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Patricia S.

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  • Five Days at Memorial

  • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
  • By: Sheri Fink
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Sharon on 09-13-13

Beware - author has an agenda

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

Reviewed: 09-19-13

This is not a journalistic account; it is an agenda-driven hatchet job. I'm sorry I gave Ms Fink my money.

5 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,589

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Very interesting and gripping, but beware!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-13

If you're reading the book because you think it mirrors the film or vice versa, be aware that the main characters in the film don't even exist in the book. The film bears little resemblance to the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,229

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

Another outstanding mystery from Adrian McKinty

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

Reviewed: 01-25-12

and another superb reading by Gerard Doyle.

McKinty's Michael Forsythe series blew me away with its powerfully evocative and violent storylines, and his charismatic Irish hero. Here's the first installment of a new series that looks to be even better.

The action takes place against the backdrop of terrorist bombings, reprisals and the Maze prison hunger strikes of 1981. Sergeant Sean Duffy, a Catholic detective in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, investigates a serial murder preying on homosexuals in Belfast, while negotiating the bewildering, dangerous politics of Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Sean is funny, smart, tough, surprising, and oh so complex.

If you like your heroes bad, your villains badder, the action bruising, and the themes thought-provoking, McKinty and Doyle will keep you in their grip right to the astonishing finale.

  • Mary Boleyn

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a BIOGRAPHY, not a novel.

  • By Carey on 03-22-12

Dull

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

I enjoyed Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth, both by Weir, very much, but this biography is simply boring. I think I lasted about four hours in to the narration before I deleted it from my iPod. I wish I could get my credit back!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Then Again

  • By: Diane Keaton
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294

“Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful.

  • By philippe on 11-18-11

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-11-11

Much more moving and engaging than I expected. Diane juxtaposes her own diary entries and reminiscences of a very interesting life as an actress alongside the journal entries of her mother, a California housewife, a normal, but in her own way, quite extraordinary woman.

If you are a woman of around Keaton's age, who remembers growing up in the 60s and 70s, if you are a mother, or an adult child who is caring for elderly and dying parents, Keaton's words and experiences (and those of her mom) are warm, emotional, funny, resonant and affirming. At times, it is not an easy listen (Keaton is obviously moved to tears during some of it) but it is very rewarding.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine

  • A Novel
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Philippa Gregory's novels, try this!

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 04-22-12

Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-11

"Katherine" was the first work of historical fiction that I ever read - when I was about 13 and I discovered it in my high school library. I absolutely adored it, and borrowed it so frequently that I don't think anyone else had a chance to read it! It was the beginning of a life long love affair with historical fiction, especially fiction set in the English royal courts and tinged with romance (though I'm not a " mass market historical romance" fan) .

A few years ago, I found the same hard cover version from my old library in a used book store and bought it, rereading it many times. And the older I get (I'm now 52), the more I appreciate this wonderful story of a love that survives the years.

So, I was delighted to find that "Katherine" is now available as an audio book. And it's terrific. Wanda does the story justice with a lovely reading. Immerse yourself in it, and be whisked back to 14th century England and a great story of politics, family, intrigue, and love. I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

52 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady Elizabeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Best-selling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time - whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Karen Campbell on 12-06-08

Excellent writing and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-10

Historical fiction, faithful to fact but also with some intriguing speculation in certain areas. Weir captures the voice of Elizabeth extremely well as she tells the story of the princess's life from the time of her mother Anne Boleyn's execution to the death of her sister Queen Mary, when Elizabeth finally comes to the throne. She brings the entire court, with all its intrigue and danger, to life, and makes Elizabeth real and vibrant. I found "The Lady Elizabeth" thoroughly entertaining. I didn't want it to end and I hope Alison Weir will pick up the story again and continue after Elizabeth's coronation.

As for Rosalyn Landor, I have listened to other books read by her and she is simply a delightful, accomplished narrator. So much so, that I often search for books narrated by her, rather than authors or titles, and I'm always pleased with what I discover.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass of Time

  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: Multiple Narrators
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own closest interests are bound up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as "Meaning of Night'

  • By Patricia S. on 11-01-09

Not as good as "Meaning of Night'

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

The author's first novel, the prequel to this one, is one of my favourite novels ever. This is an attempt to provide "bookends" if you will, to the first novel, and it didn't totally succeed for me.
It feels rushed and thrown together in parts and could have used a thorough editing. But there is something about the female lead character that just didn't feel true to me - an example of a male author who can't truly inhabit his creation.
I will read The Meaning of Night over and over in the future, but not The Glass of Time.

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,609

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

Gripping story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

I am not a part of the current pop fad for vampire novels so I'm not sure why I chose this book, but I'm very glad I did. It's certainly not pop, but rather a deeply thought out story with loving attention to historical detail.

(Sidenote - I have an interest in art and architecture, so I found the descriptions of, for example, Byzantine and Romanesque architecture fascinating, but I don't think they are too esoteric either for the average reader.)

The novel is a long, somewhat demanding, listen, but be patient. Let the story unfold and envelope you, which it does, due to two lovely performances by the male and female readers, and a gripping plot.

The novel follows three historians, one in the 1930s, one in the 1950s, and one in the 1970s, all linked, who are pursuing Dracula and in turn are being pursued by him. The historians are very real people and their stories are emotionally involving, at times bringing me to tears.

The transitions back and forth between the three different decades, and indeed back to medieval times, is very well done and I never felt lost or left behind by the writer.

And of course, this being a vampire story, it should be plenty blood-curdling too, and it succeeds.

My one quibble would be that the finale of the novel feels rushed to me, and the long-awaited confrontation between good and evil not quite as apocalyptic as I wanted.

Also, I had formed an emotional attachment to the Turkish characters who form such an integral part of the middle of the novel, and they are not mentioned at all in the denouement.

Overall though, a very enjoyable journey through time, from one fabulous locale to another, in the company of people I really came to care about. What more can we ask of a novelist?


8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Martyr

  • An Elizabethan Thriller
  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211

The year is 1587. One of Queen Elizabeth's cousins is found murdered, her flesh marked with profane symbols. A plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake, England's most famous sea warrior, is discovered. One man is charged with the desperate task of solving both cases: John Shakespeare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Thriller/Mystery, Flawless Narration

  • By vanessa on 08-16-09

Great entertainment!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-09

My favourite reader on Audible, and he delivers a great story - a thriller set in Elizabethan England. The hero is the older brother of William Shakespeare (who makes a cameo appearance in the story). John Shakespeare is a spy for Secretary Walsingham, attempting to foil a plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake on the eve of the Spanish Armada. Some wonderfully evil villains, a beautiful heroine, lots of action and intrigue and a touch of romance. I enjoyed every minute of this novel.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful