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Renee

Decatur, GA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 491 titles in library
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  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
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    The narrator, Lindsay Crouse, is fantastic at the characterization of Annie Wilkes. I hadn't read the book or seen the movie since back in the late 80's/early 90's when they came out and had forgotten a lot of the story. This version had me on the edge of my (car) seat. It's one of Stephen King's best married with a fantastic narrator!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (713)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Solid choice, don't read while eating!!"
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    I listened to most of this on a road trip, with very mindful breaks where I turned off the book. I'm sure if a video camera had been posed on my face while I listened it would have been really funny. I was making all kinds of disgust faces during a lot of it. That being said, it was fascinating; I have bought all of Mary Roach's audiobooks and enjoy them. Just be warned!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

    Richard says: "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    I knew he was an addict; I didn't realize how early his pain started. I found myself angry at Kurt through a lot of the book. A lot of his lifetime stomach pain might have been alleviated with a change of diet, and yet he chose instead to medicate through heroin and other drugs.

    I think that his stubbornness, his acting out, made me not like him as a person throughout the entire book. I don't think I could have been in a room with him for long.

    That doesn't mean the book wasn't good, I just felt very frustrated that he was unable to overcome his problems. He clearly was an exceptional artist and mind.

    It was particularly fascinating knowing what was going on behind the scenes during his rise to fame, since I was listening to their music at the time.

    It illustrates clearly the idea that you can be on top of the world as a celebrity and be completely miserable. Money, fame, any of that won't solve your problems - it's said often, and yet this book gives you a play by play.

    I wouldn't have changed lives with Kurt Cobain for a second.

    In addition, I know this was a book about Cobain, but I kept wondering what the other bandmates were going through at this time. Perhaps they refused to talk with the author, but over and over I kept wanting to have a cup of coffee with the bandmates and hear their stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By John Taylor
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single "Planet Earth" right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet. It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling...and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

    Patti says: "A must for any DD fan!"
    "Neat to know what was going on behind the scenes!"
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    I almost didn't get this due to one negative review indicating he was a wuss who had nothing bad to say about anyone. I'm glad I didn't listen - I didn't mind that the autobiography was so positive. He doesn't gloss over his own past, the gritty parts, etc., so I didn't have a problem.

    I found it interesting because also I've always liked Duran Duran, I wasn't a "Durannie" back then, so I didn't realize it was John and Nick who formed the band and were the driving force through all of this. I had assumed it was Simon since he was the frontman, as it often is with bands. I also thought John was sort of the 'dumb blonde' of the band and was shocked he even came out with a book...shows how much I know!

    I found myself interested throughout the whole program, and glad I took the chance to get to know him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1128)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Going to strangle the harmonica player"
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    I was seriously ready to strangle the harmonica player that makes appearances throughout the book. I hate that it detracted from the overall book, which as you can see I rated excellent for overall, performance and story. It's a gem, they just need to pull out that harmonica.

    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
    (13914)
    Performance
    (12284)
    Story
    (12312)

    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!"
    "That didn't turn out like I thought it would!"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook, the psychological twists and turns really got me, and I found myself looking forward to spending more time in my car or on housework to find out what would happen next.

    I don't think it ended necessarily like I would have preferred it to, but on the other hand I admire Ms. Flynn's not bowing to a Hollywood ending, which would certainly have been the more popular ending.

    I found myself sympathizing with a character several times early on in the book, which then made me feel like a total psycho later on when more of that person's personality was revealed....then I felt okay again...then I felt like like I might be unhinged again! Nice sucking in of the reader so they start to question their OWN judgement, too!

    Sharp Objects by the same author is one of my favorite books ever. This one doesn't reach that one's heights of genius, but it's still a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (523)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Katherine says: "Lot's of fun"
    "MUCH better than the movie, adult themes"
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    The cover leads you to believe it's a schmaltzy young adult novel, it really needs a redesign to convey what a great story lies within. I never would have used my credit on this except for some reviews from other folks saying how really well done this audiobook is - I'm glad I took a chance on it. I enjoyed the movie and was happy to find the book is much better, with more philosophical questions and deeper relationships, and more reality portrayed. The narrator is excellent and fills Davy's role perfectly for me.

    I'm not a heavy sci fi person, but I do enjoy sci fi movies, and I enjoyed this book enough to download what I believe is the second book in the series, Reflex.

    Good stuff!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sin Killer: Volume 1 of The Berrybender Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (82)

    Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks the Berrybender's as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story as big as the West itself, full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow.

    Erin says: "Unemotional characters are brutally honest"
    "Women curiously outspoken"
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    Has a lot of classic McMurtry western hallmarks, such as brute honesty in situations and honest sexual situations. However none of the characters are endearing unlike the Lonesome Dove series. Don't expect to be rooting for anyone. Based on that I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.

    The women are curiously outspoken, perhaps because of their regal upbringing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1317)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Funny and informative"
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    Lots of scary and informative research incriminating the modern strains of wheat, along with bad nutritional advice in the 1970's/80's (eat more whole grains, grain based food pyramid, saturate fat is the devil) to the explosion of obesity. To a lesser extent he incriminates white sugar - believe or not, modern wheat is higher on the glycemic index than white table sugar!

    Some parts corny, some parts laugh out loud funny, but always informative.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1333)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Western for people who don't read westerns"
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    I'm over 40 and this is the first western I've ever read/listened to! I easily see why it won the Pulitzer Prize and now am going back to download the rest of the series.

    I really hope Lee Horsley won some kind of audiobook prize the year this was recorderd. His portrayal of Gus McCrae is beyond spot on. I enjoyed all the voices he created for the characters. I also wish Mr. Horsley had been chosen to narrate the other books in the series.

    So worth the credit!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred Secret Senses

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ashlie says: "Tan-gible Genius, Poor Sound"
    "Bad Recording of a Great Story and spot on acting"
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    I wish they'd go back and remaster the original recordings: this recording seriously at times sounds like the 'old days' of audiobooks where you borrowed a set from the library and the previous borrower had left the set out in the car so there was wavering distorted music at the beginnings of some of the tapes from that sun damage.

    Which is a terrible shame: this is one of Amy Tan's best books in my opinion: a wonderful mix of Chinese and American culture with just a touch of supernatural that keeps you going. Amy Tan's narration is wonderful: Olivia, Kwan, and Simon are wonderfully portrayed, and Olivia herself speaks aloud many things that are unspoken about marriage than everyone wonders in the dark corners of their minds.

    So, enjoy the book but be prepared to pump the audio and deal with bad quality of sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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