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Kimberly

Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Where She Went

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    It's been three years since the devastating accident... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock-star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

    Arwen says: "Groovy and the Geek"
    "Too Short!"
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    I love these stories (If I Stay and even more so, Where She Went) and I am so glad Ms Forman wrote this sequel; I only wish it was longer...

    I cannot wait for Audible to get more of Gayle Forman's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Allison says: "Awful Narration"
    "Decent story, bad narration."
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    I am heartened that the next book in this series has a different narrator...

    This narrator has real pronunciation issues, e.g., the word "school" which is used A LOT in this book, is pronounced "sk-oooo-uuul" instead of just "skool" and "towel" is "tow-uuul" and "while" is "why-uuul"...

    Even worse is that the main character is from Texas and, accordingly, says "y'all" frequently. This narrator sound like she is from somewhere like Baltimore - which doesn't really fit. All the "y'all"s seem forced and out of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Read this book if you are fascinated by NYC/Art"
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    This book is not for everyone. Do not read this book because you love Steve Martin. He's not in the book. His comedy is not in the book. No character in the book is based on him. The characters are compelling and the story is a fascinating, nicely-paced tribute to NYC folklore, with just enough truth to make it believable. If you are a genuine Art snob, you may find the name dropping and background information tedious -- but if you are a curious person who has either lived in New York or likes (maybe not loves) Art, you will enjoy this book. I put off reading this book for a long time - somewhat deterred by the reviews - but I am sorry I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and am continually impressed by the wide range of Steve Martin's talents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the New York Times best-sellers Fight Club and Lullaby, is known for his edgy novels, and Rant is no exception. Palahniuk presents this fictional biography of Buster "Rant" Casey in a series of vignettes told by the people who knew him best. As intricate as a spider web, Rant succeeds in recounting the story of one man's life only through the eyes of others. But the question remains, "Who was Rant Casey?"

    Michelle says: "dark and disturbing"
    "Exhausting."
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    This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book. Because I love Fight Club (the movie), I assumed I'd love Chuck's writing -- but I don't. It's overtly graphic, unnecessarily disgusting and so flipping repetitive. The story line is pointlessly meandering and almost impossible to follow. I found this book boring and tedious, seemingly written for shock value alone and not for entertainment. Admittedly, the book has moments of genius but they are so few and far between that it's not worth the slog to get to them.

    If it were not for the amazing cast of narrators, I would have given up on it.

    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
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1734)

    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."
    "Heavy breathing... and not the good kind."
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    I hate to slag a narrator. It's a lot of work to read an entire book, make the characters have personality and make it appeal to the masses - but this narrator is just not right for this book. Her gasping for air every few seconds and heavy smoker's raspy voice do not suit the vivaciousness of spunky Stephanie Plum.

    This is my first Janet Evanovich book - she's a good, quirky writer but I could not stand to listen to another read by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Shiny Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Ben Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel - a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines - some never to be seen again - but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives.

    Rina A. Stein says: "Sooo Good"
    "Gritty Los Angeles satire"
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    If it weren't for the music between chapters, I might give this book 5 stars overall. The music, which is at the end of every chapter and then repeated again at the beginning of every chapter is by far the most annoying music I have encountered in an audio book. It has nothing to do with the story and is entirely unnecessary. I generally don't like music between chapters but have never hated it so much....

    The book, however, is great - it follows several fairly stereotypical characters in L.A. and has both extremely harsh and tender moments. Frey writes in an almost stream of consciousness manner which serves to portray each character's thoughts intimately.

    It's not as dark as A Million Little Pieces but it's not a cheery piece of fiction (Frey is careful to point out that this work is FICTION, to avoid flack from the critics).

    It's read by Ben Foster, the actor in 3:10 to Yuma and the Messenger and he does an amazing job of capturing Frey's characters.

    Highly recommended.

    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
    (13052)
    Performance
    (5501)
    Story
    (5568)

    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!!"
    ""Water for the ABUSED Elephant""
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    I really wanted to love this book but the repeated cruelty to the animals and women made it impossible for me to do so. The story is sad, despite the "happy" ending - the characters are lost and forlorn, with no real hope for a better life. I am not deterred by a tragic story but for some reason, I thought this book was going to be uplifting, and it's not. That being said, it is extremely well written, with incredible imagery. I will look forward to reading others of Sara Gruen's books - she has a magical grasp of language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (26622)
    Performance
    (13263)
    Story
    (13306)

    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!"
    "Excellent Listen"
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    I'm relatively new to audio books but I'm finding they're a good way to pass the time during my commute into work. This book is very well read and such an engrossing story. I am so glad I am listening instead of reading - I'm only on chapter 9 of The Help and I've become so absorbed that I've missed my bus stop twice already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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