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julie0

waterford, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Honor Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Aislinn Andrews met Lucas Greywolf under unusual circumstances – she caught the escaped convict raiding her refrigerator. But was he a troublemaker who aroused dissidence among Arizona’s Native Americans…or a hero who’d gone to prison for a crime he hadn’t committed? It didn’t really matter now, since Lucas Greywolf had taken her hostage. He was going home to the reservation of his birth, honor bound to pay last respects to his dying grandfather. And Aislinn was his ticket home.

    MaxineSap says: "Enjoyable book"
    "Predictable"
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    I had a hard time with the beginning of this book. It was so trite and predictable for the first half of the book. It rebounded a bit after that and took a few turns that held my attention. Overall, not one of my Sandra Brown favs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Dark, slow and depressing"
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    This book was well written and the narration is outstanding. However, it is a dark and depressing tale that I did not enjoy. I almost stopped listening to it and couldn't wait for it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19861)
    Performance
    (17880)
    Story
    (18035)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Great story with great characters!"
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    I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It drew you in right away with a unique storyline and well developed characters. This was a "page turner" that made me wish my commute was longer so I could keep listening. Looking forward to the other two in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8980)
    Performance
    (5595)
    Story
    (5583)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Great from a historical perspective but..."
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    I was a big fan of Follett's Pillars of the Earth trilogy which gave you a big dose of history along with fantastic character stories. While Fall of Giants gave you great insight into life and events during that period, the character stories were sorely lacking. I found that I just didn't feel connected to the characters or really care what happened to them. My only other complaint was that it was just too long. A little editing would have helped here. It dragged on at times and became quite boring. At one point, I almost gave up on it. Overall, a very interesting and informative historical piece, but don't expect much from the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1184)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Kenneth says: "All Time Best!!!"
    "Meh"
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    I found this book to be predictable and a bit boring. The story of Luke kept my interest but the story of Ira became very boring and drawn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9572)
    Performance
    (7605)
    Story
    (7641)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Yawn. I must have missed something."
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    I find myself scratching my head at all of these five star reviews. I found this story to be slow and meandoring. It was an interesting historical perspective but I had a hard time keeping interest in the story. I also wasn't crazy about the story being told from the point of view of death and portraying everything in terms of colors. Too abstract and annoying. This book was just "meh" for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (459)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Booooring! Zzzzzz!"
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    Wow, I really had high expectations of this book after reading the reviews. What a dissapointment. First, the author should really leave narrating to professionals. It was painful to listen to and all of the characters sounded the same. Second, the characters were just uninteresting and I became quite apatheic about what happened to them. The stories just dragged on without any real plot development. I actually struggled to finish listening to it. I won't be listening to another book by this author. I definitely prefer a little more excitement, or, at least, more exciting characters in my books.

    P.S. The bird noises became increasingly obnoxious

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1489)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Narrator ruined this book for me!"
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    The story was gripping but I almost stopped listening because of Susan Ericksen's narration. The voice of the detective partner, Peabody, was so annoying and distracting that I didn't want to hear it anymore. Some of her other characters were equally as annoying. Won't listen to another book with her as narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11149)
    Performance
    (6315)
    Story
    (6364)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Did I miss something?"
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    I am truly baffled by all the five star reviews for this book. Starts off interestingly enough but quickly becomes very monontonous. It goes on and on (hours worth), discussing in tedious detail about what he ate and drank while at sea. I was ready to abandon ship, so-to-speak, at about chapter 40, but the reviews kept alluding to a great ending so I stuck it out. What a mistake. The ending was lackluster, at best. This book fell well short of expectations. Wish I had the credit back and 12 hours of my time.

    0 of 0 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
    (13484)
    Performance
    (5791)
    Story
    (5833)

    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"
    "Absolutely gripping story! Fantastic villians!"
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    This is one of the best credits you'll ever spend. Over forty hours of great storytelling and you won't want it to end. The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them and their journey becomes your journey. Ken Follett has also crafted some incredible villians in this story that will have you yelling out loud at your audio book. You won't regret buying this book. John Lee delivers this story brilliantly!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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