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Abstractchick

Teaching Artist

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3669)
    Story
    (3697)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "A Surprie of a story"
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    This was on my 100 books to read in my lifetime and I didn't know what to expect with the story. It is an interesting tale about an alternate society. I was surprised how good the book was, but the reading was wonderful. Claire Danes did an exceptional narration and it is one I would listen to again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (743)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "I really wanted to like it."
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    I tried to give this a try. The premise of the book is interesting. And actually the reader is good at what she is doing- talking scared an anxious, but it is annoying. It is a whiny read that makes me feel like I'm listening to a book that has been dipped in an energy drink. With listening time to a premium, I really don't want to listen to hours of every second on the verge of disaster and being frantic. Waa. Waa. Waa. That is close to the preview of what you will hear. Listen to the sample first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1438)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "I couldn't miss a single part."
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    I loved the characters in this book.It is written with such a clever wit, but the voices really draw you into the story.This is about a boy Oscar, whose father died in 9/11. It doesn't focus on the sadness but on the relationships that link to his father. I felt I could not miss one single part of this book. The kid is very quirky all loaded with dreams, fears and love. I would recommend this. Make sure you can really listen to the first of the book and you will be drawn in as well. So Good!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7477)
    Performance
    (6797)
    Story
    (6809)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Kept wanting to listen for some reason"
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    First, there isn't much action in this book. But is is really well written. The story really focuses on the detective and his acquiring facts to solve the case. Galbraith writes very descriptively so you can envision the space and it feels like you have been there for years. I really wish there would have been some action, but another book. It was worth the purchase and made for some good background story listening. I feel I could be doing something and not really lose context of the story. This book to me, felt like Galbraith was setting up the scene for more stories to come. All in all, pretty good story.

    0 of 0 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
    (5244)
    Performance
    (4834)
    Story
    (4839)

    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"
    "Very dreamy and odd"
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    This is such a dreamy yet odd story. It is a strange reality and I would often wonder if it was a child imagination or an altered reality. The very best part of this book is listening to Gaiman voice reading. Wow! It is such a great part of the story. I liked this and it was definitely worth the purchase.I feel Gaiman's books have parts that I really want to contemplate. I would find myself pulled into his descriptions and thinking about them for awhile. I will listen to this book again. As for a recommend, I would buy this one. It is worth the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Don’t look down.... Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher". Don’t look down.… Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights. Don’t look down.… Because The Butcher hasslaughtered the guards an.d short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route. Don’t look down.… Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.

    Abstractchick says: "Some good surprises in store..."
    "Some good surprises in store..."
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    I thought this would be a stock hero hunting a killer story. It is actually pretty good. I had to keep listening to it all the way through! Thank goodness it isn't a long book because I wouldn't have been able to get anything done! I always hesitate to read thrillers because they are gory or get too much into the detective or cop detail, but Koontz has a good pace at building the story and seems to have a pretty good knowledge of a couple of areas. Be aware there are a couple of graphic parts if you are sensitive to that. The story is full of surprises all the way to the end. I have not listened to Koontz novel before and after this listen, would choose another of his books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2675)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent!"
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    When this book first started, I thought,"a historical turn of the century'. It doesn't take long for the action to start and then you need to hold on. This was a great story, full of intrigue and suspense. You aren't quite sure of where it will take you. The hero, Matthew, is alone in his quest to find out the truth and uses his deduction skills to get to the bottom of some murders that happen in a creepy little town. This is a little like Sherlock Holmes meets deliverance. Great story and plan on some sleepless nights listening to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1180)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Disappointed"
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    I listened to this right after 'Speaks the Nightbird", which was an excellent book. 'Queen" is the continuation of the Hero from the first book. This story falls short, though. It starts out with possibilities of being a good story, but then slows down in the middle of the book. I didn't like the characters telling us how everything ties together. I wanted our hero to figure it out with his cunning, or to have the action uncover the plot. It is fine to listen to, but I would listen to some books in between the two. The performance is excellent. I would listen to it for that, but be prepared for lots of little plots varying from the main one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "Excellent Story"
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    My friend told me what a great story this is. I first hesitated wondering if it was another war story. But that is only a small portion of the story. The young woman, Jean, lives through such an ordeal as a prisoner, but this shapes her for the next part of her life. This was such a great surprise!It is a mix of adventure, love and determination that culminates in New Zealand. The action is well paced and you want to find out how it ends. I would definitely add this to your listening list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17148)
    Performance
    (13559)
    Story
    (13634)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "OH MY!"
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    A Storm of Swords is a fast paced roller coaster ride. This book is full of so many surprises that I kept thinking..... what just happened. Keep your rewind button handy on this read because you will be using it often! Storm will not disappoint. This is definitely in my list of best stories and I know I will listen again.

    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
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2421)

    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"
    "A little less than expected"
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    I really wanted this story to delve more into the characters. I think it went too long sometimes on the historical aspects without the characters being involved. I didn't connect to the story and kept waiting for something bigger to happen. It never did. It was a long book that kind of went nowhere. The performance was good, but don't expect too much from this over-hyped book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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