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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Tough Read

  • By KP on 05-07-16

Man Booker Prize? Just awful!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would advise no one to read this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marlon James again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The narrators performance's were placed in the background of a just terrible experience. Some were almost unintelligible.

Any additional comments?

Disappointment in the new Man Booker board and the publisher for publishing.

  • Poems from 'The Book of My Enemy' (Unabridged)

  • By: Clive James
  • Narrated by: Clive James
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Following the publication of his 1986 collection Other Passports, Clive James has emerged as one of the most prominent poets of his generation, going on to publish new works in such mainstream outlets as the TLS, the London Review of Books, the Spectator, the New Yorker, and the Australian Book Review, and now culminating in this updated collection.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of fun

  • By Allan on 10-17-08

A bit of fun

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

but not worth the listen if you are looking for serious humour or comment.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,403

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

Khaled Hosseini

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

A thousand splendid suns gives insight into female oppression but is so slow it becomes background noise.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Area 7

  • Shane Schofield, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7. And today it has a visitor: the president of the United States. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip - because hostile forces are waiting inside. Among the president's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Not So Great Narrator.

  • By Thomas on 06-22-10

Area 7

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Matthew Reilly has a similarity to each of his books so far but for escapism is does the job with absolutely non stop action.

  • The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, work-obsessed and self-contained - makes an unexpected detour on the way home from the software company he owns and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life. His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the door of Caerlyon Hall, the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality, and affection flow freely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply moving

  • By Colin on 02-11-08

Paul Tourday

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce kept me interested throughout. The reverse sequence plot was somewhat disconcerting as you knew the end and could only listened for the way the end was reached.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Music

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

As Detective Inspector John Rebus tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exit music

  • By Allan on 10-17-08

Exit music

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Ian Rankin weaves a good plot that keeps you entertained throughout. A good listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Relevant

  • By Tech Nut on 07-28-08

Fahrenheit 451

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Ray Bradbury I guess did his best but I could only find one star for this book I couldn't even finish.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,899

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ARE YOU CARRYING THE FIRE?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-14-16

The Road

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

I find it difficult to rate this book by Cormac McCarthy as throughout I was waiting for the development that never happened. Having said that however it was for some inexplicable reason compelling.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books", a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual read

  • By Avril Gordon on 10-20-11

The Shadow of the Wind

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Carlos Zafon presents a top mystery that is annoyingly difficult to stop listening for meals work & sleep.

  • Vengeance in Death

  • In Death, Book 6
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit - always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from J.D. Robb

  • By Nancy J on 07-08-13

Vengenance In Death

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

J. Robb casts a believable plot in this classic murder mystery that holds your attention throughout.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful