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Lola865

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  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (425)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "Grisham is very exciting on audible!"
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    If you could sum up The Summons & The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    I want more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The judges.


    What about Frank Muller and Michael Beck ’s performance did you like?

    The judges when they realized they may have been outsmarted.


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

    In the Summons, the scene with the bricks thrown through the windows. In TheBrethren, the release of the Brethren.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great value... One credit for two fabulous reads/listens...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "So disappointing!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone on a deserted island with nothing else to read or listen to.


    Has The Girls of Atomic City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just those that are as poorly done.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

    Someone who would have learned to properly pronounce the names of the towns she was talking about,


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been such amazing stuff. I work with people who work or have worked at these plants. It is fascinating stuff! I hope another author will tackle the same subject matter. Then, I hope someone will proof it before it gets released on Audible so that errors in pronunciation that are really quite obvious can be corrected. Overall, it was a snoozefest when I wasn't annoyed and disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

    Paula Beck says: "Laughing Out Loud"
    "Wishin there were more of this"
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    What did you love best about Wishin' and Hopin'?

    This book made me smile, and laugh and reminisce and imagine life in a simpler time. Excellent story, characters, narration. Just fabulous holiday fun!


    What other book might you compare Wishin' and Hopin' to and why?

    I want more books like this! Reminds me of A Christmas Story. The only book I am reminded of is Littlle Blog on the Prairie. It too was family friendly and a good escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this. Am sending it to friends in place of a Christmas card! Isn't that a great idea!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journal Keeper: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Phyllis Theroux
    • Narrated By Phyllis Theroux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Essayist Theroux has long captivated readers and listeners with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. "The Journal Keeper" is a memoir of six years in her life, covering universal topics such as love, loneliness, growing old, spiritual growth, and death.

    Lola865 says: "Don't spend your credit here."
    "Don't spend your credit here."
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    What disappointed you about The Journal Keeper?

    It doesnt translate into spoken word. I was disappointed. It was tedious. I didn't enjoy the narration, the content, the voice. There were snippets of wisdom that made me want to like it, but I found myself fighting to continue to listen. I think I liked the author. I would have liked her more for 5 minutes a week, or a month.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Different genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Reading it?


    What character would you cut from The Journal Keeper?

    I can't say there's a least favorite character, because they are her friends and family. I like her relationship with her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    This might have been a good written word book. It might have been a fun and charming book to lick up and read a page from time to time, but hours and hours of entries read in no particular order, went from curious, to tedious, to turn it off!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11572)
    Performance
    (10512)
    Story
    (10533)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Thrilling"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten of several hundred.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    In my reaction to the characters, Mr.Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. For not wanting to put it down, any in the Outlander series, for ability to make me suspend my disbelief in un-reality/fantasy, Hunger Games...


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Tim, or Veek, or Nate! Great job Narrator! I can't choose!


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there were more to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Tiffany says: "I love Marian Keyes"
    "The worst book I've ever read all the way through"
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    What disappointed you about The Mystery of Mercy Close?

    It was not funny,or engaging, but rather dreary and gray all the way through. Not Marian Keyes usual great work.


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    Her characters were not as dimensional, they were flat. The protagonist waa neither sympathetic nor non sympathetic, just pitiable when not boring.I was so disappointed that it was not even nearly as good as her others.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance didn't add anything. Some performers add to the enjoyment. This was a dud.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I am proud of myself for sticking with a really bad book all the way to the end. I have never done that before.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (619)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Tedious"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure how to answer this...


    Has Total Control turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, and I have enjoyed other Baldacci books. This one just never connected for me.


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

    Performance was fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Looking at the time left, wondering if it would get any better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1366)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Timely. Learn and listen."
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    If you could sum up House Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Compassionate,complex, compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mom. A single mom raising two boys, one with special needs, advocating all the time, trying to do her best for her son with special needs. Jodi Pcoult displays the way a good mom loses sight of the forest for the trees, and how this one lost sight of the needs of her other son, herself, and her family as a whole, while focusing with laser precision on what one of her boys needed. I like how very human this mom is portrayed to be, flawed, but likable.


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

    The narrators were so good...they never, ever "got in the way" of the story. Great choice of narrators.


    Who was the most memorable character of House Rules and why?

    Jacob. He is a combination of kids I love in my real life...


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic audible, worth 2 credits, but I am glad it was only one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (535)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "Didn't see movie, but what a fabulous "listen"!"
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    What did you love best about Slumdog Millionaire?

    compelling story, sympathetic character,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slumdog Millionaire?

    The scene in the apartment house when he sleeps with his arm through a hole in the wall to comfort his "sister" friend. His escape from the orphanage home after his horrific understanding of what was to become of him and his friend...


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

    Beautiful diction...


    Who was the most memorable character of Slumdog Millionaire and why?

    Main character, but his relationships were so strong, that they were outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been raving about this audible book, and plan to buy it as gifts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2358)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Had a hard time understanding the male characters."
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    What disappointed you about The Winter Sea?

    Having to try so hard to understand the dialog.


    What was most disappointing about Susanna Kearsley’s story?

    I can't get far enough into it to make a determination.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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