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A. Yates

TrompetVrouw

Acworth, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • All the Hippies Are Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Keith Henning
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Alex Bushnell's life was bland, carefree, and safe, working for a medium-sized San Francisco newspaper, until one night it went all wrong. A chance meeting with a girl at a party, a single night of excess, and suddenly Alex's life spiraled out of control. Hooked on heroin and a girl he can't shake, Alex battles to find himself and the life he so quickly lost. All The Hippes Are Dead is a drug-fueled, sex-crazed coming-of-age novel like no other, placing Henning firmly in the cult-classic district of the literary map.

    A. Yates says: "Fantastic narrator, VERY explicit"
    "Fantastic narrator, VERY explicit"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Hippies Are Dead to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Instead of reciting a bunch of events strung together to "report" the character's experience relying on pointed explicit language to carry the weight of "suspense", I wish the author would have adopted a more colorful or seductive style to tell the story rather than recite recollections of riveting events.


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

    The tempo and tambre of his voice along with the cigarette lighting throughout the great story telling.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The "language" used to describe a frank description of a dark underworld we rarely hear about written "clinically" like a "Grey's Anatomy of Heroine addiction" was a drag to a good story line. (wishing author had a more seductive or colorful delivery). The narrator saved it and kept me engaged. The story was more recited (in printed writing style) than told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (410)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "What a page turner!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Exciting thriller with plot twists and engaging themes.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Abrahim


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me engaged and excited and wondering what was next. It made me think of the state of our world today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5186)
    Performance
    (1881)
    Story
    (1871)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Great story line"
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    Would you listen to Duma Key again? Why?

    Yes. To catch all of the strands I didn't catch the first time. He did go down some bunny trails in this one, but still great characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Duma Key?

    Realizing the power of Edgar's paintings on real-life subjects.


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

    Great voice and characterizations without being overly dramatic. I liked his style.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6697)
    Performance
    (5960)
    Story
    (5960)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Refreshing magical"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes. It had detail and sub plots.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good job


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. The title made me pick it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10281)
    Performance
    (7725)
    Story
    (7770)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Childish stereo type vampire stuff"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like to give new genres and others a chance, but this one is for teenager. I felt like I was reading a soap opera after a while.


    Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    too many unattached tentacles


    Was A Discovery of Witches worth the listening time?

    no


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7087)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1875)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Silly stereotypes combined into terrible story"
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    What disappointed you about The Da Vinci Code?

    I could not even finish it because i could not take it seriously.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Night Circus


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Da Vinci Code?

    all of the "action" garbage


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stillness Speaks

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (192)

    This long-awaited second book by renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle goes deeper into the teachings so eloquently and clearly expressed in his first book, The Power of Now.

    A User says: "Brilliant"
    "Best introduction to Tolle"
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    If you could sum up Stillness Speaks in three words, what would they be?

    A soothing philosophic lullaby. Drop the needle anywhere and press pause at any time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stillness Speaks?

    The space between the words.


    Have you listened to any of Eckhart Tolle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of them.


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

    Yes.


    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
    (18697)
    Performance
    (16643)
    Story
    (16605)

    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"
    "FANTASTIC story"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best audio book I have experienced to date. I didn't want it to end. It is definitely a virtual page turner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    All executed wonderfully. Fantastic narration.


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

    The twist toward the end. Honestly, I don't want to spoil anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely engaging, well-written and well done. HIGHLY recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12164)
    Performance
    (7532)
    Story
    (7419)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Belly laughing the entire time"
    Overall

    This little jewel delivers. Belly laughs the entire way! I wish it were longer! Samuel L Jackson does a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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