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  • Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (856)

    From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

    Aser Tolentino says: "At Last, This Colorful War Story is on Audible"
    "Disappointing - not equal to the description"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is looking for a cheap novel type of book. The entire first volume seems focused on the sex between the corporal and the missionary's wife.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    Maybe


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, his performance was mediocre. The voice of the Marine Corporal sounds like a whiny child, and it was not different enough from the wife of the missionary.


    What character would you cut from Semper Fi?

    Most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    From the description, we expected an uplifting and informative book. That is not the case. We are two thirds of the way through the first volume, and have learned hardly anything about the Marine Corps history, values or accomplishments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9099)
    Performance
    (8203)
    Story
    (8219)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Good murder/mystery thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, certainly. This is a well-written thriller, very suspenseful, and had some nice surprise twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You have to like Robin, for she saves the plot and the day. And Cormoran is witty, stereotypical in some ways, and endearing.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration.


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

    No extreme reaction, but did make me laugh sometimes when Cormoran was just too typecast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3746)
    Performance
    (3322)
    Story
    (3332)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Good for the heart and soul - please listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    It was a dear, sweet, albeit fairy tale like, story. Reminds us all to "stop and smell the roses" - to interrupt routine and habit to do something important for someone else. And of course, in the process, we help ourselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The innocent, naive way that Harold goes about doing this great deed. And at the same time, I found myself frustrated with his wife, who was afraid to step outside her self-imposed boundaries.


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

    No, unfortunately not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Harold's neighbor talks about his wife dying, and that he "should have railed against this", rather than just accepting the doctor's diagnosis and doing the best they could. This comment was about fighting for what you love, even though it might not change the outcome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2627)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2361)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Another good Jack Ryan story!"
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    If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

    Cold War now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always like John Clarke - he embodies the hero that we all need/want. I love it when the US cavalry charges in!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if this was my favorite, but the scene where the jets come in over the safe house and scare the mob is classic. And of course the pilots are having fun as they safe their colleagues!


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

    yes, but unfortunately I could not do this.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job of conveying the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21846)
    Performance
    (19570)
    Story
    (19738)

    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."
    "Compelling read - story is relevant to today"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    No, but only because I very rarely listen/read the same book twice.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    The flavor of Divergent reminds be a bit of the Dune series - full of life lessons and moral/ethical commentary, but in a futuristic setting.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Tris - the star - is of course quite good. But I also liked Tris' mother, Evelyn.


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

    No extreme reaction - but a very thought-provoking book.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book - slightly sic-fi, but not as futuristic as we might think. I am currently listening to Insurgent, the second book in the series; so far, just as good as Divergent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8440)
    Performance
    (7598)
    Story
    (7605)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Another excellent book from Sue Monk Kidd"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invention of Wings to be better than the print version?

    Do not know, as I only have the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Two favorite characters … Charlotte, because she was brave enough to take great risk in the search for a better life and set an example for her daughter, and Sarah, because she too chose to not conform and be better.


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

    In most cases, I think the narrator makes the audio book. In this case, as with The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, the narrator places you within the time/place context of the story.


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

    Gosh, I don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    As Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Walter Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

    Joseph says: "A perfect formula for a great read"
    "Too much detail that obscures the true stories"
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    Would you try another book from Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein and/or Kent Cassella?

    probably not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    don't know yet


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His reading was too monotone - not enough inflection and cadence change to highlight the important items.


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

    Disappointment and frustration at not being able to wade through the endless details to get to the heart of the story he was trying to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a missed opportunity for explaining the relevance of physics to everyday life. I believe Lewin has much to offer, and truly understands the subject matter in a way that allows him to make it relevant. But the book is boring, I'm sorry to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Spring 1945. As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion on a remote mesa in New Mexico, Karl Bruner, a Manhattan Project security officer, is found murdered in nearby Santa Fe. Is Bruner the victim of a violent sexual encounter, as the local police believe, or is his death a crime that threatens to jeopardize the secret of the Project itself?

    Gena says: "Poor sound quality"
    "Medium"
    Overall

    Entertaining, but not enthralling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Rosemarie says: "Waste of time and money"
    "Waste of time and money"
    Overall

    Poorly written, predictable, no plot development, and very poorly read. Total waste of time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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