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Roslyn

I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Wonderfully fun and imaginative"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a really fun read. I loved Harkaway's Gone Away World which is why I picked this one up, and it did not disappoint. He is the kind of author that provides just the right amount of imagination and oddity that the world seems believable - not fantasy - yet has that adventurous quality I long for in a novel. It is the kind of book that sends me back to audible right away in hopes of finding another great journey.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2689)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "WOW, Unexpectedly amazing"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was wonderful. Exciting, funny, interesting. Kind of a slant on apocalypse fiction, which I love. Basically, a person in a situation where they must rely on themselves and build a new reality based on a completely foreign situation. Really surprisingly enthralling. I will listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (771)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "I love that I never know what to expect"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this author. His character development is satisfying and deep without being overdone. I am constantly amazed by his books because though I don't identify with his characters and the story lines are fantastic enough that you can't identify with them either somehow I still can't put them down. They are romantic without sentiment and have an unflinching, direct tone that I find both disturbing and engrossing. A rare find that hits all the right notes. On par with the others I have read of his: The wind up bird Chronicle and IQ84.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (833)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Strangely compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    slightly above the middle of the pack


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but I was curious and finished the book in two days. I enjoyed it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (276)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Brain Candy for those interested in Enlightenment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Stroke of Insight to be better than the print version?

    Unsure only listened to it so can't compare


    What three words best describe Jill Bolte Taylor’s voice?

    honest, mildly annoying


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found the author's descriptions and explanations about how her stroke affected her mind both in the moment and after during recovery particularly engrossing. As someone who is interested in meditation, calming the mind and developing strategies for improving brain function her discussion of the right and left brain and her experiences with language loss and reprogramming her brain were fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a quick listen but very thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (936)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Maybe more for guys"
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    A typical pulp crime novel. The guy is tough, the dames are weak the plot is simple. A bit formulaic and sexist for my tastes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15851)
    Performance
    (11830)
    Story
    (11762)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "If you like Tina Fey you will enjoy this book"
    Overall
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    I'm a big fan of 30 Rock so I really enjoyed hearing a bit more about Tina Fey's life and career. I don't listen to autobiographies often but since I enjoy her sense of humour I thought it was worth a try. I was not disappointed. The book is witty and well written. I enjoyed it thoroughly and broke into laughter more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "A bit disappointed"
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    I really enjoyed the first of this series and the second was quite good too but this one...not so much. The goofy sex scenes almost took over the book and it was just fight after fight. I know, I know that is what makes this series up BUT really. It began to feel like a porn where the plot is just secondary to the fighting and screwing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (329)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    John says: "Not everyone's glass of Scotch Neat"
    "wonderful interpersonal relationships"
    Overall

    This book was just superb. The story was extremely strong and engrossing. If, like me, you are a murder mystery fan but appreciate a long in depth story with good character development and realistic human relationships this book is for you.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lunenburg

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Keith Baker
    • Narrated By Tara Ward
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On a hot July night near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a young boy witnesses a brutal murder. Thirty years later, it's about to become front-page news all over again.

    Roslyn says: "speech impediment"
    "speech impediment"
    Overall

    I was so disappointed with the reader of this book that, despite it being a fairly average book, I felt compelled to write my first review. I am not sure what she was going for but the constant hesitations and pauses as well as the horrible depictions of a "Canadian"? accent (I am guessing)and the confusing elevations at the end of sentences - making them all sound like questions made the book so difficult to listen to that I almost quit. Too bad since I was excited to find a mystery set in Canada for once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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