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Amanda

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2713)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1078)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "wanted to like it"
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    As both a historical fiction and vampire lover, I was really rooting for this book. I liked it so much I even made it all the way to the last couple hours of the novel before calling it quits. I was so bored with the story I couldn't follow it. It's not that it's an overly hard plot to follow, I just found it difficult to pay attention to. My mind kept wandering and then I'd have to rewind to re-listen to what I missed. It sounds like an enthralling plot line so I really am confused as to where it went so wrong...It just never really took off

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33925)
    Performance
    (25113)
    Story
    (25456)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "wonderful"
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    This is the type of book you never want to end. It is captivating, and is narrated wonderfully. I recommend this book to anyone I ever get into a conversation about books with. I have known both men and women of all ages who have read or listened to it, and all love it. I feel like the narration adds to it. This book will stick with you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1777)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "liked it less on audio"
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    I loved loved loved this book in high school and have often referred to it as one of my favorite books. I decided to listen to the audio version as it has been a while. I was very dissapointed and barely made it through. I found the narration to be annoying and corny. I feel like this book makes a much better read then listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13059)
    Performance
    (5507)
    Story
    (5574)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "interesting enough..."
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    If your into the James Patterson feel-good, entertaining, but not-to-realistic type novels, then this is the book for you. I found it a bit silly but was still entertained enough to stick with it. It was enjoyable enough and the narration was pretty top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8612)
    Performance
    (3068)
    Story
    (3097)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "stands alone"
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    If you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth, then this is a no-brainer. If you never read Pillars of the Earth, that's fine too. This book stands alone as a great book. It is not necessary to have read the first novel to understand the story as it takes place much later with all new characters. Very interesting. A must for historical fiction lovers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (998)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Unbelievable story!"
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    I listen to very little non-fiction, but this is a story I couldn't resist. I finished it in a day and a half and was completely consumed by this fascinating story. I would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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