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Jennifer

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bernhard Schlink
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

    Ella says: "Dysfunctional"
    "Great, quick listen"
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    I had seen the movie first, but no real surprises here. The movie adaptation was actually quite close to the book. Very interesting story, and the narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1333)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Recycled material, but still funny!"
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    Okay, yes. Most of this material is recycled from his various stand-up routines, but I still laughed out loud - even on my second listen (yes, I listened twice). I suppose it helps that I love kids, have many friends with children, and am already a Gaffigan fan, but my husband and I both really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1304)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "The Storycorps Project is great!"
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    This is a great little introduction to the Storycorps Project which records people interviewing loved ones about their experiences in order to archive them as part of our public history. Such a great idea! And I really enjoyed the selections in this piece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.

    Adam Shields says: "Now my most recommended book on marriage"
    "Very helpful"
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    I'm just in a serious relationship, not married yet. But I found this book to be very interesting and helpful - easy to listen to and understand. It's great to get these concepts BEFORE marriage instead of after years of unhappiness.

    The male narrator was great, but I felt the female narrator was miscast. Not that she had a bad voice. It just wasn't right for this. So it was harder at times to focus on what she was saying. But as someone else pointed out, she only reads one chapter and the appendix, so it's not a big deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4247)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1960)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "A little too long"
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    I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. It's a little long and muddled with the politics of the fictional Oz. It was also way more "adult" than I was expecting, which I could have done without. But if you can get past that, it certainly has interesting parts, and it's fun to try to figure out how characters and events relate to the story we know and love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3914)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1666)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Delightful"
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    I loved this book so much that I started listening a second time as soon as it was over. It's a charming little story, and I really enjoyed the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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