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Jennie

PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21006)
    Performance
    (18838)
    Story
    (18905)

    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!"
    "Great! Unreliable narrators and twists and turns!"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I am in the process of listening to Gone Girl again - this time with my husband. The book is that good and the performances that excellent. Additionally, knowing now how the whole story played out, it is exciting to listen again and see what I missed in the first listen. It is such a suspenseful book and the characters and so well drawn. There is also a good deal of hipster-esque humor that makes me smile. Just awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Nick (and his relationship with his twin sister). He's flawed - deeply flawed - but interesting and funny. The reader definitely does him justice as well.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - they are great, as always.


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

    Too long to do that - but I basically had it playing on my headphones as often as I could for about 4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book about a half hour to really pick up steam - it is worth the wait as the story unfolds.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Candor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pam Bachorz
    • Narrated By John Lavelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight A's, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant - perfect - through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior.

    lyst says: "Good background listening"
    "Cloying - and I'm usually not too critical"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am a very easy going audible listener - I like almost anything - so I wanted to make sure I reviewed this because it stands out to me as a particularly bad audiobook. The story itself has the potential to be interesting but the writing is juvenile. I have nothing against YA fiction (Hunger Games, for example, is amazing, as well as a book called Dare Me that I recently tried). However, in this case, it felt very dumbed down. Additionally, and, again, I am not usually too picky about my audible books, the narrator really bothered me. Mainly because every female that he gave a voice to sounded like a weird Valley Girl/Mall Chick bimbo - even the heroine of the story, which I am sure was not the author's intent. It was basically just an annoying listening experience so I wanted fellow listeners to be warned.


    Has Candor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lavelle’s performances?

    Perhaps - I think the issues were mostly with the material. But I won't seek out a book narrated by him just to hear him (as I do with other readers).


    What character would you cut from Candor?

    Honestly? They were all pretty one dimensional.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry - I don't want to be mean - I just want to help people to have a good listening experience. Overall I really enjoy audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Great Narrator, fun book"
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    If you could sum up The Ivy Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Silly, Indulgent, Fun


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Julia Gibson is one of my favorite readers - she elevates material and makes it even funnier than it would be on the page.


    Any additional comments?

    It has a different tone than THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA but is definitely still well written and a great glimpse into how the 1% live!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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