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Ramona

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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "Excellent book!"
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    If you could sum up Insanely Simple in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, captivating, informative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs asked a person who they were. When they answered something like "accounting", he replied: "Oh, you're overhead!"


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

    Made me laugh at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad I got this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7779)
    Performance
    (4503)
    Story
    (4489)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "History comes alive"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billie. He was witty and kind.


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

    No, I have not listed to John Lee before.


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

    No extreme emotions, but I did find the book very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world during WW I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

    A User says: "A different kind of thriller"
    "Psychological warefare"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Out the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the intricate story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Out?

    When Victory asks to not play those games anymore with her grandmother.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    Annie/Ophelia


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

    Not extreme, but it made me feel sorry for Annie/Ophelia because of the card life played her. I also felt sorry for Marlow. His path in life could have been different had he been parented by another set of adults.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    If Ridley Jones had slept 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect, with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.

    Linda Ann Howson says: "Give it a chance"
    "Captavating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Lies the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the story itself


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was interested how the author uncovered the secret incrementally.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    Jake - he was truely the victim of the system as well as the power driven characters in the book


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

    The way Ridley's mom was treated by men in general. Made me feel sorry for her.


    Any additional comments?

    Lisa Unger is a great author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (429)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Must read/listen!"
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    Where does An Echo in the Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marcus' redemption


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Haddasah uncovers herself to Julia


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

    Yes. Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    We need more books like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (607)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "The best book I ever listened to!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Voice in the Wind to be better than the print version?

    Yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Hadassah because of her simplicity in loving God and her unique way of seeing things for what they were not what they appeared to be.


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

    His voice is absolutely amazing to listen to. His inflections and intonations bring up the most important parts of what the character is experiencing. This happens to the point that the narrator disappears in the story creating the impression that you are listening to the actual characters speaking and not just one person.


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

    There were multiple moments in the book that moved me: when Hadassah saves Julia from her husband's rath, when Marcus abstains from deflowering Haddasah, the arena scene and Haddasah courage.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the book, I cried and lamented as well as laughed and smiled with the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (677)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Funny story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the betting going on between the main characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Deanna Hurst?

    Possibly.


    Did Bet Me inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joan Wolf
    • Narrated By Brooke Sanford Heldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of the most tender love stories. Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

    yetunde says: "First time actually "reading" an audio book..."
    "Average book"
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    Would you try another book from Joan Wolf and/or Brooke Sanford Heldman?

    Not sure


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Going deeper in the issues the book brings up rather than just merely stating the facts as a series of events.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should have used a different "voice" for Rahab as a child. The way Rahab's voice as a child was delivered did not come accross as authentic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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