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Studio City, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
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  • 15 purchased in 2015

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    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Great book; so-so narrator"

    The book itself was great; Mr. Koontz obviously loves dogs and understands people who love dogs. The story had a lot of suspense but wasn't too scary to listen to alone in the sewing room at night.
    My only issue was the old-school narrator. This recording was made in 1987, and the narration sounds decidedly old-fashioned compared to newer recordings. His tone is very "storyteller", and his character voices can edge dangerously close to cartoony. Several well-written passages sound sillier than they ought to because of his inflection and emphasis. If I weren't a veteran audiobook listener who'd learned to let the narrator grow on me, I would have been instantly put off.
    Not for newcomers to the format, I'd say.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ellen Ruppel Shell
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the shuttered factories of the rust belt to the look-alike strip malls of the sun belt---and almost everywhere in between---America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little examined obsession is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time---the engine of globalization, outsourcing, planned obsolescence, and economic instability in an increasingly unsettled world.

    Roy says: "You Get What You Pay For?"
    "Promising concept but disappointing execution"

    I was excited to listen to this book, but I found as it went on that entire chapters were based on research from other, very popular books I've already read over the past years. Then I felt that much of the content was more politicized than I care for in books having to do with research and behavior. In books like this, I'm looking for fresh information, not repetition and politics. At 2/3 of the way through, I'm moving on to something else. If you're inclined to politics and haven't read "Predictably Irrational," you may enjoy it more than I did. Then again, you may enjoy "Predictably Irrational."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Almost lost me, but didn't."

    About two-thirds of the way through this book, I found that I dreaded hearing where the story was going--it seemed that the misunderstood, do-gooder smart white girl was just about to step over the line into condescending. I nearly stopped listening, but didn't; in the end, I'm glad I finished it. It's a fairly easy listen and the narrators are talented, but the storyline was a little lacking in places. There were places where the author made choices that left me shaking my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Oh, that narrator!"

    Like all the other reviewers, I find the content of this book to be quite interesting, but the narration gets unbearable in places. I can't even imagine what the narrator was thinking--it's like a badly-acted play. This is NOT an audiobook for people who are trying to figure out whether they like listening to books or not--it could turn someone off the medium for life! That said, if you can get past it, the book itself isn't bad.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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