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Joy Palmer

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  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    Hot on the heels of international best sellers Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan comes the third light and funny adventure starring Becky Bloomwood, the stylish Brit with a spending problem. Luke, Becky's knight in shining armor, proposes and the real trouble begins. Becky's mom wants a backyard wedding in England. Luke's high-society mother wants a glamorous ceremony at the Plaza. Becky's facing two weddings, on two continents, on the same day!

    Norma says: "Page Turner"
    "Becky is getting tiring here"
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    What did you love best about Shopaholic Ties the Knot?

    Emily Gray's narration is wonderful, and the conclusion to this book--for me--paid off. The exploration of the Elinor/Luke relationship was pretty interesting.


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

    Shopaholic Ties the Knot is in line with the previous shopaholic books, but Becky is slightly less sympathetic here for me. It's the first time I've really had a hard time suspending disbelief on her. (Though I will point out she's better in the next book.)


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

    Emily Gray just gets Becky Bloomwood. I'm listening to Mini Shopaholic now, and Rosalyn Landor, while talented, simply doesn't compare. I read Shopaholic and Sister on my own, and I could hear Gray over every line. Her character interpretation is superb.


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  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6047)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2862)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Gaiman reading Gaiman: Always a win"
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    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Yes. Each chapter made me feel like I was being read a bedtime story, and I'd love to revisit that experience.


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

    I've listened to Gaiman's reading of his Neverwhere and parts of the full-cast American Gods. There's nothing quite like listening to his characters from his voice. Add in the bedtime story feel, and it's brilliant.


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

    Actually, no. This book benefits from being listened to by chapter as each is a self-contained story (though there is a larger arc, of course).


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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1013)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Charming Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--and I have to my parents. (They liked it a lot.) This book is just wonderful, and the narration makes it such a pleasure to listen to. This may come across as a backhanded compliment, but I don't mean it in that way: It's like the very best chick lit, but for men too.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the characters and situations in the book are a bit one-dimensional and familiar as quaint English village types, but somehow the book transcends that with the two main characters who are both much more interesting than they originally appear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26079)
    Performance
    (12730)
    Story
    (12772)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Much better than the movie"
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    I'm so glad I listened to this book before seeing the movie. While I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, the book is much better, and the narration is mostly fantastic. I wasn't as fond of the narrator for Skeeter's parts of the books--her interpretation of Aibileen and Minnie felt off to me--but overall very good. The book, for me, takes a more complex look at the reality of the time period than the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3856)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3438)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Fantastic Full Cast Production"
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    I originally read American Gods years ago, not long after it came out. It was my introduction to Neil Gaiman, and I loved it. When the 10th anniversary edition came out, I was quick to snatch it, but when I saw this full cast production, I decided to listen instead of reread in print. It was my first, and thus far only, experience with a full cast production. For me, it was perfect. The main narrator was solid, the voice casting struck me perfectly throughout the story, and the "Coming to America" stories, narrated by Gaiman himself, were possibly my favorite part.

    Listening to this version of the book reminded me of listening to old radio programs with my mom (though this has some considerably racier bits than I remember from that!), and while I love solo narration dearly, this form felt perfect for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8913)
    Performance
    (8291)
    Story
    (8290)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Perfect? No. Entertaining? Completely."
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    This is not a perfect book, whatever my rating may indicate. Some readers will, rightly, be put off by the lists of videogames, writers, books, movies, tv shows, arcade games, and etc. throughout the book. Some readers will, rightly, point out that while the book continually says it's about 80s pop culture, it includes many references from the 70s, 90s, and 2000s. (This perhaps actually says more about our need to put things in boxes than it does about the writer/writing.) Some readers will, rightly, want a bit more critical reflection on the dystopian world of the novel. (These readers should immediately check out Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood.)

    However, this reader found this book to be pure entertainment with excellent narration. I invented excuses to do things like mow the lawn or go on extra walks with my dog so I could keep listening. I certainly understand and even agree with much of the criticism I've seen of the book, but ultimately, it doesn't claim to be a Great Book that will change the course of the western literary tradition; it's a fun, futuristic novel that will stroke the right touch of nostalgia for anyone with even one tiny bit of geek hidden away somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, David Hewson, A. J. Hartley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (982)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Give it a few minutes..."
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    The narrator of this book has an actual Scottish accent. It's not really that strong, all things considered, but for my American ears, it took a good 15 minutes before I was able to really understand what was going on, and probably an hour before I was completely accustomed to the accent. Once I adapted, though, the narration added so much value to my experience of the book.

    I love Shakespeare, but I am by no means a purist. I love adaptations that move the plays into new times and places, and I adored 10 Things I Hate About You when it came out. (I still like it, though it's not quite the masterwork I thought at 18.) This is one of the more fascinating adaptations I've experienced, and Macbeth is really ripe for this kind of interpretation. As the writers point out in the preliminaries, the motivations of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the play are difficult to pin down. This book tries to imagine what could have caused their actions.

    Some readers may find the depiction of the Weird Sisters a bit much. I did, to some extent, but I also enjoyed that they were given a prominent, distinctly female role that left me unable to pin down how I felt about them, their actions, or their real part in the tragedy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Fantastic Performances"
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    I haven't listened to the other audio version of this book, but the performances of Hope & Lefkow are outstanding. Since they were both inhabiting the same characters, I was particularly impressed that I wasn't irritated by Lefkow's interpretation of a character vs. Hope's. It was one of the best multiple narrations I've heard.

    I enjoyed the story for the most part, though I didn't absolutely love it. I found the idea compelling but also offputting in a way I couldn't quite get over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15939)
    Performance
    (11914)
    Story
    (11845)

    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"
    "LOVED this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey is a fantastic writer, narrator, and--from what I can tell--person. I often enjoy listening to authors read their work, and Fey is one of the best I've heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the critical reflection Fey engaged in throughout the book. I was probably most engaged in her commentary on motherhood. I wish all moms could somehow be forced to listen to her advice. Really I just want to make every woman I know read this book and follow Fey's advice that we should try to be a bit nicer to one another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5216)
    Performance
    (3194)
    Story
    (3196)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Deeply moving"
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    A friend recommended this, then un-recommended it because of my aversion to sad dog stories. (It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't like crying.) I ended up listening to this anyway because the conceit of a dog as narrator pulled me in, and I thought maybe listening would be better than reading on my own. On that count, I was wrong, as this accounted for the second time in recent months I've literally cried while running. My dog, who was running with me, even noticed this time and seemed a bit concerned.

    This book is on the surface about a dog who wants to be a man. I think it's about what it means to be human--what it means to be a good human, anyway. If most of us humans could be as observant and wise as Enzo, the world might be a more enjoyable place to live.

    The narration is very good; the only thing that bothered me was the voice of a young girl, and I don't think that's easy for any narrator I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1851)
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    (1863)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Do not listen in public"
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    If you could sum up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh Out Loud


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mindy Kaling is very, very funny, and I loved hearing her take on her life and experiences. Is it the best book I've ever read? No, but it's a delightful audiobook, and I embarrassed myself while running with my dog and listening to it.


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