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Christine

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12403)
    Performance
    (8317)
    Story
    (8358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Terrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    No, because of the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Edward Herrmann’s performance?

    Sing song delivery. He could have been reading the telephone directory. Wrong inflections. emphasized wrong parts of sentences. Such a big disappointment because he is such a well known and talented actor.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is excellent. I loved Seabiscuit and I know several people who read the printed version of this book and loved it. The narration is the worst I've ever listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "Truly a "Page Turner""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about You Should Have Known?

    It was suspenseful and richly textured. I liked it even better than "Gone Girl".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the two NYPD detectives that she encounters. They were the contrast needed to highlight the privileged world that the main character lived in.


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

    She was excellent at selecting different voices without going "over the top".


    If you could rename You Should Have Known, what would you call it?

    Fool Me Once.......


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    From Nancy Horan, New York Times best-selling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

    N. Thompson says: "Nancy Horan - another good one!"
    "Fan of Nancy Horan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It provides some literary history with some texture from the era they lived in and their personal lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't know how Nancy Horan does it but she transports the reader to the lives and times that she is writing about. "Loving Frank" is still my all time favorite audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (253)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "Perfect for Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I felt like this book surrounded me while I listened. It didn't have a dramatic "cliff-hanger" style but I had to hear more and was pulled in by the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several of Dennis Lehane's books and loved some, like others. I've also seen the movies adaptations of two of them. This book is best for listening. It was like an audio painting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18480)
    Performance
    (16497)
    Story
    (16551)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Perfect for Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Meant for Audio


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You betcha. Each twist and turn of the plot was a revelation, not anticipated.


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

    So many twists and turns you will need Dramamine to watch this.


    Any additional comments?

    Having the two parts read by a man and a woman lent itself to the story perfectly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1106)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Good"
    Overall

    I liked this book much more than I expected. The narrator was perfect. I never realized that this would be such an excellent story for teenage girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rain Falling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Don Carpenter
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary connement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class - married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But they will meet again....

    Brad says: "Disappointed"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall

    I thought this book was terrible. The main character did not seem to develop. Just one bad scene after another. He had no redeeming qualities.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (691)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Not so Great"
    Overall

    I expected so much more after reading previous reviews. Very repetitive. The same scene and theme over and over. Didn't feel enlightened or entertained when it was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (277)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Best Ever"
    Overall

    What we like is so subjective. That said, I liked this book better than anything I've read in recent memory! I really felt transported to the lives of FLW and Mimah. I realize it is fiction but had no idea what they went through to be together. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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