stores with no luck. I was thrilled to finally see them here and I was not disappointed with the audio version of the book. Narrator was very good, brought the Captain to life. I can't wait to listen to the other books in the series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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