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Stephanie

A voracious reader with little time to read actual print books, I adore Audible and have been listening to audiobooks regularly for years.

Cayce, SC, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1116)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "Ms. Jackson does it again..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to be better than the print version?

    I LOVE to hear Ms. Jackson's narrations of her books. I think her voice is PERFECT, and would hate to miss her performance. That said, I don't think the print version would have been BAD. This is a great book all around.


    What other book might you compare A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to and why?

    Hmmm... I think all of Joshilyn Jackson's books are sort of comparable. They are based in the South, they involve female protagonists that aren't perfect and have to find themselves, and they aren't perfect-Hollywood-ending sort of books.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Her voice just fits the book. She really changed her intonations just a touch for each character, and I really felt that she WAS that character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was pretty moving. I think it is a book that many, many people can empathize with. There are three generations of women in this book, so something for daughters, mothers, and grandmothers!


    Any additional comments?

    While I didn't particularly like Mosey in some parts of the book, I felt that she is very well captured. I imagine that she acts much like a Southern teenage girl would. I don't have any teenage girls, nor am I friends with any, but I do hear that sort of slang from girls at the mall, etc. I think she is a solid character. My favorite character, of course, is Big! She is truly a great woman, and I found many (though not all) things about her to be admirable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Superb Start to a Great Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mistress of the Art of Death the most enjoyable?

    How exciting to listen to a historical novel based 1000 years ago that is so vibrant and real! I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot of stuff about Henry II, the Crusades, and the Fenlands from the book, and was so interested that I researched all three topics more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mistress of the Art of Death?

    Just about every scene is very memorable, but I really enjoyed the scene where Adelia wins Prior Geoffrey to her side at the beginning of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time the book touched on the children, I was sad. What terrible crimes, and the first was based on a true crime, as the author's note explains. I am just amazed to think that people really may not have changed that much in 1000 years.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (942)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Good story, but not engrossing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust and Shadow to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Simon Vance is an awesome narrator and did a good job keeping me involved with the story as well as bringing the characters and circumstances alive.


    Would you recommend Dust and Shadow to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as they aren't avid Holmes fans. I don't think this book is really on par with some of the other Conan Doyle follow-ups out there. The action was plodding, Holmes and Watson just a shade off, and I didn't actually find the story to be that engrossing. I love the idea of Jack the Ripper being investigated by Holmes, but in the end the story was just a touch boring.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance always does a great job narrating! He really brings native flavor to British books, and his voice is perfect as Watson.


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

    No extreme reaction. As the book wasn't too great, I did put it down multiple times. It was still good enough to enjoy, but not good enough to read again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5762)
    Performance
    (5115)
    Story
    (5106)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Superb Tale for the Senses"
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    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, crisp, alive


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    I don't think there is a book that compares. The Night Circus is a stand-alone book.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job for all characters and really brought the book alive.


    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Poppet! I just find her


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very rich in sensory information. The story is built into the scenery and background. If you like short, to-the-point stories, this isn't something you would enjoy. If you want to be able to picture the entire story on the backs of your eyelids, you will love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keturah and Lord Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martine Leavitt
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Sixteen-year-old Keturah tells vibrant stories of her own imagining to the folk of her small village. Her talent for painting beautiful pictures with words is impressive indeed, but will it be enough to save her life when she becomes lost in the deep, dark forest?

    Staaj says: "Spirit of a Classic Tale"
    "Well Told Yarn"
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    If you could sum up Keturah and Lord Death in three words, what would they be?

    Bittersweet, fireside fairy-tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmm... that is a toss-up between Keturah and Lord Death. I liked both characters, and I guess I will have to go with Keturah because we get to know her better than Lord Death. Keturah is a really sweet girl, generous, loving, and she is clever, too.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since this book is in story form (told around the Common Fire), I think it is best read aloud. The narrator did a great job, and I think her voice really fits the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end scene, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    I actually bought this audiobook in 2008 but I don't remember listening to it. As I went through My Library a few weeks ago, I came across the title and decided to listen again to refresh my memory. Well, this story is definitely not something I would forget, so I don't think I ever listened to begin with. I highly recommend the story for anyone who loves fairy-tales, whimsical stories, and love stories that are safe for even pre-teens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (355)

    This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

    Gene says: "Poorly Narrated"
    "Just Okay..."
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    While I did mostly enjoy the story, I found the narrator to drone on monotonously. What I found most interesting about the story is the fact that it was written and based in the 80s... really a flashback to be reading this book 30 or so years after publication. I couldn't decide if I liked Kinsey or not. If you are looking for a perfect heroine, this is not your book. I think I will check out some more books in this series in the future, but not sure if I would listen if they are read by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"
    "Nothing I Can Empathize With"
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    Would you try another book from Russell Banks and/or Mary Beth Hurt?

    No. I found the writing style to be boring, drawn out, and hard to enjoy. The narration was monotonous and boring as well.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something lighthearted!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was monotonous and made me dislike the main character. I feel that with a better narrator, I could have had some sympathy for the main character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, mostly. I felt that the main character was contemptible and I couldn't find any single place where I empathized with her. She was racist is a backwards way, terrible as a wife and mother, and although she acknowledge these traits, she whined and made it seem like there was some huge government conspiracy out to get her all the time. Everything was about HER, and her whole attitude sickened and repulsed me.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite hating the main character, I did feel that I learned something from the book. I learned about Liberia, its history, etc. That was the only redeeming quality in a book that I feel was a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (877)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Parusski says: "Truly creepy!"
    "Satisfactory ending"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Night Eternal the most enjoyable?

    I really like the firm resolution to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Eternal?

    The ending. That was the best part of the book. Also, I enjoyed how some of the background was explained in more detail.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Oreskes?

    Yes, but I don't think he was the most effective narrator for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not. There were definitely some boring areas that made me want to put it down for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book could have been a little shorter. Some parts seemed a bit forced and long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (868)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "Ah... Martin!"
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    What made the experience of listening to With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator, the imagery introduced in the book, the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a certain dreamlike quality that was very nice.


    What about Claudia Black’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is mesmerizing... goes well with the story.


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

    It's a short story... while it is good, it would have to have a LOT more plot to make me laugh or cry. I did really love the story, but nothing extreme about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (469)

    Defining Moments is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection by author David Niall Wilson. The story "The Gentle Brush of Wings", first published in this collection, won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction.

    David says: "Lepidopterists need love, too"
    "Nothing special"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have enjoyed this story a little more if the ending hadn't been so obvious. While the story was creepy, it was creepy in a old-guy-fantasy way.


    What was most disappointing about David Niall Wilson’s story?

    Well, while the premise was sort of interesting, it really went no where. I think the whole story could have been done in 5 minutes. It sounded like something kids would tell around a campfire to scare each other, except for the old-guy-fantasy twist.


    What didn’t you like about Basil Sands’s performance?

    He sounded incredibly bored and monotonous. There was absolutely NO life in his narration. Maybe he hated the story more than I did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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