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  • Dear Fatty

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Liza Tarbuck
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

    Pamela says: "If you like Dawn French - You will love this book!"
    "Laughter and Tears: Two of my Favorite Emotions"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Fatty to be better than the print version?

    I have read Dear Fatty and enjoyed both. The advantage of the audible version is being able to continue doing whatever you need to vs. sitting down and reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Fatty?

    Ms. French tells of a time when she was about 14 or 15 and was going to big party. A young boy, Mark, was going to be there and she had purchased a special outfit for the occassion hoping to catch his eye. Her father wanted to talk to her before she left (and she wanted to ask him if she could stay out later). What followed was so beautiful. The things he said to his daughter should be written down and handed to every father to be said to their daughters. What Ms French's dad gave her that night was such a precious gift. He let her know that she was valued and loved beyond measure. What a gift.


    What does Liza Tarbuck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds a bit like Dawn French, so it's not hard to imagine Ms. French reading it herself.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth a listen. Especially if you are a fan of French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dilby, and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2498)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "This Apple Didn't Fall Far From the Tree..."
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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    It was a really good story. Mr. Hill has a knack for story telling. It was a very pleasant surprise to find that the author is not floating on his father's famous coattails, but can hold his own. He has inherited his father's pull no punches/take no prisoners style of writing.


    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    The Heart Shaped Box. Because it, too, was written by Joe Hill and is also a good listen/read.


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed Ms Mulgrew's reading. She's got a bit of a raspy voice, but the main character is kind of a raspy gal, so it works out great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Christmasland...it's so much fun it'll steal your heart and your soul, if you're not careful."


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to enjoying many more of Mr. Hills books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5923)
    Performance
    (5488)
    Story
    (5506)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen King Delivers..."
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    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to it again. It's a good scare, but ultimately, it is a book of utter failure, a second chance, and redemption. I'm sure there will be more for me to glean in a second listen or even a third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved The Shining. Even though they are characters in a book, Mr. King writes in a way that makes you care about them and wonder what happened to them on down the road (the ones that survive, anyway). Danny Torrence is one of those characters. You just hope that the kid's life got better. In this sequel, well, it's like I wrote before: utter failure, a second chance, and redemption.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed Mr. Patton's reading. He has a great reading voice and I think he gave wonderful voices to the characters, as well. I especially liked the old Yankee Billy.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    I don't want to rename it, but I suppose The Shine Eaters...lame, I know, but you asked.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Mr. King didn't disappoint. Dan Torrence doesn't start out as a very sympathetic character, but he works and fights his way back into your heart. This book, just like The Shining, has at it's core love in it's many incarnations. And that is the one thing worth working and fighting for.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another.... For Samantha, Claire, Brooke - and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings - it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments - all of it reflected in the unfolding drama of Downton Abbey.

    Jean says: "Orlagh Cassidy makes this story a joyful read."
    "A must read for Downton addicts."
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    What did you love best about While We Were Watching Downton Abbey?

    I loved the diversity of the four main characters, their growing pains, and ultimate triumphs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey?

    After each showing of Downton Abbey, the group has a discussion. While this was not exactly memorable, I enjoyed the comments made by the different characters as it reminded me of scenes from the series.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    I thought Ms Cassiday's performance was wonderful. Her accents were spot on and not over the top. The tone and lilt of her voice is quite pleasant, but won't put you to sleep.


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

    There were places where I laughed out loud and there were a couple of places that made me cry (some with anger, some with joy).


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are believable and easy to identify with. You can't help but feel you could be friends with all of them. Watching their friendships grow; seeing them discover their own strength and courage, engaged me throughout the book. I would recommend this to all my fellow Downton Abbey addicts.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Robert D. Smith
    • Narrated By Robert D. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    The day for change is today and it's simpler than you realize. Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away. Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to the intensity of life is impending death. But what if it didn't have to be that way? 20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100 percent present and intentional with every passing minute of every day for the rest of their lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Kick-in-the-Pants Jump Start for 2013 (19,816)"
    "A Kick-in-the-Pants Jump Start for 2013 (19,816)"
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    What did you love best about 20,000 Days and Counting?

    The enthusiam and perspective that Mr. Smith rights with.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. The author not only believes what he has written, but lives it each day. This book will get you fired up to do, rather than to just dream. I have listened to it a couple of times now. I also purchased the e-book so that I can read it and highlight things that stand out and will help me in planning and accomplishing the next 19,816 days of my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Made a Monkee Out of Me: The Only Authorized Story

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Davy Jones
    • Narrated By Davy Jones
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Davy Jones was a young aspiring actor when he was cast in a new television series called The Monkees. In this upbeat, entertaining autobiography, he recounts his career from its beginnings through the 1980s Monkees reunion and revival.

    Judith McKenzie says: "the depths of his heart"
    "Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee (The Cute One)"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of They Made a Monkee Out of Me?

    Listening to Davy Jones talking about his family.


    What does Davy Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reading a biography is fine, but when the biographer gets to read his own life it gives a little added extra. The nuances of voice when recalling certain events and memories, gives you an idea of what it was like to live through it. He was a real entertainer and he loved the show. You could tell by listening to him that it was the show that he loved best.


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

    When Davy Jones speaks of his mother's death. You can tell it affected him deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I had the pleasure of seeing one of the Monkee Reunion shows at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel back in 1986. It was a dream come true for me because I "fell in love" with Davy Jones when I was nine years old and have had a life long crush ever since. Being able to hear him read his biography made it "come alive." This book may not be for everyone, but if you were a Monkee's fan, like me, you will enjoy Davy's perspective of life on that run away train.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    Between August and November 1888, at least seven women were murdered in London's Whitechapel area. The gruesome nature of the their deaths caused panic in the East End for months, and gave rise to the sobriquet that was to become shorthand for a serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

    Kathleen says: "Fascinating - BUT"
    "At Long Last...Mystery Solved..."
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    What did you love best about Portrait of a Killer?

    This was well written, well researched and documented book. I liked the fact that there was some scientific evidence to back up what was written. After reading it, I do believe this case is indeed closed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever read any books, watched any movies and/or television biopics, and/or watched any documentaries on Jack the Ripper, you will find this a fascinating listen. Ms Cornwell presents her research and builds a case, both circumstantial and forensic, against Walter Richard Sickert, a famous artist and painter of the day. I do believe this is one of the great mysteries solved. I wonder if Ms Cornwell would turn her attentions to another great unsolved mystery: The Black Dahlia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1570)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Amazon Customer says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Titled and Penniless"
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    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful who done it in the style of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Only our heroine is younger, titled, and penniless. Or should I say shilling-less. Smart, sophisticated, and determined is our Lady Georgie. She has some brains to boot and sets about helping the police figure out who is behind all the "accidents" that have been happening in the quiet little village.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't think it kept me on the edge of my seat, but it kept me intrigued. The characters are engaging and the narrator's voice distinctions help keep everyone of them straight.


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

    No. I haven't, but I am currently listening to the first one: Her Royal Spyness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun listen, especially if you are an Agatha Christie fan. Give it a go. I think you will be delighted with the results.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (580)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "What is your needful thing?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a good story. A cautionary tale of the price that is paid for owning that "must have" item. It is a look into the human psyche.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, but it was engrossing just the same.


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

    I've heard a few of his stories as read by Stephen King. While he is not the world's greatest actor, he is a very good narrator. And (most of the time) I enjoy listening to an author read his or her works. What I most enjoyed is that he can do a bonafide Maine accent (since he is from Maine) when it is called for. Since this story takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, the accent is called for. You also get a sense of wicked glee in his reading. I think he enjoys narrating almost as much as he enjoys the writing.


    If you could take any character from Needful Things out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to take Polly Chalmers and Alan Pangborn out to dinner. They are the two most forthright charactors in the book. Even though Polly falls under the spell of Mr. Gaunt, she has an inner struggle with her common sense "Yankee" self and comes out better than most. Alan has his own struggles not related to a needful thing until the very end. However, he realizes the false note in the video, helping to break the spell that Mr. Gaunt has cast over the entire town. It would be interesting to know their take on why owning a needful thing can be so powerful as to enduce people to play "tricks" on their neighbors.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very good book. Well written and thought provoking, even as it blooms into horror. What needful thing would you; would I be willing to pay for with a handful of change and a prank that no one would associate with us? Food for thought, that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1729)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version so I couldn't say


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed it because you could tell the narrator was the same age as the protagonist. It was refreshing getting the perspective of the young man read by a young man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it's when Sam (Samantha) kisses Charlie and tells him that she wants him to be kissed the first time by someone that cares about him. In light of the fact that Charlie is in love with Sam, it is bittersweet and beautiful.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and why?

    Charlie. He's the main charactor and he goes through some amazing, terrifying, and ultimately enlightening experiences. And he tells of these experiences with such straightforward honesty.


    Any additional comments?

    I like that it is written in letter form and that Charlie always signs off the same way, "Love always, Charlie." I love the honesty of this charactor and all the charactors. It's a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

    Angelia Chisolm says: "The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a"
    "Sissy Reads Carrie--It Doesn't Get Much Better"
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    Would you listen to Carrie again? Why?

    Sure. I enjoyed listening to Sissy Spacek reading the book; especially since she played Carrie to perfection on the big screen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read this book years ago. It seems Mr King has filled out the gauntness of the book in the intervening years. I'm glad. It was a good story and now a better one.


    What does Sissy Spacek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    See my comment above. And she is a really good actress.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I purchased it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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