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Nicole

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 139 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13598)
    Performance
    (5994)
    Story
    (6075)

    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!!"
    "Sophie's choice"
    Overall

    the book was good until you realize that 3/4 of a way into the book it is sophie's choice in a different package. relation ship characteristics are the same. the narration is good, i like it when books choose different actors for different characters. Good but NOT great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (881)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Disapointed & Confused"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was truly hard to follow, which is a shame because it seemed to get such great reviews from other listeners. I loved his book "snowman", it is how I got turned on to him as an author but this book let me down. I couldn't keep who was who and what was what; it seems to be extra hard for me personally to keep lots of new 'foreign' names straight but this one was extra difficult ... too many characters and the ending seemed sloppy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1446)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Fun & Grusome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun detective thriller. The Snowman is a great idea of a case, really different. It is written so that you can work-out the mystery yourself if you are a careful listener, which i always love. The only negative is the setting & character names. Because it is an unfamiliar place to me and the names are very traditional I had a hard time keeping them straight for a while. Similar to "girl with a dragon tattoo"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1669)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Couldnt sit through it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really interested in the topic and was fascinated by the complete history of cancer turned into a novel. HOWEVER the language & vocabulary are written in the perspective of a Doctor (with a giant stick up his ***). The sentences run on and the medical vocabulary is never explained. It is more like doctors talking to doctors, not seemingly created for a wide audience. Additionally the book jumps around a lot. The subject matter is a very emotional thing for people but the narrator has a dry egotistical voice.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (649)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "Meh, not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a huge fan of the TV Series, and the book has the same characters with a bit of a different set up in terms of their relationships. The reader portrays Dexter accurately, however he is not a very interesting character in terms of personality anyway. It didn't make for a great book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (204)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Far less than wonderful"
    Overall

    I didn't hate the book but I certainly didn't love it. The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was the reason I purchased it.

    The story was a huge disappointment, set during the great depression it didn't seem so great, no one in the book really suffered from lack of food and always seemed to have what they needed. There was too much religion references also. The 1st part of the book moved at an appropriate pace, the middle was drawn out and I lost most of my interest in the characters, then the author wraps up the whole story in the last 30 min. I really didn't like it :(

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1071)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Fun and rather simple"
    Overall

    The main character is a bit to clever compared to most young people i know. the knowledge and interest in chemistry at that age seems nearly impossible. The story itself was interesting and a fun listen, very appropriate for young adults. The narration is very nice, with a soft accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (273)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "boring and strange"
    Overall

    The story was weird and didn’t keep me engaged, the characters seemed immature for their age and not much was believable. The major conflict doesn’t really get resolved and takes only a few min of the story in the end. Would not recommend this book.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14120)
    Story
    (14170)

    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... seriously....wow"
    Overall

    the best book i've listened to in quite some time. the women's voices have a beautiful resonance that brings the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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