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Helen

Tarzana, CA, USA

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  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (840)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Michael says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "what a waste of time"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to listening to B of Bones on my vacation. I lasted through 9 hours and then threw in the towel.
    And I really resent the time I devoted to the book...hoping and hoping that the storyline and character development would pick up. Bag of Bones is repetitive, boring, and uninvolving. I don't recall when I have cared so little for the main character in a novel. The insertion of supernatural events was completely unsuspenseful. I wish I hadn't wasted my book credit on this one. Ugh.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2544)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (322)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Overrated."
    Overall

    The novel was tedious. Henry's narrator has a totally annoying glib voice that seemed inappropriate for his character. If I met someone in real life who had a voice like his, I'd want to smack him! The plot is repetitive, innumerable trips back and forth in time, many of which did not add anything to the storyline. And the incessant demonstrations of undying devotion between Henry and Claire would be overkill even on a soap opera. Enough already!!! The last 45 minutes are a tearjerker, but it was small payoff for sloshing through the first eleven hours. I stuck to it because I was heavily influenced by all the glowing reviews online. To each his own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Preferred Angela's Ashes"
    Overall

    I loved Angela's Ashes. But Tis comes up short. McCourt's narrative wanders and goes around in circles. The author comes off as a bit whiny, envious, and slightly maladjusted. He desribes his courting of his wife and subsequent divorce, but there isn't very much information provided as to why the marriage disintegrated. One gets the feeling that the author was to blame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1553)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (738)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Beautiful and moving"
    Overall

    I find myself thinking about the Bel Canto characters as I fall asleep and when I wake up....and then I have to remind myself that they are not real people. I prefer non fiction to fiction, but this novel grabbed me in a way that was utterly unexpected and moving.

    After listening to (and loving) Truth and Beauty, I decided to give Ms. Patchett's fiction a try. What can I say? Her writing feels like a personal gift to be treasured forever.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "Fascinating and a real page turner"
    Overall

    I loved this book...the author's narration is wonderful. Her work is unbiased and compassionate. A truly eye opening look into the thoughts of typical Iraqis citizens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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