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anne

los angeles, CA, United States

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  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld, Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "Wonderful Audiobook!"
    "short story woes"
    Overall

    I loved Girl with a pearl earring, and noticed many other americans did too at the Rijks museum in Holland. Crowds flooded the rooms with any Vermeer's, book in hand, hoping to see it, alas it was not there. I collect the Cloister tapestries by Haviland so I pounced on it. I hoped it would be as wonderful and involved like "Girl with..." but it was very vague where it could have been detailed. It ends abruptly, but leaves curiosity, so it's not a total loss. I crave to know all the juicy bits, and this one left too much to the imagiation. It did give a clear idea of life in that time. I give it a good overall rating if you are looking primarily to be entertained.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3560)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1280)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Franzen is thoroughly omniscient"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    insightful
    deconstruction
    introspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joey


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

    I only have heard this, but his voice and his characters are all distinct and perfect


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

    the turn Patty and Walt's lives take.. I didn't see that coming, and yet it is typical


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Gay
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    When Kenneth and Corrie Tyler become suspicious of the town undertaker, they attempt to discover the truth. But what they find is far worse than they had feared.

    In his third novel, award-winning author William Gay is sure to astound listeners with his dark themes and memorable characters.

    Lee says: "Excellent !!!"
    "couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    If Mark Twain was a dark soul this would be his style. I loved this story from beginning to end and could not let it go... The narrator is superior in defining each character with his/her own personality down to specific cadences and inflections, what you always hope for, but almost never get. The story is a veritable depiction of the parts detailed and makes you believe they must be real people. If you love a thriller where the good and bad guys are equally dynamic this is it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4637)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1987)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "I got really bored"
    Overall

    Normally I would like a story like this. Maybe it was well written, but I had a hard time with the female narrator. She is a bit bland and can't narrate a man. I need the narrators to be exquisite if they are going to perform a lot of characters. I, unlike everyone else who reviewed this, saw it as a theory of romance and not so romantic as the story plays out. I guess it's interesting enough, but just drones for too long. I felt their relationship was a bit tedious, like the process of getting through this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3474)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1206)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "pete and repeat"
    Overall

    I've heard maybe 20 of S. King's unabridged books on audio. Depth of content is mostly above average, many are excellent, (I unreccomend RoseMadder on audio). Cell is like the Stand, Desperation, Blackhouse and The Wastelands, people who ally themselves to survive and find common ground and answers to life's questions as they battle unimaginable forces. The characters in Cell have less backstory and even less lustre on their journey. King is a great writer though his current style is underwhelming. If the paring down was due to effectual storytelling I could stay interested, but if you love a good story try any of the audio books before Song of Susanna.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "thirsty reader"
    Overall

    I love stories that are well told, and an audio format is the type which requires excellent articulate reading. Unfortunately, I could not appreciate the narration due to the reader's constant thick sound of swallowing. This may be a story as great as any epic saga, but it's proportions are greatly reduced by it's narrator's clearly audible cotton mouth. Nobody wants to hear saliva coming through their speakers unless the story is about that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "mormon parenting book"
    Overall

    I loved the Ender's Game series. Unfortunately, I do not love religion. I find it a bit interesting to hear the parenting skills that come through the characters which is clearly about Card's own real family. I am more apt to like a book that isn't recruiting. I may be hostile toward religion, but I am not opposed to faith. Really I just wanted another Ender's game style, not a mormon approach to dealing with the cruel world.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1087)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "best characters ever"
    Overall

    I have always been a huge fan of Ron McLarty. His voice breathes so much soul into characters you might otherwise not know. I look for any audio read by him and thoroughly enjoy it. In his writing I was fully satisfied how he could master the commom person so well. Most authors make characters who are obvious and expected, often portraits of who they want to be or romantic versions of archetypes. It seems authors tend to try and correct their own lives through writing. This book does something more interesting. It seeks to just "be". Smithy and his family are such interesting characters, with no chance of having the birds eye view we do, so they operate daily and behave exactly as people would not knowing they are being watched. I love dialogue and real people. They are average in their experiencs, but they experience their lives so fully. It pays a great tribute to the average Joe, and warms you to the impression that fame and fortune is not everything, sometimes, just being good with yourself is all... He has a great way of making his characters funny and quirky, always keeping the intrigue so your imagination can soar even higher wondering what they feel, how they can live with their choices. It's the kind of book that makes you want to reflect on your own life and see how the tragedies can be comic, even the most painful episodes can be a lesson in grace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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