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Anne

Kalama, WA, United States

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  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "fantastic story, fantastic narrator"
    Overall

    This book was engaging from start to finish. The narrator was wonderful. This was a book that reminds me why I prefer books on audio: A good narrator brings the story to life in a way that you can't get on your own by just reading the text. I highly recommend this book, and not just for the YA audience.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (676)

    When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

    J. says: "Fantastic!"
    "Great Sandra Brown book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Sandra Brown by far. Loved the twists and turns, loved the interaction between Coburn and Emily, loved not knowing the villain until much later than usual. Narration was great, love Victor Sleazak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1516)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "I hate to be a downer, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I feel out of place with this review, but as a fan of YA I really couldn't stand this book. I quite liked Before I Fall, but this story dragged and the prose was totally overwrought. Sarah Drew did the best she could with it but I just found myself rolling my eyes and having to turn it off. I could only listen to this in short bits. Does every observation by the protagonist have to be so dramatic? There were many parts of Before I Fall that were overwrought as well so maybe I am just having trouble with Lauren Oliver.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Oliver? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not in this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Drew’s performances?

    Probably.


    Was Delirium worth the listening time?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (255)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Horrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Witness better?

    The protagonist of this story is portrayed as an idiot. She didn't know that Matt was a spineless daddy's boy before marrying him? And a mother of a newborn being hunted by white supremacists does not forgo her opportunity to escape because she feels sorry for a man she barely knows. But the worst part of this audio book is the narration. Like so many books, you don't get to hear the narrator do the characters' voices in the sample. Her Kendall voice was awful, as were all her male voices. I almost couldn't finish the book because listening to Kendall was driving me nuts.

    I recommend other Sandra Brown audio books such as Lethal, Envy and White Hot. This is a waste of a credit.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    Victor Slezak.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Brief moments of suspense.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dessen
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    In The Truth About Forever, Dessen depicts a young woman coming to terms with the tragic death of her father. Macy Queen likes order and control, that's the only way she can keep her grief from consuming her. But a summer spent working with a boy named Wes slowly begins to thaw the ice that's been surrounding Macy's heart. Wes teaches her that forever isn't always about goodbyes and love doesn't always have to hurt.

    Lisa says: "Sarah's Best"
    "irritating narrator"
    Overall

    When I listened to the sample I heard a bit of irritating background noise but assumed it was because of the poor quality of my computer speakers. Not so. This narrator speaks as though she has a very dry mouth or something. The noises I heard are coming from her mouth. Absolutely grating. And she pauses for excessive amounts of time. Also, her voice is way too old to be believable as a seventeen year old girl. I regret downloading it, wish I had just read the paper copy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of This Book Is Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Pseudonymous Bosch
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    "If this were a normal descriptions for a normal audiobook, I would tell you that this audiobook is fantastic! Gripping! (According to their blurbs, all books are fantastic and gripping.) You'd meet the brave young heroes, Cass and Max Ernest. And you'd hear about how a mysterious box of vials, the symphony of smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and Stinky) circumstances."

    Anne says: "Where are books 2 and 4?"
    "Where are books 2 and 4?"
    Overall

    This is the first book in P.B.'s Secret series. Only two in the series, this one and the third one, are on audio, which is a shame. The narration for this one is, in a word, perfect. I wish this narrator had done book 3 (This book is not good for you), but he didn't. The narrator's rendition of the Bergamo brothers is hilarious. You will love this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect. She is lonely at first, that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.

    Amazon Customer says: "Heart Warming Book"
    "This one rocks!"
    Overall

    What can you say about Cherry Jones? She is a fantastic narrator for this story. This is one of those books for which hearing it narrated is far better than reading the text yourself. Your kids will love this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beezus and Ramona

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary
    • Narrated By Stockard Channing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this book, Ramona and her imagination really come into their own. Starting with a fairly mild encounter with the librarian, which is harder on Beezus than anyone else, Ramona goes from strength to strength, winding up by inviting her entire kindergarten class to a part at her home without mentioning it to her mother. The riot that ensues is probably the most hilarious episode in this extremely funny book, which proves that Mrs. Cleary's imagination is almost as lively as Ramona's.

    Anne says: "Good fun, great narration"
    "Good fun, great narration"
    Overall

    If you like the Ramona series, as my family does, this is a great listen. Stockard Channing is the perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1625)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "When will it end??"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book because the reviews were, overall, quite good. This book is so awful it is difficult to express in words. I am on chapter 45 and I am so bored I want to die. The author offers NO answers, none. Not even hints. No foreshadowing, either. Am I seriously going have to wait until the last 30 minutes to get answers? I am only finishing it on principle now, since I already paid for it. It's not as though I expected this to be as good as the Hunger Games, but I at least expected to be entertained. I honestly can't listen to this without my mind wandering it is so unbelievable boring. Run, don't walk, from this book.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • What I Did for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (237)

    Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

    Michelene says: "Good not Great!"
    "No more Julia Gibson!"
    Overall

    I actually liked this book. Sure, it's not socially meaningful literature, but so what? I just want a fun, brainless book to listen to when I walk the dog and SEP always comes through. When I want Pulitzer material, I re-listen to "The Help." As for the Brangelina rip-off, so what? No biggie.

    But, PLEASE ditch Julia Gibson. The minute I started listening to it I thought to myself that this sounds like the awful narrator from "Belong to Me." Checked and sure enough, same narrator. You think she was bad on this one, try listening to "Belong to Me." The only voice she did well in this book was Aaron. Please find a new narrator.

    And for those waiting for a SEP book as good as Natural Born Charmers, give it up. There always has to be a best and a worst. I don't see the point in hating a SEP book just because it's not as good as Natural Born Charmers. SEP books are lots of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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