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Janina

Decatur, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sacred Verses, Healing Sounds, Volumes I and II: The Bhagavad Gita and Hymns of the Rig Veda

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    In this illuminating audio experience, Deepak Chopra invites listeners to experience the therapeutic power of sound through language and music. In Volume I, Deepak explains how language forms our material reality and shapes our beliefs and behavior. Listeners are treated to a selection of sacred verses from the Bhagavad Gita that spontaneously generate insight, intuition, and inner harmony.

    Brandon says: "More like 3.75"
    "Too Much Distraction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was not quite sure what to make of this title. The sacred texts it included are almost required reading for anyone interested in the the spiritual traditions of India, but somehow the audiobook didn't work for me.


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

    Doesn't apply.


    What aspect of Deepak Chopra’s performance would you have changed?

    I had no problem with Mr. Chopra's performance, but the background music and synthesizer were too much. The words have stood the test of time, I didn't need accompaniment. When I tried to listen on my headphones it was too distracting.


    Could you see Sacred Verses, Healing Sounds, Volumes I and II being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    There could easily be a movie or TV series on the Bhagavad Gita and other vedic scriptures. Images would possibly enhance, but I also think it would distract from the oral tradition or the recitation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Celeste Bradley
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Destined for spinsterhood, Isadora "Izzy" Temple can only dream of finding a husband - of feeling his touch in the dark, his lips on her neck, his passion building with each kiss. Imagine her surprise when she awakens to find she's not dreaming at all! Lord Julien Blackworth, has mistaken Izzy's room for his - and he's fallen into her bed and into her wildest dreams.... When the household discovers a man in her boudoir, Izzy pretends that Julien is her fiancé. Once he spends time playing the part, Julien finds himself falling for the fiesty beauty.

    Rita says: "What!!!"
    "Plot Twists and sense of humor"
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    What did you love best about Fallen?

    I loved that in the end the man falls in with the woman's dream and his life is the better for it. I also like the female's sense of humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    That both the man and the woman got what they wanted and more. The sense of humor lessens as you get into the book, but I enjoyed that a lot too.


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

    I've decided that Susan Ericksen is my current favorite narrator. She does a really professional narration - clear voice, emotional coloring without overdoing it, consistency from one book to the next. And basic stuff like breath control. (Some narrators sound like their sucking wind constantly.) I didn't know the author, but when I saw the narrator's name I was willing to use my points for this book.


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

    Sometimes life and love give you so much more than you bargained for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Angel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings,” who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still.

    Michelle says: "Read this before Prince of Dreams!"
    "Good Plot Twists"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Everything you want in an historical romance, but not a cliche.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tasia was my favorite character. Her journey was very interesting


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good, but sometimes it felt a little too monotone in the narrative sections.


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

    I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, but because there are a few tense moments, I had to pause to get my own emotions under control!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the plot twists. It didn't develop quite as a I thought it would and that was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (401)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "Okay performance"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would give this a qualified recommendation to a friend. I enjoyed the story and was hooked into the mystery, but grew tired of the whole 'scott disliking (supposedly) lisa' part of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I generally like unabridged books because I don't want to miss any part of the author's words, but during this book I started thinking "abridged books have a purpose." Just like adapting a book for stage or a movie, some editing for an audiobook can be a good thing. In short, It could have been shorter and been just as (or more) enjoyable.


    What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice felt a little stiff and stilted. I think the pacing of the editing added to the stiffness.


    Could you see Shattered being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could definitely see this as a movie or TV series. Someone who can do a believable southern accent. Not sure who in the current crop of 'stars,' but Matthew McConaughey as Scott, Sandra Bullock as Lisa, though I don't think they're young enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

    J. Wood says: "Hendrix-Man and Myth"
    "A Victim of His Time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because Jimi Hendrix's story was much more complex than I was aware of. i thought this was a credible performance of the book, but the performance felt too dry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The biography is highly informative. I just didn't know all this detail about Jimi's life.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He read the book, but he didn't bring it alive.


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

    Buster Who?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Between The Lines: From Page to Production

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By BBC Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Lynne Truss, Rula Lenska, Lorelei King, and others
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bath-based BBC Audiobooks hosted a sell-out event for the Bath Literature Festival. Reading Between the Lines: From Page to Production featured Rula Lenska, Lynne Truss, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lorelei King in an entertaining and lively discussion about the art of the audiobook. They were joined by Sunday Times audio critic Karen Robinson, BBC Audiobooks' Publishing Director Jan Paterson, and Senior Producer Kate Thomas.

    Rio Delta Wild says: "fascinating!"
    "Fascinating behind the scenes"
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    If you could sum up Reading Between The Lines in three words, what would they be?

    This is a great overview of the work done behind the scenes to record audiobooks by some of the best in the field. Highly enjoyable. Funny and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It sounded like a lot of fun.


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

    not applicable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7283)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2050)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "OK I get it"
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    I don't think so.


    Would you recommend Blink to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would cautiously recommend it. I felt like I got the point of the book fairly quickly but each chapter just seemed to rehash the same premise without new insight.


    Did Malcolm Gladwell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I disliked the music used in the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'They Have Killed Papa Dead!': The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony S. Pitch
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Anthony Pitch's thrilling account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head and would-be assassin Lewis Payne butchered Secretary of State William Seward in the bed of his own home. "They Have Killed Papa Dead!" transports the listener to one of the most breathtaking moments in history, and reveals much that is new about the stories, passions, and times of those who shaped this great tragedy.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful"
    "History Comes Alive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination is not new, but it is fascinating and amazingly dramatic. This performance brings out all those elements. it brings history alive due to the narrator's dramatization and voicing of the various characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is the story. What makes the difference is the performance.


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

    No I haven't heard his other performances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was entranced in the performance of the book, I listened in the car, in the house, in bed, etc. I knew what was going to happen, but I needed to hear this performance of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11271)
    Performance
    (6688)
    Story
    (6573)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "A trip down memory lane"
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    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The total juxtaposition of listening to the bedtime story in Samuel L. Jackson's voice. I visualized his character from Pulp Fiction trying to get this child to sleep. The whole time I'm was listening I kept thinking . . . "here it comes! Go the f-k to sleep." And died laughing each time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

    When the dad wakes up to find the child is actually asleep


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't listened to his other audio performances.


    If you could take any character from Go the F--k to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    not applicable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1053)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Love this narrator"
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    Where does Chasing Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Chasing Fire with Rebecca Lowman's narration is at the top of my favorites list. I am a Nora Roberts fan, but Rebecca gives a wonderful performance, providing distinctive voices and adding another level of enjoyment to the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the sub-plot of Lucas and Ella's December love story.


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

    Sometimes actors or narrators bring a voice to a character that's opposed to what's in your head when you read a book. Ms. Lowman's performance felt spot on. Though I really like Roberts' work, she can rerun characters, language and relationship types. But Ms. Lowman made it all fresh and believable.I felt she gave each character distinction. I really enjoyed her performance.


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

    Where there's smoke, there's fire


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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