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Debbie T

Cotati, CA United States

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  • 14 reviews
  • 95 ratings
  • 256 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hungry Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (68)

    Internationally best-selling author Amitav Ghosh, winner of the Pushcart Prize and numerous other prestigious accolades, pens a sweeping novel full of romantic adventure. Favorably compared to the masterworks of Joseph Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, The Hungry Tide is an atmospheric tale set in a world of wondrous sights...and terrible danger.

    Elizabeth says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Read"
    "Not a favorite for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am obviously in the minority here, but this story just never went anywhere for me. I never could relate to the characters. I felt like they were contrived and unbelievable. I love stories about different parts of the world, and this one certainly took me to a place I never knew existed. But I'd probably never want to go there, having read about it -- even with these super-rare dolphins that the main character has given up everything in her life for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "It's not just me -- HORRENDOUS narrator"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought I was just being snobby when I stopped listening to this book after an hour. I could not stand the narrator. Audible, please, don't ever use her again. She literally ruined this book. Like many others here, I will read this book in print. There's no way I could listen to another hour of this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2682)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Let down"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book at the beginning. I loved the premise of the book. And I loved how the autor kept Harold as a regular person at the beginning of the walk. But by then end -- can't put my finger on what happened, but I felt like the author got tired of writing and just wanted to wrap it up. Maybe it was that she stayed with the reality of the situation, but it just wasn't fulfilling for me. I didn't feel that I ended up taking anything away, other than just a pleasant story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (568)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Beautifully written"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers to be better than the print version?

    Probably. I think at times, it could be kind of dry in the print verson. The narration made it seem more like a novel than nonfiction.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of those books that I had to kind of make myself stick with it. It got somewhat repetative at points, and was a little hard to follow because of all the different names. But it's also a book that has kind of stuck with me, that I keep flashing back to, especially when I see reports about slums in India. I feel like I have more of an empathy for the people.I wish that the author's description of how she was able to write the book was at the beginning, rather than at the end. It was fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1335)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Not your run-of-the-mill audio book"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an absolutely beautiful production of a book that everyone should read, no matter what your belief system. This isn't your average audio book. I has a huge case of narrators, some of who are familiar, most not so much, but all excellent. There is a sound track that plays with it as well as sound effects. It is just a huge production that makes the stories come alive. It is going to take me a long, long time to get through, but I'm sure it will always be a nice change, kind of a rest from the type of books I usually listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16613)
    Performance
    (14766)
    Story
    (14810)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "The Ultimate Dysfunctional Marriage"
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    I hated this book at first, almost put it down. I couldn't stand the tone of the voices in either the writing or the narration. It was arrogant and cocky. Well, there ended up being a reason for it. I'm glad I stuck with it because once the story kicked into full gear, I couldn't put it down. It kept surprising me and jerking my emotions from one end to the the other. I'm not a big mystery/thriller fan, but this one grabbed me. I want to say I hated the ending, but when I think about it, what else could have happened to these sick, self-absorbed, and self-indulgent people?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Matt Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West". As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty", the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

    Brian says: "nicely written, nicely read"
    "Ruined by the narration"
    Overall

    Having just read/listened to Big Sur by Kerouac and having loved it, I was excited to listen to On the Road and thought that Matt Dillon would be the perfect narrator, since I've enjoyed his acting. Wrong! I've listens to over 20 audio books (at least), and this is by far the worst book I've ever listened to. It was absolutely ruined by a lackluster, bored reading. Do yourself a favor and read the printed version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Human Bondage, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    One of the main themes in Of Human Bondage is the concept of ambivalence and how we are simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by people, objects, thoughts, and actions. Although this was not a new concept in 1914, in the hands of Maugham it was raised to such a pitch of literary perfection as to stand as his most precious contribution to the art of writing fiction.

    John says: "Men Only"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I was surprised that I loved this book as much as I did. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the narrator. She brought the characters alive for me, and at the same time sparked a love for Somerset Maugham.. I went on to read other books by this author and loved them too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than 50 conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

    Andy says: "best listen ever"
    "Difficult but memorable"
    Overall

    This book was very difficult to listen to. It was just so hard to believe that people treat other human beings so inhumanely, especially children. But I keep hearing about countries at war, where this exact same thing is happening. I read/listened to this book about three years ago, and the images and lessons are still with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3652)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1157)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Thank you!"
    Overall

    What a great surprise! And what a lovely gesture from Audible for the Christmas season. I've been singing the praises for Audible for years. I'll amp up the volume now!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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