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Elizabeth

Blue Springs, MO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Star Trek, Voyager: Pathways (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs)
    • By Jeri Taylor
    • Narrated By Robert Picardo
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Here is the previously untold story of Captain Janeway's crew. They began as individuals, following very different pathways, but together, under the leadership of one remarkable woman, they have become one of the finest teams in the known universe - the crew of the Voyager. Read by Robert Picardo!

    Elizabeth says: "Fun listen for ST:Voyager fans"
    "Fun listen for ST:Voyager fans"
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    Too bad this book was abridged, I would have enjoyed more of the personal histories of the Voyager crew before circumstances brought them all together to serve on the same ship. There was nothing on Janeway! Still, it was entertaining. Robert Picardo lends his familiar voice to the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5713)
    Performance
    (5038)
    Story
    (5048)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "A Beautiful Story Narrated with Tenderness"
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    What a beautiful story! One of my favorite authors, Kate Morton, recommended this novel on Facebook, which was good enough reason for me to check it out. I used one of my precious Audible.com credits to purchase the audiobook version narrated by Zach Appelman.

    This is one of those books that you just hate to have end, though you know it must. And when you've read those final words on that last page, there's that sense of loss. And the feeling that you don't want to forget these characters, the things they endured, the places they inhabited.

    The writing is exquisite; marvelous use of language. The narrative switches back-and-forth in time throughout, and at times I wished it was simply told in a linear progression. I doubt I would have lost interest if the author had opted to simply tell it that way, but these days it seems every-other novel I read is told in this way. So, I'm learned to adapt.

    Zach Appelman tells the story with tenderness and a reverence for the characters, for their plight. Very well done.

    39 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Jinks
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Nina Harrison, fanged at 15 and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina and Dave at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.

    Stewart says: "Vampires & Werewolves & UnDead Oh My!"
    "I'm Addicted to this Story"
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    I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this story. I put off using one of my precious Audible credits on it because my local library makes it available for free via Overdrive. But when I renewed my Audible subscription and was awarded a free credit, I did the only logical thing: I now own it!

    So why do I love this story so much? For me, it comes down to three things: fun characters who I've grown to love; a good story revolving around the themes of self-acceptance and loyalty; and fabulous narration and characterization by the talented actress Caroline Lee.

    Jinks gives us a new and crazy perspective on vampires and werewolves. In Jinks' conception, they aren't monsters to be feared, but victims struggling to accept and cope with their "afflictions" in a world which wants to either exploit or destroy them.

    A small, unlikely group of Australian vampires, forever locked into the physical age at which they were "fanged," meet every Tuesday night with a local Catholic priest in a support group environment. Thrown together with nothing in common but their "disability," they learn to tolerate one another for the sake of avoiding total isolation from humanity.

    When one of their number is "slain," by a vampire-hating fanatic, they band together and exercise all their resources to track down the culprit before he gets to them. Along the way, they encounter their first werewolf, a creature they weren't sure even existed. Then it's the vampires and the werewolf against some vicious, money-hungry thugs who have built a world-wide network of underground werewolf fighting. (Think along the lines of illegal dog fights or cock fights. Nasty stuff!)

    I can't say enough about what Caroline Lee does with this work. Yes, Jinks wrote a book for young adults, but Lee brings terrific personality to the characters. Just as adults enjoy Disney and Pixar films, this story as performed by Caroline Lee is joyful entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (704)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Simone says: "I wish there were more books like this."
    "An American Literary Classic"
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    Wikipedia says of this book: "The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. "

    My take is this ...

    Shaara's novel is a masterpiece American of literature. His prose is absolutely beautiful and he breathes body and soul into long forgotten heroes of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate. This book cannot be read and forgotten. It becomes part of your own living memory, as the War Between the States is part of our collective American memory.

    What can I say about Stephen Hoye's performance here? He hits the perfect tone throughout. Like a singer with Perfect Pitch, Hoye matches note-to-note the personhood of the characters and the intent of the author. This is tragic tale of brother-against-brother, and the pathos in Hoye's narrative is heart-wrenching.

    This will become a well-loved companion that one returns to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12542)
    Performance
    (11392)
    Story
    (11419)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A fun listen that kept me glued to the story!"
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    I kept seeing this book reviewed highly in Audible but did not consider it because I'm not a fan of the horror genre. When "14" was included ina recent Audible promotion, I considered it again, this time reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon which convinced me to give it a shot. I'm so glad that I did!

    First off, I have no idea why anyone would categorize this story as horror. It's simply a good mystery/suspense tale with some fantasy thrown in. I couldn't put it down. I was hooked in the first 10 minutes of listening.

    The story is about the mysterious and creepy features of an old apartment building near downtown Los Angeles which brings together a few of the tenants, determined to get to the bottom of things and understand what kind of place they're living in. The characters are interesting, likeable and believable. The dialog is snappy, credible and funny. Plot twists are paced to keep the reader engaged. A few historical figures are thrown in and then the author launches things into the realm of sci-fi/fantasy where the protagonists find themselves, as well as the entire population of Earth, in grave peril.

    Ray Porter delivers an absolutely superb performance in portraying the characters and the tone of the story as the plot escalates.

    FYI: I'd rate this novel PG-13 for language, description of nudity, and one toned-down sex scene.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    JanBreesmom says: "A 1930's British Mystery"
    "Light-hearted Fun with a Destitute British Royal"
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    Rhys Bowen has created a delightful heroine in the impoverished daughter of a British peer: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. Despite being 34th in line for the throne of England, Georgie finds herself living on canned beans, toast and tea in the family's unheated, servantless London home. Georgie attempts to scrape together a living in the midst of the Depression with no skills or training beyond that she gained in a hoity-toity European finishing school.

    As it happens, George finds herself attempting to solve the murder of notorious gambler and blackmailer found dead in her tub. Her brother is accused of the crime and Georgie is the only one determined enough to save him from the hangman.

    Katherine Kellgren gives an absolutely marvelous performance and it seems like she's having great fun characterizing the various personalities in Bowen's novel. She certainly makes it fun for the listener.

    * I've enjoyed ALL the titles in the Royal Spyness Mystery series and listened to a few of them more than once! Terrific entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13192)
    Performance
    (9921)
    Story
    (9928)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "A Great Introduction to Urban Fantasy"
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    I'd heard many favorable things about the Dresden Files, so I decided to plunge in and meet Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. I was very pleasantly surprised to find him a thoroughly likeable character! I'm not a fan of horror fiction, but find the various vampire and demon characters Butcher includes in Harry's adventures not so frightening.

    James Marsters seems to be the absolute perfect talent to bring Harry to life. Marsters doesn't attempt much variation in giving voice to the different characters, but because the story is told in first person it really doesn't matter.

    It looks like I'll be on now to consume the rest of the Dresden series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3530)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3139)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A beautiful, soul-touching story"
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    I figured I would enjoy this listen because I adore Jim Broadbent. Little did I know what an absolutely wonderful story Rachel Joyce has written. Or, how deeply Broadbent's narration would touch my heart.

    Harold Fry and his wife Maureen, Queenie Hennessy, and the crazy cast of characters Harold meets along the way of his pilgrimage will stay with me always.

    I will certainly go back to this one again!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4534)
    Performance
    (3312)
    Story
    (3312)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Memorable characters and elegant prose"
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    This book came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. This is the first book by Patchett I've read and I'm eager now to get into her other works. Patchett's prose is lovely and some of her imagery will stick with me always. We come to know her characters gradually, as circumstances and dialog lead them to reveal more of their personal histories, motives, desires, and regrets.

    This is a definite "re-listen."

    Hope Davis does a skilled job of narration. I'm adding her to my list of favorites!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Father at 100

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ron Reagan
    • Narrated By Ron Reagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father—one of the most popular presidents in American history—told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any advisor, friend, or colleague. As he grew up under his father’s watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader.

    A User says: "Loved this book!"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    I started out enjoying this book, but the further I got into it, the more bored and annoyed I became with the sneering, whining tone. The book isn't about President Reagan; it's about a son's life-long, unreconciled resentments.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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