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Paul Treutel

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  • 9 ratings
  • 480 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • A Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.

    Pablo says: "Great book"
    "Couldn't get through it"
    Overall

    The author is the reader of this book, and she's simply horrible. Further, I remained confused about characters and the theme. I listened to two hours of the book, and gave up. I have been a member of audible for over a year, and this is only the second book I could not finish.I'm upset I wasted my credits.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4394)
    Performance
    (3194)
    Story
    (3195)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was wonderful. Loved the characters, and cared about them. For me, that's what counts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13496)
    Performance
    (9338)
    Story
    (9396)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Great Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderful book. Real, suspenseful, at times agonizing. I enjoyed it very much. Well worth your time.

    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
    (27184)
    Performance
    (20929)
    Story
    (21010)

    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"
    "What's the fuss?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is long, convoluted, and I could not engage with the characters. What a waste of my credits...

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18777)
    Performance
    (16978)
    Story
    (17118)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Hunger Game wannabe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am loathe to waste credits, so I listened to this book all the way through. While moderately entertaining, it is a Hunger Game wannabe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hadassah: One Night with the King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Tenney, Mark Andrew Olsen
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Best-selling author and inspirational speaker Tommy Tenney teams with Mark Andrew Olsen to deliver a mesmerizing tale of historical fiction. Favorably compared to Anita Diamant's The Red Tent for its unexpected plot twists, Hadassah is the fictional account of the Bible's Esther, the Jewish peasant girl who became queen of Persia.

    Anita says: "Suprisingly good"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I'm 30 minutes from being finished with it, and am anxiously searching for another book that holds my attention and captivates my imagination as this one did. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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