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Angela

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (3014)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Claire Danes brought this book to life!"
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    Such an entertaining listen. Margaret Atwood's excellent prose is given so much life by Danes! It was like she was acting out the novel just for me. I suppose she was in a way. Again, Atwood's prose is excellent. Her words flow like water at times. I don't know if that had more to do with Danes' fantastic narration, but I suspect if I had read the book myself, I would come to the same conclusion.

    I am not ashamed to admit that I did peek at the Spark Notes online a few times just to get some clarification and further explanation, and it really helped to open my eyes as far as Biblical references and things of that nature. I'm not the most studied person when it comes to the Bible or religious studies. I did also have a bit of a head-scratching moment at the end of the novel, too, in the Historical Notes section, because hearing the names of the professors and locations mentioned didn't make sense to me until I saw them written out on virtual paper. So reading the character list and details off the Spark Notes was of great service to me as well, and that gave me a better sense of the ending.

    The Handmaid's Tale is interesting, scary and strange to think about. Definitely makes me appreciate my life and all things in it. If you have the opportunity to give this book a listen, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't understand all of it at first, Claire Danes will definitely hold your attention with her skillful narration, and you can dig deeper later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6268)
    Performance
    (4282)
    Story
    (4258)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Excellent!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Jack Reacher. He is the man. Clever. Tough. Has that I-don't-take-sh*t-from-anybody attitude, and I love that about him. I also love that Lee doesn't always give Reacher the easy way out. He doesn't let his main character off the hook in sticky situations. Reacher has to work and live his story, not just have it written for him. It's great!

    I really enjoyed the characters, they are all interesting. Lee is great at giving everyone their own story.

    I like all the gruesome details Lee includes. He made this horribly realistic and didn't hold back. He knows how to hook the reader (listener in this case) and keep them hooked.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His booming voice is amazing! It's sexy and rough, and he paces the reading perfectly. He knows when to be gentle and careful, and he knows when to apply a sense of urgency to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Fantastic narration! One of the best I've heard!


    Any additional comments?

    My first Reacher novel, and it won't be my last! I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (185)

    Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?

    Pamela Murphy says: "The Guardian is all washed up..."
    "A bit predictable, but Sparks always makes me cry!"
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    If you could sum up The Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable. Romantic. Bittersweet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the dog, Singer. He is the real hero of the story, and Sparks did such a good job of giving the dog a personality of his own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabel Keating?

    I have listened to many of Mark Kay Andrews' books narrated by Isabel Keating in the past. If I see her name, I usually will give the book a try. She's a good narrator, especially with southern accents and outrageous characters. This performance wasn't up to par with the MKA books she's narrated, but it was still pretty good.


    If you could take any character from The Guardian out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mike. He sounds like a great guy once you get to know him.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best Sparks fare, but it was a decent story that kept me interested and had some good plot twists. This was a nice change from his usual love stories. And, of course, even though I thought I was safe...he made me cry big baby tears at the end! Have your tissues ready!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (806)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "Why bother?...unless you like being depressed..."
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    The narrator performed well...wasn't boring or monotone. But I'm sorry to say that this is my least favorite NS book of all time! I had a hard time staying interested in the story, and I didn't really connect much with the characters. But I stayed with it! It felt like a sob story from the beginning. I am so disappointed...I don't know if Mr.Sparks was going through a depression or grief stage when he wrote this, but it sure was rough. I listened to the whole thing (to get my credit's worth), and, despite the gray story, the ending did choke me up a little and brought some tears to my eyes. If there is one thing Mr.Sparks CAN ALWAYS DO, it's make me cry. Damn you, Nicholas Sparks! Unless you are a completist, spare yourself the time and the tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knit One, Kill Two: A Knitting Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Sefton
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder.

    Kim says: "Give us more Sefton"
    "Quick Listen, Familiar For A Beginner Knitter"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I feel like this book was worth maybe half a credit. It was a quick, easy listen. The narrator wasn't boring at all, and experiencing the main character learning how to knit was comforting to me as I am new to knitting as well. I felt some of the same trepidation and excitement she did about learning to knit and purl. The story was simple, though, and, at times some of the dialogue seemed too neat and didn't flow well.


    Do you think Knit One, Kill Two needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the story stands alone fairly well. I'm not really interested in finding out more about the characters or what else happens to them in the future. They were entertaining during the story, but I don't really feel like I care about them enough to pursue more of a relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    This would probably be a good, light beach read, but I wouldn't recommend it if you want something to really challenge your mind and completely consume you the whole way through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Rental

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (335)

    Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds—has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.

    Sharon says: "Perfect fun summer reading!"
    "Perfect listen for a long roadtrip..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Summer Rental to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book, but I really enjoyed this audio version. I have enjoyed several of Mary Kay Andrews' books that are narrated by Isabel Keating. Keating jus has a flare for performing Andrews' stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer Rental?

    There were two most memorable moments for me: During their first real encounter, when Ty dares Ellis to do something he thinks she won't because she's too afraid, and she does it! So hot! And I loved Ellis's walk of shame. It was funny and so true to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Ellis and Ty's first nighttime encounter, and I especially enjoyed the outdoor shower scene. Oo la la!


    If you could take any character from Summer Rental out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dorie! She sounds funny and sweet, and I bet she'd be a hoot to hang with and just have fun with the girls. Of course, I'd love to take Ty out as well but for much different reasons. ;)


    Any additional comments?

    This book was just a delight to listen to. Isabel Keating puts just enough of a spin on the womens' voices so you can tell them apart. It takes a few chapters to really hear the differences in the voices she gives them, but after a while they are like old friends all with their own distinct accents. The ladies in this story are all likable and relatable. I enjoyed hearing each of their stories unfold, and I'm so glad the author wrapped everything up with natural loose ends so you don't have to wonder what might happen next, you can kind of figure out how their lives will play out for a bit after it's all over. The main love story is sweet and provides enough romance and some good loves scenes throughout. As usual, Andrews also gives the setting its own sort of story, including details about the house the women stay in, and she kind of draws you into their temporary nest and makes it so you don't want to leave the beach either when the summer is over. This book was just a pleasure to listen to, and I am sure I will listen to it many more times in the future. Fun in the sun, romance and taking chances, and there is some suspense thrown in to mix things up. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something kind of light and entertaining. Not too serious. Also, at the end there is a conversation between the author and the narrator that you get to listen in on, and it's kind of interesting to hear what they have to say about the story and bringing it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postcard Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Liza Marklund
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Erik Singer, Reg Rogers
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him - he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

    Rose says: "Come on, James, Can you think of some new material"
    "A little confusing but still entertaining"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Liza Marklund and/or the narrators?

    I would definitely listen to another Jame Patterson. He always delivers fast, entertaining reads/listens.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson and Liza Marklund before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first James Patterson and Liza Marklund story. They seem make a good team.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I got a little lost at times with the different voices...I usually prefer to listen to just one narrator. I like that there were male and female voices, but I was expecting them to read the male and female lines like a play...didn't like how each narrator spoke both male and female in the different chapters. They each performed well, though.


    Any additional comments?

    This would probably make a good beach read, but I didn't find the story to be quite memorable. There was a steamy sex scene, but it gets spoiled by some gross details revealed later in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14596)
    Performance
    (11986)
    Story
    (12613)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Excluding the sex scenes,had to listen at 2X speed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think women who want some sexual satisfaction from the written word might enjoy this, but there are better selections to choose from that have a lot more story in between all the sex. Some of this story was just too unbelievable and shallow, even for fantasy. I don't regret listening to it...thank God for 2X and 3X speed settings, though.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have used a thesaurus. The ending should have been wrapped up better so that this could stand as a story on its own. It seems like the author wrote one long story and was made to chop it up into three parts for the sake of profits.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator hadn't sounded like such a valley girl. She could have read a bit faster during the non-sexual parts of the story. Her narration was sooooooooo sllloooooow.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All the in between...just leave the sex. ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the sex scenes, but the rest of the story was kind of boring and unbelievable.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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