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  • The Book of Night Women

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twenty stars

  • By Denise on 09-21-10

the book of night women

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-09

Simply a beautiful novel. I have never encountered such an brutally honest story before that takes you so completely into the lives of these women. If you are faint hearted or prefer not to look the truth in the face, skip this book, but if you want a listening experience that you will never ever forget, this is the one.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadowkiller

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Scott Hansen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Bigfoot wants revenge! Just as Jaws terrified people right out of the water, The Shadowkiller will keep readers out of the woods...for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Nathan on 10-04-10

it could have been so much more

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-08

This book starts out pretty good, gets a little silly but maintains enough of an edge to keep you listening.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Face

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Peggie on 01-29-05

not bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-08

This is a pretty good Koontz tale. It gets a little flakey and the ending doesn't really satitisfy but Frick is really cool.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roma

  • The Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of Rome's first 1,000 years - from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capital of the most powerful empire in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Feel for Ancient Rome

  • By S. Caruso on 10-09-07

A good listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-08

Saylor is always good and this is a good book. He paints excellent pictures of ancient Rome and his take on the important events in Roman history is refreshingly candid. If the book has a draw back it is that it should probably be two books at least. The time span he covers causes him to have to travel lightly over over a lot of the topic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Deerslayer

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The Deerslayer is the first of the Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Here we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. The action begins as Bumppo, called "Deerslayer", and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Oswego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty. Hutter's floating log fort is attacked by Iroquois Indians, and the two frontiersmen join in the fight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • things were slower them

  • By Bill on 05-08-05

things were slower them

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-05

The pacing on this will make you anxious if you are used to fast paced run and shoot stories. The recording is not bad, and the reader does a good job on his characterizations. However, things were slower back then, a lot slower, a lot slower. Nattie's ruminations on his na'ter and his preachification on just about everything gets you to the point where you may skip a few tracks. But all in all, it is a pretty rousing story, very good scenic imagery and background. I hit a deer while listening to this book in my car so......

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Darling

  • By: Russell Banks
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and compelling

  • By Ellen on 02-05-05

really, very good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-05

Russell Banks is an excellent writer and this book is an excellent listen. It is very well read and the sound/engineering is very good. Banks' characters are drawn with unromatic honesty, sometimes a bit harshly, but that is true to the perceptions of the narrator. This would probably be a good book club selection, lot of fodder for chatter. No one in this book makes a truly human connection with anyone else and in some way that undercuts the horror of the completely benighted mayhem that overtakes them. But the context is good and the pacing in subtle but very effective, you will be moved when he wants you to feel something. Whereas it is a totally engrossing book, I am still stuck on the fact that Hannah never did really want to find her sons.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

awful, awful, awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-05

This one costs me a perfectly good credit on my monthly balance. It is horrible and really annoying. I set myself up. I jumped on the author's name, I didn't read the review or synopsis and I got burned like Wiley Coyote. The characters and plotting are so LAME and the premise is mind bogglingly stupid. The fun in these kinds of novels is that the scenario is implausible but it has a kind of eerie, creepy kind of 'why-not' 'what-if' aspect about it to make your skin crawl. This does not! Circhton has always played with technology and made it interesting because it had a real impact in the drama of the story. This is like an engineering inservice lecture with NO FUN.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Birds Without Wings

  • By: Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart

  • By Augie on 01-03-05

haunting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-05

I say 'haunting' because it is several weeks since I listened to this book, and the characters still reverberate in my head. The reading is wonderful, it captures the inflection and state of mind of the speaker. The reader is also very versitle and when he switches characters you don't get lost and you begin to actually seen the world through the character's eyes even while you marvel at the shape and strangeness of their world. The world he creates is every bit as articulate as Faulkner's. The big flaw in the book is the whole Kamel Ataturk sequence. After the finely textured lives and lines of the active characters, these passages just go flat. The author is seeking to situate his characters within the larger social context, but sometimes it gets lost. His Koratavok, Polixinee, Memenchik, Philotae, Rustan Bey, Tamarah-hanum and all the others will stay in my mind for a long, long time.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Virtues of War

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pressfield the Prodigy

  • By Michael on 10-07-08

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-04

I cannot say enough about this book. Pressfield is excellent. If you like historical fiction, if you like detailed battle descriptions that do not depend on gore, if you like the feel like you are actually in the culture and time of the characters, this is a book to get.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful