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  • Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chelsea's Family, Friends, and Other Victims
    • Narrated By Johnny Kansas, Stephanie Stehling, Heather McDonald, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness", the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers - they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them.

    Joshua says: "Not as good as "Vodka, it's Chelse...""
    "Meh. Maybe..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The energy from some of the narrators was a little dead. It felt as if they had been reading for hours, and they were at the very end and restless.

    It would have been so much better if Chelsea Handler could have read her parts. Everybody else read their own parts. Chelsea Handler has such a nice voice...


    Has Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I think I'll just have to pay more attention to the reviews before i purchase.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like that the stories were told by the people who wrote it, and by the people the events happened to. It was nice that they were able to mimic the sounds of surprise or the accents spoken. The pauses were accurate and done in a way that I would not have been able to imagine reading on my own.

    See above for dislikes.


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

    The book was entertaining. It made me giggle on the inside often. It was just evident that none of these people are used to writing in book format. It was so poorly written, that even the decent performances couldn't save it. It was entertaining and worth a listen if it is free.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (2933)
    Story
    (2943)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "More Interesting Than It Sounds"
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    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    intelligent, suspenseful, positive


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    I have never read anything else like it. I'm not a huge fan of technology or hackers, but after seeing the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I wanted to give this book a try.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he gets caught is really interesting.


    If you could give Ghost in the Wires a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "The story of the world's most infamous hacker, and how he overcame."


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the subject matter fool you. This is absolutely intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (247)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "Can't Beat a Story Told From the Horse's Mouth"
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    What did you love best about Official Book Club Selection?

    Kathy Griffin has such a fun sense of humor! It felt like she was just talking to a bunch of her friends, rather than listening to a memoir.


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

    This is the first one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving anything away, she goes to speak at a school, and lots of inappropriateness ensues.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again. Without giving anything away, she talks about her first marriage.


    Any additional comments?

    Be advised that this is the ABRIDGED version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "Quick, but weird"
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    What did you like best about Asylum? What did you like least?

    The pacing is slow and tense. There is danger from the first second the reader starts listening.


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

    I have not listened to any other books by this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ian McKellen?

    He has such an iconic voice. I would listen to epic novels by him.


    Could you see Asylum being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see Asylum being made into a movie or a TV series. The only one I have picked out to star would maybe be the guy who plays the guy with the curly cue beard in the Hunger Games.


    Any additional comments?

    Quick listen, but the main character makes some bad choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (307)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "There are other fish in the sea"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    What was most disappointing about Curtis Sittenfeld’s story?

    The psychic element being so minimal. Actually--the characters are so unlikeable. Can I just go on and say the story itself was the most disappointing part?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away the ending, but I like a scene at the very end with Gabe.


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

    The narrator was pretty good. A little inconsistent at first, but it leveled out.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2964)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2297)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Good Pacing. Nice Twist."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure. I listened to it while I was doing other things (driving, drawing, etc.). I was pretty engrossed. Not a waste of time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I will be purchasing Dark Places soon.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I liked all the southern old bitties. What a nice, velvety drawl.


    Was Sharp Objects worth the listening time?

    Yes. I didn't waste any time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15824)
    Performance
    (14038)
    Story
    (14077)

    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!"
    "Intricate Web of Deceit"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes! The pacing is perfect. There is so much going on, I wonder how much I'll pick up on if I listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    I don't want to give too much away, but probably when Amy is essentially kidnaped.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. It did. My only complaint about the narration is that it took me a while to get into it. I found both of them annoying, but their performance was good. I think this one is just a personal preference thing.


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

    No. I was ok to break it up, but I did devour that sucker in just a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful villain. Wonderful attention to detail. Broad story. The ending took a few listens to settle. I was really disappointed at first, but it grew on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teacher Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (184)

    Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

    Mark says: "Fun, quick, well done!"
    "Pete Fell Off A Wagon...Repeat"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If this book specifically suited what my friend was looking for, I would. It is still well written. It's a repetition of his last books, though. There's not a lot of new brought to the table. I liked the anecdotes about his students, but he talked way too much about his thoughts--and in a manner that was kind of stale. He has interesting teaching ideas, though.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to Gone, Girl by Gillian someone or other. Teacher Man did inspire me to read Freedom Writers. I'm just waiting for a library transfer.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank McCourt?

    Yes I would! He has such a great and lively voice. Not distracting. Not dull.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Frank McCourt’s life?

    I would want to know if he ever married again, and to whom or why not; why was his mother so mean when she came to America, tell me more about his relationship with his daughter and younger brothers, how did he decide to write and how was his process for his first two books. Not all that should have been in depth in THIS particular book--actually--I think the only one relevant for this book would be the inquiries on his writing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's decent. Not my favorite of his books. It's got some very very slow parts. I almost couldn't wait for the book to end, but the ending of the book is interesting and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Better Than Angela's Ashes"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was time well spent. The story was interesting, and I enjoyed listening to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 'Tis?

    One of the scenes where his mother comes to New York. She is unusually difficult, and that creates such an interesting dynamic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is not really the type of book where I would have just one isolated favorite scene since it's all connected. I did have favorite events and themes and ideas. I really liked how Frank became so skilled at typing--then was able to use that in the real world.


    Did 'Tis inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. 'Tis inspired me to try creative writing and to keep trying with school.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    Kaui says: "WONDERFUL"
    "Humorous Tragedy"
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    Would you try another book from Voltaire and/or Andrew Sachs?

    I would definitely try another book from Voltaire. A book narrated by Andrew Sachs wouldn't deter me.


    Would you recommend Candide to your friends? Why or why not?

    Candide was actually a fun listen. The humor is so understated. It's really interesting how there is so much tragedy, but I would still call this a comedy.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His style was a little odd. He would elongate some of the words at the end. It was just a little awkward.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly...It would really depend on who the director was and who the actors were. There are so many ways this story could go wrong.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2454)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1246)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Gross, Slow, and Tragic"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm unsure. I didn't particularly care for this book. The first half is really boring, and if I had read this instead of listening to it, I might not have stuck with it. However, I was interested enough to listen to the sequels.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've already listened to the follow-ups "'Tis" and "Teacher Man" is what I'm listening to right now. They are both by and narrated by Frank McCourt.


    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His story is narrated in his own words with his wonderful accent. It's told in a thoughtful way. The biggest thing that is a unique experience is the singing. In books when the lyrics are in the book, it's always awkward to read it without knowing the tune. Listening to the book give the reader an opportunity to hear the songs.


    What character would you cut from Angela's Ashes?

    There is no main character I would cut. Maybe a few of the side characters that add nothing but pages and minutes to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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