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Jennifer

Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (4207)
    Story
    (4231)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    glamazon says: "A Journey Into the Unknown"
    "Such an engaging and moving book"
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    When I first downloaded this book I dismissed it as chick lit, not exactly heavy lifting, and thought it would be something mindless to listen to during my commute.

    Once I got further into it, I realized the book had a lot of depth, and I could not put it down. I brought my iPod in from my car so I could listen to it at home 3 nights. I finished it a week ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. This was a really engrossing book. I can't remember the last time I've been so personally invested in fictional characters, or that I've cried so hard over a book. I just wish I hadn't finished it so I could still be listening to it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Knowing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure. But some questions are better left unanswered.

    Karen says: "Narrator is ruining this book"
    "Narrator Spoils the Mood"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is fine for passing the time on my morning commute and the story was interesting.


    What didn’t you like about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    The narrator's voice does not match the character at all. Her voice sounds older and harsh, almost manly. It makes it impossible to picture the character as an attractive woman in her early thirties. Also, the only emotions she conveys are exasperation and whining. Her narration was a distraction.


    Was Never Knowing worth the listening time?

    This book is fine for passing the time on my morning commute and the story was interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She's doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life miserable in high school.

    Kristy Rodsho says: "Love the book. But, the narration is distracting."
    "Engaging story, mediocre narration"
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    Where does That Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found the story thoroughly entertaining, but really felt bad for the narrator. It must have been agony reading this whole book with a clothespin clamped on her nose.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of That Night?

    he last confrontation between Toni and Shawna.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nasal voice of narrator


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

    No, it wasn't THAT compelling


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

    Carol-Ann says: "This book!!"
    "Compelling Story Marred by Sub-Par Narrators"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. I liked the story, but not enough to overcome the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the different perspectives and moral ambiguities.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    While I am finding the book interesting, the narrations almost caused me to stop listening. It is hard to focus on the book while actively hating the narrators. The man who voices Ted has a wimpy, nerdy voice that is incongruous with the character. The woman who voices Miranda starts each paragraph in a voice that she must think sounds breathy and sultry, but sounds like she has a throat disorder. This character is supposed to be sexy and confident, and the voice makes her sound harsh and nagging. It is difficult to buy that she is a great seductress, unless these men are just sleeping with her to shut her up. The woman who voices Lily is the worst, though. She over-enunciates random words, pauses randomly in the middle of phrases, and stresses random words or phrases that ought to have no significance in the context of the sentence. It’s almost like listening to a monologue from a Shondra Rhimes character. As much as I’m digging the plot, I’ll be glad when this book is finished.


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

    Yes, it made me mad when the narrator who voiced Lily would read with such unnatural intonations. I was literally talking back to my car stereo.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Cartwheel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jennifer duBois
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (61)

    When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.

    Debbie says: "Wonderful Book!"
    "Buenos Aires Short-Changed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in part out of interest in the subject matter, and in part because it was set in one of my favorite cities. After reading, I was surprised to learn that the author had even been to Buenos Aires. Rather, she throws out names of streets and locations, or cultural or political issues, totally out of context. It's as though she was given a list of hot topics in Argentina and tried to force them into the book without learning what they meant.

    For example, there's a scene where Maureen gives a taxi driver a 20 peso note, and Andrew is certain that the wads of bills she will receive for change will contain counterfeits. First, 20 pesos is worth about $2-4 US, depending on the ever fluctuating exchange rate, and she wouldn't be getting change in bills, if any change at all, because taxi rides are more expensive than that. Also, bills that small aren't forged. This is beyond nit-picky, but it matters because it was a series of false comments on the city geared to paint it in a negative light.

    I don't suppose this would bother many people other than me, and if her description of the city weren't so critical it wouldn't bother me as much. But I feel that she maligns and misrepresents a wonderful city because she did not take the opportunity to learn about it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Surprisingly Bad"
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    What disappointed you about Revenge Wears Prada?

    The heroine was completely unlikeable. She was self-centered, harsh and unforgiving. Also, the plot really went nowhere. The disjointed book meandered about and totally lacked focus. I liked The Devil Wears Prada and was looking forward to the sequel, but I wish I had not read this as I just hated Nady Sachs. By the end I was pulling for Miranda Priestly.


    Has Revenge Wears Prada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, but has turned me of of this author


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator seemed to have no connection with the story she was telling. She used this faux chipper tone to describe serious scenes, and was just far too "precious."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. frustration. anger at the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (644)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Insufferable"
    Overall

    It's hard to describe how much I hated this book. It had so much potential, and the celebrities and authors who did cameo appearances are some of my favorites. But this book was a flop from start to finish. First, the author/narrator's voice is grating. The guest appearances are awkward. The subject matter is fairly interesting, but not presented in a fresh or amusing way. The author is heavy handed in injecting her political views into the piece and insulting those who are not in lock-step agreement. She is the most painfully politically correct author I've ever encountered (she was aghast when a church choir of 30 only had two African American members) I am not a religious person, but even I found her derisive tone when discussing religion offensive. Overall, I wasted a lot of time listening to this book hoping it would get better and that I would at least learn something, and I'd like that time back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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