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nicole

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lawrenceville, GA, United States

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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
    (1159)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (958)

    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 House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2544)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1623)

    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
    (926)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    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
    (3472)
    Performance
    (2118)
    Story
    (2107)

    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
    (2268)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1594)

    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.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (869)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Rush job!"
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    If you could sum up Shattered Hourglass in three words, what would they be?

    What the heck? He goes through so much detail on Hawaii (not even sure why they even went there) and then when they get to China, wham, book is over.


    What was most disappointing about J. L. Bourne’s story?

    I understand that the journal style had to go with so many events seen through other peoples eyes, but did he have to end such an amazing series with this? It's like you put so much love into a garden, select the right soil and fertilizer. Take the time to water and talk to the plants. And then when you get the first tomatoes, you mow over it cause you've moved on to another task. I see he tried to tie up loose ends, but did it in a Lost (tv series) kind of way. So sad.


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

    Now that there were many voices he had to do, he did this ok.


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

    The first 2 books.


    Any additional comments?

    If there was ever a book I'd like to have a re-do on, this would be the one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2263)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Awesome zombie series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Day By Day Armageddon the most enjoyable?

    I loved the zombie/journal style. Believable characters and exciting action.


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

    Since this is someone writing in a journal, there is very little conversation. So he didn't have to change his voice often. Strong, believable voice, like the main character would have.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jessica Meigs
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Michaluk virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. The virus infects nearly everyone in its path, turning much of the population of the southeastern United States into homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people – Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines – band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world.

    Mike Naka says: "some annoyances but i enjoyed it"
    "Did an 8 year old write this????"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Absolutely nothing!! I can’t believe audible even bothered having someone read this aloud! Did anyone read this before print?


    What was most disappointing about Jessica Meigs’s story?

    I don't know where to begin! There were so many times I gasped out loud because of the silliness of it all! I think the biggest example was when one of the main guys drives all the way from Alabama to Tennessee on a motorcycle (no mention of getting gas throughout the whole book) without seeing any zombies. He gets to his neighborhood, and sees some. He doesn't want to alert them to his presence so he quietly puts the kickstand down and that draws their attention. Did I mention HE DROVE ON A MOTORCYLCE??? The entire book was filled with this absurdity.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel’s performance?

    He has a very nice voice, but does an Israeli and a southern 16 year old girl both have to have a pathetic southern accent? It's hard to judge him when the nonsense coming from his mouth was hard to take


    What character would you cut from The Becoming?

    The author!


    Any additional comments?

    I only finished it so I could sum up some of the foolish scenes to my co-worker. I didn't once have to go back to listen to something I may have missed since I just needed the summary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (893)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Just as great as the movie"
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    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    YES! Cute zombie book. I loved hearing about R's emotions and his transformation.


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

    He did very well with the voices and the slow zombie talk and grunts.


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

    This was a short book that you could easily listen to all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you saw the movie, you'd love this book. Some things are different. nice treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3483)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1442)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "the origin of the zombie genera"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was very human. A little crazy, a little lustful, a little self-indulgent.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He sounded bored at first, but I think Neville wasn't the most exciting man.


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

    This was a very short book, so it would be easy to listen to all in one day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2652)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (2015)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Cute book"
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    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like every parent who wishes they would write down every cute thing they think they will remember their kids saying, I wish they would have right away and not years later.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course the hospital scene.


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

    A few teary times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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