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Greenfield Township, PA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 146 ratings
  • 458 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "I smell a sequel!"

    AND probably a major motion picture
    This book reels you in slowly and then takes you on a mysterious adventure into the heart of the Amazon. Comparisons abound to"heart of darkness" yes that, and, "mosquito coast" add a sprinkling of medical thriller, with a heart. Evocative imagery, compelling character development and a twist turn ending that will leave you wanting more... and something tells me we might just get it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in a Band: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Gordon
    • Narrated By Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story - a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.

    Devona Matthews says: "Great book!"
    "Go Kim, Go!"

    This book was the freaking BEST. In the 90's as a teen and twenty something I was not the biggest Sonic Youth fan, loved washing machine and Goo but never delved any deeper. I loved this book, not just for the music and art world gossip, but for Kim Gordon's profound understanding and insights into art and creativity, and the evocative picture of L.A. In the 60's and 70's she paints. You can tell she's still hurt by the break up of her marriage, but listening to the book, it hardly sounds like a failure. After all, she and Thurston made so many beautiful things . I hope she heals and keeps making awesome art ( and why not another book ?) and it sounds like she is. Go Kim! You are officially my hero.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic to the Stars: Shopaholic, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett

    Becky and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join her husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can't wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist - Sage's personal stylist - if only Luke would set up an introduction.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Cliffhanger!"
    "Cliffhanger ending isn't the experience I want"
    What did you like best about Shopaholic to the Stars? What did you like least?

    I love that this book made me LOL several times, I also as always, think Sophie kinsella does a great job with creating realistic tension in Becky and Luke's relationship. I don't like how the moral of this story seems to be that Becky's a bad person for wanting to be a stylist because it smells like the old " women can't have it all" plot line, and the whole Hollywood is shallow thing is kind of old. I like the shopaholic and I don't want her to be shamed! I also hate that there is a cliffhanger ending. These are books I like to listen too over and over while waiting for the next one to come out, and without a satisfying ending I just don't think I can do that. My only hope is that the next book will prove that Becky wasn't totally " selfish" in this one and everyone will apologize to her and she will find a way to use her shopping powers for good-- or at least good clients. Also the mysterious threads DO sound like they are leading to a classic Kinsella surprise, so my hopes are high:)

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pissed Off.

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

    No, but I like her.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely, I wish this was made into a long running TV show on amazon or netflix with the tone of The mindy project with each book being a season or so.

    2 of 2 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

    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"
    "Dear Audible, please hire a producer"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have a producer listen to the first books in the series to make sure there is consistency. All I can think is that it had been a long time since they recorded the first three, and Roy forgot to give a listen to his past voices on his way to the studio. You can even hear pages turning and papers moving around during the performance. Very unprofessional. That being said, it is not all that bad, just a major diversion from the first three and makes me wonder why this book costs two credits and is more expensive than the previous three.

    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader or producer bothered to listen to the the way they pronounced names and voices in the last book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Can't wait for the sequel!"

    I love history, but I have never been a big fan of WWI history, so I avoided this book for a while, even though I LOVED Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Eventually I broke down and gave it a listen. I am so glad I did, it is my favorite audible download. I found the characters totally compelling and the narration excellent. Ken Follett's impeccable historical research and narrative style made this time period come alive for me, and I found myself moved to tears many times thinking of the rapidly changing world of that generation, imagining my great grandparents and what their lives must have been like. John Lee did a fabulous job with a multitude of accents, even a hilarious american one! I can't wait for the sequel! Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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