LISTENER

CO Cyclist

  • 27
  • reviews
  • 96
  • helpful votes
  • 142
  • ratings
  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,039

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Great second installment to the story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

I really enjoy these stories, and hesitate on the star ratings. Clearly the story, the writing, and the delivery are outstanding. I have two knocks on this installment, but they're not big enough for me to drop the star rating. First, it galls me when publishers charge more for an electronic version than they do for a paperback. Their obvious attempts at market manipulation bother me as a consumer, but I find it hard to take that frustration out on the author. The other knock is the length of the book, as a result of what sometimes feels like overindulgence on details that aren't cogent enough to the story.

The story and delivery are outstanding enough to overcome these two knocks.

I have to imagine that this book (and the story overall) is targeted primarily at women, as it has such romantic elements to it. However, as a man, I rarely felt like I'd stumbled into the "women's section." It's a good story that moved along well and developed characters wonderfully. It could be true that my "knock" on the extraneous details might stem from my desire for more moving along and a little less romantic detail, and it's possible that this is a gender trait, but beyond that I'd expect this excellent story to have as much appeal to men as to women.

  • Tricked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,608

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked in an Instant

  • By Nicholas on 04-24-12

Another good installment to a really clever series

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

I continue to love this series. I listened to this one on audiobook, and want to stress that I think the narrator is perfect for these stories - he really brings the characters to life. I particularly like the many and varied "inside references" the author makes - there are probably some of them that pass me by, but I catch quite a few from books or culture that are woven into the story quite nicely. Can't wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • People of the Book

  • A Novel
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!

  • By Yvette on 03-13-09

Wow

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

This is one of my favorite books in the last couple of years. I LOVED the story itself, and I think the narrator enhanced the story quite a bit. Perfect narrator for a truly outstanding story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectors

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Aimee Jolson, Richard Mover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

The US Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, DC. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot twist....

  • By Nicole on 10-30-06

Good second in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

While not as good as the first book in the series, this is still a really good story told well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,096

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

My son had been trying for several years to get me to read this, and I found space in my listening schedule for it. Boy am I glad I did - I think the performance added a ton to an already excellent story.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • River God

  • A Novel of Ancient Egypt
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 897

Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Jillian on 02-19-09

Outstanding Story

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

I LOVED this book. It's a great story, told well. Of course, you have to get past the main character who invented the modern world it seems, but for me, that almost became part of the character of the story. Really recommend this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Camel Club

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, fun and an excellent thriller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-03-07

Really great story

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

I loved this first in the series. Really loved it. While the series as a whole kept going and was good, none of them came back up to the level of this first introduction to Oliver Stone and his com padres.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,485

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Sara on 07-23-08

Couldn't do it

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Tried twice, but just couldn't do it. Maybe for the right ear it works, but there was nothing in the story as it started up that could hold me long enough to keep going.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Divine Justice

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298

Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Does It Again

  • By poeticalbob on 11-20-08

Another good installment in a great series

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Really good storytelling, good narration. Not as good as the first book, but still very good.

Empire of the Summer Moon audiobook cover art
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When a great book and a great reader come together

  • By Richard on 01-01-11

Great history, great story

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Caveat: I love historical fiction, AND I love learning about the Plains tribes and nations. I loved this book. Others might find it long or tedious in places, but I didn't at all. And really, this was almost pure history telling, though done very well. Should be a must-read for American History.