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Michaela

parsonsburg, MD, United States

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Oscar Wilde’s classic story of a young man who sells his soul in exchange for eternal beauty and youth continues to thrill generations of readers. Written by a man who was every bit as flamboyant and unconventional as its hero, The Picture of Dorian Gray is as haunting today as when it first shocked the British public in 1891. Dorian Gray, young, intelligent, sophisticated, gazes on his freshly painted portrait.

    Martha says: "A slow-burn thriller with rich prose and subtext."
    "I was as captured by this young man as he was!"
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    I thought I knew the story of Dorian Grey, I did not. I found that I was as transfixed with him and his story as much as the characters in the book were. Great classic story, this has made me go back and read (sometimes re-read) the classics!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13371)
    Performance
    (5789)
    Story
    (5861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Like hearing a story from your crazy uncle-"
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    I enjoyed this story and having 2 narrators helped. Overall it was kind of a sad book. A look back at life, tragedy, happiness, good times, and dark secrets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (688)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "I loved this book!!!"
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    I read cloud atlas and loved it, so I thought I would try this one. Completely different type of story, but great reading. You follow several characters who make the best of what they have and try to change what they cannot accept. (I guess it is similar to cloud atlas in that way) this book made me smile, frown, gasp, and cheer! ( out loud I might add, I got weird looks as I listen with headphones )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (571)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Wow! Great Book! Sad Story."
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    I bought this book to listen to on my flights to Alaska. I didn't get the chance to do so. I finally listened to this book a few months after we came home. I am amazed by people who are willing to give it all up, travel, and pursue a dream. It made me very sad to see his dream slide from his fingers when he was so close to completing it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1957)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Not quite what I expected."
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    Interesting look at two women in and time and place where they should not have done what they wanted, what made them happy. Still following them thru triumph and heartache was interesting. I'd call this a good beach read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (815)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "A beautiful struggle"
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    Sometimes we struggle, and it seems all for nothing, as in this story. Sometimes we want to give up. This was a beautiful tale of struggle, persistence , failure and success.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (306)

    First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Steve says: "Awesome!!!!!"
    "Fun Read"
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    What did you love best about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

    It was nice to put the story in order. I have seen many versions of this book in movie form, but like so many , the movies twist things all up. It was great to read both these stories one after the other. Still the mind twisting , acid trip world you know, with some characters and details you may not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James May
    • Narrated By James May
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

    Amadeo says: "Not great, but good"
    "Absolutely Ridiculous and Worth a Read!"
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    Where does How to Land an A330 Airbus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of my favorite books! Being a fan of "Top Gear" on BBC, I was amused to see that 'Captain Slow' had written a mans guide to things they need to know. If you have ever watched the show you know that cars are often described as completely pointless but you must buy one and here's why. That's is book!! Very amusing , completely useless, and absolutely fabulous!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18053)
    Performance
    (8240)
    Story
    (8270)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Good Book but a little anti- climactic"
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

    You finally get all the pieces put into place.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I always have to finish these books.


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

    Truthfully, I physically read the first book "girl with the dragon tattoo" and I skipped over the neighborhood and street names, I could not pronounce them and meanings were lost. It helped to know where you were located to keep the story flowing


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Of you read this series you have an idea what to expect. A few to many details on which street and neighborhood people are in. A bit slow in going, gains momentum , good books, just wish he love using the "f" word so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18527)
    Performance
    (8409)
    Story
    (8436)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Interesting"
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    Where does The Girl Who Played with Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's pretty good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This series tends to start off slow- then about a third of the way in I HAVE to finish it and get to the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    Of you read this series you have an idea what to expect. A few to many details on which street and neighborhood people are in. A bit slow in going, gains momentum , good books, just wish he love using the "f" word so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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