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  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Absolutely recommended!"
    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does, as usual, a fantastic job in giving each character its own voice. Nevertheless, he should have prepared the pronunciation of German and Russian names, with the way he says them they are practically unrecognisable!!!

    Any additional comments?

    This book is absolutely recommended for those who like history and appreciate a good story. Although some parts are in my opinion, unnecessarily long, it is, all in all, a very good book.

    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

    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!"
    "Wait for it, it gets better"
    Any additional comments?

    I was forewarned and it helped so I forewarn you: this book is divided in three parts, survive the first part and you'll see that the story will get much better!

    The performance is great, especially hers. I'm very happy I decided to get the audio book, Julia Whelan brought the book to an entirely new level.

    I absolutely recommend this audio book for those who like psychological thrillers, like good spins and are a bit patient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Allison says: "Awful Narration"
    "In my opinion, only for teenagers"
    Would you try another book from Colleen Hoover and/or Heidi Baker?

    I have read very good things about Colleen Hoover, but this book was, unfortunately, not even close to what I was expecting. In my late twenties, I still enjoy YA books. Very often characters are strong, charismatic teenagers that behave like young adults. This is the story of a teenager that behaves like a teenager. In other words, I don't know if it was the way the main character was written or the way the narrator read her, but I just wanted to slap the girl!

    Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Hoover again?

    I have my doubts I'll ever read her again, I would have to be convinced that it is not yet another YA book for 14 year olds...

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall I did not like the performance. The main character's voice was of a young whiny teenager and the few witty sarcastic phrases she had were deprived of any coolness. To make matters worse the narrator had the bad habit of pausing after a dialogue phrase before the "s/he said" breaking completely the rhythm of the dialogue!

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

    Is it truly necessary to describe every little thing she decides to re-arrange in her nervous breakdown?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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