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Anne

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Friends Forever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

    CCB says: "Disappointed for the last time."
    "Pretty sad and not too deep"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was very superficial. I prefer books with more depth and character development. The plot seemed very contrived.


    Has Friends Forever turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What aspect of Nick Podehl’s performance would you have changed?

    I really think it was more the writing of the book than his performance that left much to be desired. I didn't care for the way he changed his voice to portray the female characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was slow and depressing. I kept thinking there would be a redeeming event that would save it, but alas, I was left disappointed at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1365)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Not quite what I expected"
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    Would you listen to Angela's Ashes again? Why?

    No because it's just not entertaining enough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many poignant scenes.


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

    No, I had to listen a little at a time. I was engaged enough to want to finish the book, but I wasn't compelled to listen all at once. It got boring after awhile.


    Any additional comments?

    While I do see why this is an important book, I was disappointed overall. I loved the author as the narrator, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1124)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Great YA read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This "young adult" book is one that I probably would not have read in a book form, but I loved having it read to me! I like to know what kinds of books my kids are reading, and I always end up enjoying them too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11843)
    Performance
    (10858)
    Story
    (10919)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Amazing book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most moving, beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny books I've read in a long time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1665)
    Story
    (1668)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "good YA read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Delirium the most enjoyable?

    It's a good young adult story about what can happen when government tries to rule everything, including our emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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