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Lindsay

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (2202)
    Story
    (2202)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Entertaining from the get go!"
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    Where does Where'd You Go, Bernadette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one best! The story was great. The narrator was great. It was a joy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character B. She was so awesome and just plain likable.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and why?

    Bernadette. But then B was a close second. Bernadette was funny and relatable. Even though she is a mess, you can't help but love her.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was witty and entertaining. The narrator was brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8467)
    Performance
    (6603)
    Story
    (6633)

    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.

    Shannon 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
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1263)

    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
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2811)
    Story
    (2822)

    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.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kelly Oxford
    • Narrated By Kelly Oxford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    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.

    R. Barry says: "Great stories well told; author/narrator perfect!"
    "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
    (9010)
    Performance
    (8097)
    Story
    (8232)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9922)
    Performance
    (4426)
    Story
    (4440)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Fascinating from start to finish!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I would certainly recommend this book to a friend because there is so much interesting information that Gladwell provides and the whole book really offers a fresh perspective on how we view people, especially those who are successful and stand out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    The whole story about the rice patties and how that has influenced an entire culture.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    That is hard to say, but probably Chris Langan. Or Marada (the young girl who attends the KIP school in the Bronx).


    If you could give Outliers a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Success isn't just about hard work.


    Any additional comments?

    Really a fascinating book! Gladwell has a great voice too. The subject and content were so engaging, and his narration was perfect!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1419)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Wonderful story that pulled me in from the start."
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    Would you listen to Rules of Civility again? Why?

    Yes! The whole story was so engaging and entertaining, and the narrators voice was lovely. I would happily take this journey again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. She sounded like a woman who was very progressive for her time and someone that young women now could relate to.


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

    Her voice is so beautiful and easy to listen to. I don't think I would have imagined the characters to be so graceful and classy without her narration.


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

    The book didn't make me cry, but it pulled me right in, right from the start. I hated whenever I had to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (626)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (227)

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10705)
    Performance
    (9970)
    Story
    (9974)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "80's flashback for everyone."
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Tubular, Fun, Adventerous.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    Hunger Games. Not just because it takes place in the future, but because the author did such an excellent job of creating a different future world that the reader can really imagine as they are reading.


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

    I have not listened to any of Wil Wheaton's performances before, but he did an excellent job here.


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

    No, but I probably would have if I had been able to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2418)
    Story
    (2427)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Trying to be deep, falls short."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure. Several of my friends saw the movie and said they really enjoyed it and found it to be very profound. I'm not really sure what they saw in it, but I've only listened to the book.


    Has Cloud Atlas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly. I probably wouldn't choose to listen to another book by this author, but I would still give the genre a try again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The first two narrators were so boring and impossible for me to stay interested in. Maybe it was their stories, maybe it was the narrator. The second narrator's voice/accent irritated me. The third narrator was ok. I had heard her before in "Dark Places". The last two were the most interesting, but their stories didn't pull mein.

    I'm not sure the performances could have been better. I think it was the story that made the whole thing unenjoyable for me.


    What character would you cut from Cloud Atlas?

    The first or second character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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