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Rene'

Attica, IN, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5894)
    Performance
    (5107)
    Story
    (5098)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Didn't understand all the hipe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jess Walter and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    I enjoyed listening to the narrator, but I was completely bored with the story.


    Has Beautiful Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really was bored with this entire story. I almost didn't listen the entire thing because I couldn't wait for it to end. I did like how he ended the store.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood to listen to this type of book, but I was completely bored with most of the story line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Land: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children and a violent father.

    Susie says: "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like Christians"
    "A story of survival"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I originally chose this book because I am a native to Indiana--little did I know that when I started listening to it, they were residents in Lafayette, IN which is a town only 20 minutes from where I grew up.
    It's a true story of survival in a family that uses religion as an excuse to be abusive to their children, both emotionally and physically.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jesus Land?

    David's continued desire to have a "family" despite the physical and emotional abuse he endured.


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

    One of the last moments that Julia and David got to spend together on the beach


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26986)
    Performance
    (13613)
    Story
    (13659)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Delightful!!!"
    Overall

    I have a long commute to work therefore I listed to alot of audio books and this is quite possibly the BEST one I have ever listened to. I would highly recommend. The integration of mulitple narrators was excellent and all did a fabulous job with their characters. This IS a must listen!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23164)
    Performance
    (9798)
    Story
    (9869)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "It's worth it in the end!"
    Overall

    It is a little difficult to follow in the beginning but definitely worth it. After I got into it, I couldn't stop listening. It is a fascinating audiobook and the narrator does a phonemonial job with the different characters. I would definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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