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Jean

Bloomington, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26969)
    Performance
    (13598)
    Story
    (13646)

    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!"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to. The readers were excellent and really made it that much more enjoyable. Something I never thought I'd ever write: I don't think I would have enjoyed the book in print as much as the audible version. This is because of the readers who really brought all the characters alive. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5501)
    Performance
    (3694)
    Story
    (3699)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Can you say deadlines?"
    Overall

    I think someone else mentioned this, but the totally abrupt ending makes me feel like she really did have a deadline and wasn't able to complete - or even tie up in any way - many of the story lines she started in this one. There were an awful lot of side stories that didn't really seem necessary to the main plot; they just rambled about like a bunch of short stories about this or that character. All were relatively interesting, but I feel like she got away from her original story line and didn't know how to get back to it. Of course, if she comes out with another one I will no doubt want to know what the heck happens next, but I'm very disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4376)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2099)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Fascinating book"
    Overall

    Though parts of this book are rather gruesome, this is really a fascinating book. I enjoyed learning about the architecture of Chicago and everything that went into the World's Fair. Larson's narrative kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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