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Perk4me

Perk4me

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  • 15 reviews
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  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    This was a riveting story and admirably forthright. I would have liked to have read it instead of listening to it, the reason being that the author tells it in such an emotionless way and it is such an emotional story. It's a tough one to listen to, but worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2330)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Terrible book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gail Carriger and/or Emily Gray?

    NO!


    What was most disappointing about Gail Carriger’s story?

    The sound is terrible, the story line is scattered.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like a silly schoolgirl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was totally disappointed that I spent money on this silly book


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money, buy something from a decent author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4015)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3433)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Fascinating book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    Intelluctual, thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new approach and the gripping information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the review of the famous people who are introverts.


    If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Extrovert versus introvert.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and unbiased, it is particularly gripping for people who are curious about social skills.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (814)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Skip this book unle you love being depressed."
    Overall

    This book is repetitve, tries to deliver a message that way. The trouble is there is no solutipn and no redeeming feature about reading it. I found it very depressing and am sorry I ever read it.

    7 of 12 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
    (27197)
    Performance
    (13819)
    Story
    (13865)

    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!"
    "Fascinating glimpse of a different philosophy"
    Overall

    This book is gripping and well written..it is uplifting and that makes it a rewarding read. Would have given it five stars but for the abrupt ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (968)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "JUST SKIP IT"
    Overall

    Don't bother with this disjointed book...what a waste of time.

    1 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1446)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Skip this book"
    Overall

    This is the most boring book I ever read. The dark nature of it and the repetitious verbage just drove me crazy. Very poorly written.

    10 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • One Door Away from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (300)

    In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

    Perk4me says: "Koontz outdoes himself"
    "Koontz outdoes himself"
    Overall

    This book was so interesting I had trouble putting it down, then I didn't want it to end. Skillfully told, bringing many separate factions together, it is magically woven.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6973)
    Performance
    (1722)
    Story
    (1764)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Engrossing book"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have listened to from Audible. The facts that are woven into the story are fascinating as is the story itself.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

    Claudine says: "Can't put down story!"
    "Simplistic, light listening."
    Overall

    The narrator is good, the story is fine. It is simplistic, but once in a while it is good to just listen light.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (917)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "A darned good read"
    Overall

    If you want a story that will keep you listening, this is it. Well narrated and fast paced, it grabbed my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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