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Sarz Maxwell MD

Chicago IL | Listener Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 592 titles in library
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  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (454)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "fabulous!"
    Overall

    I adore Clavell's books, his Asian epic. His characters are always real and believable; even if you don't like one, you're still interested in him.
    The reading was masterful; he captured the Tai-Pan's Scots burr perfectly. The Chinese-accented voices he also did very well, though I rather wish MayMay's voice had been a little lighter and sweeter.
    I will listen to this brilliant piece again and again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (402)

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    connie says: "if you like Russell as theologian"
    "Arguably my favourite Russell & Holmes book"
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    Would you listen to O Jerusalem again? Why?

    I've listened to O Jerusalem several times. Jenny Sterling's narration bring all the characters to vivid life, and I shiver and laugh with them all through. I love the whole Russell / Holmes series but I think this is my favourite. I am so glad it appeared out of sequence! After "Monstrous Regiment", I felt that some of the sexual tension between Russell & Holmes disappeared ... it was great to go back to the "old days" and feel that unspoken tension again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has the very best final sentence of any book I've ever read. But do NOT cheat and skip to the last sentence without hearing the WHOLE book first! or it will mean nothing, and spoil it for when you do arrive there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1777)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Dsiappointment for a DeMille fan"
    Overall
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    Story

    I am a rabid fan of Nelson DeMille's books, and have listened and re-listened to the adventures of John Corey and Kate Mayfield many times. I can't decide between Lion's Game, Nightfall, or Wildfire for a favorite, and that's just for the Corey/Mayfield books -- for all DeMille's books, which would I choose as favorite? Word of Honor? General's Daughter? The outdated but still wonderful Charm School? Or back to Lion's Game?

    Whichever I would choose for a favorite, Panther would come near the end of my list. I was thrilled at first when Paul Brenner (from General's Daughter & Up Country) appeared, and I thought I recognized Chet from Word of Honor -- I love these Big Chill sort of books that bring together characters from other books.

    But Panther didn't go anywhere! The Guided Review option asked me about making a movie of this book -- I can't think how it would be done, as 95% of the book occurred inside Corey's head. Now I'm very much in favour of the introspection DeMille uses so skillfully for character development, but it didn't work for me to use introspection as the PLOT -- especially in a DeMille book, where I expect action, and (even more importantly) development of the other characters. Paul Brenner was left a one-dimensional shadow, and the Panther himself never emerged as a real character.

    I hope that's not the last Corey/Mayfield -- it's a sour note to end on!

    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
    (26875)
    Performance
    (20639)
    Story
    (20722)

    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"
    "Tremendous story!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I love audiobooks because I used to have to decide whether I would read OR do the needlework I love (currently quilting). With audiobooks I can do BOTH at once!


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not completely thrilled by Roy Dotrice's performance; I simply don't care for his voice, and there was a voice that he used for The Imp and a few other characters that just grated on my ears. Also, the editing wasn't terrific, and there were at least a dozen places where a paragraph was read, a pause, then the paragraph repeated.


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

    I adored how GRR Martin handled the witch/sorceress who promised Dani she would save her husband's life ... the seeming disappointment then the ingenious way Dani used the witch's power -- wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    The story is magnificent. I like big sagas, long books, and series -- the Song of Ice & Fire will keep me happy for weeks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14120)
    Story
    (14170)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Help has it all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Help has everything: it's exciting and thoughtful, introspective and funny, and most of all TRUE. I usually avoid audiobooks narrated by a cast, but this one worked beautifully. The different Southern accents were differentiated sensitively and without condescension. A truly marvelous book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

    Matthew says: "Poor sequel"
    "I wanted this, but was a little disappointed ..."
    Overall

    I loved 'The River God', and hoped Wilbur Smith would write a sequel. Even though all his peeps were gone, I wanted to know what Taita did in his later years! 'Warlock" certainly tells that. The characters are true, the writing fluid and fluent, the story engrossing, just not quite as enthralling as 'River God'. They're great together though!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (462)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Vietnam can still wound"
    Overall

    Nelson Demille's books are reliably excellent, but Word of Honor has extra gifts for we who remember the Vietnam Era so well. The story shows how the poison that was the Vietnamese War continues to sicken and destroy, even decades later. Those of us who remember the time will be taken back to those terrible days, when there were no heroes anywhere. Veterans of combat beware -- memories will be triggered and, as Nelson Demille shows us, nobody got out of Vietnam with his soul unscathed.
    To people who were born later, this book will give some idea of the terrible questions of that time, and some of the reasons why Vietnam was a war that we lost over and over and over again. Word of Honor explores the limits of the human spirit, both dark and bright.
    Outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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