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monica

chapel hill nc, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 34 titles in library
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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2627)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "well read but difficult. Love hate and God"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Repeated itself. Love hate and God. all was said in the first 100 pages.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Greene? Why or why not?

    No way


    Could you see The End of the Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Very little action


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (788)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "fun and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,, kept my interest the entire book. I was sorry it had to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art Forger?

    If I tell you it would ruin reading the book


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

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art Forger and why?

    Obviously, the main character. It was written in the first person


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Full of suspense. I found myself rooting for the heroine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1489)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "well written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Code Name Verity the most enjoyable?

    Readers were excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie. Strong, determined, goal oriented


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

    Made me cry. Very sad. How in an instant we make life decisions which influence our lives from that point on


    Any additional comments?

    They could have left out the singing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1344)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    Made you laugh and made you almost cry


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Well done. Played the different characters famously


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3651)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3296)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "read the book"
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    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Very good


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Usually read fiction. One book about detailed mission killing is enough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The honest ending.


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

    NO. Lots of abbreviations. Talked about guns and weapons that I did not know exactly what they were talking about. But you get the idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was perfect. Finally an accent that I could understand. I get tired of these English readers. One Irish guy I could not understand at all and had to return the book. My favorite part was the ending where the author stated that a majority of the proceeds will go to Navy Seal charities. It was very moving how he talked about how the ordinary citizen can make a difference in this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1151)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "review"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Beautiful Mystery again? Why?

    I dont usually read books twie


    What other book might you compare The Beautiful Mystery to and why?

    Good


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    only two main characters


    Any additional comments?

    could not believe that after two oxycodone the detective got completely hooked again and gave up everything. that took away a lot from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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