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Holly

hollyclimber

Yosemite, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (419)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Loved it, Great Way to Read this Classic"
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    I felt I had a hole in my literature knowledge by not having read this book. I didn't know what was going to happen either. The story was excellent and the narration perfect. I was perfectly absorbed into the world of the story. One of the best I have listened to this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (365)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Interesting and Compelling"
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    The story was compelling - at times I felt the emotions of Cora as she was pushed around or dominated by different characters. I totally disagree with a review I read where it said "nothing happened", but then maybe that was written by a man. The only complaint I had was the abrubt ending that was a little short of totally believable, like the writer ran out of time/room so just wanted us to trust her on that was how it ended instead of letting us feel it, like with everything else in the story. Overall it was worth reading and I enjoyed the notes in the back (again in spite of what another reviewer said about that). I read this on Kindle and listened on Audible. I thought that option was overpriced, but nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (950)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Pretty Good Tale"
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    The narration was great - allowing the story to take front and center. The story was good and kept my interest, the ending was a little bit of surprise, even though you knew a surprise was coming. Overall, totally worth my time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (5215)
    Story
    (5296)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Favorite Book This Year!"
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    I LOVE this book. The story is absolutely fascinating, the writing is excellent, the narration is perfect. This was the best book I listened to this year. I am so glad I found it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (330)

    The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

    Nick says: "Read it first"
    "Worth it, but the weakest in the series"
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    I loved this series and so the Pre-quel was a "must listen" for me. I don't regret listening at all and it was entertaining. But, I found the other books more interesting and more rich. Perhaps knowing where it is all going takes away the punch though. Overall, I do recommend this to fans, but don't listen to it first. Maybe its for "fans only".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1146)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "One of the Best For me This Year"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story and characters were interesting and compelling and the narration excellent. I very much felt in the mood of the story and was a little bit glad when my time with it was done, as I was choosing to be part of a dark tale. I definitely recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4835)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1485)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Not really that interesting"
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    For all the hype, I thought this book was mostly a not very interesting read of someone else's diary. I did learn a few things that made the book overall an "add" to my life and mind and not a detract, but it wasn't truely compelling. At least twice while listening to it I was very close to taking Audible up on its return policy. It was just boring enough that I would have rather read a magazine while working out. Normally getting to hear what happened next is my treat that gets me onto the cardio machine, not so with this book. The narration was good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From This Moment On

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shania Twain
    • Narrated By Shania Twain, Sherie Rene Scott
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    By the time Shania Twain was two, her parents had divorced, and by early childhood, her family of seven was often without food, at times living in a filthy one-bedroom apartment. But when her mother and stepfather were tragically killed in an automobile accident when she was 22, Shania knew that the only way to lift her family out of poverty was to use her God-given singing talent. At an age when most young people have only themselves to think about, Shania moved her entire family to a nearby resort where she began performing, supporting her younger brothers and sisters.

    littlesheree says: "Disappointing"
    "Riveting story"
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    This was an amazing story and very engaging. There is nothing special about the reader but like all good audio books you forget the reader very quickly and just get absorbed in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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