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Saralena

I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.

Naugatuck, CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

    Robert says: "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
    "A great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I, Claudius to be better than the print version?

    I think so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claudius of course.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Nothing specific


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

    No. I have read it twice, and the audio was like listening to another story. It added to the experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (2370)
    Story
    (2358)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "I really, really, liked this book!"
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    This book is a treat! I found it highly entertaining, and I must say I was surprised at the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6881)
    Performance
    (5249)
    Story
    (5331)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Very Enjoyable for the most part!"
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    What did you love best about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    Vampire angle aside, it showed a man and not an icon,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorite character because I did not feel an empathy with any of them. They entertained me, and that is all.


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

    Not familar with him, though I enjoyed his reading.


    If you could rename Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, what would you call it?

    I'd leave it, simple is best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7301)
    Performance
    (4314)
    Story
    (4346)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Riveting Story!"
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    Where does Daemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say that this ranks in the top ten of any book I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the premise was very good, but it was sometimes very disturbing.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    I think he was able to deliver the essence of each character, male and femaie.


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

    I was disturbed by the callous behavior of some of the characters. But then people have been acting a tad callous in real life lately.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that people who are not computer savvy can enjoy the story if they just listen with an open mind. It causes you to think about who is really in charge the in the world today. Maybe it will wake up people to the point that they will pay attention to currents events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2403)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Love these Characters!"
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    Would you listen to Soulless again? Why?

    I think I will listen to it sometime in the future. Why? Because it is a very entertaining book.


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    I have not comparisons.


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

    I personly enjoy her use of her own voice. I believe you get the flavor of each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I like to listen on my commute back and forth to work. I pace myself. However, I had to finish the last two chapters, I could not wait.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flip This Zombie: Living with the Dead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    The zombie apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs. There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers . . . Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead; he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients, and this time Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

    Grace says: "A wonderful follow-up! (no spoilers)"
    "Sarah is still annoying"
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    If you could sum up Flip This Zombie in three words, what would they be?

    Sarah, shut up!


    What other book might you compare Flip This Zombie to and why?

    no comparison because this is not my genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Robbie offs his dad. It was way overdue.


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

    When Robbie chooses to stay in the lab, rather than travel with Sarah and David.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Love / Hate Book"
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    Would you listen to Married with Zombies again? Why?

    Probably not. I enjoyed it most of the time, Sarah just annoyed the heck out of me most of the time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorite.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I liked her voice quality. She always had the essence of the characters, male or female.


    Who was the most memorable character of Married with Zombies and why?

    No one.


    Any additional comments?

    I was interested enough to keep reading the series, even though Sarah was annoying enough for me to wish she would not argue all the time. That is the main reason I will not listen to it again. But I believe my daughter will enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Upon the Air: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (899)

    When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband - and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from a terrible curse - one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692.

    Allicia says: "Good Romance, Not So Good Narration"
    "Good book about possibilities"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dance Upon the Air the most enjoyable?

    The story made you forget you were in traffic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved along at a good pace. And the character's were interesting, even though there were some sterotypes (in my humberl opinion).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nell's ex showed up and got his just desserts!


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

    I felt satisfied that good triumphed, even temprarily.


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading the whole trilogy, and I will read another one of series, the one with Ireland in the background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18728)
    Performance
    (14521)
    Story
    (14462)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I love Tina Fey!"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    . This book will become one of my "go to" books I lissten to to lift my spirits when I am down in the dumps.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fet of course, it is all about her point of view and experiences.


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

    I have seen her on TV and and that is a very different experience.


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

    This should never be made into a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you will not regret it!

    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
    (13584)
    Performance
    (5979)
    Story
    (6059)

    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!!"
    "An Awesome Listen!"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    Yes so I could get more out of it, get another nuance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was Rosie the elephant.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    It was good to have two voices for contrast.


    If you could take any character from Water for Elephants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Walter. He really was one of the most sensible characters in the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    Defining Moments is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection by author David Niall Wilson. The story "The Gentle Brush of Wings", first published in this collection, won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction.

    David says: "Lepidopterists need love, too"
    "Eerie!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it starts as a nice little story that gets weird over time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments?

    The first time he wakes up while looking at the butterfly.


    What about Basil Sands’s performance did you like?

    His voice was soothing.


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

    Dangerous Beauty


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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