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Debra

Marlton, NJ, USA

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 351 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "A great book with many layers."
    Overall

    This book is teeming with its relationships and interconnected lives. The three interrelating, but separate stories are all wonderfully written. Some books lend themselves better to audio than others and this is defently one of them. I found myself relistening a few times and picking up more from the book each time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Mike Calvo says: "Really Twisted!"
    "Give it time to digest"
    Overall

    It took a couple of days after I finished the book to begin to appreciate it. It is true that some of the content contains some extremely hard core violence and sex but moving past that, admittedly not easy, there is another level to this book. Is Patrick Bateman guilty of crimes or fantasy? The excessive description of the clothing although annoying serves a purpose of showing the reader that the characters are all focused, to the point of obsession, on all the wrong things.
    When the critics are comparing his work to Dostoyevsky you have to expect depth and tragedy.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

    Andy says: "Surf's Up"
    "No Music"
    Overall

    I was hoping the format would be more like the radio show "The Ongoing History of New Music" (on the radio station 102.1 The Edge/Toronto) by Alan Cross, which ROCKS. It's great to hear at least clips of the music they are talking about especially when it may have been a year or two (or thirty) since you have heard the music they are talking about. Hard core fans may find this enjoyable but without the music it falls flat if your not. On a positive note it did make me want to listen to the album, if I had it....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4807)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2222)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Breathtaking"
    Overall

    Do not hesitate using two credits for this book, it is worth that and more.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6409)
    Performance
    (3192)
    Story
    (3213)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "JK Rowling Meets Tolkien"
    Overall

    A mix between Harry Potter and middle earth, leaning towards middle earth. If thats your thing you will love it. If not don't use your credit.

    3 of 7 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
    Overall
    (26911)
    Performance
    (13542)
    Story
    (13590)

    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!"
    "A Very Enjoyable Book!"
    Overall

    A very enjoyable book! A few of the characters are a bit shallow, but that is the point in many of the cases, and I would have liked some of the plot lines to have been better developed, reveling themselves to be more exciting than they turned out to be. The book drops the reader in a very recent time in history and it is almost unbelievable that it could have been a reality only 50 years ago. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1141)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "High on my list of bad credit usage!"
    Overall

    Unfortunately it happens that I am more likely to write a review when I dislike a book, rather than when I really enjoy a book. I have enjoyed Ken Follett in the past but found that he adds explicit sex to his stories for no other reason than to be exploitive. In most of his books the story has been good enough to ignore the complete inappropriateness of its use, but not in this case. This book reads like a bad soap opera. The prostitute with the heart of gold, the plotting and vindictive vileness, and the men that are otherwise intelligent except for the fact that they are completely outwitted and manipulated by her all add up to a cringing bad story line. The plot takes turns only to go nowhere. There are a few characters you almost make contact with but as soon as you get interested in where they fit into the story he jumps so many years in their lives it is easy to loose interest in why they are in the story in the first place.
    I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this one is up there on my list of use of credit regrets.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1392)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Self Absorptive Tripe"
    Overall

    The extent of this woman’s self absorption is astonishing. Spending a year contemplating your navel is a luxury not many could afford or stomach. By the end of the book there isn’t much doubt that the most important person in her life is herself. I think an author reading their book allows for the reader to get the truest vision of the story they are telling, but I found Gilbert to be very unlikable and too much like a spoiled adolescent.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (935)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Well Written But...."
    Overall

    This book was very well written and enjoyable for the most part, but I think it would be best enjoyed by someone that has more intrested in the Dominican Republic than I do. The core story held my intrest, but I think I missed a lot of the story especially when they broke into Spanish without explanation to their non-Spanish speaking audiance.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (284)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "A Brilliant Novel Is In There Somewhere"
    Overall

    A brilliant novel is in there somewhere and with the help of a good editor and a few more revisions I think it could have been uncovered. A lot of the dialogue rings false and the characters get extremely wearisome. If soap operas are your thing this is right up your alley.
    I have enjoyed several other novels written by Bryce Courtenay. "The Power Of One" is brilliant, and I quite enjoyed "The Potato Factory" and "Solomon's Song" but could have done without "Tommo and Hawk" in the trilogy. Courtnenay's writing concerning The Battle of Gallipoli was insightful and moving in "Solomon's Song."
    The formation of Australia is obviously close to the author’s heart and in this case I think he let his hart guide his pen a bit too much.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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