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adrienne

HIGHLAND PARK, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12698)
    Performance
    (11631)
    Story
    (11696)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Sensitive and honest."
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved the voice of the children. They spoke as tho it could have been a private conversation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The warmth, and the intimacy.


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

    The art of Living


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to read it again. The characters are inviting me back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10158)
    Performance
    (9296)
    Story
    (9314)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The voice of the narrator was great"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, and definitely longest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. I am female, but I appreciated the voice of a boy.


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

    No, but I will order a book just for him


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

    Being an artist I especially enjoyed the historical references. Unexpected humor popping up


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few books I am listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13662)
    Performance
    (6049)
    Story
    (6129)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Didn't want it to end"
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    If you could sum up Water for Elephants in three words, what would they be?

    adventurous
    heart warming


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the perspective of a young man and his older self.
    It brought me to another place and time, (but isn't that what books are suppose to do any ways?0


    What does David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt that I could reach out and touch the characters.


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

    I believe the film was already made. I never saw it.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I joined Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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