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  • The Birth of Venus

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Dunant
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-04

TEDIOUS

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

Silly, uninspired plot of no particular interest. So unmemorable, I'm having difficulty using all of Audible's required fifteen words.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Secret of the Seventh Son

  • By: Glenn Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Ear Burner

  • By Rebecarol on 05-18-10

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-10

Entertaining, light listen. Seriously frivolous premise, stretched thin, but nevertheless holds it's own in the whole arcane ancient texts, mysticism genre.

The biggest flaw is the main character, who is a complete stereotypical jerk. Puzzling choice by the author, since this guy is so annoying he becomes distracting at times.

Wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,211

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Unremarkable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-10

This starts off with a full set of characters, with whom great pains are taken to establish motivation, personality, etc. About 25% into it, you begin wondering why the author devoted so much time & effort on them.

Similar questions arise throughout..almost seems as though the author was short on plot, so just kept churning out incidental characters.

So much about this book is drawn out & filled with tedious detail. And then, an abrupt, random ending.

That being said, there were some intriguing stretches where I became involved. Not awful, but disjointed & ultimately unsatisfying.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Straight Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Sam Freed
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good

  • By Jeffrey A. Sherman on 01-09-04

TEDIOUS

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-10

Although I've previously enjoyed Russo's work, this was disappointing. Tedious pace, tired humor, uninspired characters. Overall, I was bored.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,634

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Less Believable Than the Earth is Flat

  • By Jeffrey on 07-30-18

Just plain silly.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-09

I'm a King fan, but this book is, in all ways, silly. And it's not scary, it's depressing. Lots of bitterness & anger in this one. That being said, I still enjoyed his characters & humor.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,080

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Engaging & well spun story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-09

Richly drawn characters and a well evoked sense of time and place overcome the disturbing themes of this book.

Well written, enjoyable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,100

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Entertaining, but forgettable.... 3 1/2 ***

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-09

My least favorite of Brown's three Robert Langdon books.

Brown's formulaic theme is becoming stale, which would be more easily overlooked it the plot were more engaging.

Just a light, mildly entertaining listen.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    1,120 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By William on 08-21-09

Hugely disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Wow, Koontz ran out of steam on this one! Seems like he was obligated to write the third & final installment to this series, and with great reluctance and absolutely no thought threw this together. Or maybe he just needs a co-author to produce something worthwhile. Don't bother.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cathedral of the Sea

  • By: Ildefonso Falcones
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

At last: The international best seller - which has already sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide - comes to America! Cathedral of the Sea follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good historical novel.

  • By Joseph on 01-31-10

Amateruish

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Rambling, plodding writing & shallow characters, with little bits of historical trivia thrown in here and there. Ambitious effort, but it never succeeds in creating an interesting or believable storyline. In short, tedious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,903

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Started strong, with a fresh & intriguing slant on vampires. Unfortunately, once the groundwork was laid, no story followed. Just degenerated into good guys chasing bad guys, and good guys chasing bad guys, and .......

1 of 2 people found this review helpful