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Terry

Pomfret Center, CT, USA

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  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (687)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "An Excellent Read"
    Overall

    Whew! When I finished this book I sat quietly for several minutes, savoring its wonderful depths. I enjoyed it immensely. Alison Weir's development of the Lady Jane Grey's character was superb. Jane's strength of will and belief were not that of an obsessive and religious young zealot, but one of true conviction. She initially developed her beliefs through great intellectual curiosity, but later applied these learnings to her life, growing monumental strength during her ordeal. I enjoyed feeling her strength building, which was generated by the excellent narration. I regret I'm finished with the book. Very well done!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Final Seconds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Lutz, David August
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    After Will Harper, a bomb-squad officer for the NYPD, is injured in the field, he retires early. But when his former partner is blown up, along with a paranoid best-selling author and his Florida estate, Harper's idle days are over. Suddenly Harper is tracking a serial killer who is as expert in explosives as any terrorist, and not too shy about selecting targets at the center of the celebrity spotlight.

    Terry says: "What a Shame"
    "What a Shame"
    Overall

    The authors do a fantastic job, writing a spellbinding, riveting book about bomb diffusion; tick tick goes the second hand on the clock; thump thump goes my my heart, expecting boom, maybe not. Something was bothering me about the listen, though, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Then, I pulled into my garage, shut off the engine, and continued to listen in the dark. There it was! A television, playing a sports program in the narrator's background; continuous, nonstop hollering - coming from another room! How on earth did that get by editing? Since I knew what caused the aggravation, I figured I just wouldn't listen in quiet surroundings. So, I'm driving to work this morning, and got back into it. The narrator totally changed the recording tone in mid sentence! Is there no end to his nonsense? I'll continue to listen, of course, because I've paid money for the thing, and the story line really is good. We shall see.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Sara says: "Tenement Life From a Child's Point of View"
    "I loved this book"
    Overall

    My mother would have loved this story. It doesn't matter that the nationality is different, the city different. The story of the strong, honest immigrant family is universal. They used what they had, making something out of nothing., to be shared with others who had less. The stories my mother told of her young years during the depression, with 3 generations all living under 1 roof, were the same. I know she would have remembered her own loving grandmother, so wonderfully described in this book. What a precious heritage we enjoy! Well written, well read. Thank you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "Enjoyable Read"
    Overall

    I'm so glad I merely went looking for a read by Frank Muller. I found Folly, the story of a damaged, fragile woman who puts the pieces of her life back together through good old hard, sweaty, physical work; coming out the other side as whole, strong. I believed in her. King kept me idly wondering about the identity of the bad guy by just tickling my curiosity, then moving elsewhere. Plus, best of all, I got to savor the late Mr. Muller's gift of narration. Yes indeed, a truly good read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8974)
    Performance
    (3401)
    Story
    (3437)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Comfortable, Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This just picked up where "Pillars of the Earth" left off. I lived another full lifetime through the characters' lives. I felt so familiar with everyone in the story, as if I were a member of the community; if that makes sense. Can I look forward to book #3? There are a few hundred more years to go, you know. Thank you, Mr. Follet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solution to Saturday's Puzzle: A Short Story from 'When You Are Engulfed in Flames'

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle" is a short story from David Sedaris' When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again.

    Clarissa says: "Great Comedy, little racey"
    "Most Enjoyable"
    Overall

    David Sedaris has such a knack for creating a major experience out of the most common, mundane moments in life. What an adventure he is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (788)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Well Done, But....."
    Overall

    I enjoyed learning of the intricacies of the generations of the Sawtelle family and the special dogs they bred and trained. Edgar's ancestors' thorough research and recording of painstakingly precise, fragile records was fascinating. The ability and knowledge of training and breeding the Sawtelle Dogs was goodness, inherited. I was drawn to listen, but with a sense of horror. The feeling of impending doom hovering over this small, hard-working loving family overwhelmed me. Did I enjoy the book? I don't know. I was compelled to listen, but didn't like how I felt. I am left with a feeling that, when all is said and done, nothing means anything. Having said that, I must say the author did his job well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (533)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    John says: "Very Pleased"
    "Ugh"
    Overall

    I found myself constantly replaying sections of this book. I'd replay,and again find myself not having heard a word read. Why? Was it the reader or the book? Example: A special song is mentioned 3 times in this book. The reader NARRATES it 3 times, rather than putting the words to a tune. Well, maybe the song wasn't so special after all, and the author was just filling in space? Who cares? Another thing.. I wondered throughout the book what a woman's being "on the bricks" meant during a baby's delivery. I guess it was supposed to be important. If the author did explain, then I'd blocked the reader's voice out, and missed it. Or did the author just assume this info was known? Did I already say ugh? I wish that "Audible" offered its listeners 1 (just 1) redeemable credit per year, so I wouldn't feel like I've totally wasted a valuable credit. I'd use it here.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5386)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Delicious"
    Overall

    Well written, well read. Too bad for me it's over. I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rivers of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember.

    Sheila says: "Psychos in Love"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    This is a fast-paced, action-packed book. It captured me from the beginning, when Spencer Clark went searching obsessively for a woman who was late for work. He'd only just met her the night before. The scenes moved so quickly, I couldn't just leave my car when I arrived at my destinations (even work); I had to wait till a lull in the action. Dean Koontz's usual dog character Rocky was thoroughly enjoyable, although I constantly worried about what could happen to him if all went wrong. This was not a book for relaxing! Once again, the author has written a good one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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