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Ashley

New Baltimore, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

    Randy says: "OMG!"
    "awful."
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    I cannot stand to listen to another minute of this book. The narrator does a fine job with the voices, but the story itself is bad. I thought I would love it, being somewhat of a classic, but it's just awful. He just tries to top himself at every turn to make it more disgusting. That's when I can even follow along. It puts me in mind of Faulkner's stream- of- thought style of writing. I wish I hadn't wasted my money and I am very disappointed as Burroughs is such a renowned author.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (2393)
    Story
    (2393)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Loved this book"
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    I was so happy to learn that this book was a series. I loved the book and the narrator. There are parts that I wasn't super happy with but in general I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2475)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "unbelievable."
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    This book was so good. I haven't got the words to say how good. I read her other book "gone girl " first and was sure there was no topping it, but I was wrong! Two other coworkers and I listened to it together, and it made every surprising turn that much more fun. We all loved it. The reader is top of the line. Probably best I have heard yet.

    0 of 0 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
    (12672)
    Performance
    (5137)
    Story
    (5198)

    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!!"
    "Instant Favorite!"
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    I absolutely loved this story; it was performed perfectly and I thoroghly enjoyed the story itself. There's plenty of adventure that gets your blood moving because you're so engrossed in the story, but then the romance makes you ache for the characters. All I can say is perfect from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5768)
    Performance
    (5121)
    Story
    (5112)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Brilliant Idea!"
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    I think the thought behind this book was unbelievable. The story itself is amazing and captures this amazing world that you can't help but wish you were even a small part of. It's so odd how the entire story is in black and white but the visions portrayed are anything but drab. It sounds so beautiful and colorful. I think I would have been happy with a little more character development, but overall I did love the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence.

    Jeff says: "Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"
    "I tried."
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    I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this. It's awful. I can't even finish it and I ALWAYS finish any book I've started. It just makes no sense; it's very difficult to follow along.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8646)
    Performance
    (6215)
    Story
    (6251)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Can't wait for #2"
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    For the first hour maybe, I was bored to tears , but it's a very long audiobook and after that hour, it unfolds into a great story, with twists and great characters. It gets a little hokey at times with the romance, which I suppose can be a little refreshing. All in all, I loved this book and am impatiently waiting for number 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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