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JD

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (591)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Michael C Hall makes it even greater!"
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    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    Michael C Hall's adaptation of the narrator was outstanding, but Holly is a close second. He really makes you feel like you know them


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly easy to listen straight through with no break

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "Essential for any fan of The Office"
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    Would you listen to One More Thing again? Why?

    Yes! The short stories are simply hilarious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Thing?

    My favorite short story was a satirical fake comedy routine with a play on words with "SOY MILK" and "I AM MILK" - you had to be there I guess


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (562)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "Creepy and intriguing"
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    If you could take any character from American Psycho out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paul Allen, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the transient counterpoint between the psychopathic thoughts and the minutia of his daily routine

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Samuel Shem
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.

    JD says: "Essential for any medical resident"
    "Essential for any medical resident"
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    What other book might you compare The House of God to and why?

    As an avid fan of Scrubs, I loved seeing all the references that Scrubs used from this book!


    Any additional comments?

    A blend of satire, realism, and comedy - a must win!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1161)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Auditory "page turner" that keeps you wanting more"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was my first John Sanford and I really enjoyed the story. He left a lot of room for the reader to try to figure out the investigation on their own and was very creative


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

    Bodies, bodies, everywhere


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2572)
    Performance
    (2337)
    Story
    (2351)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Read after I watched the show - so interesting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Whether or not you've already seen the show, are in the middle of it, or have never seen it, this book is a very interesting story. For those who have seen at least some of the show, it's really interesting to see what the show did with certain details from the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As compared to the show, I appreciated the more realistic portrayal


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (748)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "A good ole whodunnit with Officer Ceepak"
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    What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

    I liked the opportunity to try to figure out the mystery with the characters as the book went on


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    I always like his portrayal of Danny, even though he is not necessarily the "main" character


    Any additional comments?

    I find these books to be akin to a drama on network TV - they are not going to win best picture or anything, but they are indeed fascinating and always keep my attention

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in 6E

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By A.R. Torre
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    I haven't touched another person in three years.That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.

    Stacy says: "knife? check! gun? check"
    "What does a modern day recluse look like?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl in 6E to be better than the print version?

    I thought that the narrator did an outstanding job portraying the main character - I really felt like I knew her. I can't imagine reading "leave it, thank you" and getting the same feel of the character as I did from the narrator saying it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was my favorite. She had quite a unique perspective and really kept me engaged with the story


    What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

    Her inflection with the words made it better than I would have in reading it on my own


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that the book was fairly sexually explicit at times, though as long as you can handle a little bit of it I hope it does not make others think twice about choosing this book. The sexually explicit scenes are in the guise of character development and are really not the main focus of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    Wendelin says: "sensational book from the beginning to the end."
    "Great story made up for kind of boring protagonist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I didn't really connect with the protagonist - she was ok but nothing special - but luckily the story was fast moving and very interesting up until the very end. I was pleased with this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the alternating chapter dialogue from the protagonist and antagonist perspective


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were some parts that had music/sound effects that I personally don't enjoy on an audiobook, but they didn't detract too much


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Jean Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share - about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work.... He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all.

    Loves to shop says: "Good thriller"
    "Struggled to finish but it was ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a good way to fill up time for a long drive, but it didn't give the feeling of "I have to read more!"


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jean Alexander?

    Yes, she was a bit dry and uneventful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Ross Range
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (437)

    Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

    Ullanta says: "Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
    "Fun read! Easy to listen straight through"
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    What did you love best about Murder in the Yoga Store?

    Great story development, great narration


    What did you like best about this story?


    What about Jesse Einstein’s performance did you like?

    He really made you feel involved with the investigation


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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