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Cheryl

Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.

raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (777)

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "We loved it"
    Overall

    My daughter (11) and I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first book. The characters are interesting, the story is well told, and the narration is wonderful. Four thumbs up!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1478)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Ewww - I loved it"
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    Listened to this on my daily commute. At one point I had to pull over - gagging. That being said, I learned so much about the digestive system. My co-workers may or may not have appreciated my daily update of interesting facts. A humorous and informative listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Night: Dead of Night, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (281)

    Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against - what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply Ear Candy"
    "Nothing happened.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Zombie/vampire literature is my guilty pleasure, but I think this book and the series may show that the topic has run its course for me. I appreciate a tough woman character, but everything that is said by the lead character is a cliche. This entire book could have been condensed into an hour or listening. I won't be buying the next in the series, which at the pace of this book will exceed the number of books in the Wheel of Time. The narration was OK, but at times I thought that the menacing tone was a bit overdone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (393)

    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
    "I need six stars..."
    Overall
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    This book should be required reading in every high school in the United States. If every young person could read, understand and appreciate this book our world might be a better place. At the very least we would appreciate how lucky we are. I love the fact that there is some balance between the horrible oppression reported and the success of those who have managed to overcome their circumstances --- there is some hope. This is one of those books where you have to stop listening long enough to google the people, organizations, and events mentioned because you want to know more than the book provides.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4181)
    Performance
    (3651)
    Story
    (3652)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Loved it. Clever, Funny and Interesting"
    Overall
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    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story went places I did not expect and the narration was excellent. Woof!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colonel Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain “Colonel Roosevelt,” he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. “If I see another king,” he joked, “I think I shall bite him.”

    Chrissie says: "The guy is amazing!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narration and story were wonderful and do justice to such a fascinating historical figure at a pivotal point in the development of the United States.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (852)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Loved every minute of it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration is excellent and does justice to this most excellent book, my favorite by Dickens. The characters are so interesting and the story is so interesting I didn't want it to end. This was a wonderful refresher for a book I have not read in many years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (981)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Zombies - a guilty pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's not a blood and gore book. It an extremely interesting and unusual take on a horror/apocalyptic theme, with interesting characters that would not usually garner much sympathy. I could easily see this book made into a movie, which is probably unfortunate now that I think about it. In any case, I could not put the ipod down until the story was told and I didn't have to worry about having a nightmare if I fell asleep listening to it.


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

    The narration was well done. I'm very sensitive to bad narration and sometimes would just rather read a book that put up with an poorly narrated audiobook, that was not the case here.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (3908)
    Story
    (3883)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "I want my 47 hours back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    And the Band Played On.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The narration and story were both painfully slow.


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

    I'm disappointed that I didn't cut my losses and put the book down earlier. I was waiting for something to pull the treads of the story together in some interesting plot twist. I'm amazed that there are so many readers who loved the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Rats. They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good Piper to lure them away.

    David says: "The best of Prachett!!"
    "My daughter absolutely loved this book!"
    Overall

    I've listened to it twice myself. The story is clever and funny, and the narration is fabulous. Although listed as a children's book, I do think adults will appreciate the humor and the underlying moral themes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1035)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Very Enjoyable."
    Overall

    My 11 year old thought this book was very interesting and has now listened to it at least twice. The narration is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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