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Amylu

crazy violinist

minneapolis, mn | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 369 titles in library
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3337)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3024)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Still as moving and poignant as ever"
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    I read this book many years ago, and I was interested to hear it performed by one of the A listers. There are a great many reviews of the book already - it is fantastic and important and chilling. It needs to be read.

    Claire Danes, however, did a great job with the narration. I won't say fabulous - I do think that she got a little too 'dramatic' with the pauses and timing now and then - but it was a thoroughly enjoyable (?) performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6041)
    Performance
    (5603)
    Story
    (5621)

    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"
    "Danny Torrence, all grown up"
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    Interestingly enough, I have never spent any time wondering what happened to Danny Torrence after surviving the Overlook Hotel. Thank goodness Mr. King has!!!! I loved this book, and I loved Will Patton's performance of it! King took Dan Torrence in a direction that I would not have considered, from a fictional sense, and I truly got a sense of Dan as a real person, sharing his journey into and during adult hood. There were enough flashbacks to the Overlook to be able to help anyone who hasn't read that book in awhile, or at all, really, but King did not dwell in the past for this book (as opposed to Dan Torrence!). I thought the story was very imaginative, even for King. In many ways, this novel felt more like a combination of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, with the best parts of those experiences present.

    Will Patton is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators, and he was perfectly suited to this novel. His voice is soothing, but can be a bit ominous as well, and he found the perfect pitch and balance for different parts of the novel. (By the way, if you've never heard his performance of Deliverance, get over there now!!!!) His female voices never sound forced or silly (unless they are supposed to be), and he goes beyond the words, adding the inflections, sound effects (coughing, laughing, etc.), and appropriate timbre when indicated.

    I was so happy to have two new Stephen King books this year, and I will be listening to both of them again!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Krampus: The Yule Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brom
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

    colleen says: "5 stars"
    "Fabulous "new" take on Christmas!"
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    I saw this book at the bookstore and was thrilled to see that it was available on Audible. Honestly, I have both the print and the audible versions, thinking that I was going to go back and forth between them. I was so taken with the performance, however, that I found myself taking extra drives in the car to hear more! Kirby did a fantastic job creating the different characters, and his timing was impeccable.

    I am always drawn to things that challenge the status quo, so when I saw that this was a story that painted Santa Claus in a completely new way, I was intrigued. I am glad that I took a chance on this book! Although Krampus is not a new figure, and the author clearly did his research (!), he was presented in a new, almost sympathetic way. While listening to the book, I honestly had to think about who I was rooting for many times. All characters were drawn with complex brush strokes, allowing me to really 'get to know' each one of them along the way.

    I have to admit, the story did plunge a little bit into the Stephen King realm for me at times, but I'm not sure that was a bad thing. I think it may have been a necessary addition to the story in terms of tying things all together at the end.

    If you like dark tales and looking at the established in a new way, please take a look at this. It will not disappoint!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26755)
    Performance
    (13392)
    Story
    (13437)

    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!"
    "Wow wow wow!"
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    I had resisted reading this book for the longest time. I tend to stay away from bestsellers because I have found that, many times, my tastes are not the same as the general public's. After seeing this on the 'Great first reads' list, however, I took the plunge. Well, not only did I take the plunge, I kept going deeper and deeper, finding reasons to drive around just so I could listen some more!

    Yes, the story is fantastic. It is clear that the author has a closeness to this topic (she grew up in Jackson, during the '70s), and I suspect that much of Skeeter is actually her. It is a work of fiction, but is so well written that it is easy to imagine that it could actually be history.

    The performances by the narrators were absolutely amazing! Each character's voice was unique, and each narrator tackled other characters in a way that gave individuality to them. In fact, each performer was so fantastic that I was eager to hear from them all.

    By the way, if you're thinking that you don't need to read the book because you saw the movie? Well, let's just say there are enough differences that you will find this a new experience!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10614)
    Performance
    (9634)
    Story
    (9654)

    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!!"
    "Very fun story!"
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    I purchased this book purely on the recommendations of the other reviewers, and it was definitely worth it! I completely understand how it is impossible to really say anything about it without giving the story away, but it was a fantastically fun trip! The performance was absolutely fantastic as well. The mention of others regarding his prowess with accents was not unfounded. I definitely felt like I was hearing completely different characters, each with their own voice.

    This is a book that is worth the read. Great literature? No, but sometimes you just need to read to have fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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