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Cienne Aubryne


  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Too Dull"
    What would have made The Alchemist better?

    This would probably be better if you read it yourself, rather than an audible. It just didn't capture my interest. I didn't care about the characters and since finishing it, can't remember much about it.

    Would you recommend The Alchemist to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend the Audible version because it just didn't grab me, make me want to find out more.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "GREAT book!"
    What did you love best about Innocent Traitor?

    I loved that I honestly felt like I got to know Jane Grey. Her absolutely resolve to stay true to herself, regardless of what that meant for her life on earth. The story is so told so wonderfully in different views of the participants involved. You hate her parents, you root for her at the end, even though you know the outcome of her life. You keep thinking things are actually going to go her way and almost seems shocking to approach the final outcome. I hated the manipulating of the politics involved and she was just caught in the middle of others' ambitions. I would almost be yelling at the people who wronged her, wanting to physically punch them for what they did to her.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the different perspectives of the characters. That's how life truly is. People are thinking they are doing the right thing with little or no conscience care for how it may affect someone else.

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

    The narrators are amazing.

    If you could rename Innocent Traitor, what would you call it?

    I like the title, it is totally fits her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "LOVED it!"
    Where does Middlesex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this is one of the most interesting, most wonderfully written books I've ever listened to. The subject matter, although might be a bit unsettling for most of us, is handled in such a way that you don't think of the main character as anything but human -- not a freak. I thought the book was so good and I now want to read everything I can find by Jeffrey Eugenides. I had shared with my co-workers that I listening to this book and you could tell the subject matter was a little off-putting, but I was just so enthusiastic about it, they weren't near as skittish when I'd say,

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the main character because he is real and honest.

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

    There were parts where I burst out laughing. It was just so well done.

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

    The awkward teenage years, which stink for most of us anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Excellent! Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about The Memory of Running?

    I absolutely loved this book! I just finished it and I want to start it all over again. It is full of such profound wisdom and such honest humanity, truly a wonderful work of art. For those who thought it was a little dull - nothing could be further from the truth. Day to day, mundane movements are what make up our lives. This man, although may at first to be simple, is quite thought provoking, kind and is actually what this world needs more of. His

    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    I like that he doesn't try to make his voice sound like a woman's voice when reading a woman's part - truly annoying. I liked the different sound of the voice for the truck driver, rich and smooth. I liked Smithy's voice, steady and reliable.

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

    Absolutely, if I could have!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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