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Abby Snow

Death Valley, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (312)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "magic realism, but a slow listen"
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    The story reminded me of the "magic realism" of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you enjoy that type of writing, you will enjoy this. The book takes place in India. The main character's life parallel's India's growth as an independent nation, including struggles with Pakistan. There were parts of the book that were fast-paced and extremely engaging, but I found there were also parts that my attention lagged during. I felt that was due to the book itself, not to the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Divorce as Friends...And Maybe Save Your Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Bill Ferguson
    • Narrated By Bill Ferguson
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This audio walks you through the process of healing the hurt, ending the cycle of conflict, and restoring the love, not as husband and wife, but as one human being to another. You will learn how to let go, communicate, forgive, and how to take the conflict out of resolving issues. You will learn how to heal your relationship and if necessary, how to part as friends. The author of this audio was featured on Oprah.

    Rob says: "Bill Ferguson is helping me save my marriage"
    "jumbled presentation, didn't feel relevant"
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    In spite of the fact my husband and I are getting divorced, and we both very much want to stay close friends (and so far are), this book didn't feel relevant at times to me.

    There were some good insights, but there were also parts I found annoying.

    I wish there had been a professional narrator.

    I also wish the format had been edited. It appeared to have been a series before, that was combined into one recording. Therefore, it "sells" the next section, and often repeats things that were already said. In spite of the repetition, the order didn't make sense. At one point I thought I had skipped backwards (but hadn't).

    I couldn't finish listening to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mira Kirshenbaum
    • Narrated By Adriane McNeely
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (106)

    To make up or break up? Whether you’re just getting serious or have a long-term commitment, no other question causes so much heartache and self-doubt. Many other books tell you how to fix your relationship. This groundbreaking bestseller is the first one to help you choose whether you should try—or you need to go.

    Nadia says: "Gives you much to think about"
    "helpful for bringing peace"
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    This book is based on research with other couples and what types of issues in their relationships made them happy they separated or happy they stayed and worked on issues. I had just separated from my husband when I listened to this, so I had already made my decision, but this book made me feel more confident in myself and that decision. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (499)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Loved the narration"
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    I loved the narration. The book is written from multiple characters' points of view, and the narrator changes every time the point of view shifts (basically at each major chapter).

    I liked the book itself - but found myself a little frustrated by the shifting points of view. Depends on the listener's personality - kind of cool seeing the same events from such different perspectives, but I was sad to leave my favorite characters to move into someone else's skin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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