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Sara

walkersville, md, United States

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  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (446)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Irving did it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would highly recommend this to a friend. Hickey does an great job with the different characters' voices. Many times the narration will take away from the book as in Jean Auel's latest, but this time it was right on the money. I am an Irving fan and he didn't disappoint.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Elaine, Billy's best friend. She was an interesting character and always true to Billy and to herself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed it immensely when Billy stood up to the bullies that were torturing G. Definitely need more of his type in these days and especially in the 1980's when Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals were finally being heard, and in a limited forum, being accepted.


    Who was the most memorable character of In One Person and why?

    Obviously the most memorable would be Billy, as he is the main character, but also Mrs. Frost. It was apparent to me from the beginning that she was a biological he, but I liked the way Irving didn't come right out and say it. I liked how she went out of her way to fit in and how the wrestling coach never gave her away. Irving told a story, made his views known without bashing me in the face with it. Great JOB Irving. Applause, applause, applause. Keep 'em coming and I'll keep listening.


    2 of 2 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
    (17029)
    Performance
    (15152)
    Story
    (15193)

    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!"
    "convoluted story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Is this a love story, a mystery, a romance, a murder mystery? It is all three. The manipulation that takes places in this book amazes and astounds. Does he really love her? Does she love him? All the questions come into play. What is real, what is made up? The book kept me on the edge of my seat, in my car and walking just a little too far listening to as it captivated my interest, and pulled, dragged, and had be hopping to the next chapter. The narrators did a great job. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a one, two, combo punch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was always changing and the intrigue set up by the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the puppets and the way the couple are so entrenched into one another. Can we say co-dependent? Oh yes, oh yes we can. This couple defines co-dependency in a delicious, nasty, evil, and juicy way.


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

    Was she alive? Had she been kidnapped? Who was responsible for all this? Was it the crazy father-in-law; the alleged stalker, the past boyfriend? So many questions, just begging for answers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1086)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Stolen Prey stole my day"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stolen Prey the most enjoyable?

    Knowing the characters was the best part of the book. Sandford kept in character for the history of the characters in his book. I am a HUGE Sandford fan and look for continuity in his Virgil Flowers and his Lucas Davenport series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the entire book was the best part about this story. I like the idea of Davenport's family growing up and I get to be a part of this amazing fictional story. Lucas and Weather now have three children - Letty (adopted), Sam and a new baby girl. Letty gets to be a more active character in the book and in Davenport's life. The way Sandford is able to weave in the characters we know and love continues to delight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He achieves this by keeping the characters true to the nature that readers/listeners have come to recognize and love.


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

    nothing was wrong with the performance. Great, per norm for Ferrone. I am a Ferrone fan and have and will continue to listen to his narrations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (878)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "learning history and entertainment all in one pack"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The River of Doubt to be better than the print version?

    oh definitely yes. Listing to this book was a great way to learn a bit about history, the Amazon, and this amazing President. I highly recommend it. The narrator was true to character as he moved from Teddy Roosevelt, to his son Kermit to the other characters. it was just right. Many times the narration can be over dramatized but the narrator found just the right spot in this fantastic nonfiction book.


    What other book might you compare The River of Doubt to and why?

    Truman and John Adams because both are about former presidents and both are very good books and excellent audiobooks.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not recall.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When Kermit goes wayward, and when Julian turned nasty, both make me very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    most excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1214)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Freedom, a truly American concept"
    Overall

    I read and listened to this book. Franzen clearly points out how ethnocentric Americans truly are. We have the freedom to criticize, denigrate, choose, decline, and yet somehow the blame is not equal to the responsibility. Sure, we made the decision, but it was because our mommy didn't love us enough, I daddy held us too tight, our classmate told us we had buck teeth! Franzen points all of this out in an amusing, entertaining, and delightful way. Thanks Franzen for this masterpiece of American Life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1272)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Bright and Blackout"
    Overall

    What a great book! I enjoyed the author's contribution, Kelligren's narrating and the way the story played out. I found it intriguing, entertaining, honest and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (374)

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    Shirley says: "straight forward"
    "Decision pointless"
    Overall

    I attempted to listen to this with an open mind, but he makes so many excuses for the decisions he makes, blames Jesus Christ for all of his decisions and they are "allegedly" devinations of God speaking to him. They have medication for this, and places where they could keep him safe and the world safe from him. The book reaffirmed by opinion of this trite, self-congratulating and conceited man.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1388)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Extremely Loud and interesting"
    Overall

    This was a very interesting story of a child and his family's reaction to the death of a family member through the disaster call 9/11. It made me smile, cry, wonder and cheer the boy on. Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4566)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2024)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Room with a hearing"
    Overall

    This was a great listen. Highly recommend it. The concept was bizarre at the minimum and totally unique. The view was from that of the child's with minimal emphasis on the actual abuse, which could have made it rather exploitative and taken away from the child's perspective.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7024)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3393)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    I am a Scott Brick fan and could listen to his voice all day and night long. This is a great listen and exciting, horrigying, on the edge of your seat ride. I am anxious for the next in the series. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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