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christine

Blue Springs, MO, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3415)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3113)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Wonderful Listen!"
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    What did you love best about Me Before You?

    The different storylines throughout the story were thought-provoking and interesting. The two main characters, Lou and Will, were quite memorable, and the narrator was excellent. As I listened to the story, I was reminded more than once how difficult it must be for a quadriplegic to lead a normal life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    Hard to pick just one! The two that come to mind: The thunderstorm Will and Lou enjoyed during their tropical vacation and the Paris cafe where Lou read Will's very touching letter.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Probably Lou was my favorite.


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

    No....I didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in quite some time. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because of all the glowing reviews from other people who had listened to it. I have to admit, their assessment of the story and performance were accurate. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook highly. The storyline was interesting and I liked the historical aspect of the book. The narration was excellent.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pulse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A brilliant, moving, poignant collection of stories, from the author of Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.The stories in Julian Barnes’ long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings.

    christine says: "Wonderful Listen"
    "Wonderful Listen"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook very much. The narrator was perfect for this book and the collection of stories by Julian Barnes was interesting and entertaining. I usually don't read or listen to short stories, but after reading other listeners' opinions, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (740)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Tanya says: "Riveting!"
    "A great read!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. The story was intriguing and the narration was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "good listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book despite what I had read in other listeners' reviews. It's not an action-packed story, but Anne Tyler always does a great job developing her characters and this book is no exception. Liam and all of his relatives are typical Tyler: quirky and, for the most part, lovable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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