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  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (944)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Not what I exected...but an interesting listen."
    Overall

    I think I was looking for more of the myth factor here. What Jacobsen has done is conducted incredibly thorough research to reveal the truth to a lot of mysteries; truth perhaps not as exciting as proposed by popular media. However, I learned a lot, historically speaking. I also liked that Jacobsen narrated her own work, knowing the hours she must have put into the research.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katrina Alcorn
    • Narrated By Katrina Alcorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

    Margaret says: "The definition of insanity..."
    "A "Must Listen" for Moms who are Self-Critical"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maxed Out to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed listening to the author's actual voice in this memoir format. Only she could bring her own experiences, emotions and frustrations to life in the way that was true to her story.


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

    "When a Mother walks away from Societal Expectations"


    Any additional comments?

    As a mother of three children, I could truly relate to this memoir. I found it very encouraging and would definitely recommend it to any mom, (stay-at-home or working outside the home) who is trying to do it all. This book just makes a woman realize that so many of us go through the same stressors and struggles, but it takes guts to be genuine about it, like Katrina did in her book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (317)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Realistic Tips on how to Change Lifestyle Eating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because many of us "try" to eat healthy and organic, but it can seem like a lonely path to travel. Barbara tells about her family's project to "eat local" for one year. Although this is a true story, this book does not sound like a non-fiction book, but an enjoyable story to listen to. It has inspired me rather than overwhelmed me to look at the food I eat and to try to make a few changes in my diet to eat better and feed my family well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?

    As a farmer's daughter, turned city dweller, I could relate to and laugh about the chapter on harvesting the turkeys and chicken day! Barbara also comes up with delightful twists of wording that just draw the listener in.


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

    The author narrated this book herself along with other family members. I truly enjoyed Barbara's narration and I've listened to hundreds of books! Her voice is soothing which made this a relaxing listen when it could have been sort of overwhelming with advice, tips, and recipes. I really enjoyed hearing her family member's voices as well. It kind of felt like I was sitting in their living room listening to them tell me personally about their experiment to eat locally for one year.


    Any additional comments?

    An inspiring yet "do-able" listen for anyone who eats organic, cares about animal rights and the environment. Through her storytelling, Barbara has a way of encouraging small changes to improve our food choice lifestyle. Looks like I'll finally make my way to my local farmer's market!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Debra Messing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

    Judith says: "Not what I expected."
    "Sorry Debra - the Narration Didn't Cut it."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend in print form because I think it would be a more enjoyable read than listen.


    What aspect of Debra Messing’s performance would you have changed?

    I found the audio version somewhat confusing because the narrator did not give enough differentiation to each of the different women "character voices." So I often found myself confused about who was speaking in that particular chapter. This is a book that would have been better served with a variety of narrator voices I believe.


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

    I think this would make a very beautiful screen adaptation.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed in "Love Anthony" as compared to Genova's "Still Alice." I see what she was aiming for, but the plot was just more convoluted. Again, perhaps a different narration style would have helped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (506)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Intriguing, Insightful. A listen worth your credit"
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    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It seems I've been on a dry stretch of trying to find a book that would really capture my interest lately. Moloka'i has it!! I learned a lot, the characters were realistic and memorable and the historical research was remarkably well done and yet easily transposed into a great plot about the history leprosy colony off main land Hawaii.


    What does Anne Noelani Miyamoto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A narrator who obviously has the knowledge of Hawaii and its language and traditions only adds to the enjoyment of this listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Want to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (257)

    In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance.

    Ronda says: "Can't stop listening...."
    "Over "acted" and frustrating plot."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    At first the mystery in this novel drew my in, but by the end I just wanted to get it over with. The plot line of this mystery went overboard to the point of ridiculous with it's plot twists. By the end the narrator's voice was annoying - or maybe it was just the main character herself.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Jackson? Why or why not?

    I've been enjoying many great Laura Lipmann reads, and decided to switch it up. I'm going back to Laura.


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

    This book would probably be better as a shortened, edited movie. It might actually have potential on screen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "Kept in suspense until the last minutes!!"
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    Where does What the Dead Know rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book because I simply could NOT guess the outcome of the story and just had to keep listening to get to the mystery solution!! A great escape read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "Her honesty is breathtaking."
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    Where does Lucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lucky made a great impact upon me personally, encouraging me in what I am going through in my own life, although of a far different nature...Alice's bravery in persuing her assailant and sharing her story has inspired me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5332)
    Performance
    (4617)
    Story
    (4611)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Loved the past/present storyline"
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, romantic, historical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dee, the failed actress who missed hollywood fame by a slip of fate and goes on with stoicism


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1751)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Not a fast moving plot, but relaxing listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Chaperone the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narration of this audible choice, particularly the "Idaohan" accents.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is definately a novel of characters and relationships...I developed a particular fondess for Cora, the main character, as she evolves through the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a relaxing listen; the narration is particularly soft and soothing with a very melodic smooth quality...there is something "different" about the sound of this narrator that I found refreshing. I fell into the story line and enjoyed it to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    Steve says: "Russo is a genious."
    "Headphones on & I looked crazy laughing aloud!"
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    Where does Nobody's Fool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be one of the most memorable books I've listened to out of almost 300...because I kept laughing outloud...bursting in to jolts of surprised laughter and looking a little crazy while listening on the bus!!


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Sully is a character who just grows on you...it is like a deeper journey with one of the characters from "Grumpy Old Men." This character just continued to surprise me with his reactions and one liners to the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definately a "character" novel...not a real plot driven story. Never the less the characterization (and the audio narration in particular) was so well developed with such perfect humour, that my enjoyment and shock at this character's personality just kept growing. Have to say a little disappointed with the end of the story, but still a very entertaining listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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