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Jennifer

HUGO, MN, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 160 titles in library
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  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1110)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "My first Shakespeare (but not my last)"
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    I came to this novel differently than many people probably have - I have never read or watched Shakespeare's plays. I have only the slightest general cultural knowledge of things like MacBeth and Romeo & Juliet, etc. My hope was that this novel would lead me to take on Shakespeare - and it has! The book was dark, of course, and a tragedy (I think even I knew that much) but it also led me through the path of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth from idealistic youth to their tortured endings in an understandable way. The narrator was AMAZING as others have stated, and really made each character come to life for me! I look forward to reading the actual play MacBeth (probably the Spark Notes "no fear Shakespeare version, I'm a wimp) to see the differences and similarities. So really, any novel that leads a regular working-class person to want to read Shakespeare has to be a good one, right?

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dee Brown
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

    Reginald says: "A wrenching introduction to this history."
    "Not As Dry As You Might Think!"
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    I have been in my "Native American" reading phase and usually I read a lot of historical fiction to learn about cultures. But because this is actually part of MY culture (so says the family tree, though nothing I've grown up with and not obvious by looking at my generation) I thought I would check out some actual history. I am tentative when reading history - it can be so boring. That's why I like historical fiction.

    This book was not as "good" or interesting or readable as, say, David McCullough, but really, that's a pretty high standard. This is what I can say about the book - I am glad I listened to it or I might not have finished. But I DID listen to it, and sometimes rewound to listen again if I got lost in the bunch of names. THEN when I went on to read (and listen to) other books about the same people and era, I recognized a lot of what was going on...so even though it wasn't as "fun" to read as fictionalized accounts, I did actually learn. And cry at the end...THAT never happened in school history class!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2886)
    Performance
    (2187)
    Story
    (2202)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "So Much More Than Bunnies!"
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    What an incredible mind Richard Adams has to have created this whole world - something as common as rabbits become such individuals - it is truly amazing! I laughed and cried (how's that for unique and original) and learned at least one new word that has become part of my vocabulary (tharn - read the book and see what that's all about). The characterization of each individual rabbit in this book is as rich and deep as any human character I've loved through literature (like the boys in "Lord of the Flies" or the kids at Hogwarts) and the fact that they were rabbits didn't take away from that - and yet, they were not anthropomorphized - they had rabbit traits, not human traits. How'd he manage that?

    To sum it up, this book is a great adventure, and I think I'll never look at the myriads of bunnies running around our neighborhood in quite the same way again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (892)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Fabulous Popular Author"
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    I admit it - I can be a real snob when it comes to "literature". I quit reading James Patterson and Dean Koontz years ago - never would dare pick up a Danielle Steel or Nora Roberts (sorry) or anything like that. So when my aunt recommended Jodi Picoult, I checked her out, and she seemed kinda like those others at first glance - so popular that I knew her novels would be those type of template novels - but this sounded interesting, so I got it anyway. WOW! Like Stephen King, Jodi Picoult is a popular novelist who can really WRITE her characters, her plots, and drag me into lives with depth, with meaning, with great surprises - it's a good thing I keep finding great new authors to love on audible.com! And now Jodi Picoult is one of them - this book hit me like a BRICK - but you know, that good kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (581)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "Another New Fave Author"
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    First I read The Prince of Tides - soooo good! When I saw this on sale, I thought, hey, that guy wrote that other book I liked - so I bought it and WOW! Now I think I have another new favorite author!! The Southern novel has not been my main genre, though I've dipped into it through the years (Carson McCullers, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird, and a few others) and Pat Conroy fits right in with what I assume are the best. This book is full of great characters who are very intricate - no saints, no demons, just people who have a depth that we slowly get to see and appreciate. Definitely excellent - would recommend to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1220)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Love Bryce Courtenay - Need New Narrator or Plot"
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    I read EVERYTHING by my beloved modern-day Dickens, Bryce Courtenay. I love this story. But, I hate to say, his characters are getting kind of predictable, and maybe, though I LOVE Humphrey Bower's narration, it's time to get a new narrator. The voice of all black people was quaint at first, but now I'm starting to find it offensive. And Bryce - dig into your cupboard and find a few new characters. Dig deeper - they are beginning to all be so typical - anybody who reads lots of Courtenay knows what I mean. Let's find a new one - totally different. K? That all being said - I will keep reading everything of his and this book really IS excellent for its own purposes! I do love an old-fashioned, well-wrapped-up ending, and appreciate that Courtenay always provides, as Dickens always did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4870)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1765)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Modern Gothic - AMAZING!!"
    Overall

    Well, now that I have listened to this - with 2 FABULOUS narrators - and such oh SUCH an interesting tale - I will have to read it again. Because although the whole thing is not a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-to-find-out-what-happened mystery (in other words, the tale is worth the telling in full), the ending is a bit of a surprise, and like the movie Sixth Sense, I now have to go back to catch all the clues! This is AMAZING! The narration is SUPERB. The story is compelling, heartbreaking, inspiring, and I love the old-fashioned-ness of it. All ends are tied up, Dickensian coincidences abound, happily-ever-after (but not in the way you would expect at ALL) seems to be achieved - just GET THIS BOOK AND LISTEN TO IT - AND THEN AGAIN - AND AGAIN!! A new fave for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (758)

    After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home of Nicholas Flamel. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and art collector, is after them, and time is running. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.

    Robert says: "recommended though narrator was switched"
    "There'll never be another Harry Potter"
    Overall

    Recognizing the name Nicholas Flamel from Harry Potter, I thought I'd check these out. Have read all 5 available so far - have also recently read other kids' books in the similar style - these books are interesting with great characters and it's fun that I recognize them from history so get to explain to my daughter who they are. There is interesting action and secrets and adventures. All that being said, not only Scott's books, but all the children's fantasy books (excluding, of course, Wrinkle in Time set) just FAIL next to Harry Potter. I think we really have to stop thinking of HP as children's books or something - I keep trying to decide what it is. There's just so much MORE to love about Harry Potter!! Anyway, kids who liked HP will probably like these, and I'll keep going with the series...but JKR - something else for us maybe?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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