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Sarah

Amherst, MA, United States

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  • 7 reviews
  • 122 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fraternity of the Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Drew Maclane was a star agent - until the day the killing had to stop. He withdrew, and for six years lived the life of a hermit in a monastery. But someone has tracked him down, leaving a trail of corpses...someone who knows all about him, who knows how to draw him back into that electrifying world where no one is as he seems, and where life's most horrifying and harrowing game is played.

    Michael says: "Painful to listen to"
    "Plot heavy"
    Overall

    Interesting concept, but the plot was too fast-moving and incident-ridden. Character development and scene description suffered, leaving me with the feeling I'd just read a story board for a TV series. The narrator's rushing through the reading didn't help. Slow down, guys! If we had attention spans of 5 minutes, we wouldn't bother to read books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gregg Braden Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Where is human evolution taking us? To answer this question, best-selling author Gregg Braden continues to break ground, merging the wisdom of lost prophecy and ancient prayer with the latest in scientific research on the destiny of humankind. The Gregg Braden Audio Collection brings together for the first time his revolutionary works - including a bonus all-new teachings, available nowhere else.

    Lorna says: "Thought provoking as usual"
    "Mind-opening!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just when you thought you knew everything, you discover you know nothing. Braden explores the world we don't see with our science-washed eyes, and does so with grace and sincerity. If you enjoy exploring things you never knew before, you won't be able to put this one down. I've been listening to it in my car, and have ended up sitting in the driveway unable to leave my car until I hear more.
    (BTW) I rated "story" a one-star because this isn't a story and I wasn't allowed to proceed until I had rated everything. So, the non-existent story wasn't particularly interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6676)
    Performance
    (5940)
    Story
    (5939)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Startlingly beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an amazing book, a fantasy and much, much more. I had never heard of the book or the author when I listened to it, and I was puzzled that I had never heard of it before. In college, I wolfed down books, and am still an avid reader at the age of 74. I was certain this moving, unusual, brilliant book was a classic I hadn't heard of before. I thought maybe I should ask for my money back from Wellesley College, my Alma Mater, as they had failed to educate me properly. I'm also a published writer (mystery stories) and have a pretty good ear for language. "Night Circus" is, to put it simply, one of the most beautifully written books I've read. The writing is evocative and lovely. To read it is like falling into a dream. Congratulations and blessings, Erin Morgenstern. Just keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2983)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1704)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Good writing. Lousy narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Preston and Child's books. But nothing can ruin them for me like Scott Brick's narration. His doesn't read, he intones in a monotone of impending doom. It's so annoying I've bypassed some of the books, or have gone to other websites to find them with a different narrator. I occasionally run across descriptions praising him, and wonder how boring some people's lives must be that they can be excited hearing him read. Please! Get this guy to a reading coach!

    2 of 3 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
    (27616)
    Performance
    (14207)
    Story
    (14259)

    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 miracle!"
    Overall

    I'm in my 70's, a dedicated reader all my life, and have myself had 7 books of fiction published. I've read some wonderful books in my life. This is the first one I've ever fallen in love with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isolation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Travis Thrasher
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    After tragedy in Papua, New Guinea, a missionary couple returns to America and begins drifting apart from each other and from God. When their family moves into a Smoky Mountains retreat, they can't imagine the terror that awaits.

    J. says: "Scary Read!"
    "The characters suffrer. So does the reader."
    Overall

    Missionaries, man and wife and two children, move into a creepy house in the mountains. The house rivals the Amityville Horror. The whole thing starts to fall down around them, with scary stuff and bloody rooms and murder and six feet of snow. It's obvious they should band together and take some action. But she won't tell him what she's experiencing out of fear she's crazy and doesn't want him to know. He won't tell her what he's experiencing out of fear he'll drive her deeper into the psychosis she doesn't know he knows about
    Instead, they whine and pray constantly. She cries and worries about going crazy, while he curses God and feels guilty. They are truly a pathetic pair.

    The writing is mediocre. The author knows a few phrases which he uses to describe just about everything. The characters are unsympathetic and passive, waiting for God to save them from a situation they got into with their eyes wide open. They escape in the end (with God's help, of course). I only hope they haven't survived to become a sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (586)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Coben at his best"
    Overall

    A great "read." Skillful plotting, vivid descriptions, wonderful character studies. There is a dimension to his writing that I haven't seen before. Time well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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