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eva

Shavano Park, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (895)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "kind of disappointing"
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    I so enjoyed all the previous Odd Thomas books, so I was happy to download this one, but I was actually not really thrilled with this story. I found it predictable, and not very involving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4183)
    Performance
    (3824)
    Story
    (3825)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Story and Narrator sublime."
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    This story takes us through growing pains of a child that most of us cannot imagine, embedded with risk taking and intrigue that while grand, is most believable. I loved all the characters, they are rich, extremely varied and yet fit into this puzzle very well. I will miss the characters that I have come to know. The narration is beyond great. Such and enjoyable story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1645)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "over the top"
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    while the story was a little interesting, I just felt that it was too unbelievable. The things that Bernadette gets herself into, almost serendipitously, were just too over the top. It starts out well, but then just leaves you thinking, no freaking way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5843)
    Performance
    (4212)
    Story
    (4230)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Touched my heart and soul."
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    This book was such a gratifying story to listen too. My mother was a child while the war went on around her in Hamburg, Germany, and so I couldn't help but picture her while listening day after day. The story is sweet, scary, sassy, touching and takes us back to a time when the most atrocious happenings were going on, while naiveté and innocence of children was still the norm. I loved the characters and I cannot praise the narrator enough, for bringing them all to life within my mind. It is a story I am sure to read again someday, and one that I shall not soon forget. I had a great time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1321)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "delusion in death was almost my death"
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    After reading so many good reviews of this story, I decided to give it a shot. The story was sort of interesting, with a fresh kind of idea, but the narration was just grating and over the top. Now, I understand that the emotions of the characters were supposed to be over the top, because of the circumstances, but the screeching, screaming, abrasive way that their words were delivered left me unable to finish the book, even after turning the volume down and preparing myself for another incident to occur. I JUST COULDN'T TAKE IT!!!!!!! (as Ericksen would have stated it- )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13860)
    Performance
    (12232)
    Story
    (12261)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gillian Flynn doesn't disappoint"
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    I have been waiting anxiously for quite some time for Flynn to have a new audio book after having so been entertained by Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Gone Girl was great! The twists are there, you think you know where it's going and you may be partially right, but then there is a turn you don't anticipate. I just loved the book and the narration was flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (771)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "very interesting"
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    I really enjoyed the Charm School. I downloaded this book a month or so back and had forgotten what it was about. I then listened to it cold without any idea of the gist of the story. I found the characters to be very believable and was sympathetic to their situations. the story was well thought out, and flowed well, with much believability to it. The narration was also done very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2734)
    Performance
    (2375)
    Story
    (2412)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Not totally original, but entertaining."
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    Having just listened to the Stand, this was not the best novel for me to pick, as there were many similarities; end of the world, survival of the remaining, etc. But it was entertaining, and there were clever twists that kept my attention. The naration was done very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5395)
    Performance
    (4732)
    Story
    (4766)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "superb"
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    Having read this book years ago, I really enjoyed the revisit. With the addition of the new "old" pages, I was happy to listen to something familiar and yet new. Stephen King is a detailed story teller, and I love how rich all the characters are. I feel like I know them. Great story of good vs evil. Once again King has entertained!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1204)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Pretty much what I had expected."
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    He loves music, he was an addict. Yep, just what I thought. It was interesting to hear some of the detailed stories of Richards' life, but towards the end, I just wanted him to get on with it already. My heart went out to the children, because they were born into the madness without a choice. Very selfish to share that with someone who can't be in charge of their own decisions, so I found myself being judgemental because of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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