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Kristina

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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1922)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "MUST READ/LISTEN"
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to my books driving long distances and exercising. If a book is boring or the narrator is bad, I cannot listen to it. I have to have something keep me from falling asleep as motion makes me drowsy. This book kept me wide awake and very interested for 4 1/2 hours straight, until I reached my destination! This isn't a politically slanted book. Many people do not know that Bill O'Reilly is in the Kennedy family. As he says in the introduction (and he does great narrating the book), he has a unique view of the events and years leading up to JFK's demise. He does not prop conspiracy theories at all. It is a very factual book with loads of information that are true and merely history lessons, as well as new information that he says has never been made public. He had discovered new information in his research for the book with someone else. It was easy to picture in my mind, the events that Bill writes about. I felt like I was right there watching JFK and his family go through each milestone.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8303)
    Performance
    (5000)
    Story
    (4990)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING FOR AN AUDIBLE"
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    What disappointed you about Fall of Giants?

    Not good for an audible book. Too many characters and non related families to keep track of without the actual book to look back on. Plus it's in a British accent, which makes it even more difficult to keep up with who and where and what with 5 different families.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book instead if the story intrigues you. It is like a Stephen King novel, 1000 pages of introductions to 5 different families in the early 19th century, before anything gets interesting and exciting = FALL ASLEEP at the wheel!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (711)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "NOT AS GOOD AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN!"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Konkoly and/or Joseph Morton?

    NO! The author gives WAY to much detail on things not needed. It gets so annoying I wanted to scream at the author. For example, you have to hear the reader describe the pattern of underwear someone is wearing and there isn't even a need to let us know the character IS wearing underwear at that time to picture the scene. The story is too descriptive and goes into detail about the relationships of the 10 main characters in the story. It doesn't go into a lot of detail at all about the epidemic outside this small community or about the flu strain and it's symptoms. It became very boring and I was stuck listening to it just to kill time.


    Has The Jakarta Pandemic turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    What didn’t you like about Joseph Morton’s performance?

    Him trying to do a female voice is quite annoying, almost unbearable to listen to. He gives too many long pauses and his style is the same in every book he narrates, that I can't enjoy any book he reads now.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Jakarta Pandemic?

    too many to give-but the main one is the scene where the neighbors family is found dead, killed by the neighborhood infiltrators. At least take the part out about the small children being found killed. The characters lack so much emotion that you can't just all of the sudden throw the worst thing in the world at the reader near the end of the book, babies murdered, when there has been no dramatic scenes or emotions in the first 3/4s of the book!

    I will also tell you that the relationship between the husband and wife is weird. You go into so much detail about everything, but I am still unable to understand their relationship. They don't act very loving except for some weird, lets get busy in the bed, scenes. They seem cold and annoyed with each other the whole time except when the author tries to make them love each other.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books that are more descriptive than eventful and intriguing to listen to, then this is your book. If you get annoyed easily at nonsensical crap, then stay away!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15660)
    Performance
    (12962)
    Story
    (13597)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Narrator can't be any worse."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless they want to read it and are very sexual and like to read about young girls being seduced by older men.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's porn, I didn't realize it was porn so I can't answer this question appropriately. I would definitely say that he should have made Anna OLDER since the male character is in his late twenties. It makes the porn scenes even more dirty feeling because she is so young and non experienced.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice is not good for narrating audible books. Find another career. Sorry, but seriously, it is horrible and I almost can't bear to listen to her voice. When she lowers her voice to imitate a man's voice, Christian's, it is so repulsive. I can't believe this was recorded like with this narrator. Someone should be fired for that choice. I listen to a ton of audible books because I travel for work. I would think that these publishers would take into account that buyers are going to be listening to this voice for hours on end. If the voice is bad, the buyer won't listen to it anymore. I won't be able to buy and listen to the next two books solely because of this narrator.


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I have been picturing Natalie Portman as Anastasia Steele and Kate Hudson as Catherine Cavanaugh. I can't picture anyone yet for Christian.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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