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Carolyn Zahnow

I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.

Member Since 2010

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  • 13 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Who I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Townshend
    • Narrated By Pete Townshend
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (304)

    From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

    Melinda says: "Glad To Meet You"
    "Rock stars!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! This book dragged on for way too long. I kept hoping the Townsend would give me some reason to like him but it never happened. Perhaps if someone else had narrated, I would have liked him better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator.


    What three words best describe Pete Townshend’s performance?

    Ho-hum, dull, so-so


    Was Who I Am worth the listening time?

    no!


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose if you're a huge Who fan, then you'll appreciate this book more than I. I wanted to learn more about Townsend and the band but instead I ended up not liking him as a person at all. Spoiled, cheating, arrogant rock star!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2503)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "HoHum book"
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    What did you like best about The Silkworm? What did you like least?

    It took me halfway through this book to really get interested. It was a bit gruesome but some people like that kind of stuff.


    What three words best describe Robert Glenister’s performance?

    Pleasant, unwavering, British


    Could you see The Silkworm being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    perhaps a dull movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Janet Conner
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (164)

    You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God...to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction...why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write.

    angelina spence says: "Great Book! A Must Read!"
    "This can change your life- if you let it!"
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    Where does Writing Down Your Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Writing Down Your Soul?

    How to actually wrote purposefully in a journal.


    Which character – as performed by Jane Cramer – was your favorite?

    na


    What did you learn from Writing Down Your Soul that you would use in your daily life?

    Ask and you shall receive.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a supplemental book that I could purchase without purchasing the book. Or maybe provide a secret online supplement.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4771)
    Performance
    (4408)
    Story
    (4419)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Children's Book"
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    What disappointed you about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    I kept waiting for it to mature but I give up - it's not going to happen!


    Has The Ocean at the End of the Lane turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes if I knew what the genre was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    performance was okay, it's more the story that I'm disillusioned with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1329)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Inside a teen's head dealing with grief"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Heft?

    Learning how a teen deals with grief.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teen due to his battles and conquests during the hard teen years.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised when the first character's reading changed over to a teen boy's reading! It made the story more interesting rather than listening to an overweight adult moaning about his life. I am hopeful for a part two of "Heft."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3588)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2510)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Very long but interesting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Prayer for Owen Meany to be better than the print version?

    Not sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The weekend before the death occurred. It was very relaxed as two old friends got together one last time.


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

    A story so bizarre only John Irving could dream it up!


    Any additional comments?

    I misunderstood some parts of the book due to the long-windedness of the writing. But it was quite visual which I enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2838)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1067)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Interesting dilemna!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to someone who has leukemia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna - the 13 year old in the story. She is so strong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one with the dog, Judge, when his owner is about to have a seizure.


    If you could take any character from My Sister's Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna because I love the precociousness of teens.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending really fooled me. Sad, bittersweet but provided comfort in the last sentences. Thank you for that Jodi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (217)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Great to learn the story of Madame Tussaud"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Madame Tussaud to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story/history of such a well known lady.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Very clear voice.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if you like this time period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5761)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2406)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Missing details bugged me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes because it is a story of hope.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Describe what caused most of the people to die. Make it a bit clearer who was speaking.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader's voice was unique which I liked, very friendly. Confusion of who was who.


    Did The Road inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4563)
    Performance
    (2033)
    Story
    (2021)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Room?

    The small child telling his story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Room?

    the suspense to find out he succeeds in breaking free!


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

    no


    If you could take any character from Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    The attention this book received when it first came deserves every bit of it! Very good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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