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Stephanie

Orlando, FL, United States

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  • I Don’t Care about Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Julie Klausner
    • Narrated By Julie Klausner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and funny debut I Don't Care about Your Band sheds light on the humiliations we endure to find love - and the lessons that can be culled from the wreckage. I Don't Care about Your Band posits that lately the worst guys to date are the ones who seem sensitive. It's the jerks in nice guy clothing, not the players in Ed Hardy, who break the hearts of modern girls.

    Stephanie says: "pretty raunchy"
    "pretty raunchy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Klausner? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed her telling, but she was a bit unsympathetic in her pathological sexual hookups.
    There was a clash with how good a writer she is and what pathetic situations she would set herself up in/how judgmental she was of other twenty-somethings trying to find out who they are.

    I would give her another chance, because this was witty writing - subject matter is very raunchy, and not in a sexy way - not for everyone.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tony and Susan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Austin Wright
    • Narrated By Lorelei King, Peter Marinker
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle-class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

    glamazon says: ""Deliverance" meets chick fic."
    "Intriguing premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Tony and Susan?

    I thought it would have much more interesting twists involving the real life reader and the author of the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Duma Key by Stephen King


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The female narrator was good, but the character was bland and uninteresting. I don't mind unlikeable characters, but I disliked her for being boring. The male narrator was good, but the pace of the story was so slow, there was not much he could do about it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book drew me in with its premise. I thought it was bold to have graphic terror juxtaposed with an angry ex as the writer - but there was no payoff for dragging through many interminable passages in the book that I thought were leading somewhere.

    Others may well feel differently, and I have been listening to Jo Nesbo, who is great at ratcheted tension and engaging characters, as well as classics, so maybe a novel by someone who has not written as much will pale on tension and character development.

    I need things to really engage me in order to escape these days - and this book failed on that level. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (885)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Enjoyable horror"
    Overall

    I got a similar enjoyment as that a of a very good Stephen King book. I feel Joe Hill has a great way of drawing you in to the characters so you can worry for them/with them. Interesting concept for a story - more fresh than recent novels by his Dad, Stephen King (who I loved reading in his prime).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Not too long from now, when exiles from a blistering Earth huddle miserably in Martian colonies, the only things that make life bearable are the drugs. In this wildly disorienting fun house of a novel, populated by God-like - or perhaps satanic - take-over artists and corporate psychics, Philip K. Dick explores mysteries that were once the property of St. Paul and Aquinas. His wit, compassion, and knife-edged irony make this novel moving as well as genuinely visionary.

    Darwin8u says: "All PKD's entheogens are belong to us!"
    "Eldritch home listening"
    Overall

    The reader strikes just the right tone in PKD's trippy classic. Poetic and bizarre space-noir. A very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By David Warner
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Carl Cravens says: "Different, but good."
    "David Warner's ominous reading"
    Overall

    I don't think anyone could have done Shirley Jackson's chilling story better justice than David Warner has here. I love audiobooks, and the quality of the reader is just as important as great material...this is a match made in heaven - or some other place where perfect ghost stories are forged. Not to be missed by Jackson fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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