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Rebecca

Fort Oglethorpe, GA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "Emotional Rollercoaster"
    Overall

    It's hard to find the words that can describe the feelings brought about by this book. Anger doesn't seem to be quite right, nor does sadness. Precious is a product of her environment, which is a product of our society. Her tale is gut-wrenching and all too real.

    After you've recovered from the horrors in this book, you want to jump up and take action against all the forces involved in creating the situation in which Precious lives.

    This book is a must for everyone - especially educators and anyone else working with underprivileged and/or abused children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (525)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Morbid History Lesson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book, yes. The audiobook, maybe. This is one of those books that has a lot of names, places, etc. that can be difficult to keep up with in audio format.


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

    I think we all have a morbid curiosity when it comes to Jonestown and People's Temple. As others have said in reviews, there are scenes that are hard to listen to (child abuse, etc.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (224)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "Intriguing History Lesson, but Anti-Climatic"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Sandcastle Girls?

    The history lesson was great. I love books that, after I finish, have me researching more about the topic. With The Sandcastle Girls I walked away feeling like I had learned something new.


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

    There were parts where I was a little lost as to who was who, exactly. There were some characters who had potential, but were never fully developed and others that were developed more than they needed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book since I enjoyed "Midwives" so much, but I don't think this one had the same punch. I felt like nothing ever "new" really happened. The story was told, but the fictional characters weren't overly interesting. The ending was anti-climatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1708)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Music does NOT make an audiobook better!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I liked this book. I really liked it, in fact.

    However, I was at the last minute of the book and music starts playing behind the narrator's voice.

    If the story isn't strong enough to hold up without accompaniment, it shouldn't have been published. Background music is one of the most distracting things in an audiobook and can ruin an otherwise ideal experience.

    This is a YA novel about teens thinking for themselves - I like these. I don't care what the eventual outcome of their decision is - I just like the fact that they are encouraged to have a decision at all.

    The book is a bit slow going at first, but picks up later on and by the last 1/4 I was anxious to learn the outcome (I even resorted to wearing my headphones in Wal-Mart!)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3811)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2719)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "More than worth a credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this book because it was being read for a faculty book club. This was my first John Irving book and I found myself captivated - stopping occasionally to text someone else who had read the book to share I thought or question I had.

    The narration is wonderful. I was worried at first that Owen's voice would become tiresome, but it doesn't.

    This is one of those books that I'll seek out a hardcover copy of for my personal collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1002)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Jodi, what happened?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As all of Jodi Picoult's fans know, her books come with a twist.

    However, this one really doesn't. I mean, the things that others may call a "twist" aren't a typical "Jodi Picoult twist."

    If you've read some of Picoult's best work and are looking for another such experience, then this book isn't for you. It's not bad, it moves along nicely, and there are some quotes in it that make it an overall worthwhile experience, but it's definitely not among her best work.

    The narrators are good and I like how the story is told in voices - it helps distinguish the characters and makes the overall experience more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4995)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2398)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "I get it, but "it" isn't amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    While I admit the writing is good, I just wasn't into the book. I finished it, but it felt more like a chore than because I really wanted to listen.

    The narration is OK, but the accent is so thick at times that it is difficult to understand.

    The overall story is full of turns and complex ideas and while the ending is obviously supposed to be one of those tear-jerkers, I just wasn't feeling it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3722)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1053)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Simply amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is now one of my all-time favorite books.

    The writing is so compelling I felt transported to the world of the novel at all times. My house was cleaner than it had been in months because I would look for things to do (clean) so I could listen just a little bit longer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (936)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Gotta love zombies with feelings!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Overall this book is a win!

    The narration is well done and the story keeps you listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18650)
    Performance
    (16602)
    Story
    (16562)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    The story is a page-turner - no doubt! Kept my attention the entire way through!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of Jake's character was superb.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The narration was one of the best I've ever heard. The voices were done well without being overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book. I originally downloaded it based on positive reviews and I wasn't disappointed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5231)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1455)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Never connected with me"
    Overall
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    I read this book because of the great reviews and I really wanted to like it. The story is good, I guess, but I just couldn't get into this book at all. I finished it and, unlike other books I've recently read, I was excited to be at the end (so I could at least say I read it) instead of sad to see it end.

    The transitions between events are awkward and I found myself frequently rewinding to say, "Wait, where are they now?" If you lose attention for a moment, you're lost.

    I typically love books that span many years / decades. However, the writing is a little too choppy to span so much time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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