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Jane

Sylvania, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "Not as good as I hoped it would be."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to Mitch Albom on the radio almost every day. He talked about his book although I never once heard him say 'this is a great story; you should read it'. He played a snippet of it, and I loved the narration, and thought the story would be better than it ended up being. It just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat wanting more. The narrator was awesome, though! One of the best I've heard.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11559)
    Performance
    (6958)
    Story
    (6848)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "High ratings because of the use of the "F" word?"
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    Weak story. The premise of the story could have been developed so MUCH better, but some people will give any song, story, speech, etc., a high rating just because the "F" word gets used. So much for the continued dummying down of America.

    0 of 1 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
    (14929)
    Performance
    (12291)
    Story
    (12924)

    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"
    "Even one star is too generous"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Like so many others, I fell for the hype. Female co-workers told me to 'stick with it'. Well I can't. The story is SO juvenile. The narrator grates on my nerves, but she's just reading what the author has written. I, too, feel I wasted a credit and will remove the 2 remaining books in the trilogy from my wish list. Everything about this book is AWFUL! That there are women who actually think this is good literature absolutely baffles me.

    137 of 151 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
    • Narrated By George Grizzard
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science, and the cause of justice.

    Aries says: "Promising but falls just shy of delivering"
    "A fascinating listen"
    Overall
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    This is a pretty interesting composition on how the human body deteriorates after death. This topic is certainly NOT for everyone, as much of what happens to the human body following death is kind of grotesque; especially if the body is left for dead several days or more. You'll pick up some interesting information on forensics, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3775)
    Performance
    (3363)
    Story
    (3377)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "It doesn't get better than this."
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    Very well written and complete composition of an historic event. I learned more than I ever knew about Abe Lincoln and the tragic end to his life. Very well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (249)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "Horrible, whiny narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My comment on the story itself: imagine raised eyebrows and a curled lip. The narration was horrible. The narrator must be a whiner in real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Creed: Hell's Eight Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Jason Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (440)

    Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon.

    Cheryl says: "These books are really good Westerns"
    "Corny"
    Overall

    Anyone who enjoys reading about raw sex absent a good story line will love this book. Raunchy, high-school-girlish, Harlequin-romance-novel-like writing. I never did complete the listen. It just got boring and predictible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empty Family: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Colm Toibin
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master, and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, comes this title story from a stunning new book of fiction, The Empty Family.

    Jane says: "So where's the punch line?"
    "So where's the punch line?"
    Overall

    Huh? Did I miss something? Or is this one of those stories that has to be analyzed to get the hidden meaning? I was waiting for the punch line, and when I saw there were only 28 seconds left, I started thinking, "well, what the hell?" To me it's just some loon mumbling about a telescope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3536)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2020)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Just can't give it 5 stars"
    Overall

    Although, in general, I really enjoyed this book, I just can't give it 5 stars. After her first couple of attempts at humor, I found myself rolling my eyes with subsequent attempts; and I do have a great sense of humor. Her's was too predictable and not necessary. I also would have preferred that the author wrote with a neutral political/religious bent. I did not like the narrator's tone at all. Finally, and this may be due to the narrator's intonation, I sensed that the author was a bit haughty in her work. That being said, I still think the book is worth listening to.

    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
    Overall
    (26910)
    Performance
    (13541)
    Story
    (13589)

    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!"
    "Not enjoyable enough to listen a second time"
    Overall

    This story was enjoyable enough to listen to the whole thing, but not so good that I want to hear it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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