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JennieLynn

Sedgwick, KS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Shapiro
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language?

    Geoffrey says: "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    "Interesting take on the authorship debate"
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    I had always been interested in the authorship controversy, but I have never done much research on the topic. When I came across this book during a promotion, I decided to check it out. The author brings up all sides of the debate as well as evidence to support and refute each one. As the description states "in the end, there can be no doubt about who wrote the plays."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21971)
    Performance
    (8703)
    Story
    (8895)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Steve Martin is a great way to introduce members"
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    I'd heard "Dear Amanda" prior to this, but I had to listen through it again because it is hilarious and Steve Martin is always worth listening too.

    "... I accidentally punched in your voice mail retrieval code. Sorry about that."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler)

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Beth Anderson
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (184)

    Best-selling author Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) recently spoke with Beth Anderson, Audible's publisher, about A Series of Unfortunate Events. He talked about his experience narrating audiobooks, as well as his participation in the movie. You'll hear about his favorite authors and musicians and learn more about the Baudelaire orphans. Whether you are a die-hard fan or new to this fantastically grim and gripping series, this dire dialogue will make you marvelously miserable.

    Emily says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Entertaining interview with an interesting author"
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    I loved that this interview also contained snippets of the actual audio books. I've read the books, but after hearing the performance here, I may look into downloading the audio books and listening to the story again.

    Daniel Handler is very entertaining, even as himself, and even tells where the name Lemony Snicket came from. Definitely worth a listen, but as was noted in another review, the quality of his end of the phone call is slightly unfortunate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1109)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "Great silly play from a great playwright!"
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    I had never read or seen this play despite having a theatre degree and being obsessed with the art. This play was so silly and funny, and I didn't want to stop listening when I would arrive at my destination. This was a great free gift for members, and I would recommend even purchasing if others asked me about it.

    The cast was perfect and the interview with the director afterwards was an extra bonus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (462)

    Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

    John Lane says: "Worth a Quick Listen"
    "Great interview with an adorable freshman novelist"
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    I listened to this after I finished "The Help" because I wanted a little more of Kathryn Stockett's own story. She is so adorable and humbled by the success of her novel, it is a joy to listen to her discuss it.

    Includes some back story about the voice talent on the audio book and some news on the movie (which of course is out by this time, but was just in discussions during the interview), which shows the connection to the audio book and the movie. She also discusses other projects that she was working on that don't seem to be available on Audible or Amazon, so I'm interested to see where those are at or if they are going to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Jonelle says: "Much to My Surprise-I really Enjoyed This!"
    "An entertaining look into the life of Rob Lowe."
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    I love that Rob Lowe narrated his own autobiography as it adds another personal level to this story. Lowe's story telling really transports the listener to the time and events that he's sharing, and he does a great job of discussing his meetings with famous people before they were famous. He talks about them as if they were "regular" people, which they may have been at the time, and they were (and really are) as far as Rob is concerned.

    I think one of my favorite stories is his meeting of Martin Sheen. I laughed out loud. I cried during the heartbreaking moments, and I immediately made sure to watch "The Outsiders" and then the director's cut of the film so that I could put the behind the scenes stories to the on screen story.

    If you're looking for a well-told memoir of a down to earth star (who has made his share of mistakes), definitely give this a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26914)
    Performance
    (13547)
    Story
    (13595)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful story and a great performance!"
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    I'd watched the movie, so I knew the basic story going into my listen. As I expected, the book was much better than the movie (and I loved the movie, so that is saying a lot), and the voice talent on this recording was spectacular.

    However, I really didn't care for the voice for the chapter "The Banquet" which I believe was voiced by Cassandra Campbell. My issue here may have been due to the fact that the other three voices became so much a part of me while listening, but I also felt that her characterization wasn't very distinguishable from her narration. In my opinion, the other voices did a much better job of giving each character their own individual voices.

    In general, Stockett keeps her character's dialog within the different voice sections, so for most of the book each character had their distinct voices, however there were a few cases when characters from different sections would speak, which could be a little distracting since the voices were slightly different. It wasn't enough to really bother me, there were just a few times during my listen that I had to stop and think about who was speaking.

    I enjoyed the way that the novel is broken into sections told in first person from each main character. It allows Stockett to get into the head of each of the characters and really show their emotions and personality. As she notes in her afterword, this was a challenge, and one that she met beautifully.

    Definitely make sure to listen to the afterword as we get to hear the author's story in her own voice, which brings yet another level to this amazingly wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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