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  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "What can I say...it's Bryce Courtenay!"
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    Every time I begin to read a Bryce Courtenay story, I am thinking to myself, "How can this one be as good as the last one I read?", and every time I am quite surprised to find that the one I'm reading is just as fantastic as all the others! His stories are all different, but engaging and interesting all the same.
    In this story, which is, incidentally read by the INCOMPARABLE Humphrey Bower (so wonderful and easy to listen to and whose voice is perfect for Bryce's stories) there are characters who fall on hard times and through his/her life experiences, find a way to conquer his/her demons. Going along for the ride, learning for ourselves along the way, make this book, as all the others, great listens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1881)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "It was ok"
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    If you could sum up The Brass Verdict in three words, what would they be?

    Courtroom without drama


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no character that really grabbed me.


    Did Peter Giles do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, they all sounded similar. There are many negative comments about the narrator, and although he wasn't great and he was guilty of emphasizing at the wrong times, he wasn't too annoying or displeasing for me to tolerate listening to him; and I am kind of picky when it comes to narrators. I wouldn't avoid a good book if he was the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Just a so-so courtroom drama; it kept my attention somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20086)
    Performance
    (17985)
    Story
    (18048)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "WOW, what a story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Dangers of Marriage


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

    Danyale says: "Best of the series!"
    "Not For Me"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Vincent and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Vincent again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's voice was very pleasant to listen to, until she performed the male characters, which sounded like a baby pirate(arrrrrrrrr). Thus, I found her male "voices" quite annoying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If I Die?

    I would start from scratch! Not to give anything away, but it just seemed to go on and on about the same "theme".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (931)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Much Ado About Nothing"
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    What did you like best about Immune? What did you like least?

    The only thing I liked about this book was the narrator; his voice was like "buttah" and his many character changes were all different and believable; a very talented narrator. This genre may not be for me, but the book read, to me, like an juvenile Hardy Boys story. I just didn't keep my attention, I thought it dragged on and on and the ending was very abrupt.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Phillips? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. If it is similar to the book I just read, it would be a no.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Do you think Immune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess so, for those people who enjoyed the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (618)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Great read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Deadly Sin the most enjoyable?

    The character development and the insights into the mind of a demented serial killer were the most interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was 24 or so hours long, and you would never know it! I had a slower(not slow) build-up, good character development, and the investigative process kept me very interested.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is pleasing to listen to, and he was able to perform different voices without it being obvious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Perfectly Demented"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2534)
    Performance
    (2319)
    Story
    (2315)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

    The character development, the characters themselves, and the somewhat "dark" humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are lessons to be learned, and all of its flawed characters teach us those lessons.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice inflections greatly added to the story, she has a very pleasing voice to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to avoid a "train wreck" in life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story droned on just a bit in areas, but the characters were so entertaining that I didn't mind.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (943)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "A bit confusing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because it was a bit too convoluted and confusing for me to follow. The storyline didn't quite make sense to me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It wasn't really all that interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Did The Wicked Girls inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1160)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Nicely Surprised!"
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    What did you love best about The Queen of Bedlam?

    It was a well written story with well developed characters.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    His voice was pleasing to listen to, and he performed the different characters extremely well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was a long story, but it was hard for me to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting, well written story that left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "Another Great Read from Bryce"
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    I am going to be so sad when I've read the last Bryce Courtenay book. All of his stories, as this one is, are so inspirational and thought provoking and oh, so interesting.

    This story centers around a derelict who befriends a young boy, who makes a profound difference in the older man's life and vice versa. Humphrey Bower is superb, as usual, and I always forget that it is him narrating and not the "real" character, which is the mark of a great narrator!

    I am not personally an addict(well, food/sugar I am guilty of!) but there were moments in the book where I was quite moved and realized things in my own life that were relative to the story. Now that's a bonus; a great read with a little therapy mixed in!

    The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is that the ending left me wanting a bit more; it seemed to come to a bit of a halt for me. But that may just be that I can't get enough of Bryce Courtenay's and Humphrey Bower's story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3495)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2499)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    I will miss Bryce Courtenay's work so very much. His writings are so uplifting, as his characters overcome their demons and at times, tragedies and somehow seem to rise above them and learn from them.

    This story was just as wonderful as the others. It is part 1 of a series of 2 (the next is Tommo and Hawk) and is about a woman who ventures out trying to find work in a man's world, suffers consequences as a result of this and spends a good part of her life rising above all of these misfortunes to a level that I found very uplifting. What a testiment to the human spirit!

    As always, Humphrey Bower is a joy to listen to; his voice fits Bryce's work so well, and he does different characters so convincingly that you forget that it's one person narrating!

    All in all, a wonderful read, I am greatly saddened by Mr. Courtenay's death and the stories that he had yet to tell. RIP Mr. Courtenay, and thank you for gracing us with your words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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