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Nang

EL CERRITO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Noble
    • Narrated By Paul Noble
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (111)

    Collins Spanish with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product.No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

    Joy T. says: "I've listened to the rest, this is the best!"
    "This is the way to do it on the road!"
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    I was looking for a good way to learn a language only via audio as I commute a lot, and this is the way to do it! I tried a couple of other methods but they always needed extra reference material really fast. I went through this one in 2 days and feel like I can hold a decent small conversation in Spanish already. It does help that I'm native in French and fluent in English, but I would recommend this method to anyone who wants to start learning Spanish (only fluent English speakers though).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5627)
    Performance
    (3570)
    Story
    (3580)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Totally made me cry, in a good way!"
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    You get really attached to the characters, and especially the narrator (a dog!). Parts of the story were hard to read (emotionally) and were a bit depressing, but you always want to know what happens next. And the ending totally made me cry, which may not be a great idea while I'm going down the highway at 70 mph. highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1350)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "One of the best books I've read recently"
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    ... and not so recently. This story is funny, touching, informative, sad, happy -- pretty much perfect. Elizabeth's story is heartbreaking and made me cry, which I rarely do for a book. The narration was great too, with multiple actors adding dimension to the characters. I think this is a case where the audiobook could be even better than the book (not sure though, because I have not read the hard copy).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (164)

    Alex Nolan is as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity? Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets Alex, all her instincts tell her to run.

    Diana DC says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Average story, wrong choice of narrator"
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    I love Lisa Kleypas as a historical romance author but she still has to convince me as far as contemporary romance. Dream Lake isn't a bad book, but it just wasn't more than average. Surprisingly, my favorite storyline was that of the ghost - I'm generally not a big fan or the paranormal as a plot device and was afraid the ghost was going to be annoying and too much of a stretch. His story line was actually the most poignant and he elicited quite a few laughs from me during his scenes with Alex.

    The narrator, though, is a different story. My main problem is that it's a man. It was jarring and distracting to have a man narrating a sweet romance novel - stick with women for this genre, please! He also gave the heroine, Zoe, a weird, detached voice that was quite irritating at times. He did a decent job with Zoe's grandma's voice though.

    All in all, a pretty average and forgettable listen. I'm not sure that I'll be listening to the next book in the series (I assume it's going to be Justine's story with the video game company guy but my interest has not been piqued enough to look forward to it).

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (577)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Highly disappointing"
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    I've loved or at least liked all of SEP's titles so far and had high hopes for Lucy's story. Unfortunately, it fell really short - Lucy acted like a spoiled, rebellious teenager throughout the book, in addition to dress like one. "ick" factor aside for the sex scenes, her and Panda's romance was not believable to me. They were nasty to each other for most of the book and barely exchanged any meaningful conversations.

    I also thought that the way PTSD is "resolved" in this book was pretty simplistic and way too easy. As someone who's had to deal with a similar situation with my husband, I can tell you that you are never "cured" of PTSD, you learn to manage it, to live with it and to get help from trained professionals. The "darkness" never really goes away. I wish the author had done more research on the subject, as it is an issue more and more families are facing in the US - you can't just gloss over it anymore.

    Lastly, I thought SEP tried to cram too much in one book - 3 story lines is way too much and of course she wasn't able to do any of them justice!

    Please bring back the quality of "It Had to Be You", "Match Me if You Can" and "Ain't She Sweet"!

    Note that the narrator was fine (and was fine for the last few books of SEP) but the voice she gave Lucy added to the childish attitude of the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "Good story, average reading"
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    The story is pretty much what you can expect from Elizabeth Hoyt: rich, complex, sensual. I'm not a big fan of the narrator though - at times, she made the heroine sound like a complete ninny. Her masculine voices are not really convincing either. I'm a bit disappointed that the narrator will be the same for the rest of the series, but not enough that I won't listen to the rest of the series :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When He Was Wicked: The Epilogue II

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Kevan Brighting
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Do the best things really come to those who wait? Three years have passed since Francesca's and Michael's marriage, and they are still childless. And Francesca wonders, can a woman be truly and completely happy when a little piece of her heart remains empty? But just when she makes peace with her fate, something unexpected occurs.

    Scottie in TX says: "Good Follow-Up"
    "The narrator for the 2nd Epilogues is awful!"
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    Story is cute and a good follow-up of the original book, but the narrator for these 2nd epilogues is just awful! The "voices" of the characters other than the main ones are just horribly done and I would have preferred he stick to one "voice" for the whole thing. The women just sound like they cackle and the men sound really either pompous or just ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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