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  • Sins of Omission

  • Wonderland Series, Book 3
  • By: Irina Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When Hugo and Neve settle in Paris, they assume that they will enjoy a few peaceful years away from the turmoil of British politics, but they are not nearly as safe as they believe themselves to be, especially since everyone has something to hide. Meanwhile, Max must learn to adapt to life on a sugar plantation in Barbados, and decide whether to accept help from an unexpected and dangerous source; a decision which may cost him his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent .. best book yet.

  • By Vanessa on 07-29-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Granted - this series is
“another time travel romance “ and has all the usual twists & turns. It has, however a delicious taste of historical flavor - from both England & France.
I totally enjoyed the escape from our now turbulent political times!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Book of Moses

  • The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
  • By: Chanan Tigay
  • Narrated by: Chanan Tigay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

In the summer of 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira - archaeological treasure hunter and denizen of Jerusalem's bustling marketplace - arrived unannounced in London claiming to have discovered the world's oldest Bible scroll. When news of the discovery leaked to the excited English press, Shapira became a household name. But before the British Museum could acquire them, Shapira's nemesis, French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, denounced his find as a fraud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Deborah on 07-27-17

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

It's easy to go on a treasure hunt if you're certain of the outcome. This journey, however, is the exact opposite. The twists & turns, blind alleys, disappointments and surprises make this a true adventure. I won't spoil the ending but I guarantee that it won't be what you are expecting.
If you have any interest at all in ancient manuscripts, you will love this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True to the Highlander

  • Loch Moigh, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Longley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You're not the "Bossame"!!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 08-19-14

Sing-song narration is grating on the nerves

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

What would have made True to the Highlander better?

Had the narrator not done a sing-song narration, her performance would have been fine. The cadence was very VERY irritating.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The character voices were fine but when ever the narrator was speaking the cadence became a very irritating singsong that nearly ruins the book. I've been an Audible member for years and this is the first book where I loved the story but couldn't finish it due to the weird narration. Distracting most of the time and completely "fingernails scratching a blackboard " at others - I finally gave up.

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,028

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Evokes the true feeling of the time

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

I heard stories like those told in this book throughout my childhood. History books tell us "what " happened, but this wonderful series tells us how it "felt" . Priceless!

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,316

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

One of the BEST

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

I listened to this book well over a year ago, and in going through my library, noticed that I hadn't written a review. Not that I write one for every book....BUT even with a year having past - the whole story jumped right into my head. No need to think about the plot. This book leaves an impression that lasts! It is really one of the best!

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,703

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

More PLEASE!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

This author is inspired. After Kite Runner and ATSS I would buy anything he writes!! Very, very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The War with the Mein

  • Book One of the Acacia Trilogy
  • By: David Anthony Durham
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 582

A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thumbs up!

  • By Glen on 07-28-07

The longer the better!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

If you are a fan of long, complicated Fantasy - this one is for you! On a par with Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin this story is engaging and complex. Leaves you anxious for the next one!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Eifelheim

  • By: Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving.

  • By Andrew on 09-03-07

Bear this in mind...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

For the reviewers who think that the word being said is equivalent to the English word for "he who inherits" - you are mistaken. The German word (this story is taking place in Germany) being used DOES pronounce the "H" and literally means "mister", is often used as an honorific and IS pronounced a bit like the word Hair.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Daughters of Fire

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Barbara Erskine
  • Length: 25 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

As the Romans invade Britannia, the princess of the great tribe of the Brigantes watches the enemies of her people come ever closer. In the present day, historian Viv Lloyd Rees has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much work

  • By Kathy on 02-17-08

Interesting premise, poorly executed.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

I should have paid more heed to the other reviewers! This book is in serious need of major editing. The characters do indeed stand around wringing their hands - a very frustrating part of most scenes in this book. On the positive side: as other reviewers have stated: the narrator is excellent, and perhaps saves the book. The story is inspired - relive history via "remote viewing"! And the insight (even if only imaginary) into ancient British civilization is tantalizing. I hope that one day a more mature author will give us a more focused treatment of this plot line. Worth reading this one if you can overlook it's flaws.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sand Daughter

  • By: Sarah Bryant
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

It is the time of the Crusades: the Islamic world is divided and the Franks have captured the Holy Land. As the mighty Saladin struggles to unite the warring clans of Arabia against the invaders, Khalidah, a young Bedouin woman, finds herself a pawn in a deadly plot involving her own tribe and the powerful Templar Knights. Faced with certain death, she runs away with a man she barely knows, towards adventure and the echoes of a past that somehow connect her to the Jinn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little History with your Mystery!

  • By Deborah on 04-30-08

A little History with your Mystery!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-08

Very interesting plot involves some ancient sites and societies, plus a bit of romance. As a student of the time period, the Templars and the Crusades - this one seems fairly accurate and adds a bit of invention to keep the plot moving along nicely. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about this time and place.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful