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Sarah Hurst

GOLDEN, COLORADO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Body of Evidence: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (398)

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

    Ryan says: "Annoying narrator"
    "Worst Performance EVER!"
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    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

    I love Patricia Cornwell. I have read many of her books and have enjoyed them a lot. I would never buy another audio book narrated by CJ Critt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I do truly enjoy the Kay Scarpetta books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She read so slowly and with an awkward cadence. She took loud breaths every few words. It was so distracting and awful that I can't really even like the book as much as I could have if I had read it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good story. Good story line.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8973)
    Performance
    (3400)
    Story
    (3437)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Great book... Worst recording ever"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Ken Follett's books & John Lee is one of the best narrators I've listened to. That said, this audio book is just like all of the CDs were ripped & put in to a larger audio file. All of the "end of disk 3" nonsense is in this recording. One of the things I really like about Audible is not having to change disks so I don't need those reminders in my recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3714)
    Performance
    (3112)
    Story
    (3136)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "A little cheesey"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It did get better towards the end. I did want to keep listening as much as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrators did a good job. I did find the sound effects (gun shots, tires screeching, etc) to be kind of corny though. It wasn't annoying but they made me grin when I should have been gripped by suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Williams, Jim Denney
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    How to Be Like is a "character biography" series: biographies that also draw out important lessons from the life of their subjects. In this new book - by far the most exhaustive in the series - Pat Williams tackles one of the most influential people in recent history. While many recent biographies of Walt Disney have reveled in the negative, this audiobook takes an honest but positive look at the man behind the myth. For the first time, the book pulls together all the various strands of Disney's life into one straightforward, easy-to-listen-to tale.

    Dorrence says: "One of the best books I've heard yet!"
    "Pretty awful"
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    Would you try another book from Pat Williams and Jim Denney and/or Paul Christy?

    Most likely no. I have to start by saying I am not a huge biography fan. This proves why. It was dry. Jumped all over. I have never been so happy for a book to end.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Christy’s performance?

    I think he was a corny gameshow host in a previous life. It's an ok voice for a 30 min show but not 16 hours.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17457)
    Performance
    (11653)
    Story
    (11546)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Warning:You won't be able to stop at book one!"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. The story is extremely entertaining. I listen to it every chance I got. They're nice and long but you don't get tired of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Thentripnthrough the rocks.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Davina Porter is probably the best narrator that I've run across on audible. Every character has a voice & unique personality as she portrays them.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1366)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Pretty good but a little predictable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Believe it or not, I found this book to be extremely enlightening about Aspergers. It could get a little preachy at times but I learned a lot about the disease and what people impacted by it go through. I did not expect to get an education from the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really like Jodi Picoult. I do find her to be a little predictable as far as story line goes but I still find her books entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that I really had one.


    Do you think House Rules needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It could be interesting to know how the family is doing aft everything that they went through. Or maybe to see how Jacob deals in his later years.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18349)
    Performance
    (14168)
    Story
    (14113)

    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"
    "Mostly meh"
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    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly low honestly. There have been so many great ones.


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

    It was an autobiography-ish book. Real life just isn't that funny even if you are Tina Fey.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    Tina. She was entertaining and did make me laugh. Just not what I expected entirely.


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

    No. This was a book that I listened to when there wasn't anything on the radio.


    Any additional comments?

    Kind of entertaining but don't expect to be rolling on the floor. It's just not going to happen. I admire Tina's accomplishments but she's more fun on tv.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7974)
    Performance
    (3136)
    Story
    (3195)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "For kids of all ages!"
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    Would you listen to Eragon again? Why?

    No. I almost never "read" a book more than once. Not in any way a reflection of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eragon?

    So many. The story was not predictable. I think the part that sticks out in my head is the underground battle.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Saphira - hands down.


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

    I will admit that I did shed a couple tears. I also laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    We listened to this in the car on a road trip. Two adults & a 12 year old. We were all entertained. The 12 year old boy was asking for us to hit play as soon as the car was on. When we got home we still had a couple hours left so we would listen in the evening instead of watching tv - so much more engaging!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12986)
    Performance
    (5338)
    Story
    (5385)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Amazing Story"
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    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I wasn't sure what I was getting into since this was such a long book, but I was hooked and looking for excuses to sit in my car, go for a walk, etc just so I could listen to some more of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked so many of the characters. I really loved the lovable characters and I really hated the evil characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many. I wouldn't want to give away too much detail and ruin something for someone else!


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ellen - she seems like a very colorful person that could teach you a lot about life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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