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Davida

Davida

West Linn, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 18 ratings
  • 331 titles in library
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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13472)
    Performance
    (7953)
    Story
    (7808)

    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"
    "Disappointment"
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    Ah darnit, this is the third audiobook in a row I had to abandon...I had high hopes for this one, too, as I love Davina Porter's narration and I love time travel stories. It started out wonderful and engaging with great writing (for the most part) and great characters. The great writing and great characters continued but at some point it turned into a bodice ripping harlequin-romance-esque romance novel. It's really a shame, but I couldn't sit through another ridiculous sex scene with the main characters that got more ludicrous each time..."He sheathed himself to the root in a single thrust..." Ugh. Turn off. Delete.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calumet City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charlie Newton
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, Calumet City detonates a Molotov cocktail of character-driven suspense and ghetto-Chicago intrigue. A powerful fiction debut that captures the precise emotional landscape of one cop's hard-bitten life in the trenches. This first-time author joins that rare breed whose fiction is suffused with profound authenticity.

    Snoodely says: "Lee Child owes me 15 hrs. & 15 bucks"
    "Boiled so hard as to be inedible"
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    Comically bad. SO bad. Bad writing, bad characters, horrible narration. Bad in every way. I will never listen to a recommendation from Lee Childs again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (843)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "May be the best book I've ever read/heard"
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    Breathtaking. This was my first Steinbeck novel and now I know what all the fuss is about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (816)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Kathy says: "Terrific!"
    "My favorite book of the year"
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    After listening to this, I bought this book as Christmas presents for all my friends and family. Took a little while to warm up to it, but ultimately found myself laughing and fascinated, often at the same time. Wonderful!

    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
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1275)

    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"
    "Left me cold"
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    I found the characters unlikeable and the dialog unbelievable. I couldn't find a depth of character in any of them. I ultimately abandoned the book because I found myself wanting to listen to anything else *but* the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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