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Lincoln

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  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (426)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "A MUST READ for any woman over 30"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Woman to be better than the print version?

    I dont know I didnt read the print version


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the boldfaced HONESTY. And the quirky humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her chapters about various feminine issues like underware, fashion and abortion. Laugh out loud moments like "I am Pro big panties" and her honest description of her abortion decision and experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her honest description of her abortion decision and experience. So many women don't have the courage to talk about this issue from their own real experience.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't need to be a feminist to read this book...but it is HONEST with a capital H. I love the frank discussion on every topic from motherhood, weight and self image, masturbation and sexuality, etc. She leaves no stone unturned with her views on all things that challenge the modern woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10789)
    Performance
    (10048)
    Story
    (10053)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "LATE 70s-EARLY 80s KIDs MUST READ!"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I have listened to it 3 times already


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Everything. The bits of late 70s early 80s nostalgia popping up everywhere in the book make you smile like an idiot every 45 seconds or so


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no..but he did an amazing job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you grew up playing Atari, Dungeons and Dragons and reading sci fi novels...see this movie!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2686)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "TOUCHING and AMAZING!"
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    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    It feels honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details about all the people she lived with in the prison. You see the human side of what society conveniently pretends to be NIMBY (Not in my backyard).


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You could swear she is the author she is so convincing as the narrator.


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

    Yes, it was just a touching book.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course the netflix series is sensationalized for tv. The book was so good because of that missing fake sensationalism for tv ratings. I love how honest and challenging this book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2560)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Couldnt get through it"
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    What disappointed you about Pandora's Star?

    Its just went nowhere and nowhere and nowhere...I just couldn't get past the first few chapters.


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make SOMETHING happen other than one thing from 8 different people's perspectives.


    Any additional comments?

    I returned it. horrible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1045)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "A funny tale from a funny girl"
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    Would you listen to Girl Walks into a Bar... again? Why?

    Probably not again, but she is witty and interesting to listen to, so I would read another book authored by her.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Dratch? Why or why not?

    Yes, just because her tone is so entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she describes the ridiculous experiences she has had on the streets of NYC...extremely funny. The story about the guy who called her a cunt while she was on a blind date was a riot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    She is not just the "lesbian, horrifically obese and/or disfigured best friend of the beautiful skinny perfect lead female character".


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Tina Fey's book, you will like this, they are so darn similar in personality its weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10676)
    Performance
    (8132)
    Story
    (8178)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "A good start to another Sanderson Universe"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read the book in hardcopy and listening to this made it "better". Many of the main characters are likeable and complex.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    Reminds me of Mistborn in tone. You have your heros, and your flawed heros, and your supporting characters with a lot of spunk.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Kaladin who's so valiant and so deeply scarred from life experiences you cant help but root for him.


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

    Yes, until I get to the chapters about Shallan...who's wit is predictable and is just a shallow character. Skip those chapters until she cuts her arm in a fake suicide attempt, that when her story line gets tolerable.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (153)

    On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is.

    Catherine says: "kindred spirit"
    "A story for all little girls, actual and at heart!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Anne of Green Gables to be better than the print version?

    yes, and it was only because of how well the narrator captured the main characters personalities so well!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course ANNE, how can you not. But of course Mathew has a special place in my heart always.


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    She captured Anne PERFECTLY. She had the range to do the other supporting characters just as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A story for all little girls, actual and at heart!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (566)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    ""And one day, the stars dissapeared...""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. I have to say I HATE dyspopia..period. And I wasn't sure about the slight dystopia plot..but I think some of the reviewers complained it was too technical...and you had me at technical. The characters become family. You cry at the loss. You are alarmed by the humanity...but not surprised at humans as a whole utter failure on this planet and leave the story being not so sure if they have learned abything...but gosh this book makes you ponder very deep and disturbing thoughts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, the Martian. You will see why when you read it.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    I think both narrators did excellent jobs. And I like when there is a female and male narrator for the different parts...helps shake things up a bit.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "And one day, the stars dissapeared..."


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Avonlea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    In this charming sequel to Anne of Green Gables, the unpredictable red-headed heroine returns for more wonderful adventures. When Anne Shirley first came to the beautiful Canadian town of Avonlea, she was a mischievous, talkative orphan who captured the hearts of everyone she met. Now, a few years later, Anne is a young woman with new dreams.

    Dee says: "Barbara Caruso is excellent"
    "This Narrator nails it!"
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    If you could sum up Anne of Avonlea in three words, what would they be?

    I have read this book probably 20 times and seen the movie as many times. The narrator makes all the difference in the world to a very familiar and loved story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anne of Avonlea?

    I love the Davey character. Even better as he was narrated. I find myself saying after recently listening to thi sbook again "Why (insert question here)...I wanna know."


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Caruso’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In Anne of green Gables...and she was the reason why I chose her narration on this second book. Some reviewers complained she was a bit over the top...I thought she captured Anne in all her essence...and the so important supporting characters. She had a wonderful range that made her believable as most of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I ALWAYS CRY no matter how many times I read this book. SO TOUCHING.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all little girls..from young to old. I am almost 40 now and love the story just as much as I did when I was a little girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4315)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2847)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "LOVE this book"
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    Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

    I have read the actual book and now listened to it via audible. Brandon Sanderson can develop characters like nobody's business..and to hear them narrated by a good narrator makes it so much more of an experience rather than just reading the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist. because of his truly empathetic nature.


    What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brandon Sanderson can develop characters like nobody's business..and to hear them narrated by a good narrator makes it so much more of an experience rather than just reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No not really because I had read it before. but I still tear up at a couple of parts no matter what. (the lake scenes in particular..I wont spoil it).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7883)
    Performance
    (7497)
    Story
    (7506)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "SPACE NINJAS UNITE!"
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    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Because the main character is so likeable. I want this dude as a drinking buddy.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    I think anyone who loves Star Trek TNG or DS9 will love this book. It is SUPER TECHNICAL. I love the technical explanations...if they can convince me that it is scientifically possible, I want to hear it. I would rather hear technical explanations than have none and just think the whole time Im reading "this could never happen, this is so fake!". I really felt this could happen now.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    The lead character. Sarcastic, Charismatic, Halarious, super nerdy and just someone you want to hang out with.


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

    YES. The suspense was crazy at times. The end...holy cow I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat with my butt cheeks clenched just hoping for a miracle.


    Any additional comments?

    BEST SCIFI BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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