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Colleen

Brookdale, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2273)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Love the book but I'm going to read it too"
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    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    I love Khaled Hosseini. He was my doctor before his career as a writer began and he was a compassionate doctor with superior skills. As a writer, I have been absolutely blown away by his three books. I love this latest one but the narration made it hard for me to follow the characters and keep track of who was who. Typically a narrator will change the pitch of their voice when new characters are introduced but that was not done well here. I listen during my hour commute back and forth to work and I needed some distinctions to separate the characters. But, it's a rich, thought provoking story. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Don't miss the book because of the narration. The audio book was a good foundation and now the book will help me bring the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hosseini's books keep me engaged from start to finish. What I liked about this one was how the characters were intertwined and different generations were represented. What I also like about Hosseini's books is that we are reminded that there are not many differences between people despite the country and culture. That is what I try to remember as I hear all the news stories that concentrate on the negative. Travel has afforded me that viewpoint and books reinforce that when I get to go to another country via the written word.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just changes in pitch to distinguish the characters.


    If you could take any character from And the Mountains Echoed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    That's a hard one. There is quite an array of interesting characters. I'd have a dinner party at my house and invite them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing please. I'll await the next. From your favorite patient (now in San Diego). ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7446)
    Performance
    (6891)
    Story
    (6909)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Unique Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I thought the performance was very good. I didn't read the book. I love audio books and I love listening to Steven King. This kept me interested throughout.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Uncovering some of the secrets and the showdown.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    When I get visuals about the characters in the book, I know I've heard a good narration.


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

    If I had an enormous amount of free time, yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2395)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2025)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Started a little slow for me but good overall"
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    Would you listen to Touch & Go again? Why?

    I was getting a little impatient waiting for something interesting to happen but by the second half of the book, it started getting more interesting. It was definitely in later in the book. She is a good writer and can get away with more dialogue. I've obviously been spoiled by more suspenseful books. It did not disappoint after all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (421)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall

    Good interesting journey. I'd like to invent a saying for the types of books that are rush hour prozac. Maybe that's it - Rush Hour Prozac. This is such a book. This does not disappoint.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Odd but engaging"
    Overall

    I know this is a favorite with critics (or at least what I've read) but to me, it was a little bit of a letdown. I had just listened to Shantaram so it was such a slower pace and perhaps I was just not ready for such a leap in tempo. I believe it's read by the author and I really wish the author's would leave the narration to the professionals. The low key voice in this book didn't help. However, I was engaged until all the sudden the book just ended. I realize that a point was made but it was so abrupt that I felt cheated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27865)
    Performance
    (14444)
    Story
    (14498)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "This book is going to be a classic"
    Overall

    This is the type of book that will live for a long time, a la To Kill a Mockingbird. I really hated that this book had to end. A compelling book that will give you insight into a time that we cannot imagine at present day. At least in California, we cannot imagine it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1663)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    I was engaged from beginning to end. This is the type of book you will not mind being stuck in traffic for. I love books that are based in other countries and this book gives a rich, cultural visit to India. My wanderlust for travel (that I cannot do right now) was temporarily satiated with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5095)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2666)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Probably great for marketing types, not for me"
    Overall

    If you are a Marketing type, this would probably be a great book. I didn't finish it as I'm not anything close to Marketing but I'm sure it has its niche.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (815)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Not understanding all the hoopla"
    Overall

    This is a well written book but I didn't find it very engaging. It took me about half-way through to grab my interest. I kept with it because of all I heard about it and I love dogs. I would say it's good but not a great book. Love the dogs and Edgar though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5285)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1499)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A Must Read (or Listen)"
    Overall

    Dr. Hosseni used to be my doctor so you'll be happy to know that he is not only a fabulous writer but he is also a good guy and a wonderful doctor. I thought the Kite Runner was excellent and this one exceeded my expectations. Dr. Hosseni is probably doing more for the humanitarian cause than anyone else as far as putting faces with a culture that has been ignored except for the focus on war. I get lost in his books. I'm stuck in traffic and don't even care and in fact, want it to take even longer to get to work. I feel like I'm visiting another country. Having lived in other countries and traveled extensively, I know that there are some people that are always going to fight for power (unfortunately) but at the core of the population are good people everywhere, just trying to do life the best they can.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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