A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.
I am so glad I found this book. What everyone has said about this treasure, I feel the same way.
The language resonates with the carefully crafted characters and the slowly unfolding plot brings a wonderful tension as it moves forward.
I have not read or listened to Rules Of Civility, but I certainly will, based on how extraordinarily well this author writes.
What more can be said about the narration of Nicholas Guy Smith? I was swept away.
In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
I cannot say more than the other reviewers have here. I loved every minute of this book, including James Comey's natural and heartfelt narration.
There is so much fascinating detail of a world I have known little about. Especially fascinating were the meetings with Trump where we get a first-person perspective of this deeply flawed man.
So much in the book frightened me and angered me, so I was very glad for the hopeful metaphor at the end of the regeneration and change after a forest fire.
Let it be so.
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Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
If you like being hit over the head with a theme of safe and lies, you will enjoy this book that makes you want to feel really bad as you look inward to your life and see nothing but fear and emptiness and you struggle to stay safe while constantly questioning everyone's motives as you sink deeper into depression.
What a fun listen this book was with a narrator with such a depressed and morose tone that further enhanced my listening pleasure.
So glad this was only a Daily Deal. I want my money back. No, I want the time I wasted listening to this back.
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Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....
What a wonderfully delightful book with such perceptive insight into the mind of Don and his cohorts. My absolute favorite aspect of Don was his sizing up everyone with their BMI, which proves hilarious!
So much to enjoy about the book...the excellent Australian narration by Dan O'Grady and the beautifully shown character development as Don learns and grows understanding of himself.
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes. When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.
I'm sort of embarrassed to say this, but I got confused as to who was whom and what they were and what they said.
I love vampires, shape-shifters and urban fantasy is one of my absolute favorite genres. But I really got lost with these characters and what was happening. Not so great for urban fantasy that needs more grounding in urban in order for the fantasy part to work.
I found that reading the reviews made this book way more interesting and clear. I better understood the traits and background of the characters, as well as a better understanding of the plot.
One of the biggest reasons I got this book was because Michael Kramer is the narrator. I absolutely adored him from the Felix Castor series. But here, his wonderful sardonic quality was missing and instead was kind of muddled with undistinguishable accents.
People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.
I usually love books with clever, sarcastic and witty humor, but this was a disappointment.
I enjoyed the wacky characters, but the narrator took so much getting used to, that it was difficult to fully enjoy the characters. Fisher Stevens narrated so fast that at one point I tried to slow the speed, but it didn't work.
And, I'm sorry, but whose idea was it to have those musical interludes? Aargh!
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The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.
I so rarely give a book five stars, but this one deserved it!
Every science book I have listened to has totally escaped me or they were too dry in the presentation or the narrator was irritatingly boring.
Ben Sullivan is perfect for this genre and I believe I actually understood some of the scientific premises---not easy for me.
I loved every minute of this fascinating journey of gases and their discoverers. I especially loved the gems of insight into these curious and often reckless people who with their weirdness or their bad personalities, discovered all sorts of things in our world. This writing made so much difference in understanding the science.
I could go on and on. What a surprise that Caesar's Last Breath is one of my favorite books.
For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.
I absolutely agree with most all the reviewers here...please Joe Ide, WRITE MORE!
The characters are so fully realized---everyone of them, even the villains. We get insight into motives and feelings and events in all their lives even as the wonderful plot moves along swiftly.
The rich detail of every scene is another reason to love this book. We get a detailed picture of what the character sees, hears and smells. I am amazed at this writer's talent.
I only gave it one less star because the first book in this series was such an enormous surprise, as well as a slightly better plot. And I. too, got just a bit lost with all the gang members and their pasts.
But what can be said for the extraordinary narrator, Sullivan Jones? He effortlessly adapted each character and made them all come alive.
Okay...again...please Joe Ide...WRITE MORE!
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A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.
Original, compelling, great character development and excellent writing...what more could anyone ask for?
Oh, and a superb narrator.
There's not much I can add to the other reviewers except to say that I so rarely give five stars. But this book amazed me with its style, its realism and its heartfelt message of hope and forgiveness beneath all the gritty difficult lives of people in the hood.
And did I read correctly that the author is Japanese-American? Astonishing how perfectly he captured the characters and their surroundings. I am in awe.
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Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.
I love murder mystery thrillers. I love paranormal stories. I'm a big fan of sci-fi and romance. And I even have enjoyed YA books.
But this really fell short for me. I listened to about four hours and then had to stop. Not because it was so terrible, but because it just wasn't something that I wanted to spend the next nine hours listening to.
Urban fantasies are some of my favorites, but they really need enough urban to support the fantasy. This town seemed so unnecessary with its austere living conditions for the purpose of hiding the people. I kept wondering who runs this? The concept really reminded me of that awful film, The Village.
I went to the reviews to find some reason to continue listening. I think I got the idea.
Therese Plummer is a good enough narrator, but not enough for this book to hold my interest.
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