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Trista

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  • The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Andrew McCarthy
    • Narrated By Andrew McCarthy
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Unable to commit to his fiancée of nearly four years - and with no clear understanding of what’s holding him back - Andrew McCarthy finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Something in his character has kept him always at a distance, preventing him from giving himself wholeheartedly to the woman he loves and from becoming the father that he knows his children deserve. So before he loses everything he cares about, Andrew sets out to look for answers.

    Dina says: "A Real Winner!"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Longest Way Home again? Why?

    Probably not, but it's interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked his wife. She seems confident and kind.


    What does Andrew McCarthy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HIs voice, I suppose.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he deal with his son.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2528)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2296)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "WOW! I did not expect to love this book"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    I've listened to The Help and The Poison Wood Bible twice. I might listen to this again especially after listening to the author again to find out it's based on real people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author at the end tells how she came up with the idea to write the story. I had no clue until then it is based on real sisters. Fascinating. Loved it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like them both. I've listened to Jenna Lamia in a few other books. I really do enjoy almost anything she reads.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have reservations about listening to this book, throw them to the side. It is an excellent book. I did not want to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4285)
    Performance
    (3950)
    Story
    (3980)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Why? Why even bother?"
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    What would have made Allegiant better?

    If I answer what would have made Allegiant better, I'd spoil it for people that want to read it.

    I warn you, it's just not good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Maybe. I'm not sure. I'm really really displeased with this ending.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford – was your favorite?

    Tobias a/k/a Four


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK! SPOILER ALERT.

    I like to listen to these kinds of books for the warm happy fuzzy ending. I want to escape reality. Killing off main characters is not warm and fuzzy!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (207)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "WARNING - WHY BOTHER"
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    What disappointed you about The Highway?

    If I reveal what disappointed me, I'll ruin the book for others. I just don't even understand what the author's thought process was in writing this book. The killer is glorified and continues on like he's supposed to be a character in a new sequel? WTF? It's like I'm watching the show that's on Fox, The Following, where the good guys are bumbling idiots and the bad guys seem to outsmart the good guys at ever turn.

    Seriously, what was the point in this book?

    I like books where the good guy wins at the end. I understand the main character of the novel having some flaws. I don't mind overlooking a few quirks. I understand how that makes him/her more identifiable with the reader. But what happens after the first four hours of this book -- well, I just don't understand why after one and half books the author did this. Stupid.

    I cannot even find the words to express my disappointment with this book. Terrible.


    What was most disappointing about C.J. Box’s story?

    Well, the middle of the book where good guy should kick some A double S S does not happen. WTF?! I'm so mad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    With the first two questions, Audible clearly knows I do not like this book so why would you ask me a favorite scene? There wasn't one. It was horrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Highway?

    Take a guess!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. What is the point in this book???

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dianne Dixon
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away.

    Trista says: "kept me interested from the start"
    "kept me interested from the start"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Secrets to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Secrets to and why?

    Actually, I can't think of one. This was definitely a different formula than anything I've read before. While it was melancholy, it was interesting and I finished it within 24 hours. I think I might be addicted to Audible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have an answer for that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (151)

    The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy - and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate, for the first time, a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice.

    Charles says: "The only thing worth dying for."
    "This author is not to miss"
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    If you could sum up The Only Thing Worth Dying For in three words, what would they be?

    Funny that the review question asks if I could sum up in three words, but there is a minimum of 15 words for this box.

    Well, I can't sum it up in three words be/c I'm just not creative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true story. I can't really pick one part out. What I can say is that I have read/listened to three of Eric Blehm's books and he's one of my new favorite authors. If you have not read/listened to Fearless, stop reading this now and go get it! You will never forget that book. This one is great too, but I think Fearless let's you connect more whereas this one I can't find one particular person I've related to or connected with.

    That's not to say this isn't just as good. It is a wonderful book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened/read Fearless by same author, GET IT! The Last Season is also an engrossing read. I don't think it's in audio format, but if you like to read it's a great book! I anxiously await for more from Eric Blehm.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1856)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "love her!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    It's funny and honest. I never watched The Office, but I am loving her show The Mindy Project. Very smart and funny actress/author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    For me, when she talks about her normal weight as opposed to the rest of Hollywood being size zero. To me, she looks great and I love she's not a stick figure and is confident.


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    She had a photo shoot where she had to choose something to wear and all the clothes were insanely small girls with normal figures. She went into the bathroom stall and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this girl and looking forward to her career!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3693)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2300)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "A MUST READ/LISTEN"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the most enjoyable?

    Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. She does an amazing job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    There are honestly too many to recount. I got goosebumps at several points. This book really makes you think. I did not want to stop listening. I feel like I know the Lacks family now. Great book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same answer as above.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Take the chance on this book. There was definitely some medical jargon that I'd have to listen to a few times, and probably could go back and listen to again to fully grasp it, but the author does a pretty good job of making it understandable for the person that has very little understanding of science. Just an incredible book and amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (759)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "INCREDIBLE, HEROIC AND MOVING"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fearless to be better than the print version?

    I am thinking of buying the print version, that is how much I love this book


    What other book might you compare Fearless to and why?

    I don't know that I can compare it to another book. The book, like the man it's about, is truly a one of a kind.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was just fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is just incredible at telling Adam Brown's story. I will definitely be reading more of Eric Blehm. Incredible, unforgettable and moving story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2732)
    Performance
    (2385)
    Story
    (2382)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Picoult is back"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I do love Jodi Picoult's books, except the one before this one. It was kind of awful, just my thought. I really enjoyed all the characters and loved how the story was told.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, I have no opinion.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't really like this question.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to stop listening to this book. I very much enjoyed it and recommend listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (460)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "WW II"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I might have made some of the names a bit easier to differentiate. Some of the German names sounded too much alike and I was having a hard time following some of the characters. Maybe it's just me.


    What other book might you compare Black Cross to and why?

    I don't know.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill does an excellent job.


    Did Black Cross inspire you to do anything?

    Learn more about the Jewish people. I don't think when I was in school that we were taught about all the atrocities that they suffered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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