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Lisa

Petersburg, VA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Florence of Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Christopher Buckley's comic thriller takes readers to the Arab land of Matar, where a philandering emir allays his restless wife by allowing her to start a TV network for Arab women. She is joined in this endeavor by a maverick American State Department officer known as Florence, who wants to use the TV network to start a revolution among Islamic women.

    Lisa says: "Buckley is at the top of his game"
    "Buckley is at the top of his game"
    Overall

    This is Christopher Buckley at his best. This witty, funny and all-too-nearly-true political satire reveals the lies and crimes that are the earmarks of American Middle-East policy. At the same time, we get characters who are funny and sympathetic, realistic and archtypical at the same time.
    The narration is terrific, with different voices, accents and cadences for each character. There is never any doubt who is speaking, and the pace and delivery is first-rate. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christopher Buckley or good political satire.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10566)
    Performance
    (5453)
    Story
    (5497)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "This is pure, 100-proof Stephen King"
    Overall

    This is Stephen King at the top of his game. The trademark King character-handling is there, with flawed good-guys and truly heinous bad-guys and a few you aren't sure are which. The plot is outre enough for the genre while being just possible enough to be truly frightening, and the story shows how people rise or fall to their best or worst under extreme conditions. All of it is handled with King's wonderfully engaging narrative voice and smooth transitions of viewpoint. As if to make the treat complete, Raul Esparza is a wonderful narrator, with voices that make each character come alive. The only problem with this book is that it will be a very long time before I hear something this completely satisfying again.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (408)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "Great book, terrible narrator"
    Overall

    I loved this book but listening to this particular narrator was painful. He put nearly the same inflection on every sentence, so that he always sounded as if he were reading the exciting line of a kid's book. If Follet weren't so good, I couldn't have kept going.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1440)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "A lovely book made better by perfect narration"
    Overall

    The narrative in this delightful tale is already rich with the charm of the Regency period of a fanciful alternate England. The audiobook adds the talents of a skilled and versatile narrator who brings every character uniquely to life. The combination is a rare treat.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (960)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Satisfying on all levels"
    Overall

    The combination of Preston and Child's writing combined with the amazing narration by Rene Auberjonois makes this series one of the best in my library. It is a rare and satisfying audiobook experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27297)
    Performance
    (21035)
    Story
    (21118)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Possibly the Best Books Ever"
    Overall

    This book and its two sequels, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords, were simply the best audio books I have heard in three years as an Audible member. The writing is incredible, the characters real and well-realized, the narration brilliant. At over 36 hours a book unabridged, they were a feast for the ears and the imagination. It is not too much to say that George R.R. Martin could teach J.R.R. Tolkein a thing or two about epic fantasy.

    The books are so good I went out and bought them in large-format paperback just to own them, because I wanted the author to have more of my money. I will listen to these again.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (604)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Absolutely Gripping"
    Overall

    This was a gripping story, well-written and expertly narrated. I could barely stand to stop listening when I reached my destination. It was the sort of book where you talk out loud at some parts, saying things like "oh no!" and "wow!" as the book unfolds. I was riveted to my Audible player.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (149)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Possibly the most important book ever written"
    Overall

    This is the book I'd take if I were to be marooned on an island with only one thing to read. Brilliant, thought-provoking, demanding, and challenging, this book detail's Rand's entire vision for what humanity CAN and SHOULD be.

    The audio version is wonderful, well read and produced. I had to buy a paper copy so I could keep reading when I couldn't listen, and I have re-read and re-listened twice.

    One caveat--Rand NEVER talks down. Be prepared to USE your brain if you pick up this title.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple French for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Understand and speak French starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational French.

    Jake says: "We need French 2, 3, 4, etc."
    "The best way to learn a new language"
    Overall

    Pimsleur is a genius. These lessons make learning French so painless I am planning to buy the full course and become fluent, because now I know I can. This course works very well to help you learn to hear, to pronounce correctly and to speak naturally, but it is never tedious. The repetition always seems to come in just when you need it, just the amount you need, then it is on to new material that comes at a perfect pace. It may seem like a cliche, but it really does feel almost effortless. Learning French has become enjoyable, and I plan to try Italian and German someday too. Look out Europe, here I come!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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