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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3224)
    Story
    (3246)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Great story...thought provoking"
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    If you could sum up The Handmaid's Tale in three words, what would they be?

    Not able to...This is a good story that makes you think and makes you want to sympathize with the character. The handmaid walks you through life after turmoil where no woman has a mind of her own and is treated as property but only valued if she can produce. The way it is written it seems that it is not too far from what could really happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that through the trials the main character kept herself together and found positivity in her situation.


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

    She makes the story sound real as though she was the character telling the story as if it happened to her.


    If you could take any character from The Handmaid's Tale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be the wife. She does not play a huge part in the story but I would want to know her true feelings about the situation. I know that she has to feel inadequate BUT to talk to her about her role specifically and what goes through her head during the ritual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (567)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Dated...but good!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Deadly Sin the most enjoyable?

    The book keeps you guessing and involved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Deadly Sin?

    There were many but there was one part where I had to rewind so that I could figure out who was in the bed with Blank!!!


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    His voice matches the character Delaney perfectly. I can visualize him talking just as Vietor speaks.


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

    On some parts I did. There can be parts of this book that are "unconventional" and if you take it for what it is (entertainment) it may not bother you. If you take it to heart you may or may not be able to get past some parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1389)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Great book!!!"
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    Where does Magic Bites rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    From the books that I have read so far, this book is different. Mostly I have been reading about sexy vampires but in this book they are horrific creatures. There is a twist on what I have come to know as paranormal...which is a good thing. This book shakes it up a little bit.


    What other book might you compare Magic Bites to and why?

    At this point there is nothing I can compare it to. I must say, you do have to pay attention to some detail. I'm not really used to that. This is a detective type series and you can miss some important things if you don't pay attention.


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

    Her voice is perfect for Kate. However, for i think two of the men there is not much inflection which can be confusing. If details are given about what the voice should sound like she tries to make the character sound like that but if not they can sound very similar.


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

    Nothing that really made me want to cry there are I think two moments that make you want to hold your breath a little. I won't say which moments because I think it will give too much away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joplin's Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Lizan Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.

    In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.

    Audrey says: "Sweeping--a fabulous read"
    "Amazing!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Joplin's Ghost the most enjoyable?

    It was not what I expected...in a good way. It is most definitely one of the best stories I've listened to recently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that it is original. It's not your ordinary ghost story. It's a long story, but because you are so into the story you don't realize the time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, there are too many good parts for me to choose one. There are sad ones, happy ones and even some sexy ones ;)


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

    Not your average gohst story. Nothing you would expect. Mingled lives of the here and thereafter.


    Any additional comments?

    I was impressed. I think this will be one I listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1214)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Not what I thought, but still good."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodsucking Fiends to be better than the print version?

    This was my first time ever listening or reading this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Emperor is my favorite. His lines are kind of limited in comparison but the book would not be the same without him. He adds more character to the book.


    What about Susan Bennett’s performance did you like?

    She was much better than some of the other narrators that I have come accross. You could tell the characters apart so she was far from monotone which can really ruin a book.


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

    No and not in a bad way. The pace of the book is moderate and allows you to read that way. You are able to take breaks in the story. Even though the book has suspense there is some comedy relief that allows you to pace yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was nothing like what I expected. I'm thinking it would be a "normal" vampire love story when I started...NOT!!! I actually started the audiobook over because my mindset going in was wrong. This is a witty, different kind of vampire book...and I like it. I am now a fan of the author and the series and will continue to read/listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaping Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg - and a worse attitude.

    CAROLYN says: "Light easy listen equestrian based romance"
    "Not BDB but still good..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to someone who likes traditional romance. You can tell this book was from her earlier years (before BDB). That's not a bad thing...it's just different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked A.J. She is very spunky and she grows up throughout the book. The change looks good on her.


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

    She was able to individualize the characters which is hard for some narrators to do.


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

    There are a few.


    Any additional comments?

    When reading this book you have to separate this one from any BDB thoughts you may have. This is a good book but don't go into it thinking just because it's J.R. Ward it's like BDB. You will like it if you read out...just don't compare. It's a reply different ball game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Great book..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodshot to be better than the print version?

    For me...yes. I am very busy and I love having the option of listening while doing other tasks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodshot?

    I liked the part when Cheshire went to her building after the intruder came in. It kind of puts you on edge because you don't know who they are or what they are looking for.


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

    She puts feeling into the characters so that they seem like real people. You are able to connect to the characters better.


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

    Hmmmm... this is hard. There are so many dynamics. There is action, dysfuncton, romance (very little and not erotic but it works), suspence etc. that it would be hard to put all of that in a tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I need the next book ;0)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (421)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Wish I could finish..."
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    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or J. P. Linton?

    I would only try if the narrator was different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Belgarath is an interesting character but you have to think to hard because the narration is not done well. Most of the characters sound the same so there is no individuality.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think that he was trying too hard. He would be better suited as a sports announcer. He doesn't have a bad voice (deep and rumbly like Jim Frangione) BUT it sounded like it was his first book. He was overzealous in his attempt to narrate this book. His voice would work for maybe one or two characters in the book but NOT all of them.


    Did Belgarath the Sorcerer inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is long BUT the story is good. If you can get past the narration you would enjoy it. I could not so I did not finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16289)
    Performance
    (10577)
    Story
    (10459)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Long but worth it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The length is a blessing and a curse. It allows you to follow the story in magnificent detail which allows you to get closer to the characters. I loved it so much I did not want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick just one between Claire and Jamie. They come as a package deal. The chemistry they have from the moment they meet is subtle yet obvious.


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

    She gives individuality to the characters.


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

    It did both. There were some tear jerker moments along with some things that make you shake your head with humorous delight.


    Any additional comments?

    I've tried listening to other long audiobooks but sometimes it gets a bit tedious. I did not feel that way at all with this book. I wish I was longer b.c I would have kept on listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1021)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Honerable, committed and sexy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action and romance scenes are very detailed and colorful. It gives the imagination something to play with.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She gave the characters personality. She made me want to look for other books that she has narrated.


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

    I'm not going to spoil it but there is a part where I did laugh when the main female character forgot something very important. I laughed right along with the other characters :)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm new to paranormal romance and just happened to come accorss this series. I liked it very much. There were great action scenes and "romantic" scenes. I was hooked after this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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