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brenda

berkeley springs, WV, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • White Noise

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (102)

    Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New York expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread". Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black cloud floats over their lives, an airborne "toxic event", an industrial accident.

    Laurie Van Horn says: "HORRIBLE performance."
    "Ponderous. I just wasted a credit"
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    I wanted to like this, I really did. But the reader's monotone killed it. I've been listening to a lot of audio books and have often admired the many different intonations and even dialects that one reader can use to transform the characters. This book, not so much. I can't even get past that to understand what this book is even about. Sorry!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8137)
    Performance
    (4845)
    Story
    (4834)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Totally consumed!"
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    Story

    I was totally consumed by this book from the first minute, at least half due to John Lee's amazing ability to go from one character to the next -- from an German accent, to a Cockney accent, to a Welsh accent, without an audible blink of an eye. I adore historical fiction, since as a student, I couldn't deal with the dry manner in which most of my teachers insisted on teaching it. When there are such LIVE characters inhabiting that history, however, it makes it so much more real. Thank you, Ken Follett, for teaching me so much about how World War I began, and then, leading up to the horror that would become Hitler. I'm waiting eagerly for the sequel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4566)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2024)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Amazing characters"
    Overall

    I loved the characters in this book. They were so richly described and watching their progress through the hardships presented was a the real story here. I found it intriguing that very little attention was paid to the captor's character, but very fitting. He was left as much a mystery to us as he was to the little boy, who hid in the wardrobe during his captor's visits with his mother. The actors portraying the characters were right on. I don't know if that was actually a little boy reading the part, but his intonation was perfect. The only one I didn't go along with was the grandmother. She was only supposed to be in her late 50s but the reader made her sound much older (I'm 55 and I don't talk anything like that!) I was happy that there was no graphic violence in this book. It would've been so easy to include it but leaving it out made it seem even more sinister.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songs in Ordinary Time

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary McGarry Morris
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

    Maggie says: "Don't waste your time."
    "Uh oh"
    Overall

    I should've read the reviews of this because I am just 10 minutes into it and I already don't care for the narrator's voice or any of the characters presented so far. Of course, I am just off of listening to The Help, which was amazingly beautifully done so I'm kind of on the rebound. But still. Can I get my money back?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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