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Amy

Petaluma, CA, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 301 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "Great read!!"
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    Where does Barack Obama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was engaging and compelling. The author went back generations on his mother's and father's side. The book showed how both sides contributed to the person he became and the President he has become: more intimate than a typical political biography. Great!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1957)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Not Bad"
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    I agree with some of the other reviews. Cora's back story was the most interesting part of the book. The story fell apart a bit towards the end with unrealistic plot twists and decades passing with little detail. Elizabeth McGovern's European accents were amazing. Her narration voice, mostly from Cora's perspective sounded snooty and pseudo-British-didn't make any sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2790)
    Performance
    (2048)
    Story
    (2061)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "So good it's ridiculous"
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    I read a lot of the sci-fi / fantasy genre, and this was just brilliant. After a long commute, I lingered in the car a couple of minutes I was so engaged in the story. Mr. Grossman has set the bar.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1794)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Okay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is no great work of literature, but it was engaging enough to keep me company on my commute for a while.I thought the allusion to Nazism was a bit heavy-handed, and some of the writing was like a bad romance novel at times. Guess I didn't like it very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (430)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Disappointed"
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    What would have made Society's Child better?

    I love Janis Ian's music and lyrics. Her lyrics are complex and lyrical and just beautiful. Her prose is more conversational, and a chore to listen to. Her guitar and singing were the best parts of narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (266)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Usually, when I finish a biography, I have a a sense of knowing the subject better, even in a personal way. I did not have this experience finishing this book. I didn't have a sense of who he was psychologically. He was a brilliant artist, but there was no depth re: how he saw himself as an artist or how his spiritual beliefs affected his works. Some of this information was occasionally dropped in between long descriptions of business dealings. I know the reviews are very good, but not my cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8689)
    Performance
    (7971)
    Story
    (7977)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I LOVED THIS BOOK!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    I would have enjoyed reading this book as much as listening. I couldn't stop listening. The story was incredibly compelling. The characters are still in my head, and I finished it a couple of weeks ago. The paths and choices of the main characters all rang true psychologically, and the ending was perfect.


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

    The narrator was perfect. I was living in the story, and the different voices became different people as I listened.


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

    I wish I could listen to it all over again not having read it before.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4058)
    Performance
    (3466)
    Story
    (3461)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Psychologically implausible"
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    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    The author is a good storyteller. I'm an adolescent therapist, and the portrayal of the therapist and the parents' responses to the therapist made no sense. The therapist described a psychological profile that was laughable, and used diagnoses that aren't even used with children. I hope Mr. Landay speaks with a child/adolescent clinician next time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (16953)
    Performance
    (15080)
    Story
    (15123)

    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!"
    "Good writing , but.........."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends. The twists and turns weren't all that surprising. My main problem with the book was I didn't like any of the characters so I didn't care about any of them. The wriiting was compelling enough that I listened to the whole book, but this was not a favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "Beautiful Writing, but not my cup of tea"
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    Would you listen to The Tiger's Wife again? Why?

    No. The story was very dark, sad, and tragic, but the author truly has a gift for writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tiger's Wife?

    I particularly liked the plot about the deathless man.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Tiger's Wife and why?

    Again, I like the deathless man. Interesting perspective of a character who is tortured because he can't die, can't form relationships, and can't tell people what he sees.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why the narrators had British accents rather than Slavic accents? The story would have flowed better that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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