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Rebecca

Pittsboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2043)

    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!"
    "Love this book"
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    This was an incredibly fun listen. The book is funny, snarky, and sweet - all at the same time. I loved Bernadette - what a great character! Actually, all the characters are great. The conceit of having the prose as correspondence between the characters is a unique touch, although in this day of quick emails and texts I don't see it as very likely, particularly in a community that revolves around Microsoft! So there is a bit of suspension of disbelief to contend with, but it's worth it because it's so well written. The narrator grew on me - at first I was worried that I wouldn't like her, but in short order I found her to be hilarious and appealing. Although the voices of the different characters weren't terribly different, it didn't really matter since each section starts with the character's name.

    Overall a great book and a compelling, amusing listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28932)
    Performance
    (22142)
    Story
    (22285)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Overly brutal, miscast"
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    I read the first one, listened to the second one. While well written and full of good characters, I find the story to be hard to take. I only completed them because my 10-year-old son we hell bent on reading them, and I figured I'd better see what he was getting himself in for. Well, you had me on violence against children. Really? This is what is entertaining our young people these days? It is heartbreaking to me that literature for teenagers has to be brutal and ugly to get their attention. If this is what they find appealing, then I feel we are truly going in the direction of these books - death and inhumanity becoming what thrills and excites us. And rather than fighting against that mind set, this author insists on perpetuating the trend. Yes, Katniss and crew are rebelling against the perpetrators of this unhealthy way of life so it can be argued that the book is not glorifying it. I respond to that by pointing out the horrifyingly sick ways the author has come up with in order to torture her protagonists. Fog that causes neurological damage? Eww. She seems quite content to use her pages as an outlet for her twisted imagination. She's come up with some really nasty stuff.

    As far as the narrator, she has a lovely voice and perfect diction. If I was listening to her read Edith Wharton, I would happily go along for the ride. This book, however, is about as far away from Edith Wharton as you can get. This is a raw, angry story about unhappy, desperate people. She nails the Capital crowd with her over the top, operatic characterizations. She makes Katniss, however, sound like an insipid little girl, not the hunting, murdering, conflicted person that she is. I would have loved to hear a younger person read the book, it would have rung more true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1168)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "What a treat"
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    When I first turned this on and heard that it was being narrated by the author I thought "uh-oh, should have read the description better." I guess I'm glad I didn't. Ms. Jackson did a delightful job of narrating the book and I apologize to her for thinking that she wouldn't. This book is a treat - the three main characters are extremely funny, self-deprecating and sweet. I loved Mosey and Roger's texts - it was a great use of that particular language. And the story keeps you hooked from the beginning. Great, easy listen that made me laugh out loud and look forward to the next session.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "Excellent insight into an unfamiliar culture"
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    First of all, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author narrated the book. Often, that doesn't seem to work out so well. I loved his interpretation of his auntie's second husband. What I enjoyed most was the insight that I was afforded into a culture that I am, admittedly, very unfamiliar with. I love the narrators' complicated, troubled parents. Actually, I found all of the characters expertly drawn. I felt that occasionally the narrative relied a little too heavily on high drama, bordering on melodrama at times, but this didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of both the book and the performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Disappointing after "Beat the Reaper""
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    I loved Beat The Reaper, but this second novel just doesn't live up. It still has hilarious moments and great characters like BTR, but the story is lame. The story's leftward leaning politics don't bother me, that's just the perspective of the character. But the use of a real celebrity as one of the characters doesn't work. The whole plot is pretty preposterous, nowhere near as compelling as the first book. I hope Josh Bazell writes another book about the doctor because he's a great character and he deserves a better novel than this one.

    The narrator is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (522)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy Fun"
    "Wonderfully creepy and fun"
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    My 8-year-old son and I loved this audiobook. We've seen the movie, he's read the graphic novel, and we agree that this was our favorite version. The author's narration is perfect, the music is suitably weird and creepy (particularly those singing rats). Probably a little too creepy for younger kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inside Story: The Sisters Grimm, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    In their eighth adventure, sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm must face their gravest mission yet. The Everafter War is over, and the sisters find themselves trapped in the Book of Everafter—a place where fairy tale characters can affect their own destinies. While trying to save their baby brother, Sabrina and Daphne begin changing events in the story to suit their needs.

    Rebecca says: "Great narration, series floundering a bit"
    "Great narration, series floundering a bit"
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    My son (age 8) and I have listened to the whole series. He loves it. I'm growing a little weary of it, only because it seems like the author is running out of ideas, so what he's actually coming up with is a bit tedious. But it's not for me, right? We LOVE the narrator. He does a wonderful job of creating specific voices for each character that remain consistent throughout the series. Puck is, of course, our favorite. He is the best-written character, and Mr. Ganser's interpretation of him has us howling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26742)
    Performance
    (13380)
    Story
    (13425)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding Narration"
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it, because it is a wonderfully written book. But the women who read it must be commended for their riveting performances. Brava to these talented narrators. May they read and read and read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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