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Gretchen

Hingham, MA, USA

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  • Little Green Men

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Mark Linn-Baker
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

    Anthony says: "Laughing Gas"
    "Beach Listening"
    Overall

    I was actually looking for "Boomsday" when I picked up "Little Green Men." It was a quick "read" and when the sound was drowned out from ambient noise I didn't feel like I needed to go back and re-listen. There are some characters for whom the editors play background music to create "atmosphere" and it is really annoying. The voices given to some characters by Mark Linn Baker didn't work for me, although his range is incredible and he does a terrific job keeping the voices (mostly) separate from one another. I'd recommend it as fun but not meaty listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8960)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3269)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Unnatural writing and overmodulated narration."
    Overall

    As read, the background on the Freemasons was too "instructive" to make it intriguing. Felt like I was listening to a lecture. Langdon's expressions and reactions to events felt unnatural to me, almost as if Brown was writing for the eventual screenplay. And I wish the narrator had read more suspense into the book. When we finally got to the suspenseful part (nearly 10 hours into the book - seriously) the pace of the reading didn't increase. All sorts of wacky and anxious things were happening and yet the author read in the same modulated tone at the same modulated pace. If I had been reading I would have skimmed the details to get to the next bit of the plot, and I was frustrated that I couldn't do this with the Audible.com version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4328)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1713)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Excellent narration for a fine story"
    Overall

    The narration on this is excellent - with the reader getting the voices for each of the unique characters exactly right. I loved hearing this book and I'm certain I would not have been able to slog through it were I reading it.

    I'm a 40 y/o, over-educated woman who lives in a major US city.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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