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melinda

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  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "If you love Anne Tyler..."
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    What did you love best about Noah's Compass?

    Anne Tyler glimpses into little lives and exposes the complications, little joys, the beauty and the warts. Noah's Compass may not go where you want it to, but the journey of her prose is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eunice. She was such a surprise in the end.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arthur Morey?

    I don't recall the narrator. Not because he was bad, I've just been listening to lots of Anne Tyler books. All narrators were very good to excellent, except one was awful, but it was a woman.


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

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17340)
    Performance
    (15406)
    Story
    (15358)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "And I was worried I'd be bored!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I would assume great either way. But I love when it's performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have said I don't like time travel stories, but I loved when he went back in time. I loved thinking about all the details the main character had to pay attention to to fit in "back then."


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

    Great performance!


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

    If you could save JFK would you...should you?


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    Overall
    (9917)
    Performance
    (4844)
    Story
    (4873)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Stephen King is underrated!"
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    Where does Under the Dome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of those books you can't wait to listen to--like a print book you can't put down. Scale of 1-10--8.5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    When the dome first appears. You don't think of all the consequences. King does.


    Which character – as performed by Raul Esparza – was your favorite?

    The sherrif.


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

    No, but made me think a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I love King's writing. He can be so descriptive, and let's me truly see things through a character's eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Lee says: "Disappointed"
    "When did Scarpetta get so boring?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. Go back to her earlier books.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    I was never "thrilled" and certainly never scared. The "star" of the story seems to be a cell phone's technology. Maybe it was intriguing when this came out, but this was BORING. I used to love Scarpetta novels, granted she, for me, was the original CSI type story. But I swear they used to be more interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    total frustration that I felt compelled to listen to the whole story because I bought it.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought Patricia Cornwell's latest, the bone bed or something. Her last two books have been so bad, I think I may use the return option, since I haven't started it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1278)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "It takes a lot for me to peek at the end, but..."
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    What did you like best about House Rules? What did you like least?

    This is really well written as far as the descriptions and dialogue go. But I saw the end coming a mile away, and it took FOREVER to get there. Kind of unbelievable no one ever asked the right question.


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

    The view into asperger's syndrome. Didn't care about the romance.


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

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    if I hadn't read the book, the storyline would have intrigued me. But knowing the ending, no.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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