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Annette

Irvine, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 258 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29384)
    Performance
    (25926)
    Story
    (25998)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Riveting! An absolutely terrific audiobook"
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    This was the best audiobook I've listened to in ages. The narration was perfect -- I really felt like the two characters were actually telling their stories (book is written in first person). The plot just kept getting better and more compelling. The author is a wonderful writer -- I'm surprised I haven't discovered her before. The plot, the writing, the narration, all of it added up to a delightful read. I cannot recommend this title highly enough.

    By the way, this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.

    32 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2042)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Unbelievable!!"
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    It's hard to believe this is a true story. Lawrence Anthony runs a game reserve in Africa, and this is the first-person account of adopting a herd of "feral" elephants. By feral, I meant that not only were they wild in the typical sense, but they were also disturbed, angry and destructive. Indeed, they were available because the owner of a nearby game reserve couldn't control them and they kept breaking through the electric fence, wreaking havoc on the surrounding areas.

    Mr. Anthony has a deep passion for conserving the wild game of Africa, and an even deeper compassion for the elephants who become his charges. His story of developing a rapport with them is astounding. I never knew this, but elephants are incredibly intelligent, social and loyal animals, and the story of this herd's trials, tragedies and happinesses was capitivating. The narrator, Simon Vance, did a superb job.

    This book is all the better for being a true story. I have the greatest respect for Lawrence Anthony, and I was truly sorry when the story was over. I just wanted to keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25164)
    Performance
    (20911)
    Story
    (20897)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    Great narration, great character development, and twists and turns that kept me on my toes. Loved this book. It was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (833)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "Great listen!"
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    I'm trying to simplify my work life, and this book was just what I needed. It's clear and motivating.

    Really loved the author's voice, too. It's not often that authors do a good job of reading their own books, but this one was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1383)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Diane says: "Incredibly disappointing"
    "Love, love, love Tana French!!!"
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    Another great listen. Great narration, strong plot and excellent character development. The Dublin Murder Squad series is my favorite mystery series of 2015!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4260)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2580)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    This book was great. I loved the plot, the characters and, especially the narration. It was so vivid I felt I was watching a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9283)
    Performance
    (8372)
    Story
    (8387)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Fabulous story; fabulous narrator"
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    The characters in this book really came to life. I don't know if it was Galbraith's (really J.K. Rowling's) terrific dialogue, or Glenister's facility with different accents and voices, but the characters were so distinct and believable!

    I also liked the plot quite a bit. I'm a sucker for a good mystery, a down-and-out gumshoe who makes good, and anything British. So, this novel was the perfect listen for me, as it had all three.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1053)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    This book was very well researched and written. I didn't know all that much about the Columbine shooting before I began, and it turns out that much of what the public was told by the media was simply incorrect. The author did a great job of really going in depth about both the victims and the shooters. Terrific listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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