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Asenath Waite

Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.

Boston

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Devil of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (38)
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    (37)

    With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

    Alicia A. Jenson says: "The Best of Britain's Mystery Writers"
    "Wow, just wow!!"
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    If you could sum up The Devil of Nanking in three words, what would they be?

    Evocative, unique, dark.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wow. It feels like I was right there all along. The characters felt so deep and complex, the places felt so real, emotions really struck a nerve. The atmosphere was creepy, always superbly orchestrated, and every time I thought it couldn't possibly get more suspenseful, it did.


    Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Vance ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    S. Vance's name sounds familiar, but J. Bailey was new to me. Nevertheless they were freaking amazing!! I mean, I am stunned!!! And believe me, I really dislike women's voices, be it in real life, music, or audiobooks, but Ms. Bailey was damn perfect, and I might just look for other audiobooks she reads. Characters came out to life much more then if I were to just read the book. Top notch work for both of them with the accentuation, foreign accents, speed of read and pauses. Goes to show not anyone can just read a book.


    If you could rename The Devil of Nanking, what would you call it?

    I actually find this title to be perfect. I much prefer it to the original "Tokyo" under which it was published in Europe.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely find books this addicting, this riveting, creepy and beautiful and sad and with well- developed characters. I stayed up till 7am just to finish this book. Give it a shot, you won't regret it. As for me, I'm definitely off to check out other work by Mo Hayder. How did she slip by me until now?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3646)
    Performance
    (3256)
    Story
    (3255)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Hell yeah, now that's how you write a good story!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Definitely yes!!! MacLeod Andrews was AMAZING at performing this book, with just the right voices, intonation, emphases, silences and emotions. Wow!!!! Audible, thank you for this lovely book. However if you are reading this, I highly recommend you change the book's sample to the prologue. The very first scene is fast paced, draws you into this page-turner thriller, and I knew I was hooked from the very beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott. His PTSD ached so bad, and his pain lingered in my mind.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    All of them were spectacular, but I especially liked Maggie. I find it an original take to incorporate the dog not only as a character but also one with episodes and thoughts. I love dogs and I don't doubt for a second their intelligence, but I've never seen it done before in a book, not like that. Very well-done, both the writing and the performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the book did. Especially the comments from the tough sergeant Leeland. A dog is man's best friend, and he knows it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I waited this long (nearly 2 months) since I bought this to have a listen. All the positive reviews here are right. Can't wait to check out other Robert Crais novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Yeah, not the best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I dont know. Weak story. There were some (very few) interesting underlying scientific nuggets incorporated towards the end, but not much otherwise. I did not feel any connection whatsoever to the characters. It is a short listen but sadly, I would hardly call it "creepy".


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Shadow divers. Even though it's non-fiction it is a lot creepier than this book.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She did quite well with the voices, the kid's, the landlord. Really good job.


    Was Bedbugs worth the listening time?

    I'm not sure. I did listen to the whole thing, so thats a good sign because if i'm bored with a book ill drop it without thinking twice. But I kept thinking the story is going somewhere and it didn't. The final ending was unsatisfying, a typical, positive, fairy tale ending, which was a 180 degree change from where the author seemed to take it in the middle/end part. Oh and, I would hardly call this book scary like some others have. Not if you are a grown up.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely will not be listening to this again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Minus Eighty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Eileen Stevens, Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life. There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.

    colleen says: "Original"
    "What an original idea"
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    Would you listen to Love Minus Eighty again? Why?

    Not sure I will but I think so. I just now finished it so I remember it all quite well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Minus Eighty?

    The downwards spiraling of Rob's emotions when things take a turn for the worse about halfway through the book.


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

    The narrators were excellent, they really conveyed emotions well, and it made it easier for me to just close my eyes, sit back and imagine the scenes, their expressions, the future.


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

    I did think I was getting a bit teary towards the end, or better yet, I got very emotional. I felt the characters' pain, and I know what it's like to have things not work out in real life, so I found myself very much wishing it could all work out for them at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I just recently heard somewhere that in life we often pick up just the right book we need at that time in our lives. True, this was just what I needed. In fact was looking for something like this for a while, only it actually combined two topics: a profound love story (but not the horrible porn-ish so called "romance" books), and a sci-fi books dealing more with the neuroscience aspect (minds, clones, AI, existentialism, etc). What a breath of fresh air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "This is considered the scary? Oh, please."
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Not sure I will. Apparently, I should not have trusted the numerous positive reviews for this one, and will be more cautious if I ever consider her other books. The narrator was ok.


    What could Shirley Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well let's see, an unpredictable plot would have been nice, a main character who's age actually fits her childish behavior and thoughts would have seem more realistic, and a creepier atmosphere would have been, well, creepier.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Do you think We Have Always Lived in the Castle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The ending was clear to me almost from the start, and I kept wishing there would be some cleaver twist revealed in the end. But there was none, and I doubt a sequel could change things.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say Ms. Jackson writes well, and the book does flow. But I HARDLY would call this horror or scary in any way. This is the typical american novel they would make students read in high school and whatnot. It was more of a tragic story, and while I did feel very sad and sorry for the sisters, it was not what I had hoped for, what I was lead to believe by various authors and reviewers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "3.5 stars"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pace seemed a bit slow. I get that it is a psychological thriller, but a lot of the time it felt like the story was just not going anywhere.


    Would you be willing to try another book from S. J. Watson? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely. Because this was a VERY unique idea. I've never read a (fictional) book about an amnesiac. It was certainly an original and suspenseful idea.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never, but she was amazing in this one. She is so good, I never needed to be notified of which character is doing the talking - I knew automatically just from her tone.


    Was Before I Go to Sleep worth the listening time?

    Yes. The ending was shocking, but in a good way. I totally thought I had it figured out, and it completely threw me off. Overall, a very unique story.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend this book for a good time, an unusual mystery. Seems to move slow but it will definitely keep surprising you. Apparently theres a movie adaptation about to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (859)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "Sublime. Addicting. Gets under your skin."
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    Where does Night Film rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the best, if not the best. I absolutely LOVED it. Had to pace myself quite from the start, constantly fearing it's coming to its end soon.


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

    Yes, it is a creepy, and at times, a surreal mystery. It was built so well, I honestly couldn't stop thinking about it. Definitely mesmerizing. When not reading it, all I thought about was this audiobook. I was never into mystery books (weakness for horror and sci-fi) but I am definitely now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them were just amazing! What a ride - through the loneliest, dark and abandoned places and human psyche, that ironically can sometimes even be found in a lively busy city like Manhattan. The end felt a little like the author gave several options, or several endings, consecutively, instead of just choosing one - but that is my only complaint, if any. But otherwise, I was sooo involved in it, I kept thinking in my head, telling the characters "No! Don't do that! Don't go there! Are you crazy?". I love being scared but unfortunately, I don't scare easily. Really riveting. Images easily flew in my head. Funny thing is, now that I finished it, wherever I look I see someone, some object or some place that instantly floods my brain in how it would have fit in the Night Film world. I guess that's why they call it the Cordova withdrawal... Descriptions were amazing, and I felt deeply involved throughout the entire journey.


    Who was the most memorable character of Night Film and why?

    Hopper. Although, all of them were stunning. Feels like real people I got to know. I've gone to miss them now...


    Any additional comments?

    Breathtaking, grabs you in and holds you tight, just right :) It has been a long, LONG time for me since I enjoyed a book this much. I had severe difficulties putting this one down, and trust me, I put many, many books/audiobooks down. It will distract you from your life, and I suggest not beginning it if you have something serious going on. I messed up on a few exams in graduate school because I couldn't care less if the world had just ended, i just had to listen to this book!! Consider yourself warned...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1212)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "I dont get all the hype"
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    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    By Alessandro Juliani definitely, Zelazny, not so sure....


    Has Nine Princes in Amber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Sadly, even though i am into sci-fi, I was never into fantasy. This did not help.


    Which character – as performed by Alessandro Juliani – was your favorite?

    All of them. Gaeta's baritone voice is simply amazing, be it singing on battlestar, reading solaris, or doing characters here. Really a wonderful job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nine Princes in Amber?

    All of them. The dialogue is nice but nothing is happening!!


    Any additional comments?

    Regret using a credit for this. Ugh

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Chocky

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Sacha Dhawan, Owen Teale, Cathy Tyson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (8)

    When young Matthew starts talking to himself, and introduces his invisible friend, Chocky, to the family, his parents decide it's just a phase he is going through. But when Matthew starts explaining binary maths and anti-gravity propulsion, they begin to worry. Is Chocky really just the product of an over-inactive imagination, or something more?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "AMAZING Radio Adaptation of the Book!"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    Would you listen to Classic Radio Sci-Fi again? Why?

    I am for sure planning on listening to this again. It was quite a ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters a lot and the soundtrack was amazing.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversation between chocky and the dad was mesmerizing.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a good story, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (459)

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Thomas says: "There is allot here"
    "So, oh so good,"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Magic of Thinking Big the most enjoyable?

    It just really stroke a chord with me since all of the advice made so much sense to me and is so practical.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can listen for 10mins and already be well on your way to improve any aspect in your life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose, so many goodies in here.


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

    Just the idea that belief manifests into reality is so positive and powerful encouragement.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audible. I'm in school and reading time is limited but i LOVED listening to this when going out for jogging. Makes you feel empowered. Thank you audible for making this book into an audible version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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