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Ellen Vines

Member Since 2000

  • 6 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 832 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014

  • Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

    Lyman says: "lottery"
    "Great book!"

    I don't often write reviews but I wanted to write one for this book. I loved it!! It made me laugh and cry and I can't say that for too many audiobooks. Definitely worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Loved this book!"
    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Great humor, great imagery, and great 80's references! What else could one ask for?

    What did you like best about this story?

    Whil Wheaton was a great narrator! My favorite part was when he narrated the line where he was actually mentioned in the book as the elected President of Oasis. So funny!

    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, great inflection

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Really great read!"
    If you could sum up Nothing to Envy in three words, what would they be?

    Makes an impact

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The stories for each of the different North Koreans were so well told it made is so easy to visualize and very gripping.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of Meeh ran who became a teacher and had to see her students starving and dying.

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

    I think generally I was outraged listening to what these people have to endure under a dictator. It is so hard to comprehend when you live in a free nation.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it. It will really give you perspective on life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Very engaging book!"

    This book managed to keep my attention the entire time I listened to it. I also loved the narrator and sound effects. One of the best books I have listened to in awhile.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Me & Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Flock
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant but Disturbing"
    "Interesting read...great surprise ending"

    This book seemed like it would have a semi-predictable storyline but the twist at the end really made it a thought provoking book. I definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Really good book"

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of Greek-American references that I could relate to being Greek-American myself. The narrarator is also excellent. The way that he read the story made it very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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