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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,131

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Are we in Germany or France?

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I like the book, even the parallel stories that eventually converge into one.

This book has the problem that so many audio books have, but it is compounded by the many scene changes in this book. In the printed book, there are visual clues that there is a new chapter because you see the new chapter number and maybe chapter title. In the audio version you may get this but usually not. In the printed version, when a scene changes you usually get a few extra blank lines between indicating that something is changing, but with the audio version there is nothing, zilch, nada indicating a change. It's not rocket science to figure out the change, but it sometimes takes moment and in the meantime, the reader is cruising on down the page. Here I am trying not to miss anything and maybe having to hit rewind (while driving). It's not the author's fault, but the audio publishers could be a little more considerate to the listeners.

  • Deliver Us from Evil

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why Not Five Stars?

  • By Eva Gannon on 05-16-10

I used to like Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This one was just gore and bad language for the sake of gore and bad language. I'll think twice before I get another.

  • The 15:17 to Paris

  • The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes
  • By: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and others
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

On August 21, 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded the 15:17 train in Brussels bound for Paris. Khazzani's mission was clear: He had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on the crowded train. Slipping into the bathroom in secret, he armed his weapons and prepared to launch his attack. But when he emerged, he encountered something he hadn't anticipated: three Americans who refused to give in to fear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great Americans

  • By Joey on 11-01-17

great Americans

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Hearing the story of these guys and their background was great. The author uses so many flashbacks the story is hard to follow. When you read a story like this, there is usually a new chapter or and extra indemtation or two to indicate a cganhe in scene. None of that on the audible version leaves the listener playing catch up too many times.

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  • Valley Forge

  • A Novel
  • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

In To Try Men's Souls, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 . Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then. It’s the winter of 1777, and Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book overall.

  • By Justin / Bulwark Defense on 09-16-15

Author adds flakey details

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I liked a lot of the book, but thete some details that didn't make sense. Here's one example from the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. The book says it was a hot day made hotter by constant firing of muskets. It says that the musket barrels when heated by constant firing would restrict the loading of balls so that infantry would have to really press hard on the ramrods to push the ball down the barrel. When metal is heated it will expand, not contract. A hot musket barrel should allow the ball to go in easier. I don't understand the discrepancy in physics or why the author devoted so much this detail. There are other flaky details in the book. I can only imagine how the historical facts are also distorted.

  • Drums Along the Mohawk

  • By: Walter D. Edmonds
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind. This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 09-06-15

yawn

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

The performance was fine. The story was not nearly as good as I had expected. I thought it was gonna be like a giod history, instead it made John Jakes sound good.

  • Days of Fire

  • Bush and Cheney in the White House
  • By: Peter Baker
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another, they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. In Days of Fire, Peter Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney as no historian has done before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A balanced account of the W and Cheney White House

  • By Scott on 11-15-13

Too long and tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

It was too long and tedious. I wish I had stopped before the end. The author seemed to have an ax to grind with Cheney. He was not quite as harsh on Bush.