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United States | Member Since 2010

  • 7 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 321 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014

  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A very dysfunctional family!"
    "Interesting history!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I find the Tudor period fascinating - very interesting book and very well written.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Children of Henry VIII?

    The relationship between Mary & Elizabeth after Mary had ascended to the thrown.

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

    'And you thought your family was bad...'

    Any additional comments?

    Simon Prebble has the best narration voice! Perfect for this subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Really hard to get into"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is just really really long. The narrator does a good job but the story just isn't particularly interesting after the first few hours. It would have been much better if the length was trimmed. The story was too convoluted.
    Also, there were too many characters - it was really hard to 1) keep track of them 2) care what they were doing

    Would you ever listen to anything by Eleanor Catton again?

    Maybe - the plot premise was interesting, it was just issue with length & number of characters

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Meadows?

    Yes - he did his best to keep the tone interesting

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge - Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing - or curse - gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of bad boy Michael Garland.

    bunni says: "Worst narrator ever."
    "Just bad"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator was overly excited through out the whole book and the story was really weird. A lot of ghost romance, very weird. I ended up fast-forwarding through most of it in order to hear the actual story. Personally, I'm not in to paranormal romance.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    Eh, maybe.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Marie Lee?

    Someone who was a little less...breathless?

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Kiss Goodbye?

    All of the stupid ghost romance, it was just dumb and kind of gross considering he is supposed to be murderer? It would have worked better if he was just a ghost sidekick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "It was good and then it got weird"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book started out pretty well and then the author added in a second romance and it got kind of weird. First, I would have preferred if the story just focused on the protagonist's efforts to get back to her own time. Secondly, when the 2nd romance is added in she went from a strong independent woman to a submissive wife, I preferred the earlier version of Claire. Third, many of the encounters between Jamie and Claire are marital rape. Very creepy. I don't care that it's historical fiction, it's creepy.

    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She was very good at all the character voices. She gave each character a distinct voice, which must have been difficult given the large cast of characters.

    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    I don't know - the first part is good and the narrator is great but it just got long and weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down the Darkest Road: Oak Knoll, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called profiling" to put an end to the trauma. Now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.

    caitlyn says: "Not Worth It"
    "Good but really graphic"
    Would you try another book from Tami Hoag and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Kristen Potter was an excellent narrator, I would definitely listen to other books read by her.

    I would try other Tami Hoag books as well.

    If you’ve listened to books by Tami Hoag before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the other Oak Knoll books and this was by far the most sexually explicit. It was a little to much for me and I found myself fast forwarding through some parts. I liked the other Oak Knoll books better, although they were violent I felt like they were less twisted.

    I did not mind that this book was not as focused on Ann and Vince though, I thought the author did a really good job of tying Ann and Vince into the story. Same with the Wendy character and her mother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "very slow, not well crafted"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book quite slow and the story wasn't really that well crafted. I didn't feel like the main character's role was that well explained at the beginning of the story. I'm not a big fantasy reader/listener and maybe that made a difference but this just wasn't resonating with me. Half way through the story I found that I just didn't care what happened to the characters and turned the book off. I'm glad I bought this in and audiable sale and didn't waste a credit on it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Michelle Sagara again?

    No, this was a pretty boring book.

    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job but the writer wrote 'he/she said quietly' A LOT. It really started to get on my nerves (like when someone says 'um' a lot in a speech and you start counting). It was just weird.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Love! Wish it was longer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this book - Tina is witty, charming and had me laughing throughout the entire book.

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

    Tina's voice really brings to book to life. Her enunciations on certain words and voices when telling stories really add to the book and make it more of a performance. I really enjoy Tina's voice and appreciate her humor more after listening to this book.

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

    This book made me laugh out loud multiple times, which got be some strange looks when I was out in public but it was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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