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isisimages

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1424)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "never listen to an audio book Johnny Depp narrates"
    Overall

    I'm very confused.... I'm listening to this book that should be fascinating... but it is read in a monotone voice... and I'm bored out of my skull!! I'm about to give up on the book... when suddenly and without explanation and no break in the story... whammo! a new reader... and he takes the story to a whole other level... suddenly the story is riveting, passionate and unapologetic as it should be... I love it I love it I love it.... and then last night as I'm listening... uh oh... four hours before the end of the book... it's that monotone voice again.... a grueling four more hours with Johnny Depp?? Okay, so my guess is that originally they probably wanted him to read it with a Jack Sparrow like performance... but my guess is Disney owns that character and so therefore he's not "allowed" to use the voice of Jack sparrow to talk about dope, bitches, junkies and rock n' roll... so instead he chooses to be monotone??? And he calls himself an actor?? If you can't use the voice, at least read with passion.
    The middle reader is fantastic... sounds just like Keith Richards... brings the book to a whole other level... too bad he couldn't have read the whole thing.
    ... but really... am I going to have to do another 4 hours of JD just to finish....???? aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man Walks Into a Room

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Man Walks Into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another.

    isisimages says: "disappointing"
    "disappointing"
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    After reading "The History of Love", I keep diving into other Nicole Krauss novels hoping for something that even comes close to that brilliant piece of writing but unfortunately finding that my disappointment gets greater each time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mating in Captivity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Esther Perel
    • Narrated By Esther Perel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (137)

    Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

    Grant says: "Intimacy is in the eye of the beholder."
    "Illuminating."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Esther Perel has created an incredible book that is both illuminating and extremely well written.

    Her heavy accent took a little bit to get used to, but by the end of the book I had grown used to it, and I found her reading to be engaged and passionate.

    The book will not give your relationship a quick fix... but instead requires that you do work and that both partners examine closely their own dynamic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (757)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Margaret Atwood can do no wrong... she is a superb writer. This book I figured out at the end, is the prequel to Oryx and Crake. (Which is also superb!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19044)
    Performance
    (14815)
    Story
    (14761)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is absolutely hysterical... and really... You just can't NOT love Tina Fey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Imaginative dreamlike and very Japanese."
    Overall
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    I liked this book... I thought that the translation was superb.
    I was somehow disappointed by the ending... I found it to be drab. However the journey the book takes you on is marvelous throughout.
    The book was very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5942)
    Performance
    (3854)
    Story
    (3868)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "sweet story..."
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    It didn't blow my mind... but there were some sweet moments, and also some good humor. It was a little different coming from the perspective of a dog.

    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
    (23679)
    Performance
    (10267)
    Story
    (10347)

    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"
    "Took a while to get engaged and then...."
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    The book started of extremely slow... but thankfully near the end, heated up and make all that slow slogging through the first half of the book feel worthwhile.

    The story in the end becomes absolutely twisted!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes, Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Treggiari
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    The world has ended... What comes next? Smallpox epidemics, floods, droughts—for 16-year old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, stealing with it everyone she ever loved. Even the landscape of her beloved New York City is ever-shifting and full of hidden dangers. As the weather rages out of control, she survives alone in the wilds of Central Park, hunting and foraging for food and making do with the little she has, while avoiding roving scavengers and thieves.

    Danielle says: "Eh"
    "Feisty female character for a change!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any friend with a teen or pre-teen daughter. Here is a book that is inspiring and empowering for young girls.

    If you ever read or watched the movie twilight and felt disgusted by the insipid character of the pathetic girl that 'needs' a boy to feel worthwhile, then here is a book that achieves the opposite. The main character 'Lucy' is feisty and independent and brave. Thank goodness there is an author out there that realizes the power of female role models in prose.

    The book has action and romance and intrigue and all the things that will rope any young girl into voraciously consuming this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes, Ashes?

    There are many incredible moments in Ashes Ashes, but it is really amazing how the author transforms some familiar landscapes into the catastrophic remains of what it used to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6238)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2422)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Incredible..."
    Overall

    This book was simply fantastic! I enjoyed the historical aspects of it... and the story was incredibly written and well read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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