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Meagan vR

I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

Ohio | Member Since 2010

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  • 34 ratings
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Chasing Harry Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Meet Tali, Schuyler, and Kim. Best friends since college, each 20-something (okay, almost 30) has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles in the world's greatest city, New York. Having been friends for more than a decade, they know that they all need a change. On Valentine's Day, they are each alone for one reason or another. At dinner together, the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her. Chasing Harry Winston brings listeners once again into the heart of an elite world....

    Meagan vR says: "Fantasy Chick Lit- Entertaining Enough (SPOILERS)"
    "Fantasy Chick Lit- Entertaining Enough (SPOILERS)"
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    This book should actually be found under "fantasy" on audible. Three women fall completely backwards into fame, fortune, and amazing jobs. One woman actually breaks up with her celebrity fiance because another celebrity is pursuing her. Another woman has a famous movie director falling all over himself to date her. The story is basically three women who do absolutely nothing and find unbelievable success. It is disappointing because it really was well written and kept my interest so it had great potential. I will probably read other books from this author. But the story was just BAD.

    Anyway perhaps one of the reasons it was so pleasant to listen to is that the narrator was AMAZING. She did a great Brazilian accent and hit the emotions of the women perfectly. I will probably look for other books with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Why was there no story?"
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    Would you try another book from Mona Simpson and/or Kate Rudd?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Mona Simpson’s story?

    Great characters who do nothing


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Yea


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad. Well written for what it was but just became dull after a little while with nothing happening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (335)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Loved it!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- the book is very engaging


    Any additional comments?

    Really great story- liked how different actors voiced different characters rather than one actor trying to do all the voices. Disappointed that there are no other books written by this author. Really grabs you from the very first paragraph up through the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (71)

    When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

    Marc says: "Amazing first novel!"
    "This book is just bad."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well starting with changing the narrator would help. He was seriously acting all the "villain" characters with the same slow, meandering lisp. Hard to explain but harder to listen to.


    What could William Landay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this question. I don't know... Written a better story?


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad about mission flats. I really liked Defending Jacob and it's hard to believe that it came from the same author. Blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (557)

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    Kathleen says: "Love Joe Ledger Series? Avoid This Trainwreck."
    "Bad. Boring. Plotless."
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    Any additional comments?

    Really very boring. Didn't finish it. I liked the zombie series he did so I thought I'd try other books by this author... Bad idea. Waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9397)
    Performance
    (8530)
    Story
    (8595)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Tedious and forced"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    As far as the Langdon series goes I'm done with Dan Brown.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really bad guys. There is hardly any character development, the dialogue is like cardboard, and the plot is pretty much plotless. Robert Langdon with amnesia? Gawd how much more corny can you get? Same "on the run" with a BEAUTIFUL BRAINY woman, same clues in historical works of art, same evil unknown threatening world destruction. It seriously feels like someone forced Brown to put out another book by a certain deadline so he did what he could to get words on paper ASAP. A huge disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (282)

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

    Teddy says: "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"
    "Blah- Very disappointing."
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    I was so excited to discover Phillippa Gregory and I absolutely devoured the first 3 books of the Tudor series. I loved them and it seemed like such a relief to find a go-to author! But unfortunately I then eagerly downloaded and dove into 'The Queen's Fool'. What a disappointment. Unlike the previous three books, the story is not from the point of view of a historical figure, but a random fictitious young girl named Hannah. She has all these gimmicks that makes it seem like the author is trying WAY too hard to make her an interesting character- She is Jewish and fleeing persecution. She dresses like a boy to stay 'hidden' even though everyone knows she's a girl who is dressing like a boy so it just sort of seems strange after a little while. She also is psychic or something (she has 'the sight') and it is just sort of an afterthought in the story. Also she is running back and forth between Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth giving them advice and generally being their favorite and most trusted little friend. How and why this has happened for this random Hannah is because of her ESP, i guess, but it just isn't a well developed plotline. Character development is also extremely thin. Oh and of course she has at least two men lusting after her. Oh and she is the 'fool' (court jester?) at court. Does it sound like the stories of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth are completely lost in all of this gimmicky character of Hannah? It's because they are. It's like Gregory had an idea of this Hannah character and just wrote her into some historical fiction to give her some kind of a story. IMO, it's a slow moving, boring and redundant story. I'm about 75% through and I'll probably finish it, but then I will take a break from Phillipa Gregory for a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boleyn Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    Anne of Cleves must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion a dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford's name is a byword for malice, jealousy and twisted lust throughout Europe. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title in exchange for her soul.

    Teddy says: "Great Book"
    "So incredibly good- I didn't want to turn it off!"
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    I was so happy to have found an amazing listen after a long while of duds. The story was so interesting and the narrations were spot-on. The crafting of the scene was magnificent and truly made the setting magical. I have never given 5 stars in every category, but I do not have one complaint about this book. I cannot wait to listen to more Phillipa Gregory books! Hopefully Audible continues to do her justice with the amazing narration. Ok well goodbye for now... I'm off to buy my next Gregory book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1589)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "This isn't as the description reads"
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    This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (923)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Plotless and Uninteresting"
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    This book had an interesting sounding plot and the setting was intriguing. It started off well with the premise of a N. Korean defector, but that storyline ends quickly and uneventfully. Then hours of boredom. Then another interesting storyline about a woman he meets and obviously cares for, probably 25 minutes and its over. Then more boredom. This book had amazing potential for a different and interesting story of Communist North Korea in the style of Lisa See, but it completely fell flat. The narrator was also apparently bored to tears. Monotone, quiet, and slow, the narrator would be an insomniacs best friend bc he be would right to sleep. Sucks that I wasted money on this blah book. I'm not even going to bother finishing it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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