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Noreen

WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
    "Shorts are Super!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! An excellent variety of stories I would not have read otherwise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every story had an outstanding reader, even if the story was not my style, all stories were entertaining and thought provoking.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Story-time shorts are super!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of the Water: Saratoga Woods, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A mysterious girl who won’t speak, a coal-black seal named Nera that returns to the same place every year, a bitter feud of unknown origin - strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a hidden location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts.

    Noreen says: "Edge of the Water"
    "Edge of the Water"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Amy McFadden?

    Yes, one more chance.


    What could Elizabeth George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Because I got so bored with it and didn't finish it, I wished she was able to convince me of wanting to know her different characters so that I cared about any of them. They were all very two dimensional.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy McFadden?

    She was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored. I didn't care enough about the characters to keep reading.


    Any additional comments?

    A disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1714)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "The Rosie Project"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It took a little too long to decide if he was a jerk or not. Once we finally met Rosie, I thought there was hope. It did improve much after that.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Loved it, of course!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    New York at the baseball game.


    Did The Rosie Project inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (612)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry"
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    Would you listen to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry again? Why?

    Yes. Such great development of characters and fun dialog. Plus the constant book references was like going through a friend's book case, meeting all your favorite friends, and then coming across some new ones. Loved the repeating themes. SO well done! Bravo!


    What other book might you compare The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry to and why?

    Everyone says Silas Marner, but only because of the child comes into his life. It's not the same.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful expressions with the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Such a treat to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorites of the summer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3449)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3145)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Me Before You"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the different voices for the different narrations is always a treat. The main reader is fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    When Will said, "No."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much. Fascinating plot. Was hooked early and couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to discussing this with my book club. So many themes to talk about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9289)
    Performance
    (8368)
    Story
    (8376)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Bravo John Grisham"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Michael Beck is so fantastic! The story is fantastic! I couldn't stop listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Judge. Of course I loved Letty and our hero attorney, noble and idealistic. The Judge wanted to use his power to heal the families and make things speedy and right.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Oh yes! He is always a treat!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A marvelous mystery, history, family drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1193)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Fallen Angel Crashes"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    Not if they are all like this one. George is a wonderful reader. I have heard him on other books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funny, plausible, bio, but no more ridiculous combinations of terrorists, church type back drops and of course a murder where our hero saves the world. OMG!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes, he is a pro!


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    The stupid terrorist who thinks he can tunnel under the Dome of the Rock, just to blow it up. INSANE!


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the TRUE facts at the end of the story. But come on! Either tell the true story, or just take ONE aspect and make up a good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5895)
    Performance
    (3811)
    Story
    (3825)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Art of Racing in The Rain"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I got bored.


    What could Garth Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I did not feel the tension or surprise of this story.


    What three words best describe Christopher Evan Welch’s voice?

    Convincing, pleasant, tonal.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was going to be more "Marley & Me" or "Lassie". But after awhile I lost interest in the canine/human relationships.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2524)
    Performance
    (2165)
    Story
    (2152)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Broken Harbor"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    The parallells of the life of the detective Mike Kennedy's personal Broken Harbor and the crimes committed there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    The interview of the best friend, and the detectives trying to piece together evidence of the crime.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The second interview with the wife in the hospital. So full of tension.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Broken Harbor" Can detective Mike Kennedy solve a clase so close to home, that may undo him?


    Any additional comments?

    Such brilliant parallells of mental, emotional, social and personal brokenness. Tana French is a great story teller! On the edge of my seat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1446)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "The Snowman"
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    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Robin Sachs?

    Maybe, as long as it is NOT a serial killer book. No redeeming value to this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    The children.


    Do you think The Snowman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO. I was left disappointed. Best left alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Very confusing at first. I didn't know I needed to take notes to keep track of characters, when I don't usually have to. It may have been the names are hard to remember because they are Norwegian. This is NOT anything like "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". I took 2/3 into the book to finally get hooked. I almost gave up after the scene in the forest. I vow to never read another serial killer book. No redeeming value.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (555)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Polar Star: No Hunt for Red October"
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    Would you try another book from Martin Cruz Smith and/or Frank Muller?

    Maybe


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Fishing Industry of the Soviets was most interesting. The least interesting was some of the villans.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Good characters. Good voice.


    Do you think Polar Star needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could. I was expecting a little more intrigue like Gorky Park.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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