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Amanda

Full Time Mom, Full Time Employee, Wife and hopefully much more. Haven't read an actual book since I was pregnant 5 years ago. Now I have time to "read" everyday with audio books!

South Royalton, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 154 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The One I Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind.

    Lesley says: "Suspense that won't quit!"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening ~ Sucked Me In!!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked how the author told the story, alternating between 1985, 2010 and excerpts from the fictional book within the book about the case. Doing it this way not only added suspense to the story but wonderful background, clues and was a great way to tell us important info in a creative way. There are a lot of sub plots as well which were very entertaining. She also describes scenes in a way that is realistic and easy to visualize. Great story, great ending.


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

    I actually bought this book BECAUSE Julia narrated it. I clicked on her name to see what else she has done after I heard her in Gone Girl. I think I'll keep selecting books this way. Not only did she go to college in my hometown (side note) :) but she has an amazing ability to capture any character with a different voice no matter if they are old, young, male or female. It's all believable. Her natural voice as a narrator is confident, has an excellent cadence and very easy to listen to. It never sounds like it's the first time she's reading the book (unlike other narrators).


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

    YES! I listen to books in the car during my commute. With this book I found myself listening at home with headphones during any free moment!


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power.

    J. Webb says: "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
    "At least it has a great narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Sean Chercover and/or Luke Daniels?

    Luke - yes
    Sean - probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sean Chercover again?

    I don't think so


    Any additional comments?

    I love religious who dun its and dramas. I saw this book and that Luke narrated it and had really high hopes. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. I found myself day dreaming while listening and not even bothering to rewind. I was just biding my time until it was over and I could get something else. Way too much to wade through with too many characters to appreciate the ending. I won't even go into what I thought about the ending so that I dont spoil it for anyone. But I was disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18274)
    Performance
    (16307)
    Story
    (16359)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Fan Freaking Tastic!!!!"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking
    Fantastic
    MORE (as in I want more)


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I dont have one. Best book I've "read" in a long time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was one particular scene where I found myself saying outloud - YES GOOD FOR YOU AMY!


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

    Definitely. Both of the narrators were amazing. Wonderful how it switched back and forth. More than one "shocker" in the book. Twists and turns in so many ways. Really makes you FEEL. I HOPE there is a sequel!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11528)
    Performance
    (10475)
    Story
    (10498)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great Story for 3/4s of the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I t was really intriguing, a lot of clues and whodunits throughout the book. Kept me interested. However, it switched gears from plausible to complete fantasy very quickly. I wasn't expecting it and was a little disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Sure - but after the ending I would research them a bit more.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Loved how he was able to change his voice into each character. None of them sounded the same. The beginning was a little stiff and hurried but I think most books are until the narrator "gets into it".


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasures of the Night: Dream Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Shana Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    There are sensuous pleasures that can only be tasted in the night.... He comes to her in the twilight between sleep and consciousness to fulfill her secret desires. Lyssa Bates has never experienced such ecstasy, brought to her by a man whose deep, soul-penetrating blue eyes hold the promise of tempting intimacies and decadent pleasures. But this stranger, this lover, this immortal seducer is only a dream - a phantom of her nocturnal fantasies - until he appears, inexplicably, at her door in the flesh!

    Deborah E. Alexander says: "I love a Love Story,"
    "Kept Listening to See if it Got Better...It Didn't"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Shana Savage?

    From Sylvia, yes. From Shana, NO.

    After listening to Gone Girl I wanted to give Sylvia's other books a try. This one disappointed me. If you want a book that's solely about detailed "love" scenes then this is the book for you. There is no depth. The main characters are supposed to be madly in love with each other but why? Less sex, more background, more substance, anything.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something narrated by Julia Whelan - the best narrator there is!


    What didn’t you like about Shana Savage’s performance?

    The narrator was completely the wrong choice. When she was being female it was monotone, when she was male with an accent (there were several) she was exactly the same voice and still monotone.

    Example:
    "You can't do that", he said viciously
    Shana: "You can't do that" (monotone) he said viciously


    What character would you cut from Pleasures of the Night?

    There weren't many. Chad perhaps. He was pretty useless. Philip - where did he even come from?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27598)
    Performance
    (21399)
    Story
    (21608)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Couldn'tstop listening!"
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    I listened to all three books in the series in rapid succession. Normally I listen to books in the car but I listened to this while cooking, eating, etc.... I couldn't "put it down"!

    The one thing I would change is the clipped reading from the narrator. She didn't seem like a 17 year old girl. She read like a much older, aristocratic woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18187)
    Performance
    (16183)
    Story
    (16142)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Absolutely AMAZING!"
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    I am normally a sci-fi/fantasy book reader. Not Stephen King, but more like The Hunger Games. I do NOT like history stories. BUT - this book has changed my reading life! It has just the right amount of love, fantasy, imagination and history. I was sad when it ended!

    Craig Wasson is an amazing narrator. I now search for him when looking for my next book. He was meant for this! He makes the characters come alive in very special ways. His accents, man or woman are perfect. I wish this was a series that I could continue listening to forever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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