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Patricia

des moines, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (834)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Good story- much too long"
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    I read the book in high school and then reread now 50 yrs later. Now I remember why I didn't like it then. I love detail and don't mind very long books, have read most classics. But Victor Hugo sometimes goes on and on. The narrater is wonderful, I highly recomend
    George Guidall, he does an outstanding job. The characters are distinive and clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Shore

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Michael Capuzzo
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history.

    David says: "Captivating and Riveting"
    "A great read"
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    This story was done very well, very factual but kept you very interested from start to finish. By including historical data along with info on shark developement it was enjoyable. Of course the narrator Len Cariou just increased the story line, with his clear concise voice and inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (354)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Another Great Story"
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    As usual I was thrilled with Laurie King's writing abilities. I was not impressed with having a male reader . I have nothing against male readers but I could catch bits of a Scottish accent in the reading. If you have a good thing, why change the readers?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1089)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Captivating"
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    Another great Louise Penny, she is a great wordsmith and keeps you on the edge of your seat with her plots. Only thing I didn't like was the hanging ending, usually she gives you a clear ending but this time she catches you and makes you yearn for the next book in the series. Miss Penny has the ability to make you feel like the characters are real and you become invested in their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Careless in Red

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. On the 43rd day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death.

    Rebecca says: "Elizabeth George is Back...Whoo Hoo!"
    "another great story"
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    Elizabeth George's ability to make you feel you are right there with Inspector Lynley and his Sgt continues in this story line. The reader 's voices for each of the character's was right on. This is a series that I look forward to reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1440)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Great read"
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    This book came as a recomendation from others and now I know why. These authors know how to capture your attention with good storyline, interesting characters, great wordsmithing. It was hard to put the book down, you just couldn't wait for the next chapter. Made me want to move to Guernsey and become one of the Islanders. This is one of those books that will be read many times over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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