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Asenath Waite

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

Boston

ratings
46
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Solaris

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Ron Cook, Joanne Froggatt
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Protagonist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific research station hovering above the surface of Solaris where research has been ongoing for years on the strange ocean life form. When Kris and his colleagues become more aggressive in trying to force contact with Solaris, the ocean's response is to experiment with the researchers' minds by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories through the materialization of complex human constructs.

    Thomas says: "Classy, intelligent sci-fi"
    "Hauntingly beautiful"
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    Would you listen to Classic Radio Sci-Fi again? Why?

    Yes, this was very well done. Every time i listen i get something else out of it.


    What other book might you compare Classic Radio Sci-Fi to and why?

    Not sure about other book but this is even better than the 2002 film and i didnt think it possible.


    What does Ron Cook and Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice job, characters felt so real... I could feel Kris's pain, his longing to be with his wife again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can miracles be cruel?


    Any additional comments?

    Please make more of these adaptations, like other stanislaw lem books. Really fabulous job with this. I can listen to it over and over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming in English: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Laura Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “Go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life. But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing.

    Linda Hensens says: "Wow, what a book this turned out to be!"
    "Quite beautiful"
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    Where does Dreaming in English rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure its at the very, very top but certainly one of the best listens. Many thanks to the other reviewer here who said "what a ride this book turned up to be".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreaming in English?

    Well the depeche mode song at the very beginning pretty much set the tone :))) But seriously there are many sad and happy and touching moments here and I thoroughly enjoyed this book/listen.


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

    Nope.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the name of love: an iranian-american love story.


    Any additional comments?

    Very deep characters and relationships. Makes you appreciate the things and people in your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2875)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Pretty damn good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a very good story but slow start or maybe just too many characters that make it a bit hard to get into. I am definitely glad I kept with it though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

    Major revelation about two hours from the end but obviously I'm not giving it away. Wow, didn't see that coming.


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

    She was a bit annoying to me at first but after a while you get used to her voice. She does a good job with the various characters.


    If you could take any character from Big Little Lies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I have to say madeline. She really grows on you.


    Any additional comments?

    Please be advised there are MANY charters in this book (intertwining lives of various families in an australian town) but don't let that discourage you. After a while, it all clicks in and you will keep track of them all in your head. Just to help you start out (and obviously without giving anything away) I'll quickly jot them down. If you remember these it will be much easier to follow in the beginning.

    Madeline - first husband: Nathan. Had one teenage daughter: Abigail
    Madeline - current husband: Ed. Have two little kids, son (fred) daughter Chloe.

    Nathan - Madeline's first husband who remarked Bonnie. Have one daughter: Sky

    Celeste - married to Perry. Have two twin boys: Max and Josh

    Jane - single mom, new to town, has one son from a one night stand: Ziggy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Cute, funny and sad."
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    What did you like best about Cat Daddy? What did you like least?

    I like that Galaxy has great respect for all living things.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At times it felt a bit like Galaxy was high on something.


    What about Jackson Galaxy’s performance did you like?

    He has an awesome voice and terrific intonation and pacing. He should consider narrating other books.


    Did Cat Daddy inspire you to do anything?

    To take better cat of my baby. Don't get me wrong I love my cat and already treat him like a king but I have some new ideas as to how to further enrich his life.


    Any additional comments?

    A cute short listen. Shows that life is so short and precious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7628)
    Performance
    (6645)
    Story
    (6637)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Meh, not the best."
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I don't think so. While it was somewhat entertaining and I did listen to the whole thing (and that is something), it is hardly a great book. Just ok.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The romance was definitely a turn off, as it is always for me. However I have heard/read far worse. I did like the small southern town and its colorful inhabitants, the marginal intricacies.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok. Not spectacular, but decent. She did Brook's character quite well (considering it is always hard to do the opposite gender).


    Was The Witness worth the listening time?

    It was fun but at the same time, I don't know, juvenile? Or maybe what slightly gets to me is that I had to suspend belief, not so much about the technicalities of the story but more so with the characters. In a non-spoiler example, I seriously doubt someone with an IQ of 220 constantly goes around telling people how smart they are. She did not come across as a genius but as just plain odd. The thing is the author kept trying for the genius trait. Anyways this and other small things made the whole novel seem a tad immature, and the protagonist kinda got on my nerves at times, which is never a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are bored and have nothing else better to listen to, or if you just want an easy listen, by all means, try it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    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
    (4313)
    Performance
    (3838)
    Story
    (3838)

    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
    (365)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (330)

    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.

    Amazon Customer 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.

    5 of 5 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (561)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (464)

    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.

    2 of 4 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (551)

    "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.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "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

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