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elaine

I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

    Janice says: "Better as audiobook"
    "An all around great listen!"
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    I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get into and I didn't want to stop listening. You could see and feel each character! An absolute girl read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hausfrau: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jill Alexander Essbaum
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences.

    NMwritergal says: "Wonderful writing; pathetic, passive protagonist &"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    In all honesty I did not finish this book. I got 2/3 finished and still felt like there was no substance, no connection to characters and I couldn't suffer through it anymore. I was so excited for this book too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (403)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

    Denise says: "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The whole book is a set up for next book and juuuuust stopped. Not sure I'll get next in series. This was a lot of hours to invest only to go no where with not a touch of closure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead: Part 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R R Haywood
    • Narrated By Dan Morgan
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. At Tower Bridge, Howie, Dave, and their group of survivors take stock of the previous day's battle. After an initial confrontation between Howie and the turned Darren, Howie and his group beat a hasty retreat to Fort Spitbank on the south coast, where they prepare for the invasion of Darren and his army of undead.

    Morrighan says: "I love Dave!!!"
    "What a great series!"
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    I had a lot of fun with this series. Scary, at time gruesome but also very witty at times. Fantastic character development. Just all around great series. Sounds like another book will be coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead: Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By R. R. Haywood
    • Narrated By Dan Morgan
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. Part one - days one to three. Howie is at home on a rare Friday night off work when an infection which has rapidly spread across Europe hits his hometown on the South Coast of England. Luck sees him through the first night when many others are taken down and infected, only to rise again as the undead.

    Mark says: "A fresh feeling UK zombie series 10/10!!"
    "HANG IN THERE with this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narration is fantastic!
    The story took too long to get going and I almost gave up. I tired of the early experience quickly but once Dave comes in ( over half way), the second personality really moved the story along WONDERFULLY! The relationship between the main character and Dave is just fantastic. I immediately downloaded the second book! Hang in there because it gets GOOD!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • As The World Dies: Untold Tales, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIMES LIKE THIS, I'M GLAD I LIVE IN TEXAS,"
    "Oh delicious!!"
    Overall

    I loved the series when I read (and read a second time) a couple years ago. It's so great to get MORE of this story. I want to re listen to series again as I have forgotten most if the characters :(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (381)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Tilo says: "This book is really good"
    "Second read through!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story a lot the first time I listen to it. I re listened before starting the second book and enjoyed just as much. Takes a bit of a different spin so that was fun. The female lead was not a girly heroine at all!
    I hope you enjoy this book too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2337)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1312)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Am I missing something?"
    Overall

    I thought this book was insufferable. I listened through all the boring first 3 hours to the point where the story actually (barely) goes somewhere and NOPE nothing of interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1662)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Sweet story"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this story but it certainly was a sweet and lovely story. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1240)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Great and unique story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unwind to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because narrator was so good. His performance added so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an original concept.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Conner


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

    Unwind, behave or else


    Any additional comments?

    This story captivated me from word one. Normally I would not read YA or teen but this was so well done, so well written and thankfully ZERO teen romantic angst. It is a beautiful story and I am immediately on to book two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4135)
    Performance
    (3711)
    Story
    (3710)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Wow! Wow! Wow!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a most excellent job. She added so much feeling to the story and yet it was not a dramatization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melanie of course but Miss Justineau (the teacher) a close second.


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

    No but I did look up her other stuff. I think she is one of the best female narrators I have listened to.


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

    No, it was one of the rare books that I did not want to end so I listened carefully and attentively.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so unique. Try not to read spoilers. The "virus" that is talked about is a fungus that I know of and it triples the creep out factor!
    One of the most enjoyable listening experiences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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