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JudyD

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
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Story was excellent, recording strange

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This story was excellent and I will be getting the balance of this series. Good character development, and lots of action as the story unfolds but leaves you wanting more. The audio performance itself was questionable as the narrator sometimes sounded mechanical or stilted. I appreciate someone who tries to ennunciate words clearly but when it starts to sound mechanical it can detract from the story. Again, the story was excellent, and overall the recording was good.

Excellent novel and Whispersync also worked well

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-17

I happen to enjoy listening when commuting but reading when in locations that require quiet, so this feature can be important. The historical, biblical novel was excellent and the character development was quite well done. Others have commented on the brining to life of the story told in the bible, but this went a little deaper with how this specific family was brought in to witness the events and then have misunderstandings between the wife and husband, with eventual resolution to their disjointed understanding about the events, and how they were brought closer because of those very events. Very uplifting in the end. Told the story without being overbearing or "preachy."

Not what I expected

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

This is more like what I would expect to hear if I was in a continuing education seminar, but a really long one. The information is interesting and well presented. I thought it would have more on ideas for application, and I guess if you think about it, through understanding of the material presented it does give you the knowledge, if not the tools, to be able to work toward deriving more clear communication.

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Excellent Story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I listened to the Audible version but wanted to make sure this is posted in both Audible and Amazon as well. I had purchased the ebook and Audible versions some time ago but put them off, fearing it might be too depressing, as the subject of the holocaust and Auschwitz obviously will bring forth many emotional reactions. I think this book should be read in high schools, if for nothing else than to demonstrate how a civilization can erode a little bit at a time, and can change its perspectives as well as how things can be hidden in plain sight, that sometimes folks will put blinders on and look the other way if something does not effect them directly. It is important to reflect on the fact that this could occur and impact most any cultural group, in almost any variable of country, placy or time - yes, even today. This story was written in a format that was easy to follow, visiting the characters past as well as the present, and how the slide of the society put the folks involved in a position where they had no choices but to go along with how things were evolving, their jobs taken away, their ability to get food, then they were taken from their homes in the middle of the night. It also showed that there were people who tried to assist them through the trying times, to the limit of their abilities. Tastefully reminds us of the horrors to their full effect yet not so graphic or grotesque as to cause someone to stop reading. The ending also was a plus, a light giving hope for the future yet respecting the memory of the past. Well done.

Lots of action and fighting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-17

This is definetly a book written by a man that will generally appeal mostly to men. Not my particular cup of tea, but interesting enough that I finished listening to it. The books starts with bar room fighting, then there are a variety of fights and battles almost nonstop on this rather unpleasant world that was created for the pleasure of another creature who checks in from time to time, for their entertainment and to just see how the inhabitants on Bish deal with their lives. The story line is interesting enough, if you keep in mind it is only the beginning of the series, yet there seems to be a history that might help to make this more understandable at first. As I had not read any of Mr. Halloran's books before, initially it was a little bit challenging as I am not inclined to read books that seem to be going from one fight or battle to another. I suspect this would be of interest to younger men, and perhaps those who enjoy computer games about wolds that are at war regardless of whether they are men or women, but suspect most women are attracted to a different type of story. The story itself was well written, the individual characters were quite well developed and easy to discern between them, and the story line followed a pattern that lead from one confrontation to the other well. Eventually some of the questionable areas in the story were filled in, and the story came together. In addition, at the end of the recording there seemed to be some bonus chapters from another book that may have actually been almost like a prequel, as they seemed to fill in some more about the history of the lead character. Overall, this was an okay Audible version of the book. In full disclosure, the author provided a free copy the Audible version in return for an honest review.

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Really loved this story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Having primarly listened via the Audible Whispersync version and occasionally reading, I found this best blend of contemporary and historical fiction. Well done and satisfying story line that was constantly engaging.

I found the narration distracting at times

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Another rich and entertaining story by Kathryn Le Veque. I loved the way this brought together many of the characters and families that had been featured in other books and prior generations. It helped to make an otherwise okay story about the main characters much more interesting, as it tied together how these leading families were intertwined through their bloodlines and how this could cause ethical issues for those who might be on oposite sides of some weighty political issues in the day and time depicted.

My one critique is that the narration was sometimes distracting when the narrator tried to give different voices to men versus women, or to help separate one character from sounding like another. For example, one female who I had just read about in a previous book was from Wales but for some reason in his quest to help make it easier for the listener to differentiate between various characters, I was distracted because sometimes she sounded more like she came from Sweden. Another male character who I had listened about in the past month or so, that narrator's version of his character's voice was rather well educated English speaking, but the same character here almost sounded like a gutter snipe from London at times. Only occasional distractions but enough to make me stop and make note when it happened. I know this must be especially difficult to perform for this book, as the number of voices was much larger than would normally have been enountered. So, just relax and enjoy!

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New Law in Spring 2016, but still applies mostly

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Listened to this while commuting for general information, knowing I could dig deeper if it applied, but need to have some idea of what is happening as I approach the time to make some important decisions. If nothing else, this is all about being informed as there are so many variables that can impact you, because for the most part, once you have taken one pathway there is little you can do to change the results and that can be for the rest of your retired life. Some of the suggestions on timing, especially for couples, can result in huge sums of additional money being available for your retirement.

Now the newly signed law will be making some other changes, especially for file and suspend, but at least with this information you then have some idea of what questions to ask when making your decisions. This was offered on a Daily Special right before the changes were put in place but were in the works.

Fun action story with a science fiction twist

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Purchased the e-book and the Whispersync audio version, which I listened to while commuting to work. Thoroughly enjoyable, fast paced action with some science fiction mixed in. Enjoyed this very much and found the concept intriguing, especially since I live in Florida and have grown up hearing of many incidents involving the Bermuda Triangle. I have enjoyed Bob Mayer’s other military book offerings and thought this might be interesting and it was. The gates and potential for serial stories made me think of Star Gate, both the movie and the TV series, but on another level.

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Sweet romance, good for traveling

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-14

This is one of those books that you can stop and start and not feel like you have missed a beat but still interesting enough that you will pick it up and continue to find out the rest of the story. It is part 1 in a series, so there are additional characters to be developed and stories yet to be explored, with a bit of a cliff hanger at the end, but the initial story at least seemed resolved.

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