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Jeanette

Manhattan Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1248)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Courtney/Bower combination is irresistable!"
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    Bryce Courtney's novels are favorites because his characters are never perfect, but perfectly flawed. I could listen to Humphrey Bower narrate the ingredients on a cereal box. He has just the right inflection humor, panic, masked emotion. He disappears into each character to the extent that I am usually surprised that there is only one narrator, by the end. Together, they weave wonderful audio experiences! Will listen to more of their collaborations.

    1 of 1 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
    (5129)
    Performance
    (4729)
    Story
    (4737)

    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"
    "Mixed Bag..."
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    I had mixed feelings about this book. I could listen to Neil Gaiman narrate a nutrition label. I love his inflection, and the way he interprets and portrays his characters. He draws me into everything he writes. No matter how unusual the plot, his stories rarely fail to draw me in and sweep me away. This one, though good, didn't get me to suspend belief in quite the same way, so I often found myself distracted. It didn't hold my attention the way most of his do.

    That said, I can't get enough of this guy's work and look forward to his next project's release!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12439)
    Performance
    (11401)
    Story
    (11467)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "A favorite book brought to life!"
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    I rarely read books twice, never buy an audible version of one that I have read-until now. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books. It doesn't matter that the intended audience is 35 yrs younger than me, this book touched my heart and held my interest in a way I can't explain. So much so, that I couldn't wait to 'hear' it and Audible's version did not disappoint! Kate Rudd voiced the young narrator, Hazel, to perfection-made me laugh and cry; the whole experience bought the book to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin of Gor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Welcome to Gor, a parallel Earth, where social norms are exotic and the way of life is brutal. In the fifth book in the Gorean Series, the deadly assassin Kuurus is intent on a bloody mission of vengeance. His adventure takes him from the caste of the pleasure-slaves, which are rigorously trained in the rules and techniques of sexual ecstasy, to the brutal arenas where humans participate in deadly hand-to-hand combat. He witnesses violence, conflict and uncertainty, as the inhabitants of Counter-Earth are forced to confront their destinies…no matter how exalted or debased.

    michael says: "Gorean Saga"
    "Not the target audience!"
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    I love a good surprise, and I thought this book might be it, from the reviews; however, it was a drag...slow and meandering without much of a plot or point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Home Again

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    At the center of Home Again is Madelaine - a brilliant cardiologist, a loving mother, a tender friend, and a woman full of self-doubt. It is also the story of her confused and angry daughter, Lina, and of the two very different men Madelaine loves: Francis, a priest searching for his faith, and Angel, a talented but cynical man with a broken heart. When tragedy suddenly brings them all together, they must learn to forgive the betrayals of the past and find the courage to love again.

    Laura says: "A 50 Tissue Read"
    "disappointed"
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    Loved Firefly Lane, so thought this would be as good. Story was predictable and so not a fun listen. I think I might like the narrator, but hard to tell as she had very little to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1908)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "A New Favorite Author"
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    The premise of this book should not have been believable, but Ms French got me to suspend my belief because she does such a wonderful job of developing her characters and their relationships,I could not stop listening. This book is a mystery with several intrigues running along side. Heather O'Neill's narration is entertaining and her characterisations felt spot on.

    I love a good mystery which includes sub-plots to keep the story moving, creating suspense and surprise in the little moments. Fun book, entertaining series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (605)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    Carolina says: "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
    "Don't want it to end..."
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    I am in love with anything Davina Porter narrates, but in the Mists of Avalon, I am also re-captivated by the story of Camelot as told through the eyes of the key women. It is refreshing and thought-provoking in ways I would not have expected; an aspect that only adds to my enjoyment!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "Three favorite narrators, one great story!"
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    Stone's Fall is a well developed story, told in unique style, allowing the reader to 'peel the onion' of the plot with each new narrator. Roy Dotrice, John Lee, and Simon Vance make it all come to life and the result allowed me to get lost in the story, so much so, that I was loathed to have it end. Wonderful audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12935)
    Performance
    (10542)
    Story
    (10663)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Fun escapism"
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    This book surprised me on several levels. It is a mix of dark forces seeping in and coming of age. It almost feels like 2 different, unrelated stories until they intersect. Both are rich in interesting characters and circumstances. I found easy to meander through, and was excited to get to the second day. Love the narration of Nick Podehl and feel like the book works best because of him. While it was fun as an adult, teens would also enjoy it, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3295)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1632)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Captivated!"
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    Shantaram is a wide ranging story- gritty, achingly human, and often philisophical. Humphrey Bower's narration is the crowing jewel. His portrayal of the protagonist allows one to feel Lyn's conflicting emotions, his humor, his humanity. While the story meanders and careens into sub-plots and storylines, Bower's consistent voice and talented range, serve to keep the whole, coherent. I could listen to Bower all day!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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