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Ashley

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Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • Wildwood

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Colin Meloy, Ellis Carson
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in – or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend, Curtis, deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval - a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

    Ashley says: "Read it Yourself"
    "Read it Yourself"
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    About five chapters in and I just can't stand the narration performance. Amanda Plummer sort of sings all the dialog and makes every character sound like they're high on some sort pharmaceutical. I'm liking the story so far, I just think I'd like it better without hearing crazy Amanda read it. I also realized that by not buying the actual book, I'm missing out on some beautiful illustration work by Ellis Carson.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16506)
    Performance
    (10773)
    Story
    (10653)

    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"
    "Granny Soft-Core Overindulgent Rot"
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    This book was described to me as a supernatural play on historical fiction, which sounded great considering I'm also really interested in Scotland and Scottish history. IT IS NOT. Simply put, is a soft-core romance novel for prude, religious types. There's lots of earlobe touching and tops-of-breast caressing, so if you like that sort of thing, you're gonna love this book.

    There's also some rather blatant homophobia/sexual prejudice which would be hard to ignore in a great story, much less, a pandering, mediocre one. Again, this book seems really tailored to a certain audience.

    As far as the audible version, I believe the main character (the first person voice of the novel) is in her late twenties, but the narrator is in her sixties, and though she does elevate the writing with her dignified and staid read, there is a disconnect between the character and the voice. Especially during the countless, PG-13 love/spanking scenes.

    One more thing I just can't let go: You would think the characters all have a nasty case of rosacea or inflammation based on the number of times the writer leans on the word "blush" to describe embarrassment or really, any type of strong emotion. While I realize we're dealing with some really, really white people, it is SO irritatingly repetitive.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2443)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Richly-Told Immigrant Fairy Tale"
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    Wecker seamlessly weaves history, folklore and well-developed, interesting characters, creating a magically immersive experience that will leave you smiling. And the narration couldn't be more perfectly suited to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (637)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Imagination Food"
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    The story is well-written and satisfying. I couldn't stop listening and can't stop thinking about it now that it's finished. It's one of those.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5701)
    Performance
    (3642)
    Story
    (3654)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Fantastic. Just get it."
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    I had never heard of the book before I came across it on audible.com. I love everything about this story and the way the book is read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Karen says: "good story and narration"
    "Well Narrated!"
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    I'm glad I listened to this narration by Paul Ansdell, as I don't think this book would have been half as scary if I'd read it myself. The tremors in his voice at select parts gave me chills!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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