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  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (371)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you listen to Committed again? Why?

    Possibly, to review the history of marriage that she presents.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: learning about the history of marriage and the possible factors that have caused its decline in America.


    What about Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She is an excellent writer and very easy to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am happily married and fully believe in marriage as a sacred sacrament, but listened to this book to help myself understand what so many people have against marriage these days. It helped, though I do have hope that the author finds peace in marriage as a beautiful form of lifelong committment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (979)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "My new favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of Nicholas Sparks books on Audible and have read almost all of them, and this is my favorite to date. The female reader is a little annoying but the story itself is good. Definitely worth the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26916)
    Performance
    (20771)
    Story
    (20968)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A bit of a let down but still excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book was just as well written as the other two though definitely the darkest of the three. At times it was painful to muttle through the gore but I held onto the hope that the story would end on a hopeful note. Without giving away whether or not it did, I will say that it seemed the author rushed the ending, and I was left with a few questions as well as a lack of complete closure. Aside from that, it lived up to the quality I'd come to expect from the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29406)
    Performance
    (22571)
    Story
    (22729)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Great continuation from the first book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed as much as the first book! Here is my review of The Hunger Games: I had never heard of this trilogy until the movie came out and when I saw the previews, I had zero desire to see the film. It looked gratuitously violent and dark, and not something that would at all be woth my time. A friend had read the trilogy and raved about it, so my husband decided to give it a try. Not long into the first book he, too, began raving about it. I couldn't imagine what all the hype was about so out of mere curiosity I decided to give it a try, and was I ever surprised. The book was so engaging that I began listening every free second I had. I blew through the entire trilogy in a short amount of time and when I finished I went through major withdrawals. Weeks later I'm still thinking about the story. I can't say enough about the narrator - she is the best I've ever heard and does a phenomenal job with the many character voices. As I expected, the trilogy was indeed very dark, but the story is so well written that it was every bit worth my time. The interview with the author at the end of the third book helps to explain the inspiration for the books, which also helps explain their dark nature. Definitely worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34657)
    Performance
    (25759)
    Story
    (26121)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Way better than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of this trilogy until the movie came out and when I saw the previews, I had zero desire to see the film. It looked gratuitously violent and dark, and not something that would at all be woth my time. A friend had read the trilogy and raved about it, so my husband decided to give it a try. Not long into the first book he, too, began raving about it. I couldn't imagine what all the hype was about so out of mere curiosity I decided to give it a try, and was I ever surprised. The book was so engaging that I began listening every free second I had. I blew through the entire trilogy in a short amount of time and when I finished I went through major withdrawals. Weeks later I'm still thinking about the story. I can't say enough about the narrator - she is the best I've ever heard and does a phenomenal job with the many character voices. As I expected, the trilogy was indeed very dark, but the story is so well written that it was every bit worth my time. The interview with the author at the end of the third book helps to explain the inspiration for the books, which also helps explain their dark nature. Definitely worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6589)
    Performance
    (1905)
    Story
    (1926)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Most beautifully written book I've ever read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book deals with the most raw and tender of human emotion / experience, which Hosseini weaves together in a breathtaking tapestry of words. I thought about this book long after I finished it. Hearing it read by the author helped draw me into the story on a deeper level, and by the end I was left wanting much more. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

    M. Chinander says: "Wow"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    While I agree with the previous comment that this book felt a bit like emotional extortion (especially towards the end) I did very much enjoy it. At times I have tuned out listening to other audiobooks. That did not happen once with this one. I am a big Nicholas Sparks fan and this one was among my favorite. The narrator is excellent as well - I will definitely be looking for him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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