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Jill

Ocean Shores, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "An incredible imagination!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I think this book might be a better read than a listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Steve Martin's imagination was the most interesting aspect--of the book, not the story. The least interesting of the book was the ending. It was as though Mr. Martin had been writing the book, then said to himself "Well, I have had enough of writing this book." andspent the next 15 minutes writing a quick ending.


    Did Steve Martin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job of differentiating characters! He described their posture, facial expressions and how they were dressed-but as the amin character saw them, not just as a description.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent it, but wouldn't pay money to see it in a theater.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (702)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Southern Slow"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The almost flat affect of the reader's voice. Hard to listen to while driving because of the slowness, tone and lack of emotion


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration set the pace of the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    A made for TV movie, maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (9583)
    Story
    (9604)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I don't like Sci-Fi, but......"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This one suckered me in! A lot like Stephen King, writing about everyday things/people until it turns to horror, this turned to Sci Fi. It is one of the few fiction books I found that had me sitting in a parking lot just wanting to hear a little more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    No one moment stands out, but I liked the way we got to know the individual characters.


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

    I have not, but now I will look for him. His reading made it easy to form a mental picture of each character!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1293)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "A sweet story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Saving Ceecee Honeycutt the most enjoyable?

    A sweet story made even more endearing by the reader!


    What did you like best about this story?

    THe reader! She brought every character to life!


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

    She gave each such a personality that I could easily picture each character in my mind.


    Who was the most memorable character of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt and why?

    Aunt Tootie. She is the epitome of a southern belle!. Soft on the outside, tenatious on the inside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13117)
    Performance
    (5560)
    Story
    (5626)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Meh"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Water for Elephants?

    I didn't see the movie because of the circus animals. I was hoping the book would not be too graphic when it came to the treatment of the "menagerie", but I was wrong.


    What could Sara Gruen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Left out the graphic mistreatment of the elephant!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrators were the saving grace!


    What character would you cut from Water for Elephants?

    No character, just the graphic details of the mistreatment of animals.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (335)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Unremarkable"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Wallace Stegner and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Doubtful


    Has The Big Rock Candy Mountain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Big Rock Candy Mountain?

    None-they were all intertwined.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an unremarkable story about an unremarkable family, saved only by the narrator who did his best to save the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4392)
    Performance
    (3128)
    Story
    (3154)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Steven Webefr brings new life to an older book"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read this book when it first came out. It was a good, but very lengthy book. Steven Weber brings new life to the book by telling a story, not just reading us a book.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    He read it like I imagined he characters in my head when I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Engrossing"
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    What about Christopher Prince’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Prince has an easy, conversational tone to his voice that makes you feel a part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not just abook about 9-1-1. The story was more of a blind person's life and the public perception of blindness and, also, a dog's devotion to it's human. It was a wonderful story that I have already recommended to many friends!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (256)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is well written, very well narrated and informative without being "preachy".


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

    The depth of the different characters and their emotions.


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

    Many!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (389)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Distracting narration"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the written book over the audio book. The narrator read a book, not a story. Almost monotone and devoid of emotion.


    What other book might you compare Still Alice to and why?

    The story stands on it's own, with no other book to compare


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Genova?

    Almost anyone, but preferably more mature, with more life experiences from which to draw. It was very hard to concentrate on the story with Lisa's emotionless reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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