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Jackie

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Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Seth Rudetsky
    • Narrated By Seth Rudetsky, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, and others
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He's a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he's just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well? Of course not.

    Michael says: "A *must-have* for any fan of Broadway or humor!"
    "Like Nails on a Chalkboard!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - and I barely made it through chapter 3. The narration was unbearable. This is the first audio book I have ever had to quit altogether. I couldn't get into the story, because Mr. Rudetsky's shrill voice and self-important delivery was so off-putting.


    What was most disappointing about Seth Rudetsky’s story?

    The author's inability to remove himself from the text. His stranglehold prevented the narrative from ever taking off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No. Never.


    Did Broadway Nights inspire you to do anything?

    Broadway Nights inspired me to turn the volume down as far as it could possibly go, before turning it off and switching to music.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5118)
    Performance
    (4718)
    Story
    (4727)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "A beautiful haunting book"
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    The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a real treat. Neil Gaiman's narration gives a haunting personal quality to the piece. His voice driving the story makes it feel deeply intimate and adds an extra layer of interest to the (somewhat sedate) plot line. I do wish the book was a bit meatier. It went by so quickly, I was left wishing for something more. This can be seen as a positive or a negative, depending on the mood of the listener. It is a slow book with lots of descriptive language. I recommend listening to this book without multitasking. I found if most enjoyable when I listened undistracted, and could most enjoy the language and story unfold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1573)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Truly Amazing Audiobook"
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    This audiobook was perfection. The story was extremely interesting, and the narration was ideal. The performances were spot on and I cannot imagine the characters being portrayed in any other way. This is a book that is truly a joy to hear read aloud. The pace is fantastic and the story remains interesting from beginning to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Sara says: "Tenement Life From a Child's Point of View"
    "Sweet old world story - just get it on sale"
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    Where does Up from Orchard Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is on the high end of the middle. It's a perfect 4 stars. I got the book during one of the audible sales, and this made it especially enjoyable for what it was. The story is deeply moving and I found the characters to be very familiar. The narration and the experience of listening to it was very sweet. The experience of listening to this book felt similar to spending time with an aging family member telling stories of their past. The story gets a little syrupy by the end and the main character is just a bit too idealized. By the end of the book it was too predictable that everything would always work out for this seemingly magical little girl.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in New York, so this book was especially enjoyable for its historical depiction of a major NYC neighborhood. The story is a great reminder that this city and our country is constantly changing and within one person's lifetime a community can take on a completely new identity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (605)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Heroic Little Book"
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    Out of the 60+ audiobooks in my library, this one was truly a treat. Michael Urie should narrate WAY more often. His delivery is incredibly fun and moving and sweet. I loved everything about this book. It's incredibly empathetic and moving, but is also knowingly silly and fun. This book had all the great elements of a guilty-pleasure action hero movie with the emotional spirit of a great graphic novel. I recommend this audiobook to super hero-fanboys and average readers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1332)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Too Dense - Needs to be read"
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    I could not get through this audiobook. I hope to return to it eventually, but I think it may be a book that is best when read. There are way too many names to keep track of while listening. I like to listen to my audiobooks while walking around or during my commute. I found that this book required too much focus that I kept feeling lost and going back to previous chapters. It would have been much easier to have the book in front of me. I wish this was a more enjoyable audiobook, because it sounds like a great story and I hear the followup book is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (497)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Great Audio Book!"
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    Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin again? Why?

    I would not want to listen to this book again, but only because it is an incredibly sad and disturbing book. With that said, I do not regret the purchase! I recommend listening to the book and then following up by watching the film starring Tilda Swinton. The side-by-side reveals a great deal about the American culture of violence. I tore through this audio book and wanted to talk about it with everyone I know.


    What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin to and why?

    This book was similar to Gone Girl. It's a thriller that relies heavily on the differing points of views of the main characters. Like with Gone Girl, the reader has to continuously question what is real and who is telling the truth.


    Who was the most memorable character of We Need to Talk About Kevin and why?

    The entire story is told from the mother's point of view. She is not a typically endearing protagonist. I think the voice performance was truly fantastic. I felt deeply connected to the character throughout the audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (435)

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "Great Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this audiobook for listeners with a sense of humor and a flare for the dramatic. This is a unique spin on a relatively familiar story. Those with an open mind will be richly rewarded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Marcus, the loyal partner to our strong female lead. As with most of the characters, his checkered past makes his conflicted present especially compelling.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I would recommend this audiobook to listeners who enjoy full cast productions. This presentation offers moments of good campy fun interspersed throughout the lovely story. It took me a moment to get used to the various versions of each character - as several narrators perform each role. This is explained in the introduction.


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

    It was a book that I simultaneously didn't want to put down, but also did not want to end. Ultimately this led to some disappointment with the ending, but this was likely unavoidable - as any ending would halt this great fun.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rebecca Traister
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In the last two years, the United States - its history, assumptions, prejudices, and vocabulary - have all cracked open. A woman won a state presidential primary contest (quite a few of them, actually) for the first time in this country's history. Less than a year later, a vice-presidential candidate concluded her appearance in a national debate and immediately reached for her newborn baby. A few months after that, an African American woman moved into the White House - not as an employee but as the First Lady.

    Stacey says: "Perfect refresher course in feminism and the media"
    "Fabulous Book You Can't Help but Quote"
    Overall

    This is an incredibly interesting book. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in sociology, politics, or feminism. It is a fair and balanced account or the 2008 elections. The author's candor and honesty is a pleasure. This is not a preachy piece of propaganda. I finished the book feeling informed, validated, and more willing to keep caring about an often tedious political system. Although the title is slightly unfortunate, I cannot praise the book enough. Big Girls Don't Cry is an outstanding read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (855)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Fascinating Content spoiled by lacking narration"
    Overall

    I greatly enjoyed the content of this book. Deborah Blum weaves a fascinating tale of American History through the frame of poison studies. The stories are engaging and will change the way you look at the products you use every day, and the relationship we have with modern chemicals. The only regrettable aspect of this product is the narration. Marlo's voices are hokey and distract from the subject matter. Her delivery feels forced and there are some odd edits that leave unnatural pauses. I found myself having to listen to several portions a second time in order to absorb the text. If you are interested in US History, New York, or are simply intrigued by poison, you will enjoy listening. Just be prepared for some silly voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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