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Charlotte

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Midland, TX, United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Glenn says: "Pop pop Smith"
    "A Modern Christmas Classic"
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    If you could sum up How the Grinch Stole Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Favorite Christmas Story


    What other book might you compare How the Grinch Stole Christmas to and why?

    A Christmas Carol because it is about a grumpy old grouch finally getting the Christmas Spirit.


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

    Who better to play an old Grinch than a Grumpy Old Man?!


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

    Definitely, especially in front of the Christmas tree with some hot cocoa and cookies.


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  • One for the Money

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. Desperate for work, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, she cons her way into a job as an "apprehension agent" for a bail bondsman. This best selling debut earned Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards.

    Connie says: "Abridged......Left out so much!"
    "What an apt title!"
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    Would you listen to One for the Money again? Why?

    I have many times. It's just so entertaining and it is a clean enough story that you can listen with your pre-teen daughter. She loved it, too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie, of course. Who else!?


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

    Not that I know of. I don't pay a lot of attention to the names of the performers. I enjoy it more when they make the character come to life. Lori did just that.


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

    When she walks into the bail bond shop and decides to become a bounty hunter. You can just picture it so clearly!


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  • Inspired By...The Bible Experience: New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit.

    Kathleen says: "ANGELS not zombies"
    "Best Way to Hear the Good News"
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    Where does Inspired By...The Bible Experience rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top-it is a true performance!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actors really bring the story to life.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    That would have to be the main character Jesus but Peter was great too!


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

    It's not possible to absorb it all in one sitting. It needs to be savored slowly and with lots of self-reflection.


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  • Latino Kings of Comedy: Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, more
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Latino Kings of Comedy Volume 1 presents America's funniest comedians, featuring classic comedy performances by George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, and more.

    Charlotte says: "Laughed so hard I cried"
    "Laughed so hard I cried"
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    What did you love best about Latino Kings of Comedy?

    This was my first exposure to George Lopez and Carlos Mencia. I'm so glad that I found them. It made me a lifelong fan. I also could identify with the family.


    What other book might you compare Latino Kings of Comedy to and why?

    I wouldn't compare it to any other book. The closest comparison is to a Comedy Central Stand-Ups special. It is the funniest of the funnys.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I couldn't pick just one scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Best way to spend a road trip!


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  • At Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Debra Webb
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Rookie cop Sarah Cook's investigation has led her down a dark alleyway...and face-to-face with the most gorgeous man she's ever seen.

    Charlotte says: "Keeps You On the Edge of Your Seats"
    "Keeps You On the Edge of Your Seats"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of At Midnight to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it brings the characters to life. I found myself holding my breath at certain points.


    What other book might you compare At Midnight to and why?

    Not one book in particular, but it's style is closest to Mary Higgins Clark's novels.


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

    No


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

    The climax was intense!. I stopped my housework and stood and just listened. My surroundings disappeared and I was there yelling for the heroine to get out of there!


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  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephanie Barron
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The 18th century novelist-of-manners-turned-sleuth returns to delight readers with another nimble-witted investigation of mayhem in the pastoral landscape of rural England. When Jane's gentleman friend Lord Trowbridge sends her, in the utmost secrecy, to retrieve a parcel hidden amidst the ruins of Netley Abbey, Jane finds not only the parcel but also a dying man. When events take a regrettably sinister turn, only Jane is clever enough to pursue the miscreant.

    Shaddi says: "Quite enjoyable."
    "Slow in Parts but an Interesting listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened while cleaning and it made the job less tedious so it served it's purpose. This book was not as enthralling as other books, but it did entertain.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was predictable.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s voice?

    Perfect fit overall


    Was Jane and the Ghosts of Netley worth the listening time?

    Yes, for the purpose I was listening. I don't know if it would be the same if I listened to it while driving. It was sleepy in parts.


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  • Falling In

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Frances O’Roark Dowell
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    While waiting outside the principal’s office at school, Isabelle Bean stumbles upon another world. It’s just like a fairy tale—until Isabelle is mistaken for a witch, all thanks to her favorite pair of boots.

    Charlotte says: "A Story My Daughter and I Could Both Agree ON"
    "A Story My Daughter and I Could Both Agree ON"
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    What made the experience of listening to Falling In the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book because both my daughter and I could enjoy it together. Usually on trips we would argue about the books to listen to. She always wants to listen to a girly, silly story and I want mystery. This book had both.


    What other book might you compare Falling In to and why?

    It would be close to Wizard of Oz with elements of Grimm's Fairytales.


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

    Almasy really brings the characters to life. Her voice is very pleasant and intriguing. It fit the story perfectly.


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

    Yes, but our trip was shorter so we ended up staying up late that night and finishing it before we went to bed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Humble Pie

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gordon Ramsay
    • Narrated By Gordon Ramsay
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    This is Gordon Ramsay's autobiography, the first time he has told the full story of how he became the world's most famous and infamous chef. He also discusses his difficult childhood, his brother's heroin addiction, and his failed first career as a footballer.

    Wes says: "Humble Ramsay"
    "Gordon Ramsay Revealed"
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    What did you love best about Humble Pie?

    Gordon Ramsay is so much more than his over-bearing, sometimes caustic personality. Listening to his story gave an understanding of why he is so driven and holds such high expectations. It also shows that he has just as big a heart as his personality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Humble Pie?

    He lets us in to so much of his early personal life. His issues with his dad and how that shaped who he became spoke to me.


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

    He is so kind of a person and that doesn't always come through when you watch his shows. Also, that he is such a strong person who has overcome adversity to come out on top.


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

    I was lucky enough to be on a road trip and could listen to it in one sitting. I didn't stop as often as I normally would because I wanted to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1038)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Better than Kitchen Confidential"
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    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    I have listened to Medium Raw several times already and love it each time I listen to it. Bourdain's acerbic wit entertains me. Plus I loved the glimpse of his childhood.


    What other book might you compare Medium Raw to and why?

    It is very much like his first book Kitchen Confidential but instead of talking about his experience as a young chef, it gives glimpses into his childhood that really allow you to understand what went in to making his unique wit and story-telling abilities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was a visit to one of his uncles who was an oyster harvester (do you call that fisherman?) and the description of his first taste of raw oyster. I laughed so hard I nearly ran off the road!!


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

    There was one part that didn't move me so much as made me nostalgic. That part was when his parents leave him in the car with his brother to read Tin-Tin while they went and enjoyed a gourmet meal. His response to it is very much like my own. He determines that he is going to eat whatever is put before him from now on without complaint.


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