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Lindsay

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  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (253)

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

    Kestrel says: "Don't make me get out of the car..."
    "For an older woman."
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    What did you love best about I Feel Bad About My Neck?

    Nora Ephron's wit and snarky humor.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Ephron before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Nora Ephron book for me. It was a gift. While I did enjoy the book, I know I was not target audience. Young women will still find it funny, but women 40+ will really enjoy it.


    What about Nora Ephron’s performance did you like?

    I like that she has a very unique voice, but that it isn't grating or difficult to listen to. I felt like she was sittingin my car with me, telling me all these great stories from her life.


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

    Getting older doesn't get easier, but it does get funnier.


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  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5617)
    Performance
    (4951)
    Story
    (4961)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Beautiful story, but heavy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Light We Cannot See to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I typically prefer the audio editions. The narrator was excellent.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most intriguing aspect of the story was that Marie-Laure is blind, but so capable. She sees things just as vividly but in a different way. I wouldn't say that any thing was uninteresting in the story, but perhaps Frederick was my least favorite character, which isn't because he is unlikeable, just boring.


    What does Zach Appelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents are on point, which made it easy to dissolve into each character.


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

    Secrets only visible to the blind eyes.


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  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (8467)
    Performance
    (7064)
    Story
    (7041)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "You'll love her just as much as you do on TV"
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    What did you love best about Yes Please?

    What I loved most about Yes Please was that Amy's stories were so relatable, and also gave you some perspective to look at your own life. And she does it all without feeling preachy or judgy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was that it felt very honest to me. I didn't feel like she was trying to be someone else, or that she was trying to be better than she really is, she was just being herself.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you read the book, you won't get to hear Amy tell you these stories herself, and you won't get to enjoy the guest readers and the conversations that she has. And if you read the book, you won't get to enjoy her wonderfully thick Boston accent, or her mother's and father's even thicker accents.


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

    Everything you love about Amy Poehler, in one neat package.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a wonderful read, especially for women. I really enjoyed Amy's honesty about the good things and the bad things she's experienced. I loved her advice and the lessons that she shared about growing, being a woman, taking charge, and still having fun. I also really loved her messages about being better women together.

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9174)
    Performance
    (5762)
    Story
    (5750)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Truly Captivating"
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    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    I would listen to Fall of Giants again because there is so much content. In order to really retain all those details, I think this book deserves a second listen.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents are wonderful. He does a great job of creating all the characters and really give each one a personality.


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

    No, but that isn't because the book wasn't good. The content is heavy and after particularly sad or emotional part of the story, I needed a little break to let my heart and head process all of the story.


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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5868)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4992)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Absolutely Fascinating"
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    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    What I love the most about Winter of the World is how Follett weaves this fantastic web of characters and how their lives are from all different walks of life, and how they interact in almost a serendipitous way.


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    That's difficult to say because there isn't really any other book that I have read like it. Perhaps "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingslover. This is the best example that I can't think of because the story is narrated from several different character points of view, and both historical fictions take place during very turbulent times.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee does a great job of establishing the different characters by using different accents and slight variations in his voice, but not making it feel forced.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments that moved me often pertained to Maude and her love for her older son.


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  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (703)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    The Reading Date says: "Choose this adventurous audiobook!"
    "Entertaining journey with NPH"
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    If you could sum up Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

    Hysterical, Entertaining, Endearing


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story was getting to learn about NPH's personal growth and acceptance of his childhood, celebrity, and his sexual orientation. The way that explains how he has navigated life made him so much more relatable and also made him a real person, not just a TV figure.


    What about Neil Patrick Harris’s performance did you like?

    NPH is so entertaining and engaging. He is a true performer and knows how to draw the audience in and keep them captivated the whole time.


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

    I'm just like you, only wayyyy better.

    And no, you won't be offended when you see what I mean.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was really entertaining and refreshing. Not only do you get a peak into NPH's personal life, but you get a glimpse of what it's like to not only grow up in Hollywood, but to continue to live in it. It was really fascinating to hear about his journey and the struggles that NPH has had, and how his insecurities. He's really not that different than the rest of us, he's just wayyyyyy cooler.

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9834)
    Performance
    (7830)
    Story
    (7867)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Beautiful, sad and wonderful"
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    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Re-listening to books is not something I typically do, but I would consider going back and giving this one a second ear. There is so much detail in the story that I feel like a second listen is justified to pick up all the beautiful detail.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    "The Night Circus" is the first book that comes to mind. These two are completely different genres, I am well aware, but hang in there, I'll explain. The reason I'm comparing these two books is that the narrator did a wonderful job of telling these beautiful stories. Both books and narrators had me lost in the vivid descriptions that are beautiful and tragic at the same time. The narrators both made me feel like I was listening to a grandfather tell me a magnificent story, which sounds like it would be frustrating, but their voices were really enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Liesel leaves the not for the Mayor's wife explaining herself and why she is a book theif.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to take Liesel out to dinner. She's a little pistol. This girl endures so much hardship and just keeps bouncing back. I would love to hear more about her view on the world and also to listen to her stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1781)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Wonderful memoir"
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    What made the experience of listening to Call the Midwife the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Her voice was wonderful. Her accent was lovely, and the sound of her voice and narration was really enjoyable to listen to. The stories were really fascinating too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the author gave us a peak into a lifestyle I had no idea even existed. The stories were a great look into these lives that never really get much recognition. What was my favorite aspect of these stories was how the author was so foreign to this lifestyle, but as she got to know the people better, she started to really appreciate them and see them for who they really are.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's really difficult to pick one. Perhaps the story about Conchita and her premature delivery. It is fascinating to hear the details about this complicated delivery and how the mother cared for this premature baby. What was also very interesting was to hear about how much care for preemies has changed since these times.


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

    While I didn't listen to it in one sitting, I looked forward to listening to it each time. Since it is broken into short stories, it was one that was conducive for listening to in intervals.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've watched the show, and you enjoyed it at all, then give this book a go. What I really enjoyed is that the book goes much more into detail about the characters and their backstories. You get to learn more about these women they treat and how they have come to live these lives. It was really fascinating. You learn that people are often products of their situations, and sometimes people have to go through a lot more than we can even imagine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (4109)
    Performance
    (3696)
    Story
    (3716)

    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.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A little predictable"
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    What did you like best about Me Before You? What did you like least?

    The narrators were great. I enjoyed listening to them throughout.


    Would you recommend Me Before You to your friends? Why or why not?

    Personally, I felt like this was a bit melodramatic. If you enjoy over the top love stories, then you would probably enjoy this one. Not really my cup of tea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scenes were my favorite. The protagonist grows a lot by then and it was nice to see her gain confidence and maturity.


    Could you see Me Before You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this being made into a movie, especially if the notebook since the notebook was made into a movie. If Kate Winslow were 15 years younger, I would cast her as the lead.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not that hated the book, it was just sappier and more dramatic than I thought it would be.

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  • Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kelly Oxford
    • Narrated By Kelly Oxford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Kelly Oxford is a wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds, not the queen of the world, an underage schnitzel-house dishwasher, the kid who stood up to a bully and almost passed out from the resulting adrenaline rush, a born salesman, capable of willing her eyesight to be 20/20, that girl who peed her pants in the gas station that one time, totally an expert on strep throat, incapable of making Leonardo DiCaprio her boyfriend, and a terrible liar.

    The Reading Date says: "Absorbing humorous memoir"
    "Enjoyable but not so relatable for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't regret listening to it, but I don't think I'll listen to it again. And I probably wouldn't buy any more books by her. Now, this is not because I think she is a bad writer, but because I had a hard time relating to her because her personality is so different than mine.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kelly Oxford? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I thought most of the stories were entertaining, but I just couldn't relate to her life. I also felt that some of the stories were a little petty, but that's just me. Perhaps I'm just more of a Tina Fey type person.


    What about Kelly Oxford’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her story about working as a physical therapist. I think that story really showed a genuine side of her that I wanted to hear more about. That's not true, I felt the whole book was genuine, but that story was one that I felt connected to her over.


    Was Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar worth the listening time?

    I'd say so. I'm not in love with the book, but I don't regret listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that women who are adventurous and free-spirited would like this book. Women who identify with Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling might have a harder time connecting to Kelly Oxford's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11236)
    Performance
    (10041)
    Story
    (10205)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Probably better to read this."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I had a really hard time listening to his voice. And it was really difficult to differenciate between the different characters because he didn't really change his voice at all.


    Has The Hobbit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    To be honest, this genre is a bit of a stretch for me to begin with. I woudn't mind trying a different book in this genre. It all just depends on the story, and the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Someone with a bit more variation in their voice. Perhaps also someone that doesn't have such a deep, gravelly voice. I'm not sure who that would be.


    Did The Hobbit inspire you to do anything?

    No. Mostly because I couldn't get into the story because the narrators voice was so difficult for me to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be a book that is better to read than to listen to.

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