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Denise

Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

Valencia, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 391 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2015
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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1707)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    J. H. Monaco says: "Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
    "Could do without the Harmonica playing"
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    Good Classic story, taken from a hard slice of life of the Jode Fambly. Besides learning about the Great Dust Bowl and the migration of the "Okies" in the 30's, Mr. Steinbeck weaves a tale of the Jode Family's dilemma of living day to day with little to eat but with the hope of a better life. Through it all, they remain giving of what little they have, while those with much more will kill the keep what they have. Every character is drawn out warts and all, with Ma the Matriarch, keeping the family together. The only downside to this audiobook was the annoying harmonica playing between each chapter. The narrator was good, with nice changes is voice style bwtn characters. Just get rid of the harmonica!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4606)
    Performance
    (4134)
    Story
    (4132)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Fresh meat take on Zombie Apocalypse"
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    Excellent story. The narrator was superb! Yes the ZA has been done to death (pun intended). But THIS had me riveted til the end. Melanie is a God after all in more ways than one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Obsession: The Complete Collection: Mine for Tonight, Mine for Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    Down-on-her-luck nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely, and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems? Or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

    IzzyISH says: "Audible as Good as Reading the Actual Book!"
    "Pure Cheese"
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    I've read a lot of good NAR stories and this is just pure sappy cheeeeze. 40% of the way thru this book, I was choking to get through it and rolling my eyes. I really didn't want to finish it, so why did I? I honestly can't say, except maybe I just wanted to see it to the end. But I really wish I hadn't wasted my time. How many times can each character say how much they love the other, how HOT and gorgeous they are, how each sexy scene is "explosive", "earth-shattering", etc, etc..... It's just toooo much to be believable. I guess reading this crap gives me a better appreciation for actual good writing, a story well told, a suspension of imagination. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either. Too breathy and slow. The ONLY reason I succumbed to buying this book was because it kept popping up in my "recommended" on Amazon and the ebook was on sale for $.99 and the audible version was $2.99. Pretty cheap read.....yeah, pretty cheap!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22274)
    Performance
    (16059)
    Story
    (15965)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "2nd listen even better than the first!"
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    I first read this in 2009 and liked it but at the time didn't want to get committed to such a huge series, so I stopped after Outlander. Fast forward to 2014 Starz Outlander series and I got hooked again. So.....I listened again. And it was better the second time. Davina Porter does an amazing job of accents and character distinction. I hate when narrators lower their voices too deep to sound "male". Davina doesn't do that. It is slightly lower but doesn't sound weird or unnatural. Her voices sound male without sounding ridiculous. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to her read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Faces

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was 13. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEARTBREAKING & VERY EMOTIONAL LISTEN"
    "The writing more than the story got me!"
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    Typical Beauty and the Beast story, but who is the beauty and who is the beast changes. The story is slowly and carefully paced. The events of the story did not grab me, but within 30 minutes of listening, the writing did. Amy is talented with the words. Nothing ostentatious or flowery, just simple well placed phases and words. And the narration was spot on. Rob Shapiro's voice was emotive, sensual, and perfect for this story. His handling of the story amplified Amy Harmon's writing. For those, like me, who like New Adult Romance stories, there is no rated R+ scenes, so your young teen daughters can listen to this without the vulgarity that may make a reader hesitant with a car full of young impressionable minds. Don't get me wrong, I like a steamy novel, but this isn't one of them. It is sweet, emotional, symbolic, funny (LOVE Bailey), and heartbreaking. I think I would read Amy Harmon novels just because I really like the way she writes, period. This is my first but not my last Harmon novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4957)
    Performance
    (4587)
    Story
    (4584)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Give me More Atticus and Oberon!"
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    Just finished books 1-6 in quick succession. LOVED it. I'm not a big Urban Fantasy fan, but this series was funny, adventurous, well written, well paced, built great characters, and just plain interesting. Did I say Funny as Hell too? The dog, Oberon, steals many a scenes and I want a hound just like him. The series isn't as "formulaic" as I would have thought, as many serial books can be. Books 1-4 follow similar outlines with an epic-like battle at the end, but books 5-6 vary slightly by having smaller yet more frequent "battles/conflicts" and seem to tie into each other, or build to something bigger in the foreseeable future...... Ragnorak! You get a Mythology lesson to boot. I don't know mythology, but I didn't have too, as it is spelled out enough for me to enjoy without being hit over the head with it. Now I must wait for book 7 for 6 months! I'm going thru withdrawls already. I want more Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile! Luke Daniels does a BRILLIANT job in voicing all the characters.... especially Oberon!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (3615)
    Story
    (3623)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Wow! Very cohesive, well put together."
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    I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly more than I bargained for. I picked this book because a friend brought it too my attention as a possible "Walking Dead" prequel (she hadn't read it yet) and because my son and I were taking a road trip to see family and I wanted a book we both could enjoy. Both my Son and I were glued to listening. He never fell asleep the entire trip up or down (which he likes to do). He told his Dad when we got back home that he had to listen to the book and now he is and very much enjoying it too.

    Now the book. **POSSIBLE SPOLIER ALERT** but really a synopsis.
    Ultimately, this story is a case study in the Social and Economic Human Condition. There are a few epiphany moments, for me anyway. It is about the Good, the Bad, and certainly the Ugly of Humankind. We never find out the cause or find a cure for "Zack/G's...". And the "War" isn't really over. The interviews come from all over the world and from all kinds of people. From Geniuses to Children, and Military Soldiers to Clergy. The book is broken into parts that focus on a certain idea: Individual recounts of first sightings, the battle at Yonkers, the media, the economics, the aftermath/but not the end.... you get the idea.

    Bottom line: listen to this story. It is well narrated by all. My favorite tho, is Mark Hamill. I loved his character, and Martin Scorsese (loved chapter 12). Ultimately it is a story of survival, but that didn't need a spoiler alert! Happy listening.

    Oh, btw, I haven't seen the Movie for this book, and I don't think I want to like I usually do. It doesn't seem to resemble the book at all. This book would be too difficult to navigate on screen, so a first person account seems to make sense. But I don't see much resemblance btwn the two regardless. And to answer the "Walking Dead" question? It does seem like a WD prequel. I have watched all 3 seasons of WD and the TV series looks and behaves like WWZ in terms of how Zombies behave. If you are a WD fan, you will like WWZ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (3961)
    Story
    (3935)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "A little underwhelmed"
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    I can't say this story is bad or good, I'm lukewarm to it. I don't really know how to feel about it. Perhaps I just feel nothing, which is sad after spending over 46 hours with it.

    The Pros:
    It was very well paced, neither too fast or too slow.
    Characters were well thought out
    Very interesting storyline

    The Cons:
    The few sex scenes or body part references were just awkward or weird.
    Very big disparity in the representation of Ushikawa's voice between Marc & Mark.
    Marc V's rendition of Ushikawa was great but made him seem dumb
    Mark B's rendition of Ushikawa was annoying
    Allison H's narration was good but way too slow, with a lot of hard "g" sounds
    I liked Marc V's narration for the most part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1579)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "His Madness is Asperger's."
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    The story was okay, its a romance with sex scenes thrown in that are pretty decently written. Not bad, not great, but it was entertaining. The author never says but it is implied that Lord Ian has Asperger's Syndrome. There was no name for it during this time period, but it was viewed as a madness. While I liked the story, it wasn't enough to get me to buy into the other books that follow it. The narrator did a pretty good job too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (788)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "This story builds with each day lived over."
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    I was very surprised by this story. At first I didn't like Samantha much or her friends. She and her friends are "mean girls". But each day that is lived over again, peels back a layer of Samantha and her life, as well as her friends. You are made to realize that they are just as vunerable and flawed as everyone else. When Samantha learns that she dies, she goes thru the process of "grief", there is denial, pain/guilt, anger, depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. She sees, with maturity, how her actions have affected others. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I already know from the beginning that she dies over and over again. The story builds with each day, and while each day is the same day, how she changes it is very different. The story flows until you cannot put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially to teen girls as well as parents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7800)
    Performance
    (6922)
    Story
    (6930)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "Jim Dale, not Harry Potter."
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    I thought the story was okay. I just couldn't get really into it, tho I did finish it. This may not be the book's fault, I was possibly distracted at the time I was listening. But my overall feeling during and after listening was.....Meh. Jim Dale, however, was fantastic! It took me a little while to get over the voice of Harry Potter, but it didn't take long. Every voice was distinct. I think it was JD's performance that kept me going with this particular story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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