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Alissa

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hal Vaughan
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

    Renata says: "If we all knew how things went..."
    "Informative but very dry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked that this book was about Chanel. I wasn't pleased with how often the author repeated himself on previously stated facts, as if I had put the book down for a few months, picked it back up,and couldn't be bothered to skim back a few pages to refamiliarize myself with where I'd left off. Also, there is some jumping forwards and backwards in the timeline of the story that I found confusing in a few parts. Overall, I recommend this because it's informative but I only made it through to the last two hours of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15787)
    Performance
    (14003)
    Story
    (14041)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Nice twisted headgame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great listen. The only thing I would advise is to speed up the narrator on the audible app when you listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5248)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3228)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "This was terribly narrated"
    Overall

    This recording took 11 hours longer than the previous recording because Scott Brick has about three voices total and they all are very very SLOW. He has a man voice, a less powerful man voice, and a woman voice. Even when the text directs the dialogue to be delivered with haste, lightheartedness, intensity, volume, etc., Brick keeps the same non-animated snail pace! I got 2 hours and 44 minutes into it, and had to turn it off. The scene is with several men at a bar, and I couldnt figure out who was talking based on Brick's voices. Imagine Elaine's boss from Seinfeld reading the whole book, with about half the animation.

    I don't recommend this Atlas Shrugged audiobook. I'm going to just read the book myself.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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