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Joan St. Pierre

Jacksonville, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 423 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4154)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1584)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "He insults 1/2 the population of the United States"
    Overall

    When listening to this book, and hearing how he and his friends hate Republicans, it made me feel sick and enraged to have spent money on this book. What if he had said the same thing about any other group of people, would it be accepted as funny? What if he had said the same thing about Blacks, Arabs, women or Jews? There is no place for this "humor" in a book that is not advertised as a political piece when he mocks half the population of the United States of America. I certainly would not have bought it if I had known.

    7 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9149)
    Performance
    (7223)
    Story
    (7260)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "A very unusual read, loved the style and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A well written story, narrated expertly, from an unusual viewpoint of an old subject, The Tragedy of Germany in the early 40's. Very human from a completely different point of view. This book brings to life how many more people were torn apart by these horrible events than the obvious victims.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10201)
    Performance
    (9337)
    Story
    (9356)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Very moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A compelling story of life and survival. Not just survival of life, but survival of being. Without even knowing where I was being lead the author took me on a journey of a young man's life as he struggled to cope in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, finding keys to the answer he was seeking along the way without knowing he was doing so.

    An amazing read, and quite unexpected as I had not read any of Ms.Tartt's works before. I look forward to reading more of her stories.

    David Pittu, the narrator, is extremely talented. The narration was largely seamless, the characters completely believable. The range of his voice is the best I have ever heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10212)
    Performance
    (9387)
    Story
    (9440)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Difficult to rate this fairly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have only listened to 6.5 chapters, but the narration is so unfortunate that I do not want to proceed. Arya now sounds like Brienne. Brienne sounds like Jaime. and on and on. The names are pronounced different from the last three books and often different in the same chapter. It is insulting to the audience that the narrator did not listen to his previous performances before proceeding with this book. Where were the producers?

    This book seems to be far afield of the storyline already, and I believe it will just get worse after reading the other reviews. It appears the author and the narrator coasted on this one thinking it was easy money. For shame.

    I am considering returning this book to Audible along with book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27205)
    Performance
    (20948)
    Story
    (21030)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    A very compelling story read by an accomplished artist. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6216)
    Performance
    (5383)
    Story
    (5377)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Very disjointed and the ending is abrupt and trite"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Jess Walter and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    The book began nicely, the story was a good concept, but the ending just came very abruptly with no real meat in the middle. Each character had a beginning and an end with very little in between.


    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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