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Parola138

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  • 97 reviews
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  • A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (240)

    When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

    Julie says: "Perfect complement-Paris Wife & Midnight in Paris"
    "tread carefully"
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    These are good stories. Narration is flawless. With that being said, I want to mention one should tread carefully with reading this book. Hemingway's other books are all semi-autobiographical. Stuff like Farewell and For Whom the Bell Tolls are real stories wrapped in the blanket of fiction. While interesting, these stories unfortunately show you the real man who wrote these fictions. It's akin to seeing the wizard in wizard of oz. So, it might ruin his other stories for you. But, if you can handle that, this is a good book with interesting stories about a young man trying to grasp writing and living in Paris with his wife.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (560)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "This is literature"
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    This book, believe it or not, is NOT about smoking weed. No, it's about a kid who grows up on the farm and basically has no character, personality or goals in life. His family saves money and sends him to college to learn agriculture so that he can become a repeat of what his father has done his entire life.

    This story is not exciting by modern standards. It lacks vampires, soap-making and terrorism. However, the author has that special ability to paint very vivid pictures with very few words. It is the author's talent that makes me care about some random dude in a university during and after the first world war. I had never heard of this writer and by chance discovered him. He is quite talented. I thought I would hate this book based on the content, but the delivery and the crispness of each human subject that is introduced has that sort of magic that few books have.

    This is what you call literature- where though it is fictional, it is somehow truer than real life.

    Magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "splendid"
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    loved it. fits right in W rest of the series. waiting for next book to drop

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (212)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Galadriel says: "Love this author"
    "Too much filler"
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    Child 44 blew me away. Story. Narration. Everything was perfect. I enjoyed about half of Secret Speech and had to push myself through the last half. I think this would have worked well as a much shorter book, but after a huge climax in the story the story then goes on for quite a while and I found it difficult to continue caring. The first half of the book is very well done and very powerful. I'm disappointed and wonder if the publisher didn't tell him he had to extend it by another 300 pages or something. He lost me after the bridge. But I will try Agent 6 and just kind of pretend this book never happened. He's a good writer and the narrator is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (960)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Gripping, multi-layered"
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    Most mysteries bore me. Even if they have interesting characters, I'm so picky that a mystery book has to really appeal to me on the levels of SETTING and HISTORY. These kinds of books are hard to come by. When I discovered Adrian McKinty's Troubles trilogy, I devoured them like some pervert.

    Child 44 was hard for me to get into. I feel like it flounders in the beginning. You can't tell if its an existential novel or a crime novel or what. But then the book suddenly gets so good that you realize you are like Fortunato in Edgar Allan Poes, "Cask of Amontillado," when he suddenly realizes he's been slowly walled-up inside a basement. Suddenly, I was trapped in this book and it became so real and intense to me that it was very much like being transported to another world and time and place.

    Amazing book. Delivered on so many levels. If you like the types of mysteries that I do, I highly recommend giving McKinty a try. Cold, Cold Ground is the first of the Troubles series. Holy Jeezus, I've found some great books recently!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5573)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3489)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Listen to it on 1.5 speed"
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    First, here's some bonus info. You can play this book at 1.5 speed and it sounds almost the same as regular speed.

    Ender's Game is a famous book, and rightfully so. But I feel that this is a much better book in many ways. The writing is tighter. The universe is already fleshed out, so the focus lays more on character development. I was very pleased with it and intend to read the rest of the series. Bean is a more street-smart version of Ender. I think I appreciate that a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mort(e): A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Repino
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.

    Linda B says: "Hard to suspend the disbelief"
    "I hate cats"
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    I hate cats and cannot really defend why I purchased this audiobook. I think I was tired of my usual genres and just needed something outside the box. What I consider a good book is one that gets the point across without just enough emotion and description as not to waste my time. I do not do well with the Margaret Atwood type books, but I am a lover of Hemingway. Short, to the point. Done.
    This book is very well-written in that respect. So much of it feels like just the right mix of emotion, description and characterization. The plot is intriguing enough, but really its the characters you follow into the chaos. I highly recommend it not just for that, but also because the narration is superb. This guy should narrate every audiobook ever made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4228)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2552)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Needs some immodium"
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    Though of completely different styles and substances, Tana French reminds me of Stephen King when he was in his prime. You'd read four or five books and wonder how one person could spew forth so much talent without any of it repeating. Tana French has a diarrhea of talent. These books of hers are not really that unpredictable. She's not trying to be gimmicky and Sixth Sense you to death. The devil is in the details, the characters... more than anything, the hard choices. Loved this book as I did all the others prior. She is a unique, talented writer that isn't gaining readers because some loser on tv preached to the masses that her book is the new 'it' book like Twilight. No, she's selling books based on raw talent and masterful storytelling. I applaud her and I cherish these works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2163)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "great narration"
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    I had trouble connecting with this book, but I pressed on with it anyway. The positives are that it is very well-written, very detailed in regards to WWII aircraft and information (Which I enjoyed). But I just didn't like the story and I don't think it's such a superb book to have all these ews and awes about it. Women would probably get more out of it than men. I say that because there is a lot of emotion tied to it whereas other war books like Hemingway, etc. forego all the touchy feely bits.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary Webb
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (240)

    In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Mystery Reader says: "Fascinating and complicated story"
    "an easy 5 star"
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    5 stars for the perfect narration. 5 stars for the compelling, deep-digging investigative work. This book blew my mind to put it lightly. The only con about it is that dozens of Hispanic names are thrown at you that you'll most likely forget and mix up save for the few key players. If you ever wondered why everyone in modern America was on crack in the 90's, well, this will pretty much answer it for you. And you'll also find out what happens to your stolen cars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2489)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Surprised me"
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    The hard part about writing reviews is that you write them in hindsight, after you've finished the book, to influence people who have not yet read the book. I would not want to turn anyone away from this book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading and I reached a part where I really thought it was pretty dumb. Then the book turned on me and renewed my faith in Tana French's ability as a writer. She truly does handle her craft rather well and I'm learning to go the distance with her and trust she'll carry the story through handsomely until the end. The narration on this was very good. I felt he handled the female voices well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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