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Sarah

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 16 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 396 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (201)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    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 49 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1018)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Dreadful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed her books in the past, but this one was just horrible. We listened to it on a recent road trip--it was like a bad Harlequin romance (an oxymoron, I know) from the start. We knew every stupid move the narrator was going to make before she did it. The abrupt ending was hours too late. There wasn't a thing I enjoyed about this book. If my spouse hadn't insisted that we listen to the entire thing, I would've quit after the first few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (730)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "The Perfect Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about To Kill a Mockingbird?

    I hadn't read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in middle or high school. Reading it, many years later, as an adult, I heard the story in a whole new way. My Southern blood recognized the land, the people and the story.


    Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can not imagine a better narrator for this book than Spacek. She is phenomenal. The perfect voice for all the characters, but especially Scout.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been a member of Audible for over a decade and have read and heard many wonderful books. This is, hands down, the best book I've purchased. I will listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17875)
    Performance
    (15892)
    Story
    (15849)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Couldn't put it down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to love a Stephen King book, but boy did I. Excellent narration, engrossing story. I am struggling to find another book after this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    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.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "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
    (554)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    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
    (148)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    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
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1023)

    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
    Overall
    (27128)
    Performance
    (13748)
    Story
    (13794)

    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
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (639)

    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

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