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L. Taylor

Wareham, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "Deep, truth of humanity"
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    Would you listen to Townie again? Why?

    I would listen again in a couple of years. That means a lot because I like to experience books I have never read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator (author) is someone I relate to as I grew up during the same time, in Hyde Park. I remembered the forced buissing and shameful pbehavior of adults in the 70's. I remember the influx of Iranian exchange students in high school, then in college....and the predjudice.


    What three words best describe Andre Dubus III’s performance?

    HONEST, MEMORIES, YEARNING


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The real 70's


    Any additional comments?

    I was thrilled the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (413)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Had me screaming and kicking...hard to stop listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! If you like to think and look at all options..think you know what might happen and then Dan Simmons throws a curve ball everytime!.... you my friends will love this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrion Comfort?

    Melony is the most horrific babyish insane mind vampire of the whole group. I loved the end when she is showing again her paranoia and hunger...and she thinks she is ALWAYS right...downright creepy.


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    Tough..loved Willie. He was almost as awful as Melony. Nina played a short wicked part but was forever the fear of Melanie. For evil I choose Melony.


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

    Tough again. Sol's memories of the concentration camps..his whole life's purpose and internal struggles and all the wonderful people who came together with Sol to kill the minfmd vampires.


    Any additional comments?

    Natalie the "negress" and all the dated predjudiced terms I forgot I grew up with were reminders of what is always possible to happen again at any time.Hatred and evil has always been around and sorry to say will be. People who can manipulate and be charismatic are the true mind vampires that the author writes about. I believe using politicians..Hitler...and the holocaust are the perfect canvas for Dan Simmons to paint his "mind vampires" who are real but not in the supernatural way. That was just a tool for his novel...or a novel tool. :)

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  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (799)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "dry old fashioned sci fi"
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Paul Boehmer?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the main character less robotic. He was a human and the narrator's accent and tone made him a snobby robotic unlikable character.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    The girl


    Did The End of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

    Move on to a totally different book and narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Asimov (30 yrs!) But won't get anymore audiobooks on Asimov from Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5200)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2840)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Peaceful "Souls" from Outer Space Invasion"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Host to be better than the print version?

    I am enjoying both. I bought this on the Daily Deal forx1.99 and got the Audio from Audible for less than $4. Before this was so recently available I listened to the book I couldn't put down using my E-ink Kindle Keypad using "text to speech" I love this Audible awhyspersync option only when it's affordable. I would NEVER purchase the book and the audio if they were $8 for the book and. Over$10 for the Audio to waste my $15 monthly Audible credit.So thanks for getting together and making my raeding affordable and more enjoyable. Your company gets some $ I can afford..even if it's not what you'd normally charge. Some $ is better than no $ so I bet you are making a lot more money now than a year ago.


    What other book might you compare The Host to and why?

    It reminds me of Body Snatchers (alien parasites) AND District 9 (predjudice against intelligent peacefully aliens.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Great descriptions of the mind talk/ memories and sharing between Wanderer and Melany.


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

    I smiled often and thoroughly enjoyed it. It'd. Make a great movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Its much better than the atwilight Series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1897)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Interesting Futuistic BUT Confusing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I have listened to lots of audiobooks and this isxvery difficult to follow. I rewound many times to better understand the storyline.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi? Why or why not?

    No. Forced myself through this book. Good story but not enjoyable to keep rewinding to follow. The names were very foreign sounding so very difficult to keep track of characters. Also crazy made up names for make believe genetically created animals..food and people...and gloomy.


    Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really..no.


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

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to be done with the book so I could enjoy sn audiobook again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (237)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "What is the Meaning of Life (for the main characte"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would. It is entertaining, thought provoking without too much thinking.


    What other book might you compare Dance, Dance, Dance to and why?

    It is similar to the author's way of writing of course, but different in that I found it an easier than usual read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had supernatural weirdness, but somehow in this novel it seemed normal.


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

    Yes. I did not like his performance in this one as much as others I have heard. Maybe it was the material. I don't know.


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

    The conversation in the beginning of the story that takes place in the new hotel but in the ghostly dimension of the old Dolphin hotel where a "ghost" that is like a guide advises the Narrator to "dance, dance, dance."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (276)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "Scary Lullaby"
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    If you could sum up Lullaby in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected Romance Horror


    What other book might you compare Lullaby to and why?

    Stephen King Books?


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

    The nonchalant normalcy of the voice describing a horrific event of scene.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lullaby and why?

    The The female realestate agent/witch (for me). There was a man equally memorable and then 2 more characters just as memorable, but not having as much space as the primary couple.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this. I totally didn't expect what I got from the description OR from the first chapter even! Loved it and pleasantly surprised!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22117)
    Performance
    (8817)
    Story
    (9022)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "STEVE MARTIN, LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absoulutely! I brought me back to early Steve Martin (70's)! A laugh constantly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Martin


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Steve Martin played himself!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Show reruns of old SNL like the Cruel Shoes and King Tut.


    Any additional comments?

    Best first listen and freebie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Amazon Customer says: "SERIOUS ASIAN HISTORICAL NOVEL, NO LAUGHS, SERIOUS"
    "SERIOUS ASIAN HISTORICAL NOVEL, NO LAUGHS, SERIOUS"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only someone who likes highly detailed serious historical novels about Asians. Otherwise, No!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Can't cause it would not be the same story. It has to be serious. I had to keep track of too many unpronouncable names,.....no fun and then keep track of who was honorable, dishonored, accepted by family, thrown out, who a woman must marry, what she wished instead, etc etc. etc.


    What about Susan Duerden and Robin Sachs ’s performance did you like?

    boring


    Did The Tiger's Wife: Free First Chapter inspire you to do anything?

    Shut it off. I forced myself to listen to almost half, stll didn't keep my interest. I found myself not losing myself in the story by rather thinking about what I needed at the market for food, ets.


    Any additional comments?

    I got my money back from Audible and it was an on sale book. I noticed the under $4.95 audiobooks do not pique my interest. I was new to that site and took a chance that despite the unthrilling description it would be good. I wasn't.
    Thank you Audible for the refund.

    Lisa

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Business: Lizzy and Diesel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (543)

    Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel. When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his 20-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.

    Lorena says: "Not her best"
    "FUN TO DRIVE AND LISTENT TO"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is fun and lighthearted. It made me laugh outloud


    What other book might you compare Wicked Business to and why?

    The first Wicked Book by Janet


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    The main character. She is so ditzy, I love the voice use by Lorelei.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the title of the book would be perfect


    Any additional comments?

    Light fun listening. A no brainer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3546)
    Performance
    (3143)
    Story
    (3147)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "FUN SUMMER READ, LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deadlocked the most enjoyable?

    The narrator sounds like Sookie in True Blood. I like how her voice takes you to characters, and I believe and feel the different personalities. Excellent to lose myself in the story. Excellent story telling and story teller


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough, love them all..attracted to the Fairies, especially Bellanos, and his voice and the descriptions of him.


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

    Her voice adds dimension to my imagination. The characters fill out more when I listen to this narrator and story compared to the times I have read books in this series on my own.


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

    Yes but fortunately it was many hours so I cannot sit that long or have to commute that long so it took about a week. When in the car I listen to audiobooks. At home I read my books on my kindles. The keyboard Ereader is for the day(anti glare and text to speach is awesome). At night, I use the Kindle because the screen is lit up and I can make it easier on my eyes by changing how strong the background light is.
    The perfect Kindle Fire will have text to speech, Eink like the originals, and a double camera with microphone! It is practically a tablet. I love the speed, the cloud, how easy it is. I compared this to other tablets and color readers and Amazon beats them all. I truly prefer the Kindle(Fire) to the I Pad!! The size is right and especially the price!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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