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Ali

Wilsonville, OR, USA

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  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "my mother is a fish"
    Overall

    This was was the complete text of my favorite chapter in the book. It was my favorite only because the chapter consisted of 5 words (yay, one less chapter to suffer through). This book was assigned in a college literature course, so I was forced to read it. I downloaded the book hoping to ease the pain by listening to it during my daily commute. I am thankful that I survived. It was read so slowly that I often stopped listening to the audiobook at home so I could speed through the pages in the text. I really hope the other books in my literature course are less painful than As I Lay Dying.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (316)

    "My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me."

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "Impressive"
    "Great pre-teen book"
    Overall

    The story is great for kids in the pre-teen to 14 age range, but not so much for older teens. The character development is pretty limited and the protagonist is a bit of a wuss. This would work well for kids who are in their awkward stages, but too shallow for kids who are ready to face any challenge.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23166)
    Performance
    (9799)
    Story
    (9870)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Kind of slow moving"
    Overall

    I enjoy a fast paced story, and this one really didn't get going until the second half. I probably wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been the last book I had left on my ipod. Overall it was a good story, although many of the character's names were difficult to remember and some of the phrases I couldn't understand since this book is set in Sweden and some of the story just doesn't translate to English.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1614)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Story good; narration bad"
    Overall

    The whining, tinny voices and multiple sound levels of this recording were so horrible, it really distracted from the story. Luckily, the story was strong enough to keep me entertained despite the awful narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (921)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Great story- better storytelling"
    Overall

    This book pulled me in like few books have done. I think much of the credit goes to the narrator Gabra Zackman. It's rare that a person has such a gift at storytelling that they can give voices and life to such a variety of characters.

    I was a little concerned with the book's category "Romance"; I really don't think it's much of a romance. I consider it a fantasy in league with Harry Potter and Eragon (the Inheritance Trilogy). The unlikely hero discovers he (or she) has amazing powers and must find the strength within themselves to thwart the murder plots of the bad guys.

    This book was so intertaining I hardly noticed the 10 1/2 hours go by. It's simply entrancing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (641)

    With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

    Kestrel says: "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"
    "Thank Fate!"
    Overall

    This was a great book. I loved Poison Study, so it was great to hear the story of Yelena continuing. It made my 1 hr commute seem almost enjoyable when I became immersed in the story. I often went to my car during my lunch hour to try and squeeze another chapter in. I can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "Great book for commuting"
    Overall

    This book was great to listen to during my morning and afternoon commutes. Since I sometimes have trouble staying awake if my mind isn't engaged; this book was truly a lifesaver. I could imagine "The Book of Fate" being much less tolerable in print format since there are a lot of flashbacks, the story tends to jump around a bit, and it is pretty danged long; I probably wouldn't have finished it if it were a print book. It wasn't the type of story I expected, but it had enough twists and turns to keep my interest till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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