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Sharon

Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.

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  • In the Land of the Long White Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sarah Lark
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder.

    Lorna says: "Frontier Land story"
    "Tedious"
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    This book goes on and on and on and is very tedious. The narrator is a poor choice and when she does the voices of the characters she sounds rather odd. None of the characters are particularly likable or believable. There are some obvious historical mistakes and I regret listening all the way to the end.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Good one"
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    I'm a fan of Jackson Galaxy, and a lover of redemptive memoirs, particulary those read by their authors, and this book did not disapoint. It is an interesting and enjoyable listen, well read by Jackson. It probably helps that I agree with his basic premise about cats: adopt don't buy, don't declaw, feed raw etc etc. His own stroy was much more dramatic than I excpected and at one point I was literally in tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords and Ladies: Discworld #14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    Thomas Mailloux says: "Witches vs. Elves"
    "One of the best"
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    Not all Discworld novels are equal, and this is one of the best ones. All of my favourite characters, and gentle rollicking plot and Nigel Planer's excellent narration make this book a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (297)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "I hated this book so much...."
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    that I can't stop thinking about it! I thought it would be a nice light listen. The narrator is a useless human being, who, while described as "successful" can't even get it together to move her car for street sweeping - and can't see a problem with this. Her work "nemesis" doesn't seem to have done anything worse than ask if she needs help. She writes imaginary greeting cards that are neither funny nor clever. Possibly worse than the character's unlikeability is the painful descriptive prose. Things like: "she got in the car, turned the key and drove off" are very common. I'm almost tempted to keep listening, because it's verging on "so bad it's good territory" but doesn't quite get there either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda Palmer, Brené Brown (foreword)
    • Narrated By Amanda Palmer
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use her principles in our own lives to "let people help".

    Matthew says: "Love the book. Palmer reads and sings here!"
    "Love, Love Love"
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    I'm a fan of Amanda Palmer. I don't really now how this book would go down if I'd never heard her, or didn't love her music. This book is fantastic, it's designed for audio, with the right songs included at the right places. It's interesting and engaging and Ms Palmer is a fantastic narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1563)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Mitch says: "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
    "I heard the series gets better"
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    This book was a bit of hard work. The premise of the book is good, but the characters are a little difficult to care about. The narrator's voice is challenging and whiny, but actually matches the main character nicely. I'm decided whether to give the next book in the series a listen, or let it go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (503)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    The Reading Date says: "Choose this adventurous audiobook!"
    "Stick with it"
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    At the start I found this a bit confusing, but once I understood the "choose your own adventure" joke, I really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of biographies read by the author, and this was a fun interesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witches Abroad: Discworld #12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (455)

    Pamela says: "What fun!"
    "Top Pratchett"
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    The witches are some of my favourite Discworld characters and this is them in top form. Loved this book, well narrated and a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Pictures: Discworld #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (427)

    Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - on the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? As the alien cliches of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out...

    Timothy says: "Funny and smart. Escapism at its best."
    "Not as good as the rest"
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    Moving Pictures seems less like the gentle satire of the previous novels and more of a crude parody. The main characters are generic, but it's worth listening to for the dogs. As usual, well read by Nigel Planer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (3096)
    Story
    (3112)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "A bit repetitious"
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    While I don't regret spending the time listening to this, the middle of the book gets very repetitious. The story within a story, within a story, format is laboured. After spending too long on the middle of the story, the very ending is rather brief, which is consistent with some of Picoult's other books. I think some of her other works have a better pace to them and are more suspenseful and engaging. It was very well read by all the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (302)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    ilovegadgets says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Compelling"
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    This was a long listen, and brilliant. the narrator is well matched for the story, and the story is compelling. I was sad when it finished, because I felt so involved with the plot. While there is a lot of story, the book never looses the thread of the ever thickening plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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