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Taylor

Tell me a story :)

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  • 27 reviews
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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27615)
    Performance
    (21415)
    Story
    (21623)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Such a great experience"
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    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    The story was so captivating, it was impossible to tune out


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    I can't really pick a specific moment, the whole experience was just great. Great story, great performance.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn did a very good job switching between the characters.


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

    Someone already took care of that. The new flick is schedule to hit theaters on March 23rd. I will definetely watch it!


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Papillon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henri Charriere
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana for a crime he did not commit, Henri Charriere became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped - until Papillon.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well Written Autobiography"
    "Far-fetched, borderline fanciful"
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    Henri Charriere definitely knows how to embelish a story. I believe that most of his accounts were greatly exaggerated or made up.

    Despite the fact that he kept publicizing he was a convicted murderer did not stop complete strangers from helping, giving him money and all sorts of presents. Nuns, Priests and Cardinals were going out of their way to hide or help him escape. Local Indian women threw themselves at him (Sisters, if you don't mind) Prison Wardens helped in his escape, other prisoners fatally endangering their lives to sneak him food while in isolation. He even got lepers to give him a boat loaded supplies. Wardens wives had nothing but compliments and lust for him.

    Like, who the hell is this guy, right?

    Let's not forget that he was also an adroit Sailor, Gardener, Fisherman and tattoo Artist...
    The only thing this strory is missing is a couple of Mermaids riding pink unicorns.

    This book should've been published as a work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17416)
    Performance
    (11614)
    Story
    (11506)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I found myself rooting for the Antagonist"
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    ... and desperately wanted to see them getting their throats slit during one of their awful sexual encounters.

    I don't understand why this was categorized as a Sci-Fi novel. This story was more of a 'Bad Sex for dummies' type of book.

    Time travel? Please! -- There was no information offered as of how she ended up where (or should I say When) she was.

    If you're looking for an interesting time travel novel, I recommend Stephen King's 11/22/63 or Replay by Ken Grimwood.

    Throw this one in the rubbish pile, right next to Fifty Shades of Grey

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1768)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Grab a coat, get ready"
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    This story is intense. So well told, you'll feel transported as if you were part of the adventure aboard the Endurance.

    Great recounting a lengendary survival.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1343)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Brilliant"
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    Who knew Elephants could be such magnificent, intelligent creatures? This is definitely one of the most interesting stories I've ever heard.

    I was particularly astonished by the complex relationship between the main character and the elephants. It's amazing to see how they were able to learn from each other. I know I learned a lot.

    As always, Simon Vance was superb. He did a grat job bringing the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (279)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "Okay on Paper."
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    This whole book is a never ending repetition about how poor Waverly Bryson got dumped by her fiance... She whines about it to just about anyone, her Celibrity Client, a woman she meets on a plane, a complete stranger at a party, her publisher. I mean, enough already, we get it!

    Overall, the book is not bad. The ending is predictable as expected. A+ Narrator.

    I wouldn't waste a credit on it but well worth the the sale price.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7581)
    Performance
    (7194)
    Story
    (7213)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Let's talk about the performances, shall we?"
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    By now I'm pretty sure you've already figured out that Brandon Sanderson did not dissapoint with this sequel. The book was great. This review is more about Micheal Kramer's performance.

    I had some major issues with the narration. Matter of fact I can't listen to anything by Michael Kramer. His normal voice is pleasant enough, but as soon as he tries to switch between different characters all of them sound the same. Why does he insist on speaking with his lips tight!? What made this narration even more unbearable it's the emphasis he puts on all the "S" Which forces you to listen to the story on a very low setting.

    Here are the different vocal ranges of Michael Kramer:

    Men Voices : NASAL, constipated, muffled
    Women Voices: NASAL, long time smokers

    As far as Kate Reading goes, I'm not sure why everyone is lashing out on her. She's just performing the character as it was presented to her. Really, It's not her fault if Shelan is an idiot. Haha. I thought she did a great job. The one star rating does not reflect on Reading's performance.

    Seriously though, this performance is in serious need of an editor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1365)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Laugh, Cry, Enjoy"
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    WOW!!! What a great experience... Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is one of those books I can listen to over and over again. Don't let the title fool you. This is not one of those sad, depressing books. McCourt did a great job telling his childhood story with a lot of humor and wit. The movie version is lot more depressing though.

    I don't think anyone else but Frank McCourt could of done this story justice by narrating it. Truly amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (524)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "Misleading Title"
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    This whole story could of been told in half the time if it wasn't for neverending history of Savannah Georgia and the introduction of a number of characters who had nothing to do with the story itself.

    Jeff Woodman did a wonderful job with the narration. I especially enjoyed his rendition of the Lady Chablis. Made me laugh out loud a couple of time.

    If you're looking for a short version of this story, you might want to stick with the movie instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "WOW just wow."
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    By far one of the best autobiography books I've ever read. Janis did a wonderful job narrating the story, also hearing her sing was a wonderful touch.

    I loved it so much, that after finishing the book I went on iTunes and purchased a couple of the songs.

    Such a wonderful, fascinating story. I'm glad I took a chance on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kc Wayland, Shane Salk
    • Narrated By Blackstone Audiobooks
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Season two of this action-packed audio drama plunges listeners back into a ravaged world of violence and terror. The hope of a better life forces the survivors of the Tower out into the dissolving world around them. The consequences of past battles leave them struggling not only with each other but the remaining fragments of humanity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not much on zombies, but a decent story/show."
    "I'M HOOKED!!!"
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    This book is so damn good, it should come with a warning. There's no way you can listen to the first season and not crave more.

    The second season picks up right where the first one ended. The story gers better. New characters are introduced, and of course all the old favorites are back.

    Best production EVER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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