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Jonetta

Fredericksburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4919)
    Performance
    (3815)
    Story
    (3820)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Engaging"
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    This book was very engaging. It is a story that doesn't really have a beginning or an ending. It is one of those books that is just telling you a story about these peoples lives for a segment of time. I found myself involved in the characters very early on. The narrator did an excellent job with voices and emotions. The author told the story so well, you would almost believe it had really happened. It is a very interesting view on what life could be like in the event of a nuclear war. So different than other books written about post nuclear war. In a way, it was an uplifting story of human perserverence, and how life can and does go on. I enjoyed it. Not at all what I expected, but really good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3900)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3130)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "What an unexpected pleasure"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    Rob shares stories and insights to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    He shares the story of getting his start in


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

    I LOVE that he took the time to read this book himself. It makes it so believable. And if it wasn't really a true biography, there's no WAY he would have read it. So it's nice to know you are


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

    So much moved me in this book. It was so REAL. It takes a brave person to share all of the personal experiences and emotions that he shares in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to thank Rob Lowe for writing this book! I haven't even followed his career closely. I was a huge fan as a teenage girl, as were most, but haven't even really known what he's been up to. After seeing him on Oprah, and seeing the way he spoke about the love of his life, his wife Cheryl, I had a new curiosity to find out what kind of man he grew up to be. I'd have to say,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "I will listen to anything Bahni Turpin narrates!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Precious the most enjoyable?

    Bahni Turpin is hands down my favorite narrator on Audible. I have others that I enjoy as well, but in my opinion, no one brings a story to life in quite the way she does. She is not just a story reader, but a true actress in the way she brings the characters to life. This is the second story I've listened to that she has narrated and all I can say is


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Precious?

    The whole thing. It moved me from beginning to end. Makes my heart break and rejoice.


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

    I listened to her narrate


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

    Both!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has many sad and disturbing parts. If you are sensitive to foul language or sexual descriptions, do not read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2455)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Great story"
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    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If not for the narrator, I would have given this book 5 stars. The story was very good. One of my favorite fantasy novels I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Boy, the main character. Early on I began to route for him. The author does an excellent job of making you relate and feel everything he is going through. All though I must admit I quickly found myself a fan of Burrich and went on all of the emotional rollercoaster rides the author puts you through with him.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance of this book was VERY weak for me. I almost turned it off early on as the audio was so bad. It would go from loud to extremely quiet, to where you could hardly hear. That proves how good the book was, because I was involved in the story and decided to press on. Eventually I got used to the shoddy audio, and found myself lost in the story. The narrator does not do a good job at changing his voice, and several characters sounded the same. Often I wasn't sure at first who was saying what.


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

    I listen to audio books in my car, and of course this one would be too long to listen to in one sitting. But I do admit that I couldn't wait to get back in my car so I could jump back in to the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a chance, despite the poor narration. You will eventually get used to it most likely. This story was very engaging and having just ended it a couple of days ago, I realize that I am disappointed knowing it has come to an end. I enjoyed spending time with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (3089)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1841)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "A Really Fun Listen"
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    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Lighthearted, Intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main character Amelia. She is strong, smart, and witty.


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

    This was my first time listening to Barbara Rosenblat narrate, and I thought she did a really good job. She had unique voices for each character and had good inflection. I believe she put across the characters' intentions very well.


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

    I did not expect this book to be so intriguing! When it started out I feared it was going to be flat and boring, but I kept listening and soon I found myself disappointed everytime I had to turn it off! I couldn't wait to get back to the story so I could find out what was going to happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Elizabeth Peters book and am so glad it is the first in a series. I am looking forward to meeting up with these characters again soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3536)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1563)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Hard to follow"
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    I must confess I could not get all the way through this book. I wanted to like it, I was intrigued, but I could not understand all of what was going on. This one might be better read directly from the book (instead of listened to) or seen as a movie. After about 4 hours of listening, I just had to give up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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