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Valerie

Charlotte, NC, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2761)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1124)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Good, but very, very long"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. It is compelling, but it did get a bit long. I was ready for the story to wrap up a bit before it did. But the characters are fleshed out well and the scenes are very vivid. The naration was very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13282)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "You Must Get This Book!"
    Overall

    Simply wonderful. Fantastic from beginning to end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10516)
    Performance
    (5759)
    Story
    (5803)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    The first half is a bit slow. But this was a wonderful book with excellent narration. A fantastic ending. I love this book and will listed again at some point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Jim: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christian Moerk
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

    Book Worm says: "Great Story"
    "Pretty Good."
    Overall

    This was a solid four stars. I liked the characters. There was a twist that I didn't see coming. It petered out a bit toward the end. But all in all, an enjoyable listen. Very good narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26925)
    Performance
    (13556)
    Story
    (13604)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Everything a book should be. Funny, touching, tragic. I hated for it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawing in the Dust: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Zoe Klein
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Brilliant archaeologist Page Brookstone is convinced bones speak, yet none of the ancient remnants she has unearthed during her 12 years of toiling at Israel's storied battlegrounds of Megiddo has delivered the life-altering message she so craves. Which is why the story of Ibrahim and Aisha Barakat, a young Arab couple who implore Page to excavate the grounds beneath their house in Anatot, instantly intrigues her.

    Andrew Schwiebert says: "enjoyed this archaeological adventure love story"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I thought I would love this book, but I found it a bit annoying. The writer tries too hard to drive her point home. It wasn't so bad that I didn't listen to the whole thing, but I was so glad to finally get it over with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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