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RNeill

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26624)
    Performance
    (13265)
    Story
    (13308)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. 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.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Amazing Story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I love the advantage of having the book version performed for me. It's like a movie, but it's the book and the book is always better then the movie. I love the fact that I can read while I clean, drive and work(on Saturdays when alone in the office).


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters. They were all, everyone, wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The revelation of the pie!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ever wondered what would happen if the walls could talk? Now you'll know and they are telling everyone. :)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3649)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (2031)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Another Shining Review"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the printed version, but nothing, to me, compares to a well performed audio book anymore. There are several great reviews of this version and my writing another is probably not necessary, but I just couldn't pass up a chance to include mine in the mix.
    The story is amazing, and the performance was riveting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmund of course. His transformation from clueless and pitiful to cunning and magnificent was what made the story so wonderful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene in my mind of Edmund and Haydee sailing away for their final happiness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It has been done many times, but I am sure never to do the story justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss the chance to spend the time on this book. You will not be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (530)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Phryne Fisher Rocks!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cocaine Blues to be better than the print version?

    Can't wait listen to the next book in the series.


    What other book might you compare Cocaine Blues to and why?

    One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Great female herione, fun engaging story that kept you on the edge of your seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The jail scene. She just takes it a step too far. Sooo fun!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Absolutely Brillant!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22835)
    Performance
    (9492)
    Story
    (9565)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Fabulous Trilogy!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

    I love audio, for the freedom it gives me the read anytime and anywhere.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sometimes. These books go into great detail and the detail can sometimes slow down the suspense, but these stories had some amazingly suspenseful moments. I loved all three books and will probably listen again and again.


    Which character ??? as performed by Simon Vance ??? was your favorite?

    He didn't really make anyone jump out at you. He was at times a little droll, but he still kept the story very engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1725)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Seriously Scary Story with a semi-happy ending."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Couldn't stop listening. Kept hoping it would get better for this poor guy. He just got into one pile after another and it seemed to me like a cop should have known better in several instants. After listening to this book, I am not sure I would ever enjoy time on the bayou.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How this poor schmuck just kept getting hurt, getting other people hurt and never caught a break until the very end and even then it was a little bitter.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performer needed to undo just a little more of the sadness that constantly spilled out of his mouth. He made this sad story all the sadder.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Too violent and scary, but it would probably be a big hit because of that. I would probably go and see it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13053)
    Performance
    (5502)
    Story
    (5569)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Loved this Story!"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    Yes. The story was engaging, sensitive and poignant. I especially loved the switch back and forth from the old man of present and the young man of the past. Great readers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    The last big show! I loved the way the book started there with the old man's dream.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ???s performance did you like?

    They both gave great depth to each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Anne Tail
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Jane Austen’s classic novel chronicles the events in the lives of the Bennet family. Take a family with five unmarried daughters and a lack of wealth, throw in a new wealthy neighbor or two, plus a whole regiment of soldiers in town, and add a heaping spoonful of pride and a pinch of prejudice. Mix it all together and you get a story full of tears and laughter, embarrassment and pride, and, of course, love.

    RNeill says: "A beloved tale not told so well."
    "A beloved tale not told so well."
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    What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

    The story it's self makes this an enjoyable listen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anne Tail?

    NO. I found her drab and almost anemic. Although it almost sounded like at some time during the first few paragraphs of the second part that the reader was either changed or this gal finally woke up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This story either read or listened to always moves me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1736)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Laugh Out Loud Fun!"
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    If you could sum up One for the Money in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, full of fun and excitement. Already finished the 2nd ( Every bit at good as the first) volume and will soon buy the 3rd.


    What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice and presence to each character. Loved her in both books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud alot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3349)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2043)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "Beautifully told and beautifully read."
    Overall

    I first heard this version about 4 years ago, and have listened to it many times since. It is a such a wonderful tale and Jeremy Irons voice makes it all the more wonderful. Enjoy!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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