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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
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1326)

    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

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Hill says: "Lesser Plea"
    "Yawn. All character development with no plot"
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    Would you try another book from Robert K. Tanenbaum and/or Traber Burns?

    Probably not - there was too much focus on developing an uninteresting protagonist and not enough on the plot. This was ironic given that he dedicated the book to someone and thanked them for telling him to focus more on Carp (the protagonist). I guess it's what some people like, but wasn't nearly enough to keep me interested. I made it halfway thought before I gave up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was ok, but he might as well have been reading the nutrition facts on a box of raisin bran.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Tim says: "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
    "Perfectly annoying narrator made it even better"
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    Who was the most memorable character of A Good Marriage and why?

    The POV of the wife was a great angle for the story and was enhanced by the, at first annoying but eventually perfect, narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1367)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave"
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    If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty funny memoir


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I enjoyed the book but found myself surprisingly annoyed by Amy Poehler's narration/opinions by the end. Was still good enough that I read it quickly though


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    C says: "Literally gave me chills"
    "A classic for a reason"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was pleasantly surprised by the unfolding of the story and quickly realized why this is one of the quintessential murder mysteries


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

    10 guests. 1 remote island. 1 murderer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (894)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great combination of a narrator that makes a good story come alive. Seems like a cousin of a Gillian Flynn novel


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (904)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "Like listening to your most boring aquaintance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I listened to an hour and honestly couldn't tell you a single thing that happened. The narration was terrible and the plot was all over


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. This book got great reviews and I was excited to listen


    0 of 1 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
    (770)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (710)

    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....

    Jane says: "He’s quirky, clever."
    "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
    (718)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (612)

    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
    (143)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    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!

    1 of 1 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
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1532)

    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.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "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

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