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  • Blackwood Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (265)

    A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm brings together the Vampire Chronicles and the story of the Mayfair Witches, and is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.

    Justyna says: "fantastic!"
    "excellent, excellent story"
    Overall

    I love to listen to this book over and over. The story of a boy growing up on a remote farm in sultry Louisiana where ghosts are treated as family members, is extremely intriguing. The characters are so engaging and charismatic that you can't help but love them. The atmosphere is luxurius, deep and mysterious with interesting twists that only Anne Rice can make believable. The latter part of the book that discusses the vampires is expertly woven into this already rich story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (753)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Great story, terrible narrator"
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    Story

    I have read a large number of Karen Slaughter's books on Will Trent and they are great. The first few books in this series got me hooked. However, in the later books, the new narrator (Kathleen Early) was terrible! She uses all the same inflections, no matter what is going on, so many of the passages sound weird, unbelievable, and distracting. If the story was not so great, I would just quit reading Karen Slaughter's books due to the terrible narration by Kathleen Early.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1005)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "brain teaser!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Leopard the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way Nesbo leaves so many clues, that you think you have the answer, but then, maybe.... Oh yes! I read a lot of mysteries, and usually, I figure out the killer before the book gives the answer. But this one had me going...:)


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Robin Sachs rocks!!!! His reading is almost spooky, almost haunting. He makes it interesting and sometimes has fun renditions of the characters. Very entertaining!


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

    Yes, but too long to do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (860)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "A great start"
    Overall

    The story starts out very interesting and entertaining. But the plot was weak. About half way through, it lost it's novelty, and the story was not all that exciting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19281)
    Performance
    (9082)
    Story
    (9114)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Incredibly well written!"
    Overall

    I loved this book 110%! I thought that, with luck, this book might be as good as the first book, but never imagined it could be even better! After reading the Girl with the Dragon tattoo, I was thoroughly intrigued by Salamen. Although her style was outrageous, it was totally logical and therefore believable. She's the underdog heroine who understands how to gain an advantage. This book explained her life and perspective. I disagree with other reviewers that found the sexual violence overwhelming. I thought it was a much bigger part of the first novel and played a pretty minor role in this one. Although sometimes all the names were hard to keep track of, it helps to know that in advance, so you can pay special attention to the Swedish sounds. It's the same for foreigners who hear "John" and "Joan" without the English frame of reference. Although there are very few lovable characters in this book, they are all very interesting and craftily intertwined. It really makes you want to read a book on each new lovable character that gets involved. The book captured my interest right away, but that may have been partly because I had read the first book pretty recently, and I realized how weird it was to think of Salander on vacation. It kept me interested all the way through. I love the way little details are thrown in. It made it really lucid and believable. I can't wait for the last book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Azar Nafisi
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (180)

    For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families; others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail.

    Jayne says: "A wonderful story"
    "Too long"
    Overall

    I generally like long books, but this one was way too long. I thought the first part was really good, the middle was interesting, but it should have stopped about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Isis

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, heir to the throne won by Alexander the Great: she was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar, and bore his only son. After his death she took Mark Antony, Caesar's greatest general, as lover and consort, and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne.

    justin black says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Good story, bad narration"
    Overall

    The story was very believable in the way it combined politics, love and magic in very the interesting lives of the four main characters. It was interesting to imagine how 2 very independent women could shape their sex lives so differently. Unfortunately, the narrator was monotonous and actually detracted from the story. By the time I was half way through I found myself thinking about how lines should have been read rather than what was being said. All the characters had the same voice, same intonations, same emotions. This is one book I would have liked much better by reading it myself.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "ingenious"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. It has everything, mystery, intrigue, love, and a panoramic volcanic eruption. I only wished the storyteller didn't have a british accent, because it's a bit distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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