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Sarah

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Fourth Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Millions of television viewers witness a journalist lose his left-hand to a lion, triggering a nationwide race to find and deliver a hand transplant. John Irving's tenth novel promises more seamless storytelling and a penetrating look at the power of second chances.

    Suzn F says: "WELL..... I LOVED IT"
    "a good irving story"
    Overall

    Is it as good as A Prayer for Owen Meany or A Widow for One Year? No, I don't think so. But it is good. It's worth reading and it's classic Irving. If you like classic John Irving, you'll enjoy the Fourth Hand.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Amazon Customer says: "The narrator can sure make or break a book"
    "Who cast the female narrator?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Just One Look better?

    A different female narrator. Did anyone actually listen to her before casting her?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have one. The narration was too distracting to pay attention.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different female narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, with the female narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun and great story--engaging. But as almost every other reviewer has pointed out, the narration is horrendous. She does some strange thing with vowels, for example, "Jack" become "Jaaack," and not in a good Southern way. Strange lilting up at the end of every sentence. I mean, just awful. I really like Coben, so the story was worth listening to even with this narrator, but it was painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "TOOOOOO LOOONG and a terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Hour I First Believed better?

    If it had been shorter--this book could've been done in 1/3 the time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wally Lamb again?

    Unlikely


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    No. Ick.


    Any additional comments?

    At one point, the author has the narrator read about 20 minutes worth of the writings of Klebold and Harris. It began to feel abusive and did nothing to assist the plot.

    This story has moments of being engaging and entertaining, but it's too long and with a whiney narrator, it just makes for a dreadful day of your life, if you can slog through the entire 25 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jillian Lauren
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At 18, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman would pay pretty girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next 18 months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah....

    Sabrina says: "Eat, Pray, Love for "naughty" girls"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    Not classic literature, but a very engaging story, well narrated. I hated it when the story ended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (853)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "very fun"
    Overall

    Fun to listen to. Great narrator. I did a lot of Christmas baking with this on in the background. It's an easy story to follow while doing other things.

    1 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
    (26032)
    Performance
    (12687)
    Story
    (12728)

    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!"
    "wonderful listen"
    Overall

    A great book and a terrific audio recording. Great character development. Unexpected ending. Wonderful voices to listen to. One of the best books I've downloaded in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising: Before They Were Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    New York Times best-selling authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have sold more than 60 million copies of their Left Behind series, the fastest-selling adult fiction series of all time. Now these extraordinarily popular writers unveil the hotly anticipated Countdown to Rapture series, the thrilling saga that leads to the events of the Left Behind books.

    Colleena says: "Great Prequel"
    "You've got to be kidding me..."
    Overall

    What is it about these books? Bad theology and bad writing. Why are millions reading them? They are not GOSPEL. They are FICTION. And this one...could the hatred of that which is "other" be any stronger? These books promote hatred and harm, not the love of Christ.

    3 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2267)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (531)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Swimmingly Good"
    Overall

    I loved this book! If you're a John Irving fan, you'll appreciate the humor and writing style of this work. It's light reading but engaging. Strong character development. A bit predictable at times, but overall a fun, worthwhile read. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5709)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1941)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Incredible story telling!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audio books I've heard! The story is rich, compelling and strong. It reminds me a bit of John Irving. It's unexpected, but believable. The story traces 3 generations of a family in an unexpected way. The characters are rich and well developed and the story moves quickly. The narrator does a really good job, making clear the different characters with changes in his voice, but he doesn't over do it, which is refreshing.

    I can't wait for more books from this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (Left Behind, Volume 12)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Thousands of years of human history stained by strife, death, and sin come to an end when the King of Glory returns to earth. The satisfying conclusion of the seven years of Tribulation covered by the Left Behind series portrays the return of Jesus Christ to earth in both glory and judgment.

    Blender says: "Praise Him"
    "Horrible Theology, Anti Semitic and plain boring"
    Overall

    Okay. I admit it. I have listened to this entire series. As a youth minister, it's good to know what your youth are listening to. The theology is awful (it's bad in all the books, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti anything but the religious right, typical premilleniallist dispensationailist stuff). But this book is EVEN WORSE than the rest. Jesus is portrayed as narcissistic and dull. After 2000 years, he's got nothing new to say--just goes around quoting what other people have said about him, or repeating what is classically attributed to him in the Gospels.

    SKIP THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While you're at it, skip the whole series!!!!!!!!

    5 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah: Book One of the Canaan Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marek Halter
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The story of Sarah, and of history itself, begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but balks at the arranged marriage her father has planned for her. The groom is handsome and a nobleman, but on their wedding day, Sarah panics and impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls.

    Sarah says: "An easy listen, not great literature"
    "An easy listen, not great literature"
    Overall

    In a lot of ways this reminded me of a watered-down version of The Red Tent. It's a good listen and the story follows closely enough with the Biblical text. It's predictable and the narrator is not my favorite. But it's fun and light.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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