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Darlene

SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Baby Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart.

    Jenna says: "Try the version read by Cynthia Nixon"
    "Unlike me but had to stop listening"
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    The reader's voice grated on my nerves........the story skipped around too much and did not make much sense. I LOVE my audio books so it is highly unusual for me to actually stop listening to one without finishing it but that is exactly what I did with this one. The cover of the book says narrated by Cynthia Nixon....NOT!!! She narrated Hear of the Matter and I loved it, this reader was awful!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16238)
    Performance
    (13498)
    Story
    (14123)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "I did enjoy it BUT......."
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    I did enjoy this book and downloaded the next BUT, I can hardly stand the emails....over and over and over and over To: Christian Grey From: Anastasia Steele, on and on and on....it go so old so quick I felt myself rolling my eyes every tIme she said it which was A LOT!!!! Made me wonder if the author had to hit a minimum word count ending each one with Christian Grey, CEO Grey Enterprises holding Inc........ That part was horrible...the book did keep my attention however and I did download the next one so what does that say about me??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6744)
    Performance
    (3148)
    Story
    (3204)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Good then got VERY SLOW!!"
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    I have read all of the books and loved them. This one started out strong and kept my interest until 3/4 through it, then the author lost me......SO SLOW!!!! I found myself thinking of other things while listening which is not at all like me! It is like Stephanie Meyer just decided the book needed to end and ended it with very little meaning......a let down!

    0 of 0 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
    (27628)
    Performance
    (14216)
    Story
    (14270)

    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!"
    "I was sorry when it was over!!!!"
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    Enjoyed every second of this book!! Felt disappointed when it was over because it was so good! Having different readers for each of the main characters was so good and each reader was wonderful!! Don't hesitate to download this one, it was worth every second I spent listening to it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ransom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty-nine years, he has been living for his job, and slowly falling out of love with his wife.

    Pamela says: "Ransom"
    "A little slow"
    Overall

    I didn't hate it but it was so slow in spots. I would get to a really good part and then it would just go too slow.....I agree with other reviewers about the repitition.....although I appreciate detail from a author, in this book Steele says the same thing over and over! Decent listen but I have heard many much better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (218)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "Totally engaging!"
    Overall

    I was skeptical about this book at first and it did take a chapter or two to get into it but then I found myself wanting to know more about David and his family. I TOTALLY disagree with the previous reviews that said negative things about the narrator, I thought he was GREAT!! I laughed outloud when he did the voices for Daisy and Jasper and found myself drawn to the sound of his voice. Thank you David Sheff for allowing us into your world and I know this book is a few years old, I find myself wondering what became of Nick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (545)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "I TRIED!!"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book, and listened to most of it, but I found my brain wandering to other things while I was listening. Usually when I listen to a audio book in my car I get lost in it, not the case with this one. I finally gave up and went to something with a little more substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (325)

    At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

    Shelly says: "Need tissues for this one"
    "GREAT!"
    Overall

    This was a great listen. At first I wasn't sure I liked the narrators voice but after a short while I settled in and loved it. What a wonderful story, this was my first Nicholas Sparks book but won't be my last, just started The Choice!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Family Ties: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Danielle Steel delves deep under the surface of contemporary American life in this compelling ensemble novel in the vein of her number-one New York Times best seller Sisters. As a young woman, Annie Ferguson overnight became mother to her sister's three small children. They're grown now, each of them will choosing a different path. Through it all, one thing remains: Family Ties.

    Darlene says: "Decent listen"
    "Decent listen"
    Overall

    This was a decent listen but I agree with other reviewers, the author repeated the same things over and over. I listen in my car only and sometimes when I would start my car up and start listening I would question if I accidently rewound the book but I didn't, she just repeats alot. All and all I enjoyed the book pretty much but it did get a little tedious with the repeating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Honor

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    In the early 1920's, Japanese college profressor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife's belief in ancient tradition. Twenty years later, his 18-year-old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother's traditions and her father's wishes, boarded SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education, and to make her father proud. It was August 1941. To Hiroko, California, and the home of her uncle Takeo, was a different world. Her cousins in California had become more American than Japanese. And Peter Jenkins, her uncle's assistant at Stanford, became an unexpected link between her old world and her new. At college in Berkeley, her world is rapidly and unexpectedly filled with prejudice and fear. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, within hours, Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Desperate to go home, she is ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is -- until her entire world caves in. On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Hiroko and her uncle's family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko's story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.

    Darlene says: "Totally enjoyed!"
    "Totally enjoyed!"
    Overall

    I completely enjoyed this book and looked for reasons to be in my car to listen to it!! The reader was great and I loved his immitation of the japanese speaking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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