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Kris

Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 23 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (666)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "I had no idea!"
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    This is an excellent book! It doesn't exactly weave a tale like some biographies might, and the way fiction books do, but I was totally sucked in and wanted to keep listening... Perhaps it is because it was written by Jenna Miscavige herself and it's true.

    I imagine few of us would have a solid understanding of Scientology, but the truth is almost unbelievable.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fragments: Partials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence - it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Time for Hard Choices and Growing Up"
    "Loved it"
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    I loved this book. I'm now listening to the next in the series.

    I enjoyed Partials, the first in the series. Fragments delves much deeper into the background of this post-apocalyptic world and what brought them there, as well as exploring the world further. I loved it and was drawn right in.

    The narrator doesn't have a huge character range; I felt like a lot of the men and older characters sounded very similar and rather nasally, but that's bearable and I love Kira, who does a large chunk of the talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divided Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rupert Thomson
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Somewhere in the United Kingdom, an eight year old boy is removed from his home in the middle of the night. He is a victim of an extraordinary experiment. In an attempt to reform society, the government has divided the population into four groups, each group representing a different personality type.

    Kris says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This book really wasn't what I expected and didn't interest me as much as I'd hoped, but it was engaging enough.

    It has a similar air to 1984 and Brave New World: control of society, looking at humanity, indulging in the forbidden...

    I thought that a book written as recently as this might have a more scientific premise: their society is split up by humours (ie the hundreds-years old medical theory), which was a pretty unbelievable premise, but beyond that the analysis of the human condition and finding of self was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Thomas Tryon
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in a most unfortunate accident.

    Darryl says: "Wish I could read it again for the 1st time"
    "The end was interesting"
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    It took two thirds of the book to actually get interesting. The story seemed to meander for a good 7 hours before it finally had some movement. I found the narration to be satisfactory apart from the main character sounding very whiny. Maybe as a pre-adolescent child he might have been a bit whiny, but it's a bit annoying to listen to given that he is the main speaker; I'd be happy to listen to him again as long as he's not reading children. I can't really recommend this book; I'm surprised it featured on the Audible front page so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "What a whinger!"
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    I thought with the enduring nature of this tale, and my enjoyment of the similarly enduring Dracula, that I'd enjoy this book, but I found it pretty boring. Victor Frankenstein is such a whinger, and spends a good proportion of the book describing the scenery of his travels, which does very little to advance the story.

    That said, I'm glad to have read/listened to the original tale and pondered its commentary on society and human nature...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2035)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Near perfect story for an excellent performance"
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    I liked Dracula when I read it a while ago, and it was brilliant to listen to this performance. The diary format of the book makes it perfect for an audiobook, and this all-star cast did a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1005)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Devastatingly real"
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    It is devastating that what happened to Jaycee really happens. But it's good to hear her story in her own words, and encouraging to hear about her love for her daughters and hope for their lives going forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1600)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "How can you not love Angel?"
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    I wasn't sure about this book at first; it strays pretty far from traditional zombie lore. However, the story hangs a lantern on that fact, and it is so well told and narrated. This book has so much character, I couldn't help love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Since 2006, Twitter has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 500 million today - over 32 million of those in the UK alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years, and what does it mean for business, politics and the internet?

    Kris says: "Intriguing & dramatic"
    "Intriguing & dramatic"
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    I enjoyed this book more than I expected. The history of Twitter and the insights into the startup were well researched and collated in this book. Normally it takes me a while to get through non-fiction books, but I was as drawn into this book as much as any fiction books I've enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1079)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Cool adaptation for the audio medium"
    Overall
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    I loved Ender's Game and the narration on the original book is great. Ender's Game Alive takes that same story, but moves the story-telling to the perspectives of the characters. The actors do an excellent job of bringing this play to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire". Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

    Maria says: "My favorite book in a long, long time!"
    "Love a novel based on historical facts!"
    Overall
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    Two stories for the price of one! Austen lovers will enjoy this book that I think does Jane's legacy justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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