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Tracy, CA, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 164 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey

    It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one.

    Beverly says: "More Details, please!"
    "A Great Narrator, an Acceptable Book"

    A somewhat predictable gothic/fantasy book. Gemma receives her wish to leave India for England when her mother is mysteriously killed on Gemma's 16th birthday. Gemma is shipped off to boarding school in England. There she must gain the acceptance of her schoolmates, solve the mystery of mother's death, and learn to deal with her "powers". An interesting look into social mores of the Victorian era.

    Certainly not the best written book I have listened to, but the narrator was what made this such an enjoyable listen. She did a delightful job of capturing the personality of the characters, and managed to make each sound distinctly different. She kept my attention more than the story line did!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "Sugar Beth, what were you thinking??"

    I admit it. I chose this book solely to be entertained, and didn't expect much substance. I also didn't expect the storyline to have any relationship to reality. And this book delivers on both counts.

    The "mystery" of the missing painting is easily solved, and with that out of the way, I looked forward to some hot romance. Unfortunately, every time I heard Colin's voice, the picture of an older, gay gentlemen came into my mind. Never ONCE could I picture him as someone most of the town's women had a crush on at one time or another, let alone the love interest of someone like Sugar Beth.

    Sorry, I expect men to sound like men, and my favorite narrator failed on this one. It was totally distracting every time Colin spoke. Maybe it was a cover; Colin was really in love with Sugar Beth's sister's husband? Do you think?

    Story is amusing enough and worth a listen. But be prepared to laugh at the ridiculous voice given to Colin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy's Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kristin Gore
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur

    Comedy writer and middle daughter of Al Gore, Kristin Gore has written a funny and moving debut novel about life on Capitol Hill as seen through the eyes of Samantha Joyce, a 26-year-old health care analyst to Ohio Junior Senator Robert Gary. Hard working, idealistic, extremely competent, as well as neurotic and prone to daydreaming, Sammy, as she's known to her friends, has little time for anything, much less a relationship.

    Vicki says: "Not Funny at All!"
    "Bore & Snore"

    Having read the reviews when this novel was released, I was looking forward to a light-hearted and entertaining listen. Unfortunately, what I received was a heavy-handed lecture on health care policy from an apparently brainless woman. I was incredulous from the beginning, over the lead character's ridiculous behavior. Does anyone really tie up one's arm, pretending it was broken, and then manage to hobble along with two different types of shoes all day? Instead of being amused at her "charming" imagination, I was just plain irritated with her apparent stupidity and lack of focus.

    If she was my employee, I would have fired her, and that's what I did with this book. A waste of a credit, and the first audible book I just couldn't finish.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"

    This was one of the most boring books I've listened to since joining Audible over six months ago. The only reason I forced myself to finish it is because I paid for it. It must have taken several weeks off and on for me to listen to the entire thing. One of the major problems, besides the tedious storyline, was the truly horrible narration.

    The accents slipped in and out, making it difficult to keep track of the characters. That also illustrates the point that the characters were so uninteresting and so non-distinctive, that one simply doesn't care about any of them. Merrick, who was supposed to be Dutch, sounds like a bad imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The story is a snooze.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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