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Rachel

Sunrise, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.

    Lenny says: "Great continuation of the Thursday Next series"
    "Jasper Fforde is back! Awesome!"
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    What did you love best about The Woman Who Died a Lot?

    I've read all of the Thursday Next series, and I thought the last 2 or 3 books not as good as the first few, but with this edition I thought Jasper Fforde got his stride back. This story definitely had that extra spark that the last few books were lacking. The writing was spot-on and hilarious. This series is one where I frequently find myself laughing out loud, which is really embarrassing sometimes when I'm sitting in my cubicle at work and people start looking at me weird.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the new story with the Library Service and Fforde's explanation of that branch of the military(?). This whole alternate reality that Fforde has created with Thursday Next is continually expanding and this was particularily humorous in this book.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Emily Gray does a very good job shifting through all the characters. She definitely is a great narrator with perfect comedic timing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, these stories bring more laughs than tears most of the time, but the bit about Jenny at the end was kind of saddening, but hopeful. I don't want to give to much away there.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen for any Thursday Next fan! You'll be really happy you did. I'm already gearing up for the next edition.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (556)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Enchanting and seductive"
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    At first I thought the premise was weird and a bit of a stretch from what I've been reading lately, but the story is really full and I feel immersed in it. I like both of the main characters. I like how Ren speaks. Its funny, but everything he says sounds inadvertently sexual to me. But overall, I enjoy the quest theme to the book. I'm anxious to see where their adventures will lead to next, and I'm interested in reading the series now.
    I felt a little let down with the ending, though. I just feel like a lot of the series books nowadays never have endings, like the authors can't complete a story, or don't know where to stop. But that's just an overall thought.
    This book ended with a bit of something wanting, but it was pretty much satisfying. I wanted Kelsey and Ren to get together, but Ren is seductive and... Dangerous, like Kelsey describes in the book. I can see a very demanding controlling manipulative relationship coming from this. Like Edward and Bella. ...And Jacob, too. Because there is an obvious love triangle happening, as well. I will be continuing the series soon.

    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
    Overall
    (26976)
    Performance
    (13604)
    Story
    (13651)

    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!"
    "Hilarious and heart-warming..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book was funny and had really strong female characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celia was so cute and feather-brained, but completely lovable.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Minnie. So sassy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The were several moments, and I cannot pinpoint one that was especially meaningful alone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2039)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Defined characters, engrossing."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Watership Down to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book Watership Down in print, though I always wanted to, so I decided to listen to the audiobook instead. The author has a made up language for rabbits included in the story, and I think if I had tried to read the words in print, I would have gotten hung up on the unfamiliar words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watership Down?

    The ending was exciting, and all the adventures the rabbits get into are very thrilling.


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

    I think it was easier to follow the characters with the distinct voices the narrator used, more so than trying to read the book.


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

    I really felt strongly for the rabbits, and I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I wished I hadn't waited so long to get to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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