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Cheryl

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4333)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1718)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Enraptured and captivated with this one!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I found it intriguing, sweet and bittersweet, and sad and joyous. My imagination was totally taken over and I felt as though I was taken on a interesting adventure with the characters. Audrey Niffenegger's descriptive writing on her characters' surroundings really hit home to me. I live in Chicago - born and raised. I enjoyed her placing me in the various neighborhoods and sites (Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, Art Institute, etc.). Yes, it was a very lovely love story and an adventure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8738)
    Performance
    (7591)
    Story
    (7602)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Excellent read! Great mystery and story! Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

    Excellent read! Great mystery and story! Loved the way the main characters matured throughout the story and the trilogy!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "Loved the story - the excitement and mystery"
    Overall

    Ienjoyed this book. It was my first F. Paul Wilson book and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the Repairman Jack series. Very exciting and moved well. Hurry Audible --- get the rest recorded! :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23164)
    Performance
    (9798)
    Story
    (9869)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "An Excellent Mystery!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Larsson's approach to involving the reader in the pages was so well done, I could feel the chill of the weather and the cold of the small cottage Mikael stayed on the Vanger estate. I loved the way he masterfully pulled us one way and then another way, keeping us thinking - and unpeeling all the layers of his characters. I actually downloaded the movie from iTunes and enjoyed it very much. The movie is a little different from the book, but cannot be matched with an American version. (IMHO)
    But the audiobook was excellent! I had difficulty turning off my iPod.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15839)
    Performance
    (10151)
    Story
    (10033)

    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"
    "Excellent Introduction to the Series!!! Love it"
    Overall

    I loved Diana Gabaldon's writing style to this story! I have read the reviews that "poo-poo'd" this book and I disagree with them. Had I taken these reviews seriously --- I would have missed this previous one and the rest of the series! I have read many of Bujold books, Kim Harrison, Lincoln Child, Neil Gaiman, Steven King, Shakespeare, Koontz, to name a few - and I am NOT disappointed with with Gabaldon's style! I have no demands or expectations on an author's style. This would not be fair. But I did open my mind to this book and enjoyed it all. So my I enoyed --- that I bought all the rest. I am waiting the next one now that I have completed "An Echo in the Bone". My thumbs up. I love the way I am lulled into the characters' lives, thoughts, and feelings. I feel as though I am part of the family. I recommend.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Interesting - loved it!"
    Overall

    Excellent character development, plot, conflicts, and outcomes!

    This is my first Picoult book and I loved it. Found it extremely interesting. It asks allot ot questions, challenges your morality, sense of right/wrong, and you get to feel and hear each of her character's point of view. I was disappointed with the ending, but I understand why this ended in this manner. Through this entire book, the characters ended up coming back to their humanity. For one of the main characters, she wasn't able to recover - but healed in a different direction. I will definitely pick a few more of her books! This one was a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (256)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Interesting, captivating, great read"
    Overall

    I really liked this one. It was interesting, captivating, mysterious, and different. An interesting idea looking at souls, twins, and what we are willing to do in moments of desperation. Also I found the relationships between the characters interesting and surprising as well. Ahhh . . . what and who we will betray and settle for - to attain something desired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10068)
    Performance
    (4986)
    Story
    (5018)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Interesting book, characters and concept"
    Overall

    Loved this one! It was difficult to put down. Loved the way characters were presented and found the concept of the dome a very interesting mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (377)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Lisa S. says: "I gave up"
    "Excellent, Interesting, and not boring!"
    Overall

    Conroy's excellent work again! I love the mysteries of the different characters, the interactions, the complications, etc. So interesting and involved. I love the cultural differences that each group brings, such as the South, Catholicism, Racial, Gay, etc. The story unravels and ravels, uncovers, discovers each and everyone. I love that I feel each character's happiness, hurt, love, hate, wanting and needing. Excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (232)

    In a world where malices, remnants of ancient magic, can erupt with life-destroying power, only the soldier-sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them. But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets - and themselves - from the farmers they protect. So when patroller Dag rescued farm girl Fawn, neither expected to fall in love, marry, and defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the split between their peoples.

    Ann says: "Very satisfying read"
    "Another great addition to the The Sharing Knife!"
    Overall

    Accolates to Boujold!
    Boujold has done it again! Another great addition! And I love this series! I enjoyed her Miles Vorkosigan novels and I do hope there is still more to come from this also!
    The Sharing Knife series is so warm, touching, interesting, cultural, exciting, and involved - we readers come to know the characters and their lives as if we are there in the story.
    I can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5200)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2101)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Love the Story"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this one! It took me some time to understand why he jumped from the present to another time, but it came together nicely into the story. I found it difficult to stop listening to. I put my iPod on while I ironed, washed dishes, besides the normal listening in the car t work. I very much like the direction Gaiman is taking in his writing.
    His characters were always in development from beginning to end. I felt good and bad about Shadow's wife and was very impressed with her character's bravery and love.
    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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