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Lisa

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (566)

    The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.

    Tim says: "Couldn't Disagree More..."
    "Lisa"
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    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    If you can believe it I have never seen the movie or read the book. I enjoyed listening to this book, which is an epic story of an Italian immigrant family who happens to be a major part of the mafia. Found the characters really well developed and the story engrossing.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Great narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of moving parts of this book but one that stands out for me is Lucy finding love after Sonny's death with a doctor that made her whole in more ways than one.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the second book int his series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (3992)
    Story
    (4001)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Winter of the World, another triumph for Follett"
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    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I love the development of all of Follett's characters. He takes the reader back in time and gives an unbiased look at what it would be like to live through WWII. As the reader you the story is brought to life through the characters' experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book about WWII that is objective and not biased. It really gives the reader the perspective of what it means to be at war, what leads to it for every country involved, without having the story being navigated with a political agenda. Also Follett provides the human experience of what it is to live through the war on different continents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (530)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Barbara says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "Lisa"
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    Where does A Tree Grows in Brooklyn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates in the top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Francie Nolan is my favorite character, although I loved her aunt cici and her mother as well. All the characters were so richly written and so intertwined that it's hard not to love them all.


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

    Not sure, but I thought she did a wonderful job with 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn'.


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

    I couldn't stop listening to it. It's such a wonderful story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an American classic worth listening to. So happy I downloaded it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (632)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Lisa"
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    What made the experience of listening to Envy the most enjoyable?

    I found this book incredibly entertaining. After reading it I downloaded a bunch of Sandra Brown books, although this one is my favorite so far. Loved the twists and turns in this book and the hot love affair.


    What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

    Normally I don't like a male reader performing a woman's role but once I gave it a chance with this narrator I found I forgot all about my previous aversions.


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

    The twist and turns in this story will keep you riveted.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3595)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1344)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Lisa"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Talk Pretty One Day to be better than the print version?

    Loved them both. I will reread this book and will always keep it in my collection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David of course. He is so hilarious and self effacing. I love his wit, charm and sarcasm.


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

    His personality really comes through in his narration although reading the book is really just as good. Take your pick.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried and told the stories to anyone that was in earshot as I finished them. I of course don't do them justice but can't help myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Love David Sedaris!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6275)
    Performance
    (5577)
    Story
    (5573)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Lisa"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is not really a fair review because I couldn't get past the first few chapter of this book. Way too plotless and detail oriented. So with that said, I guess I am only reviewing the first few chapters, which were a labor I happily left behind.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet. Thinking I would love an epic novel, maybe historical fiction. I do love this genre of books though, just find it hard to find a good one. When I do find a good one I tear through it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Dale’s performances?

    The narration wasn't specifically a problem for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4208)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3032)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Lisa"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the author had gone deeper into the development of the characters. I was so looking forward to listening to this book but was a bit disappointed. I couldn't understand why the main character was willing to sacrifice her own safety and nearly her life for people she really didn't seem to have much of a relationship with.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was tragic and left me saying WTF??? Seriously need to have the characters check themselves.


    What about Hope Davis’s performance did you like?

    Hope Davis did a great job with the narration.


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

    Maybe. Maybe not. It was kind of un-relatable in it's fantasticness, if that's even a word, but also so disconnected in it's humanness. I mean really some of the things these characters held so close to them as a moral code in the beginning they just deserted too easily as the story unfolded.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy listening to this book but not really recommending it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34560)
    Performance
    (25677)
    Story
    (26036)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Lisa"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    So many, hard to choose. Loved the scenes with Gayle and also loved Katniss in the game.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. Kept me interested in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Katniss took her sister's place in the Hunger Games.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Tore through it.

    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
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (817)

    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"
    "Lisa"
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    What disappointed you about The Best of Me?

    This book was the sappiest thing I have ever come across. It was shameless with ridiculous sentimentality. Got to the last few chapters and just stopped. I felt like my IQ dropped a few points for entertaining it for that long.


    What could Nicholas Sparks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get more real! He either is the most sensitive human being on the planet or is just catering to lonely women in desperate, and I mean desperate need, of some love and affection.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Pratt’s performances?

    Maybe.


    What character would you cut from The Best of Me?

    All of them!!!!!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (3093)
    Story
    (3096)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Lisa"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book had been as good as the previous ones in this series, I would've given it more stars. I felt like this book was just a loose end tier without any of the character development I am use to from this author. Mostly I felt it was glib. AND I miss the kitsch this author used to insert in her books.


    Has Deadlocked turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A bit.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Love the reader! She is very talented and keeps me entertained without distracting from the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

    I would have cut out many of the scenes that seemed to be there just to explain loose ends, which seemed to be the whole book. I also would have the author insert some more tension in Sookie's love life. This whole book was a vague gloss over of her relationship, which has always been the best part of these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Take it out of the romance section if you aren't going to have any romance in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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