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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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  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (814)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Great aide for my zombie fix"
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    I am a huge huge fan of the tv show and this was just a great book(s) to feed my addiction!
    Gives insight into the governor and just gives great food for the zombie hunger!

    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
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1193)

    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 0 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
    (1698)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1473)

    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
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1089)

    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
    (1780)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1632)

    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.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "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
  • The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (310)

    When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American bulldog. Follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high-strung Yorkie; her favorite two-legger, Jessie; Jessie's younger brother, Zachary; and Riley's archenemy, Patches the cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors, who, when pushed to the limit, realize that they are all each other has.

    Barbara says: "Good book, but too short"
    "Fantastic, amazing and a great listen"
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    Sean Runette and Mark Tufo make such a great pairing. Sean completely and fully brings to life the characters that Mark has created.
    This is such a fun listen. It swept me up immediately and never put me down until the end of the story. I was So SAD to finish the book. You won't regret buying this series. I'm not sure why it says it is a teen book. It certainly is not~ perhaps the story would appeal to teens but it is fully suited for the adult reader.
    I have purchased and listened to all 4 books.
    :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountain and The City: The Complete Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Brian Martinez
    • Narrated By Victoria Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    An epidemic has killed off most humans, turning the rest into beasts with sharp nails, keen senses and an insatiable hunger. Now, years later, a solitary survivor hides in a trailer above a dead city. This is life with the door and windows taped shut, where survival comes down to two, simple rules: stay quiet, and protect the air.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "I LOVED this book!"
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    I loved this book. The narration was different to be certain but it absolutely fit with the story- read in first person narrative, the main character was a child when she last was around others so her language and speech was very youthful even though years had passed. I found it to be perfectly suited for THIS story.
    There have only been a handful of stories where I nearly grieved when they were over and this was one!
    I am excited to locate this authors other works.
    So so so sad it's over:(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3710)
    Performance
    (3355)
    Story
    (3383)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Kept my attention but...."
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    Orange is the new black kept my attention because the narrator did an excellent job it was rather well written HOWEVER nothing really happens. Is kind of like a year in the life of..... It just tells daily details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2740)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Fantastic EVERYTHING"
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    I enjoyed this book so much.
    The narration was OUTSTANDING! Among the very best narration I've ever listened to.
    The story included so many interesting pieces- 1690's law, justice, medicine, prejudices, fears, fashion, housekeeping, cooking, city development... I really could feel the world back then!
    At just over 30 hours, it's a bit of an undertaking but I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2806)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2516)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "I couldn't even finish"
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    The narration was grating, I couldn't connect or even empathize with the characters, let alone like them. In fairness, I didn't complete the title but I listened way longer than I wanted to thinking maybe it would get good. Nope. I really wanted to like this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    anmaree says: "Fantastic "read""
    "The story is good but narrator...."
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    The story lost an awful lot by not having the right narrator. You could hear her breathing and swallowing and her voice was just droning.... I finished the book because the story was good by MY GOODNESS I couldn't wait to not have to hear her voice...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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