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Cynthia

School teacher and consumer of mass quantities of books!

Georgia, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2295)
    Story
    (2302)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
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    This is an outstanding book but mainly if you sit and "read" it. The book is a very complicated read but absolutely amazing if you take the time to actually read it. Listening to it, on the other hand, I found to be extremely difficult. While trying to listen, I found myself rewinding and re-listening to parts constantly causing much frustration and confusion. This book is not really meant for listening pleasure unless your IQ is way above average. If you have time to concentrate on your listen, you may be able to get through it. Once I sat down and read the book, I decided to give it another listen and I found the narrator to be amazing and intriguing. After reading the actual book, I had no trouble listening to it. I actually loved hearing it and got more out of it. If you find yourself unable to listen, sit down and give it a read. You'll Love it!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7425)
    Performance
    (6809)
    Story
    (6814)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "So Mesmerizing You Want in the Book!"
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    Donna Tart did an excellent job of character building, plot development and story telling in this wonderful book about Theo and the "Goldfinch" painting. You find yourself wanting to climb inside the book and help him to figure out these difficult times. I could not put this book down from start to finish and found myself still thinking about Theo, Boris and all the other characters long after finishing the book. Not only is the book well written the narrator is able to perform the book so perfectly by capturing each character's personality. I felt like I was living the in the story thanks so such a wonderfully written and narrated book! Buy this one today, you will NOT be sorry!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (794)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Excellent... but!"
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    I loved this book, the story line and the characters. The whole idea of something like this happening is here. Why didn't I give it a 5 for overall? I would have loved to see what happened after? Because it just ended..It left me going, what what? Is he writing another book? It - Just - Ended! LOL!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (506)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Fannie's Still Got It!"
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    I've read almost all of Fannie's books and this one didn't fall short! I loved the story line, the characters and her ability to make you feel like you were a part of the story. I almost felt like I was listening to my life story, Lenore was my mother.. and almost all mom's of the deep south. Fannie is an amazing story teller and her performance really made the book even better. I'm so glad that I decided to listen to it instead of reading it.
    Such a wonderful feel-good, vacation book. Read it, you won't be disappointed!!

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26741)
    Performance
    (13380)
    Story
    (13425)

    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!"
    "Excelling Southern Portrayal"
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    I was born and raised in Mississippi in the 60s. This book struck home for me. I found myself thinking, "Why didn't I write this?" I can remember my mother saying a lot of things these women said and the portrayal of southern history was spot on. We had a maid growing up named Suzy and she reminded me so much of Aibileen. I still think of Suzy to this day and wonder where she is. She was my 2nd mom and I loved her so dearly. When I was a teenager I came home and she was just gone.. I never knew why.
    This book is amazingly written and the characters are developed in such a way you feel like you know each and every one personally.
    Excellent Read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17294)
    Performance
    (15365)
    Story
    (15318)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The KING is BACK!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book! The entire book was engaging and kept me listening right to the end. One time I even had to put it down and run out of the room a minute to catch my breath. The characters were developed in such a way, I felt like I knew them. The writing was amazing and I found myself back in the 50s with the constant need to google things he wrote about. If you love historical fiction, you will love this book. Great job King!

    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
    (15808)
    Performance
    (14022)
    Story
    (14061)

    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!"
    "Excellent Story - Major Cliffhanger!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a great story line and keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was how well written and thought out the story line was. The author went to great links to show how mentally ill people can really be. It makes you wonder what really goes on out there in the world.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They both really acted the parts. I feel like I was really listening to Nick and Amy!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but I found myself getting upset and saying OMG a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I can see that the author has many more plans for Nick and Amy. The cliffhanger at the end really left me saying "NO DON'T END NOW!!!"

    2 of 3 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
    (14591)
    Performance
    (11981)
    Story
    (12608)

    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.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Excellent Book - Audio Ruined by Valley Girl!"
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    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    50 Shades of Grey was a great book but not a good listen. The reader sounded so much like an 80s valley girl it was hard to concentrate on the book itself. I would not rank this one high on my favorites of audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian Grey is a man that most women wish they'd met when they were single and 21.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This outstanding book was ruined by the reader. Someone with a young voice but more educated sounding would have really made the audiobook live up to it's written word. Anastasia Steele is educated so why is a Valley Girl from the 80s reading this awesome book?


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

    I was very upset by the reader and performance. I read the actual book and wanted to hear the audio book. I was extremely upset at how Anastasia Steele was portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the real book, the audio ruines it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14867)
    Performance
    (9241)
    Story
    (9117)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Intriguing, exciting and intoxicating!"
    Overall

    The beginning of this story starts out very slow but it's needed to set the groundwork for an amazing and action pack story filled with history, war, romance and time travel. Once you make it through the first few chapters you won't be able to stop listening. The reader has an amazing voice and is able to bring the characters to life in your mind. The writer captures your heart and gives you the feeling that you are there with Claire and Jamie. I loved every minute of this book and you will too!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (911)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Great story!"
    Overall

    Another great romance for SEP! I really enjoyed listening to this one. As will all of SEP's novels, such great romance and excitement! This was one that was very hard to stop listening to. I found myself trying to hide my ipod at work just to get a quick chapter in to see what happened! You won't be sorry with this one!
    OUTSTANDING!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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