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  • Ysabel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets -a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...

    Andrew Stone says: "Magic, Humor, Love, Romance & Mystery"
    "Dumb"
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    What disappointed you about Ysabel?

    I can't see how this story would hold the attention of anyone other than pre-teens. (and I enjoyed the Hunger Games series, so I can appreciate light reads with young characters)


    What could Guy Gavriel Kay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have added more description of the area and locations. The dialogue was very predictable, full of clichés and poorly written. None of the characters were developed to any extent, so it was impossible to get vested in their well-being and the outcome of the story.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    I liked her tone and pacing. I do have to agree with another reviewer that most of the male characters sound like delirious surfer dudes... but I think that was probably an accurate portrayal because the dialogue was so dumb. I think Kate got it right.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I like history, science fiction and was interested in this town and location in particular, but this story doesn't satisfy on any account. I was not familiar with this author, and I won't be reading him again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (981)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "I did not know this world existed"
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    If you could sum up Moonwalking with Einstein in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual. Interesting. Engaging.


    What other book might you compare Moonwalking with Einstein to and why?

    The feeling I got from this book was similar to how I have felt in the past when reading some of Mary Roach's books - I feel like I've been exposed to a topic that I knew nothing about and got a bit of an insider's view into that world. (This author is good, but is not in the same league as Mary Roach, so I don't intend any disrespect to her by making the comparison)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (782)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Worth a listen, maybe two"
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    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    It was an interesting story and I liked the change of character narration, so you experienced the events through the perspectives of different characters. I thought it layed out a few good story threads within the overall mystery and kept a good pace, even though it is long book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked how the ended played out.


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

    It's too long to do that! You will want avoid putting down for too long though because you don't want to forget where you are in the story, as it builds upon earlier accounts of other narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people commented that having both male and female narrators (for different chapters or sections of the book) was distracting, but I didn't have a problem with it and I think it worked well.

    I may listen to this book again. I found this book needing more of my full attention than some other books, so I'm sure I missed some interesting bits along the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1397)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Disappointing"
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    What did you like best about The Marriage Plot? What did you like least?

    I liked the ending, but it was a long haul to get there. I just didn't really care for or about any of the characters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Eugenides before, how does this one compare?

    I loved Middlesex, which is the only reason I got this book and why I found it disappointing. I had high expectations that were not met.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think it would have been better to have had a female narrator for this story.


    Did The Marriage Plot inspire you to do anything?

    Read (listen to) another book quickly to get any lingering remnants of this one out of my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10967)
    Performance
    (6982)
    Story
    (7014)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Laura Hillenbrand can tell a story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    The performance was good, but I don't recall it providing any particular enhancements to the story. Audio is always more convenient for me than print books, and this is a book that is hard to put down, so I was able to get through it more quickly in audio format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is the second book I've read of Laura Hillenbrand's and I am a fan. This survival story is very uplifting because the subject of the book had overcome so many things in his life leading up to his WWII survival, so his whole life story is beyond incredible.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    The perfomance was good, but I don't remember anything in particular to highlight.


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

    YES. Laura Hillenbrand provides the right amount of relevant background stories and also has very good timing for when to move the story along and when to fold in past events without distracting or confusing. She is a master at building suspense and keeping you engaged throughout, even when you know the ultimate outcome (I didn't in this case, but I did with Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit book, which is the primary reason for me reading Unbroken).

    I do not read/listen to war books and am generally not interested in books with a war setting, but I was fascinated to learn about the planes that were used in the bombing missions in WWII as well as the conditions of the POW camps. Hillenbrand told the story in a way that engages those of us who are not WWII buffs..


    Any additional comments?

    Laura Hillenbrand has an amazing gift for telling incredible stories. Of course, her subject matters have amazing stories to tell, but she unfolds the events and background stories with such skill and art that I don't think these stories could be told better by anyone else. I also highly recommend Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit (the book is way better than the movie!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17231)
    Performance
    (15305)
    Story
    (15258)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Long, but worth it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    The narrator, Craig Wasson, did an excellent job with several voices and accents and really did an overall nice acting job. I will look for more books that he has narrated because he is top notch. I definitely think my enjoyment of this book in audio format is higher than it would have been if I read the print version. I was also able to get through it quicker, as I listened to it on my iPod when walking about town, working out, etc, and I didn't want to put it down!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The beginning drew me in and it was difficult to put down. I also really enjoyed the ending... I wasn't sure how the story would get resolved and I was very satisfied with the ending.


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

    No, I haven't, but I definitely will going forward.


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

    I think it was a pretty light


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an entertaining read (or

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (116)

    Best-selling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

    Vicki S. Towne says: "Thought-provoking, great listen"
    "Could not get past Chapter 2"
    Overall

    This was boring and hard to follow. I couldn't hang in there any longer. A different narrator may have helped.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1389)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    This was my first David Sedaris book and his humor, intelligence and sarcasm were entertaining. You also get the full nuances intended by the author, since he is the narrator. David is a naturally engaging story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22921)
    Performance
    (9566)
    Story
    (9640)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wishing I had 16 hrs 19 mins of my life back..."
    Overall

    I'm scratching my head on this one. This is an awful story. It is boring. It is predictable. There is no mystery. The characters are not likable. It has gratuitous violence against women throughout. There is no strong female character at all in the book.....very anti-women. I only hung in there and listened to the whole thing because I believed there must be something good about the book to warrant all the favorable reviews... there isn't. Please don't waste your time.

    4 of 8 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26705)
    Performance
    (13341)
    Story
    (13386)

    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!"
    "The great reviews are true!"
    Overall

    I got this audio based on the reviews I read and they were spot on. Hands down, this is the best audio book I've ever listened to. In this case especially, because of the excellent narration, I would highly recommend listening to the audio version over reading the book (although you may want to follow up with the book version to savor the well-told story, after getting to know the characters in the audio). The author and the excellent narration make you really care about the characters and you will wish there was a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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