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Barbara Voss

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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,296

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Content warning: graphic violence

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that a novel about spies in WWI and WWII would have substantial violent content. This is an otherwise excellent book but the tone of the novel was so light and engaging that I expected it more to be about the characters' relationships to each other and less about the gruesome violence of war. For those like me who are sensitive to such things, be forewarned that the novel includes detailed and sometimes hyper-real descriptions of torture (including medical torture) and sexual violence.

  • A River of Stars

  • A Novel
  • By: Vanessa Hua
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, Boss Yeung is overjoyed because the doctors have confirmed that he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his child has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. US citizenship will open doors for their little prince. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful surprise!

  • By Barbara Voss on 10-16-18

Wonderful surprise!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I really enjoyed this unexpected gem. The book unfolded in unexpected ways, and the characters developed in interesting and challenging directions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Does not pass the Bechtel test

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The premise of this book had a lot of promise, but the narrative fell flat. Basically, this is a story about men who have little regard for the women in their life. When women are present in the text, they exist only as background setting or as objects of the male characters' desires, not as social actors actually involved in the plot.

What was most disappointing about Olan Thorensen’s story?

How sexist the writing was.

Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, I thought the narrator did a nice job with pacing and character difference.

  • Flight

  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Adam Beach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Mr. Alexie

  • By Christine Walker on 09-12-15

A must-read

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Powerful story, beautifully performed. This YA novel about self-redemption is good for adults too. Digs deep into the layers of history.

  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, miscast narrator

  • By Felipe Alves on 12-15-16

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

The subject matter was ok, not a lot of new info. You but the narrator's inability to pronounce basic Spanish words was really irritating. He has a pleasant voice and pace but is a bad pick for a book about Latin America.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,848

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Delightful nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Great look back at the career of one of the best comedians of the 20th century. Funny and reflective, with lots of warmth.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,431

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Fun story but violent

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

This is a fun romp through familiar sci fi territory. An ambitious scientist discovers how to fold space - what could possibly go wrong? The last third of the book is full of long descriptions of graphic violence which is not my personal taste.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Lie Tree: Chapter One audiobook cover art
  • The Lie Tree: Chapter One

  • Costa Book of the Year 2015
  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 9

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric story by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly by Night. Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree grows healthy and bears fruit only if you whisper a lie to it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Story fragment very frustrating

  • By Barbara Voss on 03-12-16

Story fragment very frustrating

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

The book begins and starts abruptly
I think it is just an excerpt of a longer work
Not worth the time even though free.

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  • Orphans of the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,468

The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant first half, second half thrown in.

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 01-25-10

Great start predictable finish

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

The first part of this story is compelling but part 2 is predictable and drawn out. Also the book is really sexist - one of those sci fi worlds where women only exist as mute shadows, a backdrop behind make action. I'm glad I bought this on the daily deal and didn't waste a full credit.