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Natalie

VANCOUVER, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (713)

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    FanB14 says: "E + P 4-ever!"
    "Just get it. God."
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    What did you love best about Eleanor & Park?

    This is the most raw, powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking book that I've listened to or read in many years. As soon as it finished, I started it over again. I never do this. It reminds you of how it feels to be young and so very much alive. How love and friendship can save you. How sometimes you need to leave everything to save yourself, even if this means breaking your own heart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleanor & Park?

    The first time Park holds Eleanor's hand. I've never heard hand holding described in such a sensual way.


    What about Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra ’s performance did you like?

    Sensitive performance from each of them. I particularly loved Sunil's performance, he captured Park's quietness perfectly.


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

    The ending broke my heart. I kept looking at the time, hoping for more.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Joy Osmanski, Kaleo Griffith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979", a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" find Russell veering into more sinister territory.

    Ryan says: "Stylish modern magic realism"
    "Haunting, engrossing stories"
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    Where does Vampires in the Lemon Grove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best audio books I've listened to! The stories were all quite different, with different narrators to match. The best of them were utterly haunting. The words and voices cast a spell on me, and linger with me still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite stories really stayed with me. The stories themselves are lovely, dark, beautiful things, and the actors reading them were perfectly chosen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite stories were the silk weaver, the massage therapist, and the scarecrow ones. They seemed to get at a dark, true element of human psychology in a way that realism never could.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audio book!

    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
    (15797)
    Performance
    (14012)
    Story
    (14050)

    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!"
    "Perfect summer reading!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    The narrators of this were stellar! I would have loved reading the book as well, but they did a great job of interpreting the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Where to start? This story has so many twists and turns. It examines a marriage and what it means to really "know" someone in a unique and twisted way.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    How can I choose one character? They were both wonderfully done. I found myself totally convinced for and rooting for one then the other as the story unfolded.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to everyone I know! It's great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (289)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "This book will help you fall asleep"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Finney again?

    No. I loathed this book. I actually only got it because it was chosen for my book club and I do make an effort to finish book club books. It felt terribly dated, particularly the treatment of the female characters. Really all of the characters seemed like cardboard cutouts. The main character was incredibly dumb and made consistently poor decisions. Which made no sense as he was chosen through an extensive screening process...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Passionate dislike.


    Any additional comments?

    If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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