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Scott

sister bay, WI, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4002)
    Performance
    (3635)
    Story
    (3615)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Thank you David Sedaris!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hearing Mr. Sedaris read his stories is an important part of what makes his stories so wonderful. I usually don't like books read by the author, but when it comes to Mr. Sedaris I always go for the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find his stories to be a wonderful mix of humor, tragedy, and truthfulness.


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

    Yes, I have listened to them all. This one is just as good as the rest. I tend to like the more personal stories that involve his family and childhood, and this book has just that.


    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (244)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "Everything about this book is wonderful"
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    The story and characters pull you in and keeps surprising you as it twists along. Worth the credit. The narration is also great, I have listened to lots of stories read by Caroline Lee and she never lets me down. Kimberly Freeman has other books not offered on Audible, I wish they were! Come on Audible get the other books, and have Caroline Lee do the narration:) happy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thornwood House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anna Romer
    • Narrated By Eloise Oxer
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

    Kerrie says: "One grating note"
    "Good story"
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    This was an interesting story line. I kinda saw where this was going half way through, although this did not lessen my interest in the story. Worth a credit for sure. I like the narration and found her voice pleasant and the different characters distinguishable from one another. I will be looking for more of this authors work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (478)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Loved this book"
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    The story was excellent, and grabbed me right away. It is a story of loss, hope, and family, all my favorite themes. The narrator is very good, her voice and accent pleasant. You can't go wrong with this book. I hated to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1335)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    I. Nelson says: "Safe Haven"
    "The narration was the only good part of this story"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Sparks book, and I think it will be my last. The whole book was ruined by the ending. I don't want to give anything away here. But really? Really Mr. Sparks? It was a fluffy romance novel with no real depth to the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Meredith Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    A multiple RITA nominee, Karen White crafts engrossing stories that have found a special place in the hearts of fans nationwide. After The Rain stars freelance photographer Suzanne Paris. On her own since the age of 14, Suzanne has no intention of settling down in tiny Walton, Georgia. But to her surprise, Walton residents have a way of making even reluctant guests feel right at home. And the new connections she builds come in handy when a dark figure from her past returns, determined to ruin her life.

    Marian says: "My favorite Karen White, (so far)"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Karen White and/or Meredith Orlow?

    Yes, I have loved Karen Whites other books. I guess they can' all be winners


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I loved Falling Home and part of the reason was the narration by Lyssa Browne. I was expecting the sequel to be read by her or at the very least someone as good as her. I was very unmoved and disappointed by Meredith Orlow. Her accent was unbelievable, and she sounded way too young for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Falling Home, but skip the sequel. I found the story line to be uninteresting, unmoving and just plain boring. If you like cheesy romance novels maybe this is for you, if not don't bother.

    1 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28381)
    Performance
    (14921)
    Story
    (14973)

    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!"
    "The best listen so far"
    Overall

    This is worth your time and money. Both the story and the readers were fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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