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Anne

Aarhus N, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (174)

    Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

    Anne says: "Listen and learn"
    "Listen and learn"
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    I really looked forward to this book. I'm not disappointed.

    I must say that the most annoying thing about this audio book is that I personally really didn't enjoy the fact that John Lee makes voices - especially because it means that large parts of it is spoken in a German accent - sort of. I much prefer the reader to just READ the book aloud. I really think making voices are not suitable for a book for adults.

    But I do see that other reviewers like it so I guess it's just a matter of preference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (850)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    gerry says: "Could not get past the naration"
    "First try is free..."
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    I actually like this..."book" and I also like the pricetag: free.
    This is a little shady for a company like Audible I think.
    But this is not a story with an end to it but a cliffhanger - an episode - designed to make you buy the rest but my credits are too precious - I would feel like I ended up spend 3 credits on one book (ie. the first 4 "episodes" - I refused to call them "books"). I like the story line though - it was engaging and easy to follow.
    BUT:
    I wont be getting the following book simply because I think its way overpriced when the story PORTIONS are so short.
    Guess I wont know what happens next...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sushi for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

    Theresa says: "Not Up to Par for this Author"
    "Maybe not for everybody"
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    This was the very first Marian Keyes novel that crossed my path and I enjoyed it. It was a story I really identified with and still do. The 4 main girls are maybe sort of stereotypical but I still found them interesting enough to want to know more. Perhaps the ending feels a bit rushed but still wrapped up the story nicely.I cannot say which part I liked best because I would spoil it but it was satisfying.

    The story is well written and not overly complicated. Something that is easy to get into. I can only recommend. I guess it is chick-lit even though I find that category somewhat lackluster - it's about modern women in their 30s about love, life and work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10784)
    Performance
    (9784)
    Story
    (9804)

    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!!"
    "Brilliant"
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    This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. I found the story very engaging and "the great reveal" (no spoiling) only added to the story. I cannot say too much or else I will spoil it. But I'd place it in the "thriller" category. Many great surprises. I've listened to it around three times already and I feel sure I could listen to it again. I kinda hope for a 14 two - a "28"? I want to know more about Nate and what happens in and around his building. GO Peter Clines - a 14 - 2.
    Oh and I really enjoyed the narrator Ray Porter - great clear pronunciation. I would look for other books narrated by him in the future.

    Really worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "From a skinny white b*"
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    So I guess I could be categorized as "a skinny white b*" in the mind of Precious, although I come from a completely different background, world view and mindset incomparable to the one portrayed in this book - still I really liked the book. It tells an important story of courage and will to survival of a young girl with seemingly everything against her. A story that transcends even the strong sense of divide based on skin color as the book describes (again and again).
    It deals with very important issues and taboos such as incest, measure of intelligence and what it really means to be a good parent. Brutal and beautiful in its own way.
    I certainly do not agree with the protagonist in her decisions but on the other hand I do understand them. And I think the book has a very standoffish view on the world and the people in it at times. But I do understand it - seen from the protagonist's viewpoint.
    Many times I was on pins and needles for Precious and hoped maybe for more reflection but this is the author staying with the character - or that's is how I understood it.

    A great listen - but not for the faint of heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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