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Rashelle

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  • The Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    Richard Delman says: "An immensely talented author"
    "A bodyless book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Probably more enjoyable for men than for women.


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

    I really like the movie that is based upon this book. I just found that this book seemed to drag and I didn't even make it through the whole book. Part of that was the swearing. I found it distracting and almost like it was put in just for the sake of having swear words.

    I didn't seem to connect with the characters (maybe because I am a woman). I really didn't care what happened with them.

    I may try to listen to this another time. I just didn't enjoy it enough to delay listening to other books that I want to listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (556)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Jane says: "Not enough happening."
    "Good Story ruined by Sex"
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    What disappointed you about Shadow Game?

    I really like the story up until about half way through. Then it seemed that the last half of every chapter was nothing but soft porn. I couldn't even finish the book and was very disappointed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christine Feehan before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to anything else by her. Probably won't.


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

    No I haven't. I thought he did a good job though.


    What character would you cut from Shadow Game?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that books had some type of rating system like movies and video games. I was really enjoying this book until it turned into just a lot of sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1920)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Left wanting something more"
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    Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

    Maybe. I have mixed emotions. Enjoyed it until the end which ended abruptly without resolution. I think I would like to listen to it again to see if I could pick up on any foreshadowing of the ending.


    Would you recommend The Giver to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Because I think it is thought-provoking.


    What three words best describe Ron Rifkin’s voice?

    Fine. Calming. Easy.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the book lacked resolution. The narrator was good except it often felt like he was licking his lips or something and that was distracting. The music was also very distracting to me and too loud. There was one point in the narration that I thought my device had stopped working properly. There was a pause that was over a minute long and I don't like that. Several of the pauses were too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Hearts: An LDS Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Roseanne Evans Wilkins
    • Narrated By Steve Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Serra Lanning, known as the Chaste Mormon Model Kara Kukaanei, grew up in Salina, Kansas. She is living a lonely life. Her parents have died and her sister, Brooke, hasn't spoken to her in years. When Brooke shows up with her son in tow and asks Serra to watch him while she and her husband go on vacation to France, Serra's whole life is turned upside down. Serra's decision to hide from Brooke's in-law's create problems she doesn't anticipate.

    Rashelle says: "UGH! UGH! UGH!"
    "UGH! UGH! UGH!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. The writing was choppy and the narration was terrible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am not sure. I was so excited to find a book that was aimed at an LDS audience so I didn't have to worry about foul language or inappropriate sexual scenes. Now I am just disappointed and will have to try to find something else.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't feel like there was any emotion from the narrator. He might as well have been reading the ingredient list off from a corn flakes box.


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

    Shock. Shock that the writing seemed so childish, so choppy, and so repetitive. Shock that the story was so unrealistic and silly. Complete disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer books that don't have foul language or blatant sexual scenes. They are difficult to find and would hope that audible would search out and offer more Christian or LDS novels. I know that there are those types of novels available that have much better writing and story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

    Kathy says: "Excellent a Must Read"
    "One Man's Journey"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Walk to be better than the print version?

    I do. I think it makes the main character seem more real.


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

    I don't know that there was a most memorable. The whole story is important - even the little things that didn't seem important at the time become an important part of the journey.


    What does Richard Paul Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The gentleness in his voice and the desire to persevere.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When one is lost, there are unexpected ways to be found.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this and am so excited that there are more books in the series. I am excited to see the growth of the character. He seems real to me and makes me want to find that growth in my personal life as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (235)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "BORING!!!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know why anyone would list to this book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Bradbury again?

    Not likely


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was okay - just kind of a bland voice -- not a lot of inflection.


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

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13688)
    Performance
    (6077)
    Story
    (6157)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Weird title - good book"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    Maybe. I don't typically listen to a book more than once. However, I enjoyed this book and thought there were many lessons to be learned from the characters and the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    The most memorable for me was toward the end of the book when he is waiting for his family to come take him to the circus. The impact that has on him and on his nurse. It was a great reminder to me to give of myself and to serve others.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    I am not sure who did which voice. But I loved the voice of Jacob when he was older. It sounded so right for the character. The other narrator was good as well. However, I sometimes found it hard to distinguish between Jacob and the other circus workers.


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

    No. Not really. It was one that I didn't want to leave for very long but didn't have me on the edge of my seat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4196)
    Performance
    (2734)
    Story
    (2766)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Definitely a Classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it during the 2012 presidential election and it was interesting to compare the society of 1984 to where our society is and where it may be heading in the future.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job and made me feel like I was in the same room as he.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2948)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1710)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know. I found the story very slow and boring and didn't even finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King novel 11-22-63


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

    boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1267)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Freedom or Faked Perfection"
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    What made the experience of listening to Matched the most enjoyable?

    The narrator had a sing song quality to her voice and did a great job distinguishing the characters. I have just started the 2nd book and am happy that she is also the narrator for book 2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of them for different reasons. Casia for her courage to want something different. Xander for his willingness to stand by her. Ky for his wisdom. Each character in the book, from the main characters to Casias family members even to the officials seemed to have well developed personalities. They each stood out for their own uniqueness in a society where uniqueness wasn't supposed to exist. The author did a good job making them seem like real people.


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

    No. But I will again.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book as a story but it was also intriqing to me and made me ponder how a society can end up like this one. It made me question where we draw the line of keeping our freedoms and allowing our own government to monitor our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (357)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Good book but problem with the recording"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Andrew Gross and/or Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven ?

    Probably. I don't think the writing is all that spectacular but it is something that is easy to listen to withouth having to concentrate.


    Which character – as performed by Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven – was your favorite?

    Kymera


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 2nd Chance?

    I would have cut out the f word. I hate vulgarity and this book seemed like it was putting it in just for the sake of having swear words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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