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Truth Speaker

Truth Speaker

Asheville, NC, United States

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  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "The world's longest public relations statement"
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    The preview recording that accompanies this book is misleading in two ways. First, and happily, the narrator for the bulk of the text is not the shaky voiced author who squeaks her way through the introduction. The pompous British narrator is easier on the ears, if effusively enthusiastic in her delivery of hours of fawning words. The second surprise is the personal observations and behind-the-scenes glimpse implied by the content of the preview are non-existent in the book proper.
    The bulk if this book is an astonishingly positive, squeaky clean and obviously biased history of an historic figure, as gleaned from the official statements of the palace and scrubbed down news sources. It is a historical narrative without a hint of scandal, intimacy or insight except in so far as it agrees with the thesis that the queen is an awesome, consistent, heroic figure and as flawless as any monarch who ever lived.
    Is there a contrasting view point? Who knows? This is my first biography of Queen Elizabeth II, and I certainly didn't get a hint of of controversy from any part of this unbalanced narrative.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3239)
    Performance
    (2461)
    Story
    (2481)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Adult Harry Potter fans should READ this series"
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    Lev Grossman writes a good story, with a mature view of the world and a tart view of magical tales. If you're an adult who enjoyed Harry Potter, you'll find a witty twist in the series, well worth your time.
    That said, I wish I'd read these books instead of listening.
    Only after I finished all three books, and starting another narrated by Mark Bramhall, did I realize why I have a faint distaste for this series:
    Every character in The Magicians et al sounds snotty, supercilious, or whiny. I thought that was Lev Grossman, but having sampled another author's works read by this narrator, I now know, it's Bramhall.
    If you have a choice, and can read -- I have eye sight problems, so rarely do -- buy this series in written form, and supply your own voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (663)

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

    Charles says: "And so, it ends."
    "Series fans will want the conclusion"
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    Lev Grossman writes a good story, with a mature view of the world and a cynical view of magical tales. It's worth finishing the series if you've made it this far.
    That said, I wish I'd read these books instead of listening.
    Only after I finished this book, and started another narrated by Mark Bramhall, did I realize why I have a faint distaste for this series:
    Every character in this series sounds snotty, supercilious, or whiny. I thought that was Lev Grossman, but having sampled another author's works read by this narrator, I now know, it's Bramhall.
    If you have a choice, and can read -- I have eyesight problems, so rarely do -- buy this series in written form, and supply your own voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2750)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1733)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Enough information to fill a short magazine piece"
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    A summary of this this book will do it all:

    5 percent of the population are sociopaths
    It may be an inherited trait
    They don't have any empathy
    Watch out for them.

    Now I've saved you a book credit, and hours of tedious listening. The so-called case studies are largely dull and pointless, and do not justify the (still short) length of this book, which does not rise to the level of scholarly, nor meet the challenges of creating colorful pop psychology.

    This IS an important topic.
    I suggest you Google it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2791)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Simply Amusing"
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    Light hearted, tongue in cheek, and witty. Best "guilty pleasure" book I've had in a long time. Full of twists and skewered characters. Have fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (320)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Melinda says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "A brilliantly written string of novellas"
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    If only David Mitchell could write plot as brilliantly as he developed characters and vignettes, or sustain a viewpoint through an entire novel, he'd be a literary hero. Alas, he can only write entrancing pops of person and situation, then drop the viewpoint and move on.
    Not as philosophical as Cloud Atlas, nor as cohesive as "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoot," this new string of novellas is worth the listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (439)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    B.J. says: "Great pacing, as always, but ..."
    "Very slow start to a suspense story"
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    I almost quit this book several hours in, wondering if it would ever stop the depressed ruminating. Eventually, a plot developes, as do characters worth knowing. There are clear problems with pacing, but this has some literary merit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawley Book of the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chrysler Szarlan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Revelation "Reve" Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real. Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered....

    April says: "Debut Novel extraordinary!"
    "Weak Romance/magical/action/thriller"
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    A book which transcends so many genres coud attract a large audience -- or pick up on the flaws inherent in each. Sadly, this does the latter.
    As a romance, it is filled with shallow, pretty people who paradoxically fall deeply and deathlessly in love.
    As a magical tale, it has convenient spells and powers popping up whenever the plot needs them, with a logic adjusted after the fact.
    Action scenes reek of predictable outcomes.
    And chic lit can be so ruminative it bogs down in the heroine's internal process.
    The Hawley Book of the Dead does all of these things.
    This novel isn't awful, it's just a pleasant diversion, like a B movie, with too many weaknesses.
    Readers wanting magical romance should seek "Garden Spells," or "The Language of Flowers." Action fans with a soft spot will like "Reamde" and literary fans seeking magical realism should try "1Q84."
    Save "Halley" for a sale book and a sick bed with no real attention demanded, and no value lost if you snooze through a bit..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Beginning of series, no ending on this book"
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    Somehow I didn't realize I was getting sucked into a series with this book. If the plot had come to a conclusion, I would have rated this "okay, non-literary." But, as it stands, it's just a taste to getting buyers into the franchise, and suffers form all the flaws common to the genre: super-power, super hero people, shallow character development, and of course, the cliff hanger. Add to this the heavy handed Christianity and anti-Muslim bias, lots of super natural events of both good and evil import, and you've got a wannabe "Left Behind" series. Okay if that's your kind of thing, and also want to spread a bit more hate in the world. Not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

    SamanthaG says: "Not much I didn't know"
    "Fascinating biography giving great insight to new"
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    I really enjoyed this read, and have added experiencing Grant Achatz' food to my bucket list.
    That said, this is a two-character narrative, read by only one person. It made the first person story telling confusing. This isn't Johnny Heller's fault, exactly, though he could have made some effort to distinguish the two voices. It is a huge production error for an audio book, though, and markedly diminished my enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (3061)
    Story
    (3065)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "The Thinking Person's Zombie Book"
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    I'm not a horror or action-adventure reader, but I wanted some long, popular-fiction to get me through my travels. I bought this book despite those potential categories, and disregarding the description of multiple narrators, each telling stand-alone stories (also not usually my thing.)
    I am so glad I followed intuition and not biases in choosing this juicy tome.
    To begin, the all-star cast does a fabulous job reading. Real stars -- people like Alan Alda and Rob Reiner, whose voices you will recognize -- lend depth to many sections.
    But the real star of the book is the thoughtful, sophisticated analysis of the world we live in, and how that would affect responses to an epidemic of violent corpse attacking across the planet.
    How would modern China contextualize a virus into an ancient curse? Japanese society disintergrate with the shame of contamination? What would a first round US Military response look like, and why would it fail?
    There is some, but not a lot of hand-to-hand combat and gore in this book. For me, not too much, or too little. And there is almost no continuity -- no named characters, followed through, giving emotional attachment to a story line plot.
    Normally, I would find that a problem.
    But the richness of imagination and intelligent comprehension was sufficient to make me forget the things I wasn't getting from this book; and shaking my head in wonder at the mastery of storytelling in these precise, humorous, provoking sketches and novellas about the pet monster of our times, the zombie.
    Whatever type of reading you usually enjoy, don't miss this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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