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Gabrielle

Quincy, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Emily Aulenbach is 30, a lawyer married to a lawyer, working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, but she spends her days in a cubicle talking on the phone with vic­tims of tainted bottled water - and she is on the bottler’s side. And it isn’t only work. It’s her sister, her friends, even her husband, Tim, with whom she doesn’t connect the way she used to. She doesn’t connect to much in her life, period, with the exception of three things - her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch....

    Gabrielle says: "Bit shallow but nice escape ..."
    "Bit shallow but nice escape ..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I have never been one to read 'chic-lit' or dramatic fiction, but was looking for something light and fun for the beach and a departure from my usual thrillers. Since I am searching for my own escape from the horrible boring rat race, I enjoyed Emmy's escape and soul searching time away from her life in busy NYC. I found the end predictable and anti-climatic, and personally it took me quite a while to get used to the narrators various voices. Living in Boston and having many friends and many trips to New Hampshire, I've never heard accents like those of the narrators characters but it grew on me. All in all a fun book to listen and escape to!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (221)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Ted says: "The Book Dan Brown Wished He Wrote"
    "Fun and Interesting Book ---"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this audiobook after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. The world of finance is not something I am at all familiar with but I found the premise of the book interesting and it did not disappoint. Though I think the 'reveal' was obvious and there were a few lose ends that frustrated me (like the storyline with the Darwin book) I still loved this book. Found the setting, the characters, and the story line different and compelling. The performance was EXCELLENT! Overall just a fun and hard to 'put down' book. I was really sad when it ended!

    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
    (17252)
    Performance
    (15325)
    Story
    (15278)

    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"
    "Great premise but about 300 pages too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading so many positive reviews on Audible and Amazon I really wanted to love this book. (I listened and read the book.) The premise is exciting, different, and starts out so well I couldn't stop listening or put it down. But there is a certain point when the book just sidetracks to a storyline that doesn't feel integral to the time travel and Kennedy plot. It was deadly for me and I found myself wanting to skip chapters because it was just agonizing to get through. I stuck it out until the end - which was interesting - but all in all King could have shaved at least 300 pages off the middle of the book and had a real winner in my opinion! Wasson is good at times but overacts to the point of distraction at others. I also had a very tough time focusing on the characters as his voice sound exactly like the actor Luke Wilson. Can't say I would recommend this book to others - just too tough to slog through that center portion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbeat Away

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its development—a team headed by Allaire, himself.

    nancy says: "A HEARTBEAT AWAY"
    "Interesting Story - Good Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though this book has a totally absurd story line, I enjoyed listening to it mostly because of Robert Petkoff's narration. He is very skilled at doing different voices and accents and made it very easy to discern who is speaking. Though his portrayal of the President was way too stern and harsh and I loved when he had the main female character scream! As for the book itself, this was my first Michael Palmer book and I can't say I'm dying to read him again. The idea was a good one but there were many holes in the story and the plot is so ridiculous and outlandish that it is hard to commit to. I had hoped that Palmer would resolve it in a way that was semi-believable - but no luck!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3448)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1186)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Predictable Story and Tough Narration"
    Overall

    I like many of John Grisham's books, but this one was far too predictable and unoriginal. The premise is interesting, but you can figure out how its going to end and what the 'moral' of the book will be within the first few pages of reading it. Its a premise I support, since I am against the death penalty, but still a bit dry and dull to get through. I REALLY struggled with the narration. I appreciate that Mr. Sowers was attempting to take on the voice and persona of the various characters but his southern accent was not believable for me and I found myself dying for him to switch back to one of the few voices that didn't have one. In the end, I began too distracted by the annoying narration (really a lousy attempt at various southern accents) and the dull storyline to finish the entire book. Though I did glance at how it ended. Would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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