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  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1301)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Terrible, No Good, ROTTEN Narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have been "reading" audiobooks for years and this is my first review. I felt the need to save someone from Minnie Goode's appalling narration. I have never returned a book to Audible but this one is definitely being returned.

    The story is great but any poorly written sentences or undeveloped characters are completely exacerbated by Goode's narration. I got half-way through and could have definitely overlooked her ridiculous voices when the novella required voicing only a handful of characters, but as more and more people come into the story, her voices get more and more ridiculous. This will be the first audiobook I can't push through; I've already bought the ebook and will finish it the old-fashioned way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    The first novella is the best.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her need to create a different voice for each character was ridiculous. I could not finish the book in audio format because of this.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    No more Minnie Goode audiobooks!!!

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (618)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Unputdownable!"
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    If you could sum up Lexicon in three words, what would they be?

    Neurolinguistic Killer Poets!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES. I finished this listen in a day or so - I couldn't stop! I'm terrible at multi-tasking and never listen to an audiobook while doing anything but running, driving or walking my dog. Interestingly, though, I was easily coerced into "studying" chemistry and calculus while listening!

    The ideas Barry puts forth are absolutely fascinating to think about and, even when I wasn't listening, I found myself pondering some of these notions: that words are essentially neurochemical signals; that certain word combinations and sounds short-circuit the normal workings of the brain; that we can easily be "compromised" by those who are gifted poets of persuasion.


    Which character – as performed by Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman – was your favorite?

    Oh I loved Emily Ruff because she don't take no guff. There's always a part of me that groans inaudibly whenever a character does the "right" thing, the "moral" thing. Emily does what she wants.


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

    Sticks and stones may break your bones but a single word can end the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Ready Player One and if you did too, I think you'll like this book. It's referential in the way RP1 is, smart and incredibly well written. Heather Corrigan's narration of Emily is a little annoying at first and her Australian accent is terrible (it, more often than not, sounds Welsh) but it rounds out quickly as Emily comes into her own.

    I have never listened to an audiobook so quickly and I have no doubt I will read it again. I highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3240)
    Story
    (3258)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Love Wins"
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Not sure. I am not the type to listen / read something more than once. But I HAVE bought the book for three friends so, maybe.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Oh Louisa Clark by Susan Lyons for sure. I loved ALL of the performers though Trina's narrator was a bit much - overly dramatic and I had to mess with the volume buttons on my phone while listening to her. Will's narrator starts the story and there are some very odd infections in his narration... Creepy almost. Don't worry, he narrates for all of five minutes - Susan Lyons does a stellar job at all of the characters.


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

    After the concert when Will asks Lou to sit in the car a moment. I died.


    Any additional comments?

    I tore through this book and am very happy I took a chance as this is not the type of book I am usually drawn to. This is a love story with a solitary kiss. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1136)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "Audible Redemption!"
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    What did you love best about The Interestings?

    First, let me say that I was so hesitant to "read" another audiobook after listening to a narration of "Wool" by Hugh Howey that was so painful, I had to finish the book in text.

    I am SO HAPPY with Jen Tullock's narration of "The Interestings" that, frankly, it could have been a much lesser novel and I would have torn through it just as quickly.

    I am a native Manhattanite, temporary Southerner, and, honestly, I seek out epic novels that have New York City as their backdrop. This novel positively SLAYED me. The monotony, mundanity, anonymity, of our lives and the steps we take to give these lives meaning - THAT is what this book is about.

    Did you love St. Elmo's Fire? If so, you will love this book.


    What other book might you compare The Interestings to and why?

    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedies; Beloved by Zadie Smith; Let the Great World Spin by ColomnMcCann.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh there were SO MANY. Jonah. Moonies. "Ethan; you LOVE her..."


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

    I would LOVE to see this novel as a film. And I hate novels as films. What would the tag line be...?

    "Boy wanders; girl waits"?

    "Makeouts, Moonies, Money and More!"

    No.

    I was excited to answer this question but I just can't reduce this novel to a tag line!


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was STELLAR. Tullock, through infliction and pitch, is masterful with her characters. You come to know EXACTLY who she is voicing without any cues, simply by ear. She doesn't explicitly change her tone ro pitch, but a slight graveling lets you know that Ethan is "speaking" well before Ethan is credited with the speech.

    This book was amazing. I'm looking forward to more from Jen Tullock AND Meg Wolitzer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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