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Thomas Francis Neal III

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Atlanta, GA USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Deception Point

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    G. Cernicky says: "great stuff"
    "Don't waste your time with this abridgment"
    Overall

    The abridgment (like most I find) cuts out all but the central plot line removing all the detial and nuance that make this book like The Da Vinci Code thrilling and interesting.

    Hold out and maybe they will give us an unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (49)

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Great book-perfect performance by multiple readers"
    Overall

    This is just one of my favorite listens to date. I have read many novels set during the Civil War and this taunt and evocative novel is one of the best of its kind. The Battle of Franklin, though little has been written about it, was one of the bloodiest of the war. Imagine five Confederate generals lined up dead on the porch of a house after the battle, and the owner of this house, Carrie McGavock's story is the subject of the book. Aside from her story during and after the battle there is a wealth of minor characters that bring the period to life. In short this is so much more than an novel for Civil War enthusiasts, but like "Cold Mountain" (though in many ways much better) a book for everyone.

    The book is narrated by muliple characters and this recording uses different readers for each separate character. I am pretty picky when it comes to narrators, and all to a wonderful job. You can't go wrong here. My only recommendation is that you get the Unabridged version, because it is more of a great thing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Great book that shouldn't be abridged"
    Overall

    Don't waste you time on the abridgement of this excellent book. Hold out for an Unabridged or just put this on your reading list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    In Pearl's stunning debut, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell join forces to catch a serial killer whose gruesome murders are modeled on the torturous punishments of Dante's Hell. "Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." (Library Journal)

    Pamela says: "Join the club"
    "Don't waste your time with abridged version"
    Overall

    The beauty of this book is in the detail like "Club Dumas" or "DaVinci Code," and that's lost in this abridgment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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