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Shelley C.

Los Altos, CA
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  • An Officer and a Spy

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Historical Fiction

  • By Ryan on 03-18-14

A Fascinating Story Told by An Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

This was one of my most enjoyable audiobooks. The story was so interesting and almost completely based on fact. The narrator had a perfect French accent and a wonderful way of expressing the emotions of the story. What an actor! After I finished, I read up on the facts of the case on the internet. I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Police

  • A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-26-13

Narrator Lee Ruins Story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What could Jo Nesbø have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I've read most of the Harry Hole books (and loved them) but this one ranks towards the bottom of the list in terms of the story line. Not enough Harry in the book for me.

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

But the worst part was John Lee's performance. His interpretation of the female characters is so artificial and sing-songy. I just can't listen to another Jo Nesbo book narrated by him. What a tragedy to have lost Robin Sachs.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Alex

  • The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
  • By: Pierre Lemaitre
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Alex Prevost - kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage - is running out of time. Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die. Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one. The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible - but first he must understand more about her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Mystery

  • By Andre on 01-23-15

You Never Know What's Coming Next

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Any additional comments?

This was a phenomenal audiobook. So many twists and turns. Absolutely riveting. Now I've got to read the other books in the series.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,546

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Top of My List of Favorite Books

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

What did you like best about this story?

I just finished reading and listening to The Golem and the Jinni. What an inventive, beautifully written and compelling novel! I loved every minute of it. All the characters came to life as completely believable people. And the juxtaposition of the personalities of Amad and Chava was so interesting. I just did not want this book to end. I'm making it my selection for our book club in 2014 and have recommended it to everyone I know who loves to read a great story.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

The Audible.com edition with George Guidell narrating was perfect. That was for listening in my car. Continuing to read the Kindle edition when at home was great, too. The Golem and the Jinni is now at the top of my list of all time favorite books

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,156

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

Don't Bother

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-11

I, too, was looking forward to listening to this book. Loved Bel Canto. But this one really disappointed. The overall concept of the plot was interesting, but the details as it unfolded were not believable. I found Marina to be wishy-washy and naive. She really irritated me! And Hope Davis's narrative style added to the disappointing experience. Her voice was very flat and uninteresting. I plodded on to the end just to find out what happened, but cannot recommend this book to anyone.

46 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • The Death Instinct

  • By: Jed Rubenfeld
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Under a clear blue September sky, America's financial center in lower Manhattan became the site of the largest, deadliest terrorist attack in the nation's history. It was September 16, 1920. Four hundred people were killed or injured. The country was appalled by the magnitude and savagery of the incomprehensible attack, which remains unsolved to this day.The bomb that devastated Wall Street in 1920 explodes in the opening pages of The Death Instinct, Jed Rubenfeld's provocative and mesmerizing new novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything but the Kitchen sink

  • By Ramon on 04-05-11

Disappointing after a great review

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-11

This book got a great review in The New York Times so I was really looking forward to listening to it. It started off strong, but I was put off by the outlandish voices and accents the narrator used for most of the characters in the book. The only one who sounded real was Jimmy Littlemore. All the rest of the voices sounded like real stereotypes and significantly detracted from the story line. I stayed with it to the end just to find out what happened, but wouldn't really recommend the audio book. Maybe much better to actually read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

I Agree with Melody

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-04

Yes, our hero is an idiot. What happened to Michael Connelly? The Harry Bosch books are so well done. I couldn't believe this came from the same author. Don't waste your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful