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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2051)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Love OSC but not this book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really ...the characters were not as endearing at all and the story was really slow and I wonder if it would have been better as 1 book than 3. Redshirts and Dodger are making me less annoyed with spending credits but this is no Enders Game or Enders Shadow...or even Mithrage.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not unlike Pirates of the Caribbean 2 this was The Search for More Money...so no ending because it's a trilogy that could have been one book....and should have been one book.


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

    Stephen Rudnicki is an amazing narrator as is Emily Card.


    Did Pathfinder inspire you to do anything?

    For the first time in my lust for reading I don't think I will be being the 3rd book. This is inspired by Ruin which sucks because again I love OSC! So to answer the question yes, I am inspired to think twice before buying trilogies from any author even those I love.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7397)
    Performance
    (6465)
    Story
    (6469)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Narration was painful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NO, I would recommend Janet Evanovitch, Jennifer Cruises or Deborah Harkness.


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

    This book does have an intense part towards the middle end but I don't want to give it away.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    ANYONE who knows how to pronounce so many words you mispronounced it was painful!


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

    NO, I listened to Pratchett, Gaiman and Cruises interchangeably with this book so I could get through it as a promise to a friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Who ever is supposed to be directing the narrator on this one really screwed up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (534)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Finally a romance book I can enjoy!"
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    If you could sum up Welcome to Temptation in three words, what would they be?

    hmmmmmmmmmmm, funny, well written and far less insulting to my intelligence than any other romance book I have read previous to this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The sheriff who begins as a back ground character and develops slowly but is so likeable. Harry Conick Jr. would play him to a T and even has the right accent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The town hall meeting at the end.


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

    Temptation is not just the name of the town.


    Any additional comments?

    I have struggled to want to read romance as a friend of mine (yet unpublished) rights it and several friends read it voraciously. This book did not insult my intelligence by giving me so many details about the obvious I felt them shoved down my throat. I loved the strong independent and family oriented characters and really look forward to reading another book by Jennifer Cruisie. My friend is reading You Bet or something like that and is loving it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16910)
    Performance
    (12825)
    Story
    (12759)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny and Feminist"
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    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    This story is the essentially the first 40 years of Tina Fey's ride through being an awkward child to an awkward adult with all the funny, sad and embarrassing parts along the way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing that women are not perceived as funny because I always thought we were!


    What about Tina Fey???s performance did you like?

    I have enjoyed watching her on 30 Rock and SNL so it seemed a natural thing to put her life so far story with her voice in the rhythm she usually speaks in.


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

    No, but I can love a book and not want to listen to it non-stop for 8 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3970)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2526)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Slow start great finish"
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    What made the experience of listening to Elantris the most enjoyable?

    The characters are well written and stay true to themselves through out..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Serene is a strong women who sacrifices popular for moral.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end but I do not want to give it away. I was sad to finish the book (something my husband warned me about) because it was so enjoyable.


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

    Elantris Gods or Pariah you decide!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "Loved this book on many levels."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unthinkable the most enjoyable?

    They looked at data, personal experience and MRI's to determine how and why people respond the way they do to trauma and that has value.


    What other book might you compare The Unthinkable to and why?

    Maybe Tipping Point or Freakenomics to make a far fetched corollary.


    What about Kirsten Potter???s performance did you like?

    She sounded vested in sharing the story and was easy to listen to for long stretches.


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

    Your world has just been torn apart by the scariest thing imaginable how will you respond?


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Out of the Ice: An Unexpected Life

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Herman
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1931, a young American named Victor Herman accompanied his parents to the Soviet Union, where his father was to set up a Ford Motor Company plant. In 1938, he was inexplicably thrown into a Soviet prison. It was 45 years before he was able to return to America.

    Greg D. says: "Unordinary personal content"
    "Really stirring and sad changed my views of lfe"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing story of survival and stoic unrelenting will to live!

    Victor Herman has changed how I feel about obstacles,set back an disappointments.

    He has also given me the gift of caring about political prisoner and their treatment.

    I was really hard to get through some of the graphic nature of the book with regards to torture and the goings on of starving people but worth enduring the hard to read parts as his life as truly amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Russia's Lindberg who was really America's second Lindberg! Victor Herman truly embodies the spirit of America and it's people desire to not allow hardship to stop them from survival and happiness. He reminds me of so many 9/11 survivors in their desire to keep focused on the reality that awful things happen and you can still move forward.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hurt???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first book read by him.


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

    They tried to take away everything but his spirit could not be broken.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (842)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "I am not the indented audience for this good book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have preferred not to delved into the lives of 14 year old boys with such detail. As a mother of soon to be 14 year old's I found it WAY to much info and not a mystery at all which is what I actually thought the book was. It is beautifully written but I am not the intended audience.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Murray? Why or why not?

    Nope, while his story was worth reading it's not the right genre for me and I have no idea how I ended up purchasing this book (again a really well written story) but totally not my genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the end of the book was great and well thought out but the entire book is well thought out.


    Do you think Skippy Dies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nope, I think they cover it all. some of the character could be books in and of themselves like Ruprect who I found interesting but not a sequel more of another stand alone book like Enders Shadow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "HATED the voice used for a main character!"
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    What would have made Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga???Hoole better?

    The only sad part of our Christmas holiday was picking this book to listen to on the 4 hour drive! We love the GaHoole series in written passage only. One of the character voices was so painful to hear we gave up after 2.5 hours! My family has loved audibles since 2005 and NEVER had this issue. Buyer Beware!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2466)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1765)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Amazing Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This 1930 something book is so clearly the inspiration for parts of the Matrix, Gattica and Idiocracy it deserves to be in the credits. Really worth the listen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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