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Rebecca

Cookeville, TN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2405)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not for the squeamish."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is excellent. If you like an epic tale of struggle, misfortune and meager survival then this book is for you.
    However, this book is also brutal, bloody and full of graphic descriptions of horrific child abuse. If you are sqeamish, don't try this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (631)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Bleh"
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    Would you try another book from Patricia Highsmith and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I honestly can't say that I understand why this book has such a high rating. If it weren't for my policy to never give up on an audiobook, I can honestly say that I would never have finished this one. IT WAS SO BORING! I kept waiting for it to get better, but it stayed completely dull until the bitter end.
    Maybe this genre just isn't my cup of tea, but I did not enjoy this book. Frankly, my own life is more interesting and I expect way more than that to be entertained.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10078)
    Performance
    (8999)
    Story
    (8977)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Surprisingly Good!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hounded to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know. I don't have time to read print books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon - the dog - an EXCELLENT character and an even better narration of his voice.


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

    This is a first.


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

    You can learn a lot in 2000 years.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not usually much into the whole supernatural culture thing but I have found a few series (Dresden, Charlie Davidson, Black Dagger Brotherhood - the early books) where the story itself is good enough to make the supernatural stuff plausible. Surprisingly, this one was as well! I am always on the lookout for another good series and I have to admit that I enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected.
    It is worth a listen just for the dog. Oberon is a gem and the narration of his voice is hilarious. I will definitely be listening to more of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues, Book 9: Storm Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Linda Sue Park
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    On the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill uncovered shocking information about their past - from what happened the night their parents died to the shattering discovery of their family branch. Will Book Nine be the end of Amy and Dan? Or just the end of everything they think they know?

    Rebecca says: "GREAT!"
    "GREAT!"
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    My children and I have a long commute in the morning and audiobooks in general have made this a much more pleasant experience. This series has been engaging for my 7 year old AND my 16 year old - keeping both of their attentions for the entire drive. Plus, they have learned a great deal of geography and culture from the series. I would highly recommend these books for anyone who listens to audiobooks with children and adults too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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