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E. Pringle

Washington, DC | Member Since 2001

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  • 14 reviews
  • 117 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (802)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Spoiler Alert: poliltical/social/religious agenda"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A pro-life conservative.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this kind of book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just because you wrote it rarely means you should narrate it. Narration is an art and you need acting training on how to use language and embody character. The author needs more of this kind of training or should give the job to a professional. Don't try to save money on something so important to the success of an audiobook.


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

    Now, I'm curious about how this book came to my attention and the digital marketing strategies that went into it. So, the one aspect that the book did well - marketing.


    Any additional comments?

    This one makes me want my book credit back.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (871)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Something missing..."
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    Performance
    Story

    ... like a unique plot? You've heard the story - some plague/blood disease wipes out most of humanity, the remaining survivors struggle to survive, etc... But the disturbing part is that people don't generally help one another in this tale. He paints a portrait of humanity that is a little like that in McCarthy's "The Road", only there's no dying Earth. Wild life abounds, crops grow, so why all the fighting and hostility? Heller never really addresses this question. And why does the dog have to eat human flesh?? Many questions unanswered. There is some good writing but it is crowded out by all the gaps in logic.

    Then the narrator who seems to be taking unnecessary pauses in the middle of sentences, in the middle of thoughts. Why? More unanswered questions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2588)
    Story
    (2592)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Perfect match of writer, story, narrator"
    Overall
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    Story

    Bernadette Dunne is amazing and captures all the characters, plot twists, and imagery perfectly. A great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14535)
    Performance
    (11929)
    Story
    (12556)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Don't get tied up with this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Body parts heave and breath hitches - in pretty much every sex scene. It is as though the author had a build-a-sex-scene app and used the same phrase over and over and over again. Perhaps it is meant to be a send up of the whole romance genre. The reading and style of the narration don't seem to suggest this. I don't believe I'll continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story, amazing narration, hysterically funny, and heart breakingly true about the meat industry. I will listen to it again someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1210)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "hmmmm....."
    Overall
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    Story

    This didn't work for me. I like Connie Willis, I love the narrator, but this story just didn't grab me. I didn't care enough about the characters and their struggles in WWII as time travelers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (582)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    This is everything and audio book should be. First, it is a brilliantly written book. Second, Will Patton's narration, from pacing to characterization. Third, get it, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.

    Linda Lou says: "DONT BOTHER WITH THIS SPOT!"
    "FAntastic!"
    Overall

    What a delight of wonderful story, brilliant language, amazing narration. Not a wasted word or an unfilled moment of narration. When it all comes together like this I kinda want to weep for joy. Thank you!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "religious thriller"
    Overall

    Great narrator, but the book itself is another story.
    The author doesn't seem to have the same skills as a good mystery writer. Instead, we get religious fiction that with the plot twists of a shopping list. Plenty of red herrings, two dimensional villians, sloppy ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marc Acito
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    From syndicated humor columnist Marc Acito comes a wildly inventive and hysterically funny novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fame, Risky Business, Dead Poets Society, and The Catcher in the Rye.

    Lee says: "Funny funny funny"
    "amazing performance"
    Overall

    I love this narrator. Everything he does is amazing. Every character is unique, consistent, and interesting. The book is fun but the narrator is superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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