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J. S. Bandich

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  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

  • A Collection of Outlander Fiction
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie, Allan Scott-Douglas, Davina Porter, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

The author presents a collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring beloved character Jamie Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two new works and five previously published

  • By Mary R on 07-03-17

Beware of Falling Rocks

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book was presented as a selection of prequels and sequels to The Outlander series, which I have read and loved. Few of the stories connected with me and didn't enhance my enjoyment of the original series.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Always a good narrator.

Do you think Seven Stones to Stand or Fall needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

These stories were too long and tedious and I would not read a follow-up.

Any additional comments?

Stick with the main series, they are extremely well researched and characters are developed fully, time travel is artfully done and one feels like one is living in the moment in these books.

  • War, Spies & Bobby Sox

  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly, Diane Piron-Gelman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp. Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago. And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago's Lawndale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glimpse of trying times during WWII in America

  • By Betsy on 10-09-17

Intriguing Homeland View of WW II

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What made the experience of listening to War, Spies & Bobby Sox the most enjoyable?

Focusing on how the war affected individuals in the US in 3 different vignettes was interesting. The second story about a young woman who fell in love with a German POW who was provided to work on her family's farm was less engaging and tragic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I especially enjoyed the story about the Jewish woman who was trapped into becoming a spy, she demonstrated resilience and courage.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene in the first story, liked the resolution.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again in the first story her commitment to her infant son and trying her best to make a good life for him.

Any additional comments?

The reader was very good.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Rich Cultural and Family Heritage with Tea

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I have read all of Lisa See's books and each one is better than the last. This book integrates so much of historical and contemporary China, focusing on the not-Han population and Tea, as well as issues, such as thousands of girls adopted by families in other countries. Characters are memorable and readers were excellent!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Dust to Dust

  • A Novel
  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,993

Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Tami - TERRIFIC!

  • By midnitemilkyway on 02-27-15

Hoag Just Gets Better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Dust to Dust to be better than the print version?

A fascinating mystery that just keeps involving more people over a longer period of time, while revealing more and more about the personal lives of the main characters, never a dull moment!

  • The Blood Gospel

  • The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1
  • By: James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 790

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Disappointment

  • By Jean on 01-15-13

Bring Sigma Back!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Would you try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and/or Christian Baskous?

I didn't like it at all. I've always been a big fan of James Rollins, will not read any more collaborations.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Michael Palmer's latest.

Which character – as performed by Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

None in this book, which is not typical.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was angry that it was not the intelligent, action adventure I've come to expect from James Rollins, this was just another vampire book and not a particularly good one.

Any additional comments?

I hope James Rollins goes back to Sigma Force with intelligent, capable, multi-talented real people in interesting quests.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Is Empty

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

  • By PlantCrone on 07-11-15

Not his best work.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-12

What did you love best about Hell Is Empty?

I love the characters in the Walt Longmire series and George Guidall is the perfect narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The values of the characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

On the mtn. with the "dead" Indian

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Walt's keeping on keeping on for his daughter.

Any additional comments?

I love this series, but this was not my favorite.