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bkgrn

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  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cate Lineberry
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When 26 Army nurses and medics - part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron - boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival.

    bkgrn says: "Well-told story of a WWII rescue"
    "Well-told story of a WWII rescue"
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    This book was obviously very well researched. I listened with my driving companion while traveling on a long car trip and we both enjoyed it very much. I was expecting more suspense, although suspense did build somewhat toward the end. I expected it to be more like "Unbroken," than it turned out to be, but it was still a story that begged to be told. It is hard to imagine how ordinary people can endure so much---It makes me think that Tom Brokaw was right about the greatest generation. WWII history buffs should not miss this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6732)
    Performance
    (6125)
    Story
    (6134)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Excellent!"
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    Detective fiction, set in the UK is my favorite genre, and JK Rowling really nailed it! Great story, characters, and performance. Hoping for at least a sequel, if not a series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (302)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "I didn't see what all the fuss was about..."
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    I bought this book mainly due to the large number of positive reviews, and the fact that it has some medical history in it, which I enjoy reading about. My main problem with this book is that the characters were totally unlikeable, particularly Mary. I had to force myself to finish it because I didn't want to waste my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2490)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Snoozefest!"
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    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Edoardo Ballerini did a fine job, but I doubt I would try another book from this author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more contemporary and shorter than this one.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose, as I could never get invested in any of the characters.


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not! I made it through the first part and well into the second, and I still was unable to really care what happened. I'm only mildly curious to know what happened to Rachel, but not enough to listen any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I was really looking forward to a great listen after reading all the positive reviews. I guess I should have read on for the not-so-positive reviews, because they all hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned----this novel plods along, and I kept hoping something would happen to make me care about some of the characters, but I was disappointed. There is no way I would have gotten nearly so far into this book if I were reading the print version, I would no doubt have thrown in the towel after a couple of chapters. The good news is I didn't waste a credit on this----I got it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6075)
    Performance
    (5460)
    Story
    (5455)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Good, but not great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't enjoy it as much as A Discovery of Witches. Historical details were interesting to me, but the whole book seemed to lack the suspense of the first. Some of the characters and relationships between them and 1600's Matthew seemed a little too convenient.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    The obvious comparison is to its predecessor, A Discovery of Witches.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    She did a great job with all the voices, my favorites were Diana and Matthew.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this book did not live up to the first for me, it was still very good, and I will anxiously await the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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