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  • I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro
    • Narrated By Pamela Des Barres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.

    Armstrong says: "Dont waste your money...........please"
    "Charming"
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    Would you listen to I'm with the Band again? Why?

    Yes, I might. Pamela does such a great job of narrating it, her warmth and personality shine through. By listening to her I could see why all the band members loved her, something that might not have come across if it were narrated by someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss P!


    What about Pamela Des Barres’s performance did you like?

    She put so much energy into her narration and I really liked the extra bits she threw in as she was going. I also liked the catch up bits at the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked to listen to a chapter then sit with what I'd heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Not long enough. I hope to listen to more of her exploits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (847)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    Lilian says: "Such a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!"
    "A bit creepy"
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    What did you like best about Alpha? What did you like least?

    I liked that it was well paced and interesting. I didn't like that all through the author stressed that our heroine was freely consenting to be his partner but in reality that wasn't true. He said if she walked away she would owe him $120,000 which she didn't have. It kind of smacked of slavery as he'd bought her for that amount. It creeped me out.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would remove this monetary motivation or worked out a way for her to pay it back or him write it off. He came across as weird and a bit sick and sleazy.


    What does Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Summer did a great job of narrating. I thought the few minutes that Tyler narrated could easily have been cut. If I were Summer I would be annoyed that he got equal billing when she did so much of the work.


    Could you see Alpha being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Not one I'd recommend. Too many overtones of violence against women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Mother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (158)

    Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present and make amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business. As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months each year planning a holiday that everyone in her family will enjoy.

    Jan says: "Loved it"
    "Very wordy"
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    What did you like best about The Sins of the Mother? What did you like least?

    I liked the plot lines and that it had a strong female lead. I thought it was too long and that Danielle seemed to forget she was a story teller and go into preaching mode too often.


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

    I liked that she interwove the lives of Olivia's children throughout the story. I thought she worshiped Olivia a little too much.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    She had great diction and was easy to understand.


    Do you think The Sins of the Mother needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with this book and it's put me off buying more from this author even though I've heard so much about her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7934)
    Performance
    (6908)
    Story
    (6905)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Kept me up listening way past my bedtime"
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    Yes, definitely.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Girl with the dragon tattoo as the heroine of the story has similar traits.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She has a wonderful range of character voices and her accent isn't overpowering.


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

    I can take care of myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Really loved this book and wish it were part of a series. A great introduction to Nora's work and I have just downloaded two more of her books. Looking forward to many more late, late nights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.

    juliet says: "Worst ending ever!"
    "Worst ending ever!"
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    What disappointed you about Her Fearful Symmetry?

    I was left wondering what happened and did not believe the ending. Maybe it was because this was the abridged version.


    What was most disappointing about Audrey Niffenegger’s story?

    The ending.


    Have you listened to any of Sian Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but Sian was spectacular! I would happily buy a book just to hear her again.


    What character would you cut from Her Fearful Symmetry?

    I'm not sure, it was not the characters that were disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the time travelers' wife. It is one of my all time favourite books and I have listened to it about 30 times. I was so looking forward to another of Audrey's books and this one, although quirky (but that is Audrey's style), was going well until that ending.
    I will now wait till Audrey's next book to see if I remain a fan of hers. Thanks for the opportunity to rate books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (797)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Into the wild"
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    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wild the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story made even better because it is a true story. Who among us hasn't fantasized at some time about living off the land in the wilderness?


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because a woman at work came in bleary eyed last Monday morning. She said she'd been loaned this book on Friday and had been up all night reading it because she couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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