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Nancy L. Collins

Nancy Collins

Member Since 2012

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3121)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Lesley says: "If I could give the narrator more than 5 stars..."
    "Too many questions in dialogue"
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    This was the most depressing and deflating book I have ever listened to. The dialogue was filled with question upon question. Half of the the sentences were questions. Dane did a decent job as narrator, but the story was one huge bummer.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (2362)
    Story
    (2370)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "The puzzle is now complete"
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    I have been gobbling up books about this period in time so I can understand completely what happened and why. This book completed the puzzle. It is a long book, but because I had a good understanding of who the characters were in the Nazi story and what parts they played, I appreciated the added details this book offered. I'm not sure this book would appeal to those who are new to the subject. Thank you William Shirer for wading through all the German documents and presenting this masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10756)
    Performance
    (9760)
    Story
    (9779)

    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!!"
    "Fun characters, enjoyable story"
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    This book reminded me of a Stephen King story. The characters were likable and fun with relaxed dialog. It was hard to put the book down. The concept was a bit wacky, but it didn't distract from my enjoyment. I will read this book again in a few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    Incredible story with rich descriptions and characterizations. Shohreh Aghdashloo is an incredible narrator with a deep voice that added to the richness of the experience. I was transported to a different world and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16392)
    Performance
    (14567)
    Story
    (14607)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "One of the best"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again in a year or two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The last couple of lines made me howl with laughter, but the whole book was great.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to her books before.


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

    I wasn't sure about the story and had a completely different reaction to the characters as the story unfolded. First, I didn't like Amy. Later I was on Amy's side. But THEN, bam, I figured out where the story was headed and was in complete shock. I couldn't put the book down. Toward the end I was sure I had the outcome all figured out, but I didn't. But seriously, the last two lines of the book made me laugh and howl with delight.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book highly. I have listened to many audiobooks and this is one of the best so far. It was chilling with surprises at every turn. Look out Fatal Attraction, there's a new girl in town.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1056)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Complete Mess"
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    What a waste of a credit. And I can't get my money back. I listened for 5 hours and I have had enough abuse. Narration poor, story line..ehhh, just a complete mess. I will have to do more research on books in the future other than reviews on audible.com. Run from this book....it stinks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4745)
    Performance
    (3994)
    Story
    (4003)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Which part was missing????"
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    Just finished the book yesterday. I don't want to re-read the whole book. Please someone, which part was missing???

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1043)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Good book, depressing characters"
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    I wanted to read a Faulkner book and this was on sale. The story was interesting, but a bit depressing. I finished the book and was happy when it was over. In the end, every action has a reaction, for the good or for the bad. This is what I walked away with. Racism and hatred hurts everyone in the end. Faulkner's writing is like poetry and this kept me going till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair.

    Verna says: "Auto-ethnography and good research"
    "I would read this again."
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Any additional comments?

    I love Geraldine Brooks. I read "Year of Wonders" and was hooked on this author. She is also the narrator in that book as well. Geraldine is a superb author and, quite frankly, her voice soothes me. It does. I learned much about Islam and the dark under belly of that religion, but also the lives of women in the Middle East. Geraldine is my favorite author to day

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8099)
    Performance
    (6277)
    Story
    (6299)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Fabulous story"
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    I recommend this book highly. It made me laugh and cry and feel just about every emotion possible. The characters are well designed and the whole story is creatively written. Descriptions in the book took me to the places written about and I could envision each character to a "t". Beautiful book, beautiful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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