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Joanna

Glendale, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "Expected More"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked Fingersmith, loved The Little Stranger, and hoped for a lot more from this book. Sarah Walters seems to have forgotten about plot, and written this novel with 3 goals in mind, goals which she does indeed acomplish: 1) Portraying daily life in WW2 London with surprising and interesting detail 2) Writing some gay storylines 3) Diving deeply into her characters lives... even into the most colorless aspects of their lives. If you end up loving these characters half as much as the author does, you will love this book despite it's lack of plot. I liked the characters, but I was bored a lot and wanted a plot. I also wanted insight into human nature, since I want that in all my reads (there was one scene where a character gets schooled regarding "the cinema"... but that was it) and I would have loved a thoughtful surprise like the ontological idea in The Little Stranger, but I didn't get those either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    "Sadly, Super Boring"
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    What disappointed you about The Farm?

    A lot disappointed me about The Farm. I did not care for the boring mom's endless, punishing recounting of her tale. I was staggered each time she repeated a mind-numbing detail, or produced a new, uninteresting storytelling device... A couple times I wondered if the author was deliberately trying to be boring. The Child 44 series was so outstanding, that I still love this author. But, please, TRS, no more like this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
    "Super Slow Reading With Tons of Pauses"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Troy Duran?

    Troy is great but someone (him? the producer?) made the mistake of having him stretch out each sentence, the words read on the slow side, and between words there were a LOT of pauses.. it got to be irritating pretty fast.


    Any additional comments?

    The story may have been good if I read it with my eyes instead of listening to it, I don't know. It was hard to give the story a fair shake with such slooooow reading. Even when I put it on 1.5 speed, it wasn't a real fix because Troy's awesome voice got compromised, lost some of it's gravitas and it's gravely quality.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (309)

    We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.

    Alyssa says: "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"
    "This is SO Fresh"
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    What did you love best about Jam?

    This book was SO out there and weird - in a great, way. It's fresh, imaginative, surprising, playful... I'm loving your talent, Mr Croshaw!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jam is not a typical example of the genre, but it's post-apocalyptic, and I love post-apocalyptic novels. But what I liked BEST... hm... probably the wild creativity. The idea of the Jam, itself, and the odd characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1406)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Really Good!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This has the dense Harlan Coban weave of relationships and plot lines that he's loved for, it's got the freshness of a female detective character, and there is also some material about youth today, technology, and of course love-angst. I really enjoyed it. I almost didn't get this audiobook because I found the audio sample to be of a rather "meh" moment in a bar. I'm glad I took the risk because it was really good! I don't agree that Harlan can't do women - he did great with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

    Barbara says: "Riding a local train"
    "Stunning"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the protagonist's gloomy imperfection, his thought process, his worries, and the quirky details of his old-timey medical practice. I loved that one of the female characters is homely, and how her homeliness was experienced by the protagonist. However it was the mystery of the house.. the reason behind the bizarre goings-on that make this book outstanding. The author's inspired idea for this, and her unhurried reveal made me want to stand up and clap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (329)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Wish it Were Longer"
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    If you like backdrops of tough, old timey England, and you like strong female characters with pluck, then read this book. You'll get all that and more with Fingersmith. This story pulled me in like a bedtime story for grown-ups. I felt I was on an magical ride with the heroine, caring about her ups and downs, and wishing it all lasted longer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (3271)
    Story
    (3296)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Amazing Writing, Amazing Reading."
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    Stephen King is a craftsman with a beautiful literary voice. His words flow casually and perfectly, and culminate in so many brilliant phrasings... it's like he's nonchalantly tossing pearls in the air! I have been talking about his skill with friends, and I have been told that IT is one of his best works. I recommend IT strongly, especially since the reader, Stephen Weber, is also outstanding. Weber has an impressive vocal range, and he has the instinct and talent of a performer.... bringing an energetic cadence to sentences that you know others would read flatly. I think listening to Weber read brought more to the novel than my own mind would have, had I read it myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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