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Janet

I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. Be read to is fun and entertaining.

Callahan, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter Forbath
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In the greatest adventure of the Victorian age, a famous explorer makes a heroic relief expedition to a beleaguered British outpost deep in the heart of Africa. The British Empire, at its zenith, is shocked by the fall of Khartoum and the murder of General Gordon. But word reaches London that all is not lost; one garrison, commanded by the Emin Pasha, still holds out against the Mahdi leading the rebellion against the British in the Sudan. The Emin Pasha is hailed as a hero of mythic proportions.

    UncleHammy says: "Great stroy, Fantasticlly told but be aware..."
    "Great adventure story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Hero to be better than the print version?

    I could never have read this book to long. Simon Vance made it easy for me to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Hero?

    When one of the main characters proves he is a loyal friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to mention.


    If you could rename The Last Hero, what would you call it?

    The title is perfect. A hero depends on your definition of one. I found some of the more minor characters to be the true heroes. Not the character leading the expedition.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew nothing about this author or this story. I took a chance on this book because Simon Vance was the narrator. I was very pleased with my choice. I like long interesting audio books and this one worked for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternahagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "For me better than the movie."
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    What did you love best about Dolores Claiborne?

    Her mental toughness. She is a survivor and she loves her children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Delores of course. She is ole bitch and she knows it. Life gave her a raw deal but she doesn't whine about it. She doesn't excuse her actions she tells what she did and why.


    Which character – as performed by Frances Sternahagen – was your favorite?

    Delores


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

    It hit close to home for reasons I will not explain here. Let's just say I could understand why she murdered her husband at that time with the way things were for women. What options did women really have back then. Men ruled, in many ways they still do.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend told me about this audio version. He had listened to long ago and loved it. That is why I chose it. I was pleased with it. It was nice to hear the voice of the real Delores.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (815)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Interesting wild ride."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is departure for me from the books I normally listen to. I picked this book purely on reviews and was very pleased. I found it to be a very entertaining listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, got to love revenge stories.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    I thought his performance was fine.


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

    It kept me listening wanting to know what happened next. Fun book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this narrator again and look for more books my this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (360)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "In many way for me better than movie."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love the movie and have never read the book this would be a good choice. It did take me a little while to get used to the author's voice. I was able to get into it and follow the story easily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The scene where the priest that will do the exorcism arrives and in standing under the lamp post. He knows what he is up against but is so calm and has merely come to perform a job. Pure faith, knowing what awaits him.


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In many ways listening to this audio book was scarier than the movie. I enjoyed it. The language the demon uses to this day in hard to listen to.


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

    The scene in the hall when father Marin explains that there is only ONE demon. I like that he says that possession is to cause those around the possessed to despair and feel unworthy. That belief in God in not a matter a reason, but of love. I also like the end if you believe in the power of evil, how do you account for all the good in the world ?


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the Exorcist when I was a teenager. It was the only movie I could not quit thinking about for weeks. I gage all frightening movies by The Exorcist. For me it still stands the test of time and continues to have the power to scare me. I am glad I used my credit for this old favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2941)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1948)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "For me much better than the movie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book if you want more information on the characters. The book goes into more detail of why the characters act they way they do. I enjoy long audio books with a good narrator and this one worked for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone with the Wind?

    The last conversation between Rhett and Scarlett.


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

    I like the different voices made it easy to follow such a huge book.


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

    Gone with the Wind of course.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone that has never wanted to invest the time in reading this book like me, I would recommend giving this audible version a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1011)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Could not get into this book."
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    What would have made The Happiness Hypothesis better?

    Maybe the narrator. Just hard for me to listen to. Boring.


    Has The Happiness Hypothesis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will more selective from now on with all my credits and purchases.


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

    Boring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1151)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "My favorite audible book so far!"
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    If you could sum up Wolf Hall in three words, what would they be?

    I loved listening to this book. I actually think listening made this book more enjoyable than it would have been to just read it. The narration to me was perfect. I loved the different voices he used, it made it easy to follow. This book made me feel like I could have been there at court. History came alive for me listening to this book. Thank you Hilary Mantel and Simon Slater.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cromwell. Because like myself he came from severe abuse. I understood many of the reasons that he thought the way he did. I love that he has many layers to him. I liked the way he took a bad childhood and made himself the best he could with what he had to work with. HE is not perfect and never says he is. He is always striving trying to be better than what he came from.


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

    No. I thought he was outstanding and would love to hear more of his work.


    If you could rename Wolf Hall, what would you call it?

    Off with King Henry's head!


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book made me think on a deep level. I found myself thinking that things that happened 500 years ago, because a king, wanted a new wife changed our lives even to this day. I wonder if religion and politics would have changed so much, if not for this one desire of a king?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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