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Pattie

Powhatan Point, OH, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10341)
    Performance
    (9366)
    Story
    (9448)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "So boring!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there had been a story at all, I would've have rated it higher.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    What story?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did as well as could be expected with such a non-eventful story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    The whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown should've stopped with these.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1633)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Very Funny!"
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, hilarious, insightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hard to make a listener laugh out loud but Billy Crystal can pull that off.


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    I felt like he was talking to me over a cup of coffee. I wanted to hug him after listening to the book.


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

    The chapter about his debut with the Yankees.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8812)
    Performance
    (6920)
    Story
    (6953)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "A Lovely Story Even Though Death is the Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Zusak let us grow to love the characters in the story by delving into their everyday world.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    I can't answer that because this story isn't your typical Nazi Germany one in which there are so many bad guys. Instead the story shows us that there probably were so many Germans who had to fearfully just go along with the Nazis in order to protect their families.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His voice made the characters come alive!


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

    I cried at the end, during the tender moment when Liesel finds Rudy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (574)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Wish I Was One of the Sudden Departed After This"
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    What would have made The Leftovers better?

    The author could've added a second sudden departure in which some of the characters we knew would be taken. The aftermath of this second event would've added fear.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Perrotta again?

    No


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job with a lame story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reason I read it was because of the great idea of what it would be like if this sudden departure happened.


    0 of 1 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
    (18751)
    Performance
    (16753)
    Story
    (16806)

    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!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, because I know what's going to happen now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Amy because she is such a clever, twisted person.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    I loved how Julia made you understand which Amy was talking by her incredible performance as Amazing Amy or just plain twisted, crazy Amy. Kirby Heyborne's intense portrayal of Nick made me repulsed by him but also made me feel so sorry for him.


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

    I just couldn't quit listening to it because I wanted to know what happened next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1656)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "FUNNIEST BOOK I'VE EVER LISTENED TO"
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    Would you listen to Dad Is Fat again? Why?

    I've already listened to it twice and laughed just as much the second time!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Dad Is Fat?

    I'll give this as a gift to new parents from now on.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite part was when Jim describes getting 5 children out the door! So true about the shoes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (10149)
    Performance
    (4622)
    Story
    (4638)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best non-fiction books I've read in a long time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    Learning about why so many Chinese people are so good at math


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very soothing and calming


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That most successful people had most things lined up for them to become successful.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2939)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2742)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Lisa says: "If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen."
    "One of the funniest ladies around!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the audible book was enhanced by Mindy narrating her own book. The way she delivers the lines is hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy.


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her sassiness.


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

    I actually laughed out loud several times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Original Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!"
    "Most fun book I've read in a long time!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I actually recommended this book to all of my friends and can't wait until they get into it so I can talk about Les and her crazy husband and children with them. I


    What other book might you compare The Last Original Wife to and why?

    Wifey by Judy Blume


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Les describes her son's dread locks and his smell after returning from Kathmandu.


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

    I laughed out loud throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was just lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (239)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Like talking with my best friend!"
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    Would you listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake again? Why?

    Anna Quindlen's voice is calming and so down to earth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen to her "talk to me". I related to so much of what she said.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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