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Marianne

Washington D.C.

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  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 38 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "Tried too hard."
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    What disappointed you about The Drowning Girl?

    I felt that the author got to caught up in showing off her knowledge.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Packing for mars


    Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favorite?

    The narrator was phenomenal- all characters were great


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Drowning Girl?

    I understand the style and what the author wanted to achieve, but she just took too long to tell a story, as I said there were Points where it wasn't about the story, but about the author saying look how superior I am over you.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a literary book, it is slow - as most literary books are. She does a gOod job within the style; but needs to be careful that her pretentiousness doesn't show through. If you like literary go for it. If you are a psychiatrist or psych nurse - you will find more honesty in the E.R.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5527)
    Performance
    (3481)
    Story
    (3489)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "For the love of dogs"
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    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The narration done in the dog's voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing your life through your animal's eyes and heart and how that animal loves you through all your faults.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    He captured the heart of the dog.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not sure I would like it, since I am not into race cars; but I did nothing the whole day and listened to it straight through.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Phenomenal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This shows a different side to Achilles and patrocolous that is so well written.


    What other book might you compare The Song of Achilles to and why?

    Obviously The Illiad.


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

    No.


    If you could rename The Song of Achilles, what would you call it?

    I would not: the title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in the story of Achilles should read this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (706)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Overrated"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Buy not buying it.


    What was most disappointing about Jane Austen’s story?

    Jane Austin is an overrated hack that only writes using one-dimensional characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pride and Prejudice?

    It is not about cutting, but about adding depth to characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I finally read this because of all the wonderful reviews about the first impressions and societal laws and rules; but it is a piece of hack writing with flat characterization.

    0 of 1 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
    (15871)
    Performance
    (14081)
    Story
    (14121)

    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!"
    "Fun"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Just plain fun


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

    I can't write without spoiling the book.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    The wife.


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

    Good question - I do not know.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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