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nicole

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lawrenceville, GA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1203)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "very entertaining"
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    What did you love best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    I loved the accent and felt drawn in


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

    At first I was not a fan, but after 1 to 2 hours I couldn't wait to go for long walks and lose myself on this journey


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a scientist, but enjoyed listening to what people thought about science of the earth years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1216)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Wow wow wow"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    Robin was amazing. The voice for the grandmother was very difficult to understand at times, but she did breathe life into the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Normally I have a hard time getting into a new book/narrator, so it wasn’t until the first hour or so that I really got pulled in. Then I couldn’t wait to get back to listening. I’ve never thought of a book as much as this one. In fact when it was over and I was trying to get used to another book/narrator I’ve actually begun this one again. At first it was hard to follow with all the jumping around in the past and present, but by the end of the book and everything fell into place. Awesome. Everything made sense. Every minor detail, every emotion, every conversation. Truly a great listen!!!


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time listening to Robin and it will not be the last!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't have a teenager yet, but I hope I am teaching my toddler that he can talk to me about ANYTHING. This book allowed you to get in the mind of both mother, father and son. Knowing the repercussion of their actions. Understanding what they were thinking. Really great.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (3289)
    Story
    (3286)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    Kevin says: "Great listen"
    "A little on the silly side"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn’t until this book did I realized how I don’t give the books I listen to 100% of my concentration. This book is like having my dad read it to me. None of the characters have a distinctive voice so I didn’t know who was talking. So I was confused at times with what was going on. However this was a bit silly for me so I didn’t feel the need to rewind.


    Would you recommend The Android's Dream to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have other books in my library that were more entertaining


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has a very nice voice, but it was the same. I guess those who hate off the wall character voices, this narrator is for you.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, not really into movies.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprised by all the great reviews. I just wasn't feeling this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (2055)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1861)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Awesome, until it just ended"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know. I have kids so I can't remember the last time I was able to read something without being interrupted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    Wow, so many. I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    They were both so good. I think because both narrators were probably the best I've heard. They breathed life into their characters. So amazing. Pauses at the right time. No silly voices for other characters. I can't tell you how enjoyable this book was.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not heft. Maybe something along the line that life is hard, you will make stupid decisions, but that does not define you.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, why did it end like that. I needed a few more chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (910)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Loved this, didn't want it to end"
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    If you could sum up Trustee from the Toolroom in three words, what would they be?

    Humble hero conquers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the main guy. He was surprised that he was internationally liked. Didn't ask or expect others to help. Such a positive book, unlike our negative world. Nice to know there are good people out there.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He really brought out the characters. And of course his accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I loved it. not many books leave you with warm fuzzies.


    Any additional comments?

    you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (451)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "May not be true, but still a great story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very entertaining. I wanted to keep listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

    I liked some of the things he learned about the house and property.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course everyone knows about the flies. Can't really understand why the family stayed so long. If this was me, just one event would be enough to take my children out of that situation.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I did some research about this house while listening. There was a terrible tragedy that happened in this house, and unfortunately this story may have switched the focus away from that fact. But still entertaining. I'll listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    A community in the southwestern United States falls prey to a plague of vampire bats with a virus which compels them to feed on everything in their path. Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling novels, Gorky Park and Polar Star, mixes Indian mythology with virology in this masterful thriller.

    S. Burrows says: "Excellent book."
    "1/3 fiction 1/3 non-fiction 1/3 absurdity"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Great idea, but took so long to get to the point. Also I didn’t feel anything for the characters. They would start fights when a sentence before they were getting along. Very odd. Plus some of their actions made them just not believable. I got to the end just so I’d know how it ended.


    What could Martin Cruz Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Didn’t I just answer that question?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

    All I can say is, thank goodness for the fast speed button! I listened to this at 1.5 and at times it was still too slow. There were times I thought I hit the pause button.


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

    I shook my head a number of times at the stupid conversations and unbelievable actions. I love reading about different diseases, but this was really hard to get through.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1916)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Tragedy after tragedy"
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    Yes, the other two I listened to were awesome. She normally has great characters you come to love that have happy endings. She has such a way with words that you get so wrapped up in the stories.


    What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

    Kate's characters typically have tragic stories, but there were glimmers of hope and happiness. Not this one. I couldn't finish this one.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    I loved young Grace and the very vivid scenes of working in the manor and living during that era.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. It reminded me a lot of Downton Abby.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not giving up on Kate. Maybe I need to take an anti-depressant to finish this one. Love Caroline and Kate together. Caroline may have a child-like voice, but I never get distracted by her narration. Other narrators have left me bored, tired, or en eye rolling queen.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1020)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Not sure if I liked this one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dinner to be better than the print version?

    I think Clive did a great job with the story. Pauses at the right time, no silly voices for characters. Love the accent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't get the violent scenes from my mind to find one I would call my favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were so many times I was bored with the story. Then confused because he kept going back to past memories. I'm still not sure what the heck happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a mother of only 1 boy, I'm not sure what I would do in their situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4068)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2640)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Surprisingly good detective book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have. I typically don’t like detective books, but this was really good. No problem keeping people straight and believable characters. Even though this book was written in 1997 I love to be reminded how our technology has changed so much. (The need for pay phones)


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job. Nothing too outrageous. I liked how he talked into something to stimulate telephone conversations.


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

    There was a moment I almost felt sorry for the pedophile. Almost.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted a long book to keep me entertained for a while. This did the trick. I wanted to get to the end, but at the same time I was enjoying the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1784)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    Richard L. Everson says: "Very Much Surprised"
    "Great second edition"
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    Where does Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first book I actually bought (without a credit). I loved the first one so much. Not disappointed.


    What other book might you compare Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile to and why?

    I'm having a very hard time finding another good zombie series or book. I loved WWZ. Warm bodies was a warm fuzzy zombie book. But since then... I guess I'll have to start listening to different thrillers.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does a great job. Nice strong voice.


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

    Yes, very action packed. Had a hard time stopping.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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