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Carla

Kingwood, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 13 reviews
  • 104 ratings
  • 508 titles in library
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  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    Susie says: "great psychological thriller"
    "hmmmm"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made These Things Hidden better?

    Action - too long


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


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

    Alison


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from These Things Hidden?

    Halfway house scenes -


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrators voices, I just didn't like the storyline - way to long of a book for this story. Was glad when it was over. Sorry.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (385)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Amazon Customer says: "She is one smart Elizabeth"
    "I can't imagine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it was read by Elizabeth Smart herself. You can hear her voice inflections and emphasis on words I would most likely not.


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Light At The End of a Dark Tunnel


    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing person Elizabeth is. For her to use her story to help others overcome horrible things is a tribute to her, her family, and to God. Thank you for sharing Elizabeth!

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26012)
    Performance
    (12666)
    Story
    (12708)

    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!"
    "A great surprise"
    Overall

    I've listened to several books on tape - this one was excellent. The women that read the story are fantastic - the views from the different women's perspectives are portrayed well, and issues are addressed with humor and satisfaction. This will make a great movie. I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (866)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Good..... but......"
    Overall

    I love the narrators, and the story is excellent - it's just that I got depressed listening to the hopelessness of the woman's beliefs. It would get wordy and I felt as if the author was trying to take me down the same road so many times - the pointlessness of life. I'm not sure I will finish this one. It's not uplifting at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (603)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Stupid"
    Overall

    Reviews said funny and I wanted a lighthearted funny read - found out it wasn't funny - it was dumb and a waste of time and money. I just can't even finish it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrowboat Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Annie Murray
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Griffin. The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life.

    Keren says: "Inspiring and chilling novel"
    "a girls book"
    Overall

    This book kept my attention - made me root for the main character. It deals with sex abuse (not a light subject), but it was worth the ending. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Same Kind of Different as Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dan Butler, Barry Scott
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (161)

    A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

    Maria says: "Buy the printed book on this one..."
    "Very good"
    Overall

    The narrator did an excellent job. The story is amazing and true. It will touch your heart and make you see people and things a bit differently.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (424)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "A nice ride"
    Overall

    Narrator was excellent - I liked the plots and twists, though a couple might have been just a little over the top. It kept my interest, it has lots of humor and I will listen to it again later on. For some unknown reason, I kept having the feeling of deja vu. I feel like I've read this before or heard it or saw a movie much like it. I wonder if anyone else felt this? It was a very good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3989)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1306)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Different"
    Overall

    I love the narrator! Don't know how to describe the book - at times I felt like I was getting a glimpse of what it would be like to be "crazy", and other times I felt like I was reading a sci-fi book. It has sarcastic humor which I found funny. It does have swearing if that bothers you. If you like sci- fi then I'd recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (436)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Learned about a culture I knew little about and great story. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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