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Nikki

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  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (490)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "A Classic brought to life by excellent narration"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fantastic story. Its well paced and with good detail without being flowery and Jane herself is likeable and not overtly emotional as many heroines of her era were. I remember reading this book for school and having to analyse it line by line which does nothing to endear the classics to students, but now listening to it as an adult, and having it so beautifully narrated was such joy. I found myself driving around the block snd walking for an extra half hour just to listen to it more.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10814)
    Performance
    (9814)
    Story
    (9833)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fantastic book - completely unpredictable !"
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Definitely. Like all good mystery novels, you want to go back and read the story again and appreciate the setup, the clues and the characters. With my first listen I just wanted to find out what happened next, now I want to enjoy it for the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked it when they were exploring the rooms as I could imagine myself doing exactly the same thing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wasn't expecting the end of this book and I was also completely surprised by apartment 14. All of the surprises were welcome and while theres a few plot holes and way out stuff happening, i found that if I didn't overthink things and just went with it, I really had a fun listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself.

    Patti says: "Not Bad for a Celebrity Story"
    "Great story of his inspirational journey."
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the abridged audio book as it was read by Michael himself and it was lovely listening to him telling his own story. I didn't find it as emotional or as touching as i was expecting and moments that i was expecting to be teary just weren't. Not sure if this was it due to it being an abridged version and parts had been left out, as i found the story to jump around a bit and the poignant moment at the end with the walnut tree just seemed a bit lost.

    Still a great story about an inspirational man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

    A User says: "Fangtastic!"
    "A fun holiday read"
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    What did you like best about Dead Until Dark? What did you like least?

    There was a little humour there which was good, and it was a quick and easy listen. It lacked detail and character depth and Sookie was needy and a bit pathetic.


    Could you see Dead Until Dark being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is the series that True Blood is based on and for once the series is better. The series is edgy, visually appealing and actually better written than the book. It also explores the characters a little more and Sookie is a more independent woman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (343)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Unlikely heroine"
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    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a great classic and I'm loving revisiting the classics through the medium of audio books. Northanger was a favorite as a young girl as I shared Catherine's love of old buildings. Its not as polished as Austens other novels but i love the rawness and the hurried ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Catherine explores her room her imagination takes over. Its relatable and the emotions experienced shared by many a teenage girl in the 18th and the 21st Century.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson reads flawlessly yet again. Shes my favorite narrator and brings life to every charachter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.

    valerie says: "If you like the genre, this is first rate"
    "Entertaining read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    Yes, its an entertaining book with lots of drama and humour that i think benefits from an audio performance like this narrator gives. Different voices, inflections and emphasis gives depth and body to this colourful story. Also Kathleen the narrator can sing !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Other than the obvious heroine Bernadette i loved Audrey. Good development and story arc and we all know someone like her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There But For The

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ali Smith
    • Narrated By Diane Beck
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough. Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out. Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever. Ali Smith's dazzling new novel is a funny, moving book about time, memory, thought, presence, quietness in a noisy time, and the importance of hearing ourselves think.

    Nikki says: "Good premise, didn't deliver"
    "Good premise, didn't deliver"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Halfway through this book I was finding it hard going and I was only persevering to find out what happened in the end. I was also seriously considering claiming on Audible's "good reads guarantee for the first time". The final 3rd picked up a bit though and some interesting characters emerged and it did "somewhat" piece together.It’s quite a whimsical book. It flitters around, it’s a bit flowery and there’s no plot as such. The blurb is a great premise but that’s not really what the book is about. Think of it more of a collection of short stories interwoven together.


    What could Ali Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be great as a short story or as a collection of short stories. Even if it was marketed differently, the blurb focuses on the man in the room but its only 5% of the book - change the focus to "An event in Greenwich".


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

    A pretty good performance, she does the child quite well and keeps the story light.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it was a movie it would be an independent movie in an art house cinema that would have half the characters removed OR it would be a mainstream movie based on the single story of a guy in a room and the other characters removed. Would I see it ? yes just to see how they changed it for it to work as a logical story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Pat Star
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The 1st novel in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newlywed couples on their wedding nights. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy.

    Nikki says: "My first James Patterson and now a fan !"
    "My first James Patterson and now a fan !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the book without a doubt. It was my first James Patterson (obviously I've been living under a rock or something) and it was really good. The pace was good, story was interesting and not overly predictable.


    What other book might you compare 1st to Die to and why?

    For fans of Lee Child / Jack Reacher I'd give it a go. Its not of the same quality but its not a bad example of the thriller genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was really distracted by the narrator. Parts were really over dramatised and the pretend sobbing just made me cringe. The pausing was inappropriate and she seemed to punctuate with loud breaths and mouth sounds. I would avoid purchasing another with her narrating.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was a good read. The writer didn't quite nail the women's friendships that were detailed within the story but its not distracting and I'd like to see how the concept of the club unfolds throughout the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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