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Monica

Huntsville, AL, USA

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  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1057)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "compelling classic"
    Overall

    I expected this to be a good listen, since the book has been both a critical and popular since success since the 60's. It turned out to to be the most engrossing audiobook I have enjoyed to date. It is of course very well written, but I think the masterful reading by Scott Brick is what put it over the top for me. If you like true crime, mysteries, etc., I could not recommend a book more highly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2761)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1327)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "narrator detracts"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in this because a friend had raved about the novel. I think maybe it's the performance that is the problem so I am going to try the regular book and see if that helps. The narrator's emphasis and inflection make the writing feel clunky.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (79)

    This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men.

    Matthew says: "Excellent!"
    "Reliable King"
    Overall

    Short but satisfying tale from the master. Had all the elements I have come to love and expect: humor, wit, New England (island) culture, and of course, dead bodies and creepy stuff. King sprinkles his writing with characters I think of as the "cool old guys", stalwart Yankee heroes who may be getting on in years but can still think on their feet and most especially tell the young folks a good story. There are 2 such in this book, and they are lots of fun. Great reading performance also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3658)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (592)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Funny but cheap"
    Overall

    I am probably being too harsh,but I was disappointed in this book. I think Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew are pretty much comic and political geniuses, so I listened with high expectations. It certainly was funny, as well as clever. But honestly I felt it went for the cheap laugh much too often. A surprising amount of the humor came from having actors say curse words while portraying icons of American history. Yes it was amusing to hear Betsy Ross say dirty words, but really I expected more from Jon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5191)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2094)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Odd but original"
    Overall

    I love other things by Gaiman, which is what prompted me to try this one. Overall I enjoyed it, and will eventually get around to the sequel, but there were some scenes I found quite disturbing. There is one memorable episode of a very graphic sexual nature which was all the more disconcerting because it seemed to come out of nowhere. I tend to choose entertainment that is weird or quirky, but this got a little too weird even for me. And yet, the writing was good, it's full of interesting characters, and I have to give very high marks for an original story. Ultimately I liked it, but I can't exactly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Lovely and refreshing"
    Overall

    So far this has been my favorite listen from Audible. Excellent plot & character development, luminous prose. What really put this one over the top was the reading; the narrator made Lily come alive for me. I think this is a great "Southern" novel in the tradition of "To Kill a Mocking Bird." It deals gently but unflinchingly with issues of race, gender, culture, and the peculiar misery of being a 13-year-old girl. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "Some good moments but..."
    Overall

    This novel had some funny moments, but mostly it was pretty forgettable. The performances were top-notch, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6578)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1918)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and the setting. It made me want to learn more about Afghanistan, which I think is a sign of a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "didn't get it"
    Overall

    I listened to this one because I was intrigued by the author using himself as a character, and also I read a positive review by Stephen King. But sadly I did not like it at all. "Bret" just seemed like a complete jerk with no redeeming qualities, and I wound up not caring what happened to him. The other characters seemed so one-dimensional I didn't care about them either. I didn't find it particularly scary or even creepy. And the end just left me scratching my head. Lots of other people seemed to enjoy it, so maybe I just didn't get it. This was my first exposure to Bret Easton Ellis, unless you count seeing "Less Than Zero", so maybe that was a handicap for me as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7800)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (3033)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Conventional but engaging"
    Overall

    This is a pretty standard fantasy novel with all the usual hallmarks of the genre. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, and I disagree with folks who complain about its lack of originality. I found the story engaging and the characters sufficiently compelling. It's not Tolkein, but really, who else is? I enjoyed it and gave hardcover copies to both my nieces (14 and 9), both of whom liked it enough to run out and buy the sequel as soon as it came out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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