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Jackie

WARSAW, IN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26736)
    Performance
    (13374)
    Story
    (13419)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    I loved the subject of this novel. The narrators do a superb job. I was sorry when it ended. A must read and would make a great selection for a book club.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (504)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Difficult Listening"
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    I have to say the narrator's voice was very annoying. Her reading was a bit too dramatic for my taste. There were many times I was ready to give up on the audio version, and go to the print, but I persisted.
    I was disappointed in the quality of the writing. I agree with a previous listener that it was more appropriate as a young adult selection..
    The book did, however, prompt me to do further reading about Charles Lindbergh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Brother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, he has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Imposing himself on Pandora's world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher's handcrafted furniture, and entices her stepson to drop out of high school. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It's him or me.

    Jacqueline says: "Well worth the credit--"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am finding that Lionel Shriver is quickly becoming my favorite contemporary author. This is definitely worth the listening time. The only drawback to the narration is that I sometimes had difficulty telling the difference between the two main characters when being read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed: America's Food Addiction - and My Own

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mika Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Mika Brzezinski
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. She believes the fearsome subjects of food, diet, and body image are "radioactive" in America, and getting worse. On Morning Joe, she is often so adamant about improving America’s eating habits that some people have dubbed her "the food Nazi". What they don’t know is that Mika wages a personal fight against food every day, and in Obsessed, she describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image, and her struggle to be thin. She believes it is time we stop blaming and shaming ourselves and look at the real culprits - the food we eat and our addiction to it.

    Jackie says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a fan of Morning Joe and was looking forward to this book. I have a strong interest in the obesity epidemic. This was a "fluff" book on the topic. I would recommend the book "Fat Chance" if you are interested in a science based look at obesity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5455)
    Performance
    (4680)
    Story
    (4689)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "What a Nice Surprise!"
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    Thank you Audible for this free book. It was so fun to check my e-mail and find your gift. Listening to books is such a special treat. Happy Holidays!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1680)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Candace Millard Makes History Fun!"
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    Would you listen to Destiny of the Republic again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. So interesting. Couldn't put my iPod down!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact, that not only did I learn about James Garfield, but also about other people during that era, such as Alexander Graham Bell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not just for history lovers, but everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3434)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1166)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    The narrator, David LeDoux, does a superb job reading this story. Anyone who listened to The Corrections will find this novel even better.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1148)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Worth the Listening Time!"
    Overall

    I alway enjoy Lee Child novels and this one was no exception. Worth the credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (747)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    This inside account of what went on during the 2008 presidential election was quite an eye opener. There were many things I already knew, but just as much new information that I was unaware of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Food for Millionaires: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Min Jin Lee
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no job and a number of bad habits." After graduation, she discovers the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she attempts to navigate Manhattan, we explore her life and New York City's milieu of haves and have-nots.

    Michael Jablow says: "free food for thought - beautifully satisfying"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was confused by what exactly was the author trying to convey to the listeners. Korean women? Wall Street? Cheating partners? Fashion Industry? I listened to this book and walked away wondering what had I just listened to?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (2988)
    Story
    (3011)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "A bit gruesome"
    Overall

    The plot had me hooked early on, but I actually "fast forward" through some of the scenes due to violence and some of the unnecessary sexual content.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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