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Michelle S

Collierville, TN, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "Long wait for no payoff"
    Overall

    I liked listening to the book until the end. The story was well written and I eagerly anticipated the final revelation of how everything would come together. After such lovely detail and insight into the characters' minds during the first 13 hours of the book, it was a great letdown that the ending was so understated and fast. I felt locked out of the characters' experiences when Dubus shifted to an overview style.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Success: Eight Self-Help Classics That Have Changed The Lives of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Allen, Wallace D. Wattles, Russell H. Conwell, and others
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Life-changing wisdom never goes out of style! These eight classic works have truly stood the test of time, selling tens of millions of copies and remaining in constant demand. Now The Secrets of Success, a one-of-a-kind anthology of achievement, reveals why they are every bit as inspiring as they were a century ago.

    susan says: "Meaty"
    "Don't know if this is a good book or not..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Narrators are so crucial for success of audiobooks. I am a fan of personal and professional development books but could not get past the horrible choice for narration in the first section. His voice has nice tones, but was too monotonous and poorly enunciated for this subject. This style would be a fabulous narrator for self hypnosis or relaxation material. I was so busy being bored, I have no idea what the book content really included.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11942)
    Performance
    (7893)
    Story
    (7931)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Exceptional in every way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book taught so much about why WWII veterans were silent about their experiences, Japanese culture, and human spirit. Ms. Hillenbrand did a fabulous job weaving Louie's story with other historical events. Ed Herrmann used his voice as narrator to impart just enough "acting" to give the characters life. He kept it far more interesting than a professorial monologue yet prevented it from being a dramatic show. I felt as though I was witnessing events taking place! This is one of my favorite Audible purchases of all time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2561)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1087)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    At first I thought this would be boring, because I had difficulty staying with it in the beginning. Once I understood that McCall Smith was following a pattern of African storytelling, I jumped in and enjoyed it immensely. In fact, the narrator's voice stuck with me so much that I wanted to use the endearing accent myself! Audiobooks are as much about the performance of the material as they are about the written words, and this book delivers on both fronts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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