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Thornton

Smithville, TN, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Absurdistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Shteyngart's second novel (The Russian Debutante's Handbook, 2002, was the first) is a wild ride that follows its protagonist and narrator, Misha Vainburg, from St. Petersburg (or St. Leninsburg as he prefers to call it) to a tiny country in the Caucasus called Absurdsvani.

    Alan says: "True Footrest Posse"
    "Great narrator"
    Overall

    All you need to know is that Arte Johnson reads with a delightful slavic/Jewish accent. The book itself takes a little while to get going, and the character is not exactly loveable, but by the end I found myself quite intrigued by his worldview and behavior.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Thornton says: "execrable"
    "execrable"
    Overall

    wow. I have never read/listened to any of his novels, but I have heard of him. I was intrigued to see this for free, and tried it. what a mistake, for the author. It was beyond staid and trite. I will never purchase any of his works. This story .. the characters... wow, just horrid. Dean Kootnz.. at least he had an original good story, then spun it off indefinitely. This thing is just dreadful. it's worth every penny for free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10183)
    Performance
    (6765)
    Story
    (6794)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "I must not get it"
    Overall

    I bought this book, looking forward to an epic tale of well-wrought characters in an interesting story. Unfortunately, I found the characters to be pretty stereotypical "strong heroic male" "strong heroic female" and just not engaging. My experience seems to be atypical. For reference, I enjoy the Ender's series, Pillars of the Earth, The Gunslinger series, about anything by Heinlein or King, as well as historical bios and fiction.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4031)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2071)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    My son (age 11) and I find this novel boring. We read the first novel out loud, and while it was a bit of a task, the underlying story of a dragon rider intrigued us. This sequel, sadly, only continues the writer's tendancy to intrusive and numbing descriptiveness that subtracts from the experience. Seemingly endless accounts of every vale, glade, heather, peak, etc blur and muddy the landscape rather than enhance and define it. Similarly, the innumerable side characters, of whom ancient lineage, poems, and tales are recounted in stupifying detail, detract from what few distinct characters the writer has created.
    Unlike other stories, which my son and I have eagerly anticipated listening to, such as the "Percy Jackson" series, this one has been forgotten about. After slogging thru the first 5 hours, we have largely given up. I can't remember anytime I have looked forward to a movie version of a book to make its story appealing.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2931)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1737)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "11 out of 10, Absolutal Vunderbar!"
    Overall

    Amazing story of a boy's growing up in circa WWII South Africa. The remarkable characters he meets along the way and his remarkable response to them and the events of his life will stay with me my entire life.

    When I read the reviews, deciding on whether to make this choice or not, I was hesitant. More often than not, narrowly reviewed titles on Audible with overwhelmingly positive reviews are indicative of a nearly cult-like philosophy. I took the plunge, and am delighted. No particular view is espoused or eschewed. The author is merely a fantastic storyteller. I will be coming back to him again.

    The length of this novel is wonderful; I only wish the story could have gone on about 100 more hours. The narrator is top-notch as well. The title of this review is a bastardization of the German-English spoken by one of the central characters, Doc. As I am limited to only one language, I hope my comment is not too offensive.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (961)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Outstanding!! Bravo!!"
    Overall

    For fans of Pendergast/History Museum of New York/Vincent Degosta, left hanging at the end of the last novel, this is the fantastic sequel. The story does not disappoint on any level, character development, plot twists, outcome... Stop reading this and download!!:)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.

    Jean says: "A story within a story"
    "Solid"
    Overall

    This murder mystery brings the reader (listener, I guess) into the world of modern day Sherlockians, devotees of Sherlock Holmes, involving the murder of a leader of a Sherlockian cell. This aspect of the story provides much of the interest, in this otherwise "San Fransiscan policewoman detective solves the case" story. Well worth a listen

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    Entertaining story with believable characters. A great story for a long ride, or while puttering around the house. The plot is interesting without being overly complicated, and the pacing is steady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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