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  • My Notorious Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Manning
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning's My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie's story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

    Jessie says: "Grating"
    "Axie's quest"
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    What did you love best about My Notorious Life?

    I loved the topic of the book. At times I thought I would turn if off, and stop listening, but it was so intriguing that after a few minutes I would turn it right back on. I also liked the characters, the time period depiction, and the historical undertones.


    What other book might you compare My Notorious Life to and why?

    Maybe some of Diana Gabaldon's books, similarly there were many parts in her series addressing women's lives in different times of the past, childbirth, daily struggles, stuff like that.


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

    I have never listened to Terry Donnelly before, but she is awesome! She did a good job with the period's English (as much as I can tell), and the various characters' voices. I loved the way she did Axie's friend, Greta's voice, who is a German immigrant. I would listen to more audiobooks narrated by Terry Donnelly.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. At times I couldn't believe how little has changed in the leading topic of the book, namely women's rights regarding abortion. It was riveting and also scary. The main character was great, I really liked her, and ultimately the end of the story was good. I was grateful for this, because from the beginning the story just had this black cloud over it. You'll know what I mean when you listen to it! I think this book would be a terrific choice for a book club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2174)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Excellent non-fiction!"
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    Where does Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up at the top. I haven't listened to a whole lot of audiobooks yet, but I just finished Born To Run yesterday, and today I started it over again. That says something, right? (PS. So far I've given high ratings in my reviews to pretty much everything I'd listened to. The reason behind this is that I spend a lot of time looking for the audiobooks, and if I don't like something I don't even finish it.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The final race. The narration of the race takes up the last hour of the audiobook. That hour just flew by!


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

    Sanders gave a voice to even the non-talkative Tarahumara. I can't quite explain what I mean by this, you'll just have to hear it for yourself. I would listen to Fred Sanders again, he has a very pleasant voice and does a great job reading throughout the whole book.


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

    It definitely made me laugh. It also made me think about things I've never even considered before. It made me feel nostalgic for something I have never even experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I'd waited so long to read this book. Probably because of the subject, as I'm not terribly interested in running or ultramarathons. I do love a good human triumph story, and this fits the bill. I got involved on a level I had not expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (500)

    Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Another great white trash zombie book"
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    What did you love best about White Trash Zombie Apocalypse?

    This is an awesome series in the otherwise crowded and overdone zombie subgenre. I love the fact that so far Rowland has been able to keep her books steadily good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't help but love Angel, especially as she continues to go through serious self-improvement. I also love Dr. Duplessis (sp?) for his continued show of humanity towards our little white trash heroine.


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

    No, I have not, but am considering revisiting the first two white trash zombie books just to hear McLemore's performance. (I've read those books, but they were good enough that it would be worth a listen as well. Fun!)


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

    Rowland nailed the title. No tag line needed.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled upon the white trash zombie series without looking for a zombie book, and was very pleasantly surprised. If you're in the mood for some fun, interesting, and well-done light listening, try this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Janan Raouf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    The first novel of Kage Baker’s critically acclaimed, much-loved series, the Company, introduces us to a world where the future of commerce is the past. In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus, Inc. One of these is Mendoza, the botanist. She is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden.

    Ethan M. says: "Very different SF, both in performance and tone"
    "Cyborgs in Bloody Mary's England"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Garden of Iden the most enjoyable?

    The story was fast paced, the characters are well drawn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Garden of Iden?

    There are quite a few.


    What about Janan Raouf’s performance did you like?

    Janan Raouf was able to convey the various characters as well as the various speaking voices the characters had (accented, spoken loud, or just transmitted between each other).


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

    Not quite, but I was always looking forward to my daily commute.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended! This is a smart chick lit with SF and historical elements.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8492)
    Performance
    (7722)
    Story
    (7781)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Predictable Dan Brown"
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    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance is great!


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dan Brown is not a great writer. He's just OK. He created an interesting (albeit flat) character with an interesting background. Unfortunately he always has to take it too far with the end-of-the-world stuff in his stories. Too dramatic and unbelievable. It does make it enjoyable. Pure ear candy.


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

    Sienna. I'm always amazed at how well some performers pull off opposite sex characters.


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

    "Robert Langdon saves the world. Again."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not all the way through, but this is a typical Dan Brown book. Fun, light, summer read/listen. Brown's writing style works for audio, because if you miss something you can be sure someone in the story will recap it for you pretty soon. Great book to listen to during your daily commute.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3192)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "My first audio Murakami"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to friends who like deep, complex literary works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the deeply personal accounts of all the characters' histories, and the hidden explanations of their personalities.


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

    I like all the characters, although I had a hard time getting into Aomame's character due to the soft spoken voice of the narrator. However, she did end up being my favorite character after all.


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

    In all honesty I'm only halfway through the book, but the connection of the two moons seems to send a message about the story that I really appreciate. I'm really excited about the second half!


    Any additional comments?

    Like I've already said, I'm only halfway through the book. At this point I absolutely love the book. Today on the way home, as traffic crawled through town, I didn't even notice that I got home 1/2 hr later as usual. It is that good. It took a while to get to that point, but I'm there! I also have to say that in general I like books that I can miss a few minutes without having to rewind for missing something important. This is one of those.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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