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Virginia

Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 19 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 320 titles in library
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  • Territory

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Emma Bull
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Tombstone, 1881: site of one of the richest strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like lay lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim it and defend it.

    H. says: "Good book, great reading"
    "The best book I've heard in years"
    Overall

    Practically perfect in every way. Historically accurate, well-written, the narration makes it more like theatre than a book. This is fantasy that is totally believeable and enjoyable every step of the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (619)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Enjoyable but..."
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    I loved the way this book was written - as much for adults as children. The author explains the impossible in a carefree and easy way so the reader (listener) can accept it and just enjoy the story.

    However...I was jarred by hearing the N word. It was not said in anger (an animal is the speaker) but as a description; nevertheless, it was a shock to hear. It just dates the book so much as well as causing a slight unease for the rest of the story. And then there is the plot point which has an African prince yearning to have white skin. There is no antagonism or ridicule of the Africans in the story, it is merely a reflection of the times. Still, perhaps not the best recording to share with an impressionable child. Apparently there are other versions where these racist items have been removed.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    "What happened to Libba Bray's talent?"
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    Libba Bray's trilogy that begins with A Great and Terrible Beauty was wonderful. I've read, and listened, to each book many times. Her next offering, Beauty Queens, was the worst book I've ever listened to on Audible since 2003. And this, The Diviners, is the second.

    The main character is unsympathetic, to the point of being unlikable. Most of the other characters are flat. Apparently the author thought so too because in the end, there is no explanation of what happens to them.

    Its not frightening. Though there are two scenes that are sickening and unnecessary - a wife being beaten (graphically and at great length) and an animal being sacrificed. Shame on the author for trying for violent titillation in a book that's supposed to be for young people.

    The narrator is okay when just narrating but she contributes to the unlike-ability of the heroine, her very high voice with no emotion persuading the listener how shallow the character is. The two main male characters have apparently had lobotomies, they are performed with such tedium.

    Do try Ms. Bray's trilogy but give this one a miss.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2874)
    Performance
    (2633)
    Story
    (2660)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Alan Cumming perfect but other narrators lacking"
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    Dracula by Bram Stocker is a wonderfully written, riveting story that holds up perfectly today. Alan Cumming is brilliant as usual, as is Tim Curry. I wish the narrator who portrayed Mina would have taken her cues from those great actors, who let the author's words be the stars. It is the words that show the reader/listener the character, not the narrator's bizarre idea of an accent. Alan Cumming never changes his accent when he is reading the speech of another character (though he has toned down his own Scottish accent for the entire reading). The narrator playing Mina reads the part of a man telling a story in the deep, gruff voice a child would use who was imitating a grownup. It's her interpretation of Van Helseling that is the most annoying. Suddenly this Dutchman is Russian, in an accent so thick its almost not understandable. So amateurish in what should have been the most professional of products. I couldn't wait for her parts to be over and fast-forwarded through many of them. That said, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and most of the other narrators make this a must-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20817)
    Performance
    (18663)
    Story
    (18730)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Ick"
    Overall
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    The narrators give an great performance. The story is probably well written but its so disturbing I question the sanity of the author. She makes Stephen King seem like Santa Claus. Wish I had read it instead of listened - I would have read less than halfway, then gone to the end to see what all the fuss was about. Saved spending all those hours with psychotic characters that I cared nothing about. If you have a sensitive nature at all, skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Not Kathy Reichs best"
    Overall
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    I love all of Kathy Reichs novels of Temperance Brennan. And this narrator, Linda Emond, is my favorite for the audible versions. However, this book is chock full of history lessons and geographical info that in my opinion serve no purpose. Almost makes me wonder if the author was padding her pages. Combined with the very bad southern accent (more Amos & Andy than Southern) from the usually talented narrator, this is my least favorite of the audible Bones books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "the most terrible audible book ever"
    Overall
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    This was torture to get through. I was determined to listen until the end, thinking it had to get better. It never did. The characters are stereotypes of the worst kind with absolutely no dimension and performed in stereotypical accents. The narrator ( the author) delivers the text with a nudge-nudge quality to her voice, letting the listener know how funny it all is. Though the story is way too long, it is padded with * commercials* and dream sequences that have nothing to do with the plot. Worst of all is the beauty queen contestant who is deaf and has lost her hearing aid in the opening plane crash. The narrator/author shouts at the top of her lungs to illustrate her deafness all through the book, requiring constant volume adjustments. I got it the first time.

    Libba Bray is a fine author; I've enjoyed other books she's written. Something went very wrong here.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anno Dracula: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kim Newman
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

    Leanna says: "Brillant!"
    "Fun combo of history with famous fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author did a great job combining historical figures with the prominent characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula (including Stoker himself). If the reader is not very familiar with the story of Dracula or such personages as Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jack the Ripper, the book may be less enjoyable.

    The narrator was perfection. Don't be put off by the accented narrator in the clip that Audible offers - that's only the short preface.

    My only complaint was the ending, which seemed to come suddenly, as if the author was tired of the whole thing. Given the excitement of the denoument, which got all my attention, there were more interesting stories to come. And then it was over.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kelly O'Connor McNees
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the best-selling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women. Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott-who never had a romance-write so convincingly of love and heart-break without experiencing it herself?

    Virginia says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    I've read every book about Louisa May Alcott I can lay my hands on. While this story follows her life faithfully, the author's addition of a romance somehow turns Louisa's fascinating life into a giant bore. The narrator has the tone of a cheerleader, which is about as far away from the real Louisa as possible. The bouncy tone was tedious for an 8 hour book, and not even appropriate for the story. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sushi for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caitriona Keyes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Prada-wearing magazine editor Lisa Edwards thinks her life is over when her 'fabulous' new job turns out to be deportation to Dublin, launching Colleen magazine. No more jet-setting to the fall collections? No more fabulous parties and photos in the society pages? The only saving grace is that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?

    Sandy says: "The narrator is hard to understand"
    "Save yourself"
    Overall

    In the two years of being an Audible subscriber I've heard a lot of books and this one is the very worst. The narrator sounds like a high school student called to read her boring report in front on the class - no emotion, hard to understand her words, and lots of long pauses for no reason. The book itself is one cliche after another. Cliched characters, cliched dialogue - not a fresh thought to be had. Reviews posted on a popular bookstore website all say that the book gets better about half way through. I did not have the patience to get that far.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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