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Danielle

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Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (426)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
    "Amazing that this was written by such a young girl"
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    Selma Blair did a great job of narrating this heart-wrenching story. A must-read/listen. The story shows a unique perspective of the terrors of the time, the type of problems we can hardly imagine today. Anne's fate is such a shame, she really had a great gift.

    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
    (29114)
    Performance
    (25694)
    Story
    (25766)

    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!"
    "Chilling!!"
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    I saw the movie first, and there are some differences. Even so, getting into the minds of the characters is so intriguing and chilling. I couldn't stop listening! I loved the two narrators, both were quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (7860)
    Performance
    (5225)
    Story
    (5256)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Not sure why it's a classic, but very fun!!"
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    This book was good fun and at times, very funny. It was delightful. The narrator was quite good. I don't know why this book is considered a classic, and I found no enlightenment in it. But that doesn't detract from my enjoyment of it. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Mary Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Emerson
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In 2005, historian Jason Emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by Robert Todd Lincoln's lawyer and stowed in an attic for 40 years. The trunk contained a rare find: 25 letters pertaining to Mary Todd Lincoln's life and insanity case, letters assumed long destroyed by the Lincoln family. Mary wrote 20 of the letters herself, more than half from the insane asylum to which her son Robert had her committed, and many in the months and years after. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln's mental illness based on the lost letters in 20 years.

    Douglas says: "Long overdue vindication..."
    "Read if you want to understand only Robert Lincoln"
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    This book claims that it represents a balance between the opposing sides of (1) Mary Lincoln critics and (2) Robert Lincoln critics. I didn't find that to be true. The book was very slanted in favor of Robert and spends a great deal of time justifying Robert's actions. Conversely, it spends very little time viewing the situation from the alternate viewpoint or considering any facts that would favor Mary. The author ignores a lot of historical facts, and simply starts his book based on the presumption that Mary was crazy. The story is so much more complex, compelling, heartbreaking and interesting when both sides are fairly viewed. But don't be fooled, you won't get that here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Janis Cooke Newman
    • Narrated By Anne Buelteman
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A fascinating and intimate novel of the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, narrated by the First Lady herself. Mary Todd Lincoln is one of history's most misunderstood and enigmatic women. She was a political strategist, a supporter of emancipation, and a mother who survived the loss of three children and the assassination of her beloved husband. She also ran her family into debt, held séances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum - which is where Janis Cooke Newman's debut novel begins.

    RENEE says: "Great performance made book even better!"
    "Intriguing and well-written, Worst editing EVER."
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    This story is compelling as a possibility of the lives of the Lincolns. It really made me think about the Civil War from a woman's perspective, including the fear and anxiety that must come from having your home and family threatened constantly, as well as the overwhelming grief of losing so many family members in such traumatic ways. I believe historical information contradicts some of the story, particularly how dispassionate and almost loveless Abraham appears towards Mary. The author also omits certain notable aspects of Mary's emotional breakdowns. Even so, I did appreciate the alternative possible explanations of Mary, her motives and her actions, which I think is sorely lacking in a lot of historical reports. The narrator did a great job. BUT (and it's a big one), this is the worst edited story I've ever listened to. A large section from Part 1 is missing (starting just after Eddie passes), jumping to when Willie and Tad are 5/6 years old, This important part suddenly reemerges at the beginning of Part 2, interrupting the story as it is leading to Lincoln's election. This makes it disjointed and hard to follow. Also, at least five times, you hear the narrator say "going back" or "pick up" when she flubs a line. I've never heard such poor editing in a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3357)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2561)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Disturbing story, well read"
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    In a "Big Brother" type of scenario, this book makes me fearful that we're headed in this direction. I think that means it's effective. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Pretty much a waste of 37 hours."
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    The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because the reader was quite good. I have no idea why this book is a classic. The story just sort of peters out at the end, like Tolstoy got tired of writing and gave up. I'm so disappointed that I invested so much time in a story that I ended up not caring about in the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14400)
    Performance
    (6702)
    Story
    (6781)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Loved everything about it!"
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    The choice to have 2 narrators for this book was fantastic and added a realism you couldn't get otherwise! I loved the story, loved the narrators. Easy and fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (614)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Amazon Customer says: "I love this book - one of the best of all time"
    "The reading does not do this book justice..."
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    I read the first half of this book and just couldn't find the time to finish reading it. I got the audio book, wanting to finish the story, but I couldn't get beyond 4 hours. I love the melody of this book and Hugo's command over words and sentence structure (strange since it is a translation). Unfortunately, the reader never grasped the beauty of the words he was reading. His voice is largely monotone and uninteresting; he sounds disdainful and as if the story was causing a bad smell under his nose. Perhaps it's like Shakespeare -- difficult to read but amazing if performed by someone who both understands and loves it. It's very sad, and I hate to say it, but I don't think this reader does either. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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