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Darby

Gilman, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7119)
    Performance
    (4141)
    Story
    (4172)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Well written and entertaining. The reviews that described the so called "rape scene" as brutal and graphic are just silly. Spoiler alert... A girl given ecstasy who then takes off her shirt and performs fellatio on several men while being filmed without her consent is not a "brutal rape scene". Sad and unfortunate maybe, but not brutal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (185)

    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Brilliant"
    "Irritating"
    Overall

    1st book in 12 months I just could not finish. Finally gave up and quit listening after about 8 hours of pure agony.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27141)
    Performance
    (13762)
    Story
    (13809)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "This is a must read"
    Overall

    One of the best books I have read in my lifetime. Although I listen vs read mostly out of convenience, I would highly recommend the audiobook. This was the best narration I've encountered in the countless audiobooks I've listened to and the separate narrators paint a perfect picture of each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1900)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1114)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Loved the book, extremely annoyed by the narrator"
    Overall

    If the producers of this audiobook were unable to use Marguerite Gavin as the narrator for some reason or another, the least they could have done is suggest the new narrator listen to the other books. I'm surprised she was able to pronounce the main character's names correctly, she screwed up so many other words and names. Give me a break... Piss-ca-reee, Say-hann, taca-taaa. I found myself waiting for the next name or word she would butcher. Who knows, perhaps this narrator was using the author's intended pronouciations? I would assume that checking with the author for the correct pronouncination of names would be a extremely important aspect in the production of an audiobook, but I guess not in this case???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Far Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength to turn catty schoolgirls into loyal friends, and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Absoulute Perfection!!!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've ever read! The narrator was the best I've ever listened to and I'm an audiobook addict. Every character had a unique voice and perfect accent. Libba Bray just keeps getting better and better. The first book in the trilogy was very good, the second was great and this one was fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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