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Robin

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  • The Golden Goblet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father. Young listeners will love this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.

    Emily says: "Suspense in Ancient Egypt -- Fun and Eudcational"
    "Egypt lovers, read this book!"
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    I read this novel with my class every other year. It was the only one for which I did not have an audio version. With great gusto, I began to play this version to my class. It didn't take long to realize that the fantastic story line was being buried underneath the narrator's repetitive pattern of emphasis in each sentence, no matter the content. I ended up reading the story to them myself, as I have other years. The book is fantastic, just read it the old-fashioned way. Audible, I would love for you to record this one with a different narrator. Love the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (616)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "This dove doesn't fly"
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    I must admit that I didn't finish it. I was intrigued by the novel's Scriptural setting, but the content was not enough to emotionally invest me in the characters. I know a lot about the Bible, and I was hoping for familiar names or events interwoven in the story. The narrative was burdensome, and I found myself going back and re-listening to sections because I found I was day dreaming. The concept was good, but the story didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (452)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Peeking Through My Fingers"
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    What did you love best about We Need to Talk About Kevin?

    I loved the way the author could get inside the character's head. It was fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin was bewildering. Imagining a child acting the way he did was puzzling, however the author knit Kevin together in such detail that I thought about him for days, even weeks afterward.


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

    The calm, steady voice of a woman who is trying to tell herself that everything is fine and it's all going to be ok, while refusing to believe what she knows to be true.


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

    Oh, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was darker than I expected, but the writing was incredible. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17207)
    Performance
    (15286)
    Story
    (15239)

    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"
    "A Calmer King"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Craig Wasson was fantastic. He did a number of accents very well, which served the story well since there were many characters to keep straight.


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

    There were times when I forgot that it was one person reading all of the voices. He truely transported me.


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

    I was moved by the love story embedded in this detailed, historical novel. Any more than that and I would give it away...


    Any additional comments?

    I like this calmer version of Steven King. I used to read his scary stuff a long time ago but I can't stomach it anymore. This story had such feeling that I had no problem getting through the somewhat disturbing parts. The story had a definite destination and I couldn't wait for King to get there. Now I want to listen to The Dome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (3309)
    Story
    (3307)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Piccoult lover w/ Patterson on the side"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    couldn't stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved his wife Lori because she was so introspective and was not afraid to ask the hard questions instead of just the practical ones.


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

    I haven't but I would again


    Any additional comments?

    I love Piccoult, but find Patterson to be a little too plot driven. Landay had plenty of plot to keep things moving, but also more thought provoking moments especially about the decisions they had to make as a family. The addition of courtroom scenes really closed the deal for me. I loved it. I will be looking into other books by Landay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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