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Stephanie

Lynn, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (21187)
    Performance
    (16541)
    Story
    (16479)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Can't imagine this in book form"
    Overall

    Tina! You're too funny! Really enjoyed this, especially with her little sidebars. There were parts where I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18343)
    Performance
    (17020)
    Story
    (17022)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Well written and awesome narration"
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    I don't know why I avoided this book for so long -- was I afraid it was going to be some kind of version of The Thing? I don't know. It's not, not one bit! So much suspense and realistic spaceman stuff. Really dig this audiobook, and you will, too. The narrator is just so awesome!! He made the whole book for me.

    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
    (26231)
    Performance
    (23251)
    Story
    (23320)

    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!"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over!"
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    I am SO TIRED of books full of unlikeable characters. Is this the new trend? Between this and Defending Jacob it seems all the rage right now! The narrating is excellent, particularly "Amy", but didn't make up for a dragging and exhausting plot. And hating everyone just gets so old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (677)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Makes me want to read Practical Magic again!"
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    I'm a magical realism junkie and I needed a happy ending, and wasn't disappointed. I loved the herbal magic, the vivacious apple tree, and Aunt Evanelle. I also really liked how everything was wrapped up, even the author's sympathy for the old rival. This was, while reminiscent (to put it mildly) of an old favorite, a totally unique book. If you like Hoffman and Allende, you'll be happy. Listen to the audible version, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2982)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1718)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    BRWesty says: "great family fare"
    "So what if I'm a grown up?"
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    I am not afraid to admit that I love these books! Obviously, the mythological basis for the stories is the magnet for me, but the action and adventure hold my attention. I find the narrator a little distracting at times, but he does a fair job. I do think the best narrators are the ones who don't act like they're reading a kid's book, of which Mr. Bernstein is unfortunately guilty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (819)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Nnnh, snort, grunt, scratch"
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    "Delightful" is not the adjective, as stated in another review, that I would ever choose to describe this book. I finally found it so depressing that I stopped listening. No worries, it was too hard to suspend my disbelief anyway.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13988)
    Performance
    (12997)
    Story
    (12999)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Totally awesome geekasm!"
    Overall
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    I got this title based on the 80s context alone.. not a gamer or a fantasy addict, even if I have an appreciation for those things. I don't even think of myself as nostalgic. Ever. But this book totally grabbed me, and even if I was a little nervous about the fatalism and depressing backdrop.. I am now at the very end and I so don't want it to stop! Loved this book and found myself getting out the buds to listen to it while doing dishes and other non-driving activities (a first for me:). Ok yes, I am an 80s girl.. but the story is just so original. Really great job on the writing, editing and narrating. Seemingly minor details.. Rush songs or specific video games.. brought me right back to my childhood. There were just a couple of mispronunciations that I'm not sure were part of the story or not.. but they distracted the crap out of me (poseur, for example, is not spoken in the French sense when we're talking about 80s "posers"). Otherwise I think the narrator added so much to the story that I can't imagine (as with Tina and Bossypants) having to read this in print. It's that good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4544)
    Performance
    (3538)
    Story
    (3541)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "What a silly book that I really enjoyed!"
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    Need a little comic relief? Then listen to this silly book. The narrator does such a great job, really well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (391)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Fast forwarded to the end!"
    Overall

    Took a chance on this one and was left dissatisfied. This story really drags and never fleshes out the characters I can only assume were introduced in previous books. I thought the part with the aging actress was very thoughtful and that is the only bit that I'm sorry I didn't hear finish, even if I'm not sure how it pertains to the story. Sorry, ya lost me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Annie On My Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nancy Garden
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

    Glen Gaines says: "Excellent"
    "What a relief that we're making progress"
    Overall

    It was nice listening to the interview with the author at the end and realizing that we really have made progress with at least awareness, although the awkward teen years never change and I'm sure are made even more so with a GLBTQ epiphany. I'm not gay myself, but I grew up in a pretty progressive household (I did not appreciate this at the time, but only later realized that not everyone's mother's dear friend lived with her partner, not everyone has the opportunity to experience drag clubs as a teenager, and that Madison, Wisconsin is a special place). Sensitive and very well done as a coming of age novel for anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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