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Marie

I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

Alexandia, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (660)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Nicole says: "Great plot twist...."
    "Good listen"
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    Where does The Collectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty good story, easy listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oliver Stone...cool cat. Reminded me of a young Clint Eastwood character in an older body.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt incomplete - it would have been nice to know what happened between Annabelle and the Atlantic City mobster at that final confrontation. Did she and stone live together? Etc, etc...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1201)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Not up to par"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Yes. I am a fan of both.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    It is too close to my generation and I am a modern history buff. I couldn't help noticing every single inaccurate historical reference. And the cliches were irritating...I disliked the whole Kennedy portrayal.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    This is not John Lee's gendre in my opinion. His adoption of an old southern baptist preacher's voice for a young African American Harvard grad from Washington DC demonstrated his lack of cultural reference.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritated


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (342)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "Bored"
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    What disappointed you about The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    The story is disjointed and very uninspiring. I know it is about Auri and not about Kvoth but did the writer have to stray so far of?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    Maybe- it depends if he returns to his original style. I am very disappointed. I bought the book six weeks in advance. I think Patrick Rothfuss has become complacent and is taking his fans a little for granted. Mistake. There are tons of other books out there and other more imaginative syfy writers. Just saying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a good job. The book is a snooze fest.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8049)
    Performance
    (7620)
    Story
    (7645)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Great story - when is the next installment?"
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    Where does Words of Radiance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4 out of 5 and that is only because I am not a Kate Reading fan. Sorry. Otherwise, I just couldn't stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complex characters who evolved and grew from the first book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I find Kate Reading's work really grating and sometimes unconvincing...especially when she plays younger female characters. She unintentionally makes them sound annoying and unlikeable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (276)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Maeve Binchy - the true seanchaithe"
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    If you could sum up Tara Road in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully woven story with characters that I missed long after I finished reading.


    What other book might you compare Tara Road to and why?

    A grown up version of Enid Blyton books ...you want to seat down by the fire with a hot cup of coffee laced with brandy.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Borowitz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No...I don't usually pay attention to the names of the readers


    If you could take any character from Tara Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Brian...he would spill the beans and it would be funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (691)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Beautiful Read"
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    What did you love best about The Blood of Flowers?

    I could smell the spices of the bazzar, taste the exotic food, hear the voices and songs of the middle east. It awakened memories of my mother reading me the Arabian Nights at bed time. Lovely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Flowers?

    The confrontation between niece and uncle after she forged a letter using his seal. What did she think was going to happen? And her mother, having to face what I am sure was possibly her worst nightmare - living on the streets without her brother-in-law's protection.


    What does Shohreh Aghdashloo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her beautify husky voice and rich accent - it could have been Sheherazade herself telling the stories - weaving her own beautiful carpet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1653)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Fantastic Story"
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    Would you listen to War and Remembrance again? Why?

    Probably not. I never really listen to any book twice. I am always looking forward to my next read.


    What other book might you compare War and Remembrance to and why?

    Winds of War of course


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...he is very good.


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

    Why would I want to change the title?


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this book in paperback would be over 1000 page read and it is worth it. I enjoy my commute every day and I am almost sorry when I reach my destination…I am so caught in the saga. I first listened to Winds of War and I was hooked. I recommend listening to Winds of War first. Books are not written like this anymore. So thorough, so detailed, full of heroism, suffering, perseverance, faithfulness, unfaithfulness, cruelty and heroism etc. I love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (483)

    In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "John Wells -- A new American Hero"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you listen to The Shadow Patrol again? Why?

    Yes - strong, relateable story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alex Berenson demonstrated knowledge of the politican climate of the time and also described the cultures clearly and beautifully.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this might be the first time, I am not sure. But I liked it.


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

    Yep.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (440)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Boring as Dish Water"
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    What disappointed you about Belgarath the Sorcerer?

    The language was old fashioned and hard to follow...


    What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used a simple straight forward narrative - thou this thou that was so annoying


    Would you be willing to try another one of J. P. Linton’s performances?

    Not really


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Belgarath the Sorcerer?

    The actual scenes were not bad but the language was cumbersome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8296)
    Performance
    (7288)
    Story
    (7308)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "I HATE the 50 shades trilogy"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't care


    Has Fifty Shades Freed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't like this genre. I listened to this book because of the hype and my book club.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    I don't know...and I don't care


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

    Delete the whole book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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