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slp 4 me

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  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (575)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "If you like twists....this is your book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lexicon to be better than the print version?

    It was definitely well performed. A couple of times I had to start a chapter over because the author travels to different times and places in the story. Suddenly a character would come in....like Bronte, and you'd think "wait! Isn't she dead???" I had to back track a bit to establish that one of the characters was having a flashback. Overall, the story flowed, but it had a moment or two that were fuzzy like this. The overall story was very good and well researched.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to these narrators before. I will definitely seek them out in the future!


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

    I liked the stubborness and ingenuity of the main character, Emily. She started with a very challenging set of circumstances and her survival instincts help her to skirt danger over and over again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1194)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Well crafted book! Thought provoking!"
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    This was an excellent listen! The characters were very authentic and believable.

    Vern, the young gentlemen in the book really let the listener inside the mind of a boy going through Hitler's training regime. The evolution of the Nazi's from organized to uncontrolled pack mentality is well illuminated in this book. Marie Lore is a blind young woman who survives the perils of war torn France during WWII. I love how she is depicted with such courage and resilience.

    I am not much of a history buff. This book made me stop and think about how war impacts the communities and the people involved. Definitely worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (564)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Pleasant commuting listen."
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    This was an alright book, definately not War and Peace, but good when you are in for a more light weight listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (988)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "George Carlin never disappoints"
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    Even if you have heard this bit before........there is something to be said about having them at your listening disposal. This is the book to download when you are having a bad day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (3799)
    Story
    (3802)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Definately worth a listen!"
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    I first heard of the Orphan Trains on a history podcast. I was fascinated that this could have happened on such a widespread basis. The lack of protocol in locating prospective parents and the many bad experiences reported from the accounts of the adult children from the Orphan Trains amazed me. The 1920's was not so very far in our nation's history.

    When I heard about this book, I downloaded it immediately. Christina Baker Kline did a fantastic job! The way she paralleled the experiences of a Vivian, one of the survivors of the Orphan Train, and Molly, a troubled teen currently in the foster care system, was brilliant. Molly heals herself and makes peace with her own troubled circumstances by helping Vivian to tell her story.

    I could not stop listening! The narrators were chosen well and really added to the listening experience. You won't regret spending the time on this touching and uplifting novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (789)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Worth the listen, but accents are tedious!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woods to be better than the print version?

    The story was pretty good. I like Coben because his stories are not predictable. The Woods was no exception!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the main character, Paul, struggles with various moral dilemmas throughout this story.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I typically LOVE Scott Brick's voice. I was a little put off in this story because there were a few characters with Russian accents. Mr. Brick needs to work on his Russian accent. I felt like I was listening to Count Chocula at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (2656)
    Story
    (2678)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Gillian Flynn is an original!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    I found this book to be very well thought out and completely captivating! She convincingly handled the mental issues felt by the main characters. She makes one think of how the anguish of one generation can have consequences upon the next. Very good listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main character, Camile. I found myself hoping she would survive and thrive the events as they unfolded. I thought it was interesting that she manifested her pain in a secretive, yet outwardly way, while her half sister carried her pain more on the inside.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I think Ann Marie Lee did a good job of portraying Camile's mother. Her voice seemed to take on completely different qualities during the mother's dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9286)
    Performance
    (8349)
    Story
    (8491)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Tolkien Fans Don't Hesitate to Listen!"
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    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I have read the whole series several times in my life. This is just one of those books that you return to once in awhile. I was very hesitant about listening to this book versus reading it, but I took the plunge and there are no regrets!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    Are you kidding? Tolkien is a master who had the imagination to create a whole world in his mind and share it with the rest of us.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    I particularly like how he changes his voices for the different characters. This would be a very had book to read aloud, especially since there are so very many characters. He represents the individual characters well.


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

    No, this is more of a book you listen to in your peaceful moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (375)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "Jerky and chaotic! NOT worth the time."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be best suited for a 20 something male who is into action adventure.


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

    This is my first book by Weber and Pete. I think this story just lacked suspence. The killing was so very frequent that it was completely unbelievable. I think they just need to start over. Sorry.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like how Junior sought out the prostitute Ruby. It was interesting to see him explore his feelings about his 'rules' of life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (345)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Definately worth the time!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really like how believable this story is. The main character is very real and easy to identify with. A missing child is everyone's worse nightmare! Coben makes you stop and consider how you would handle similar situations if life presented them.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Coben is well known for his plot twists and he certainly did not disappoint in 'No Second Chance.' I think I actually said 'you have got to be kidding!' out load on more than one occasion when reading this book.


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

    I enjoy Scott Brick's voice. He is a consistent narrator who definitely adds to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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