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lynn

louisville, Cayman Islands | Member Since 2009

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  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5774)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5117)

    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"
    "almost..."
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    Described as "exotic", "enchanting", "dazzling"--I'll give it an "A" for wonderfully descriptive with interesting characters and a dab of Shakespeare. But the narration is a bit too, melodramatic and the back-to-back labyrinths get to be a little much. Overall, it missed that one ingredient that could have made it great. My first instinct-- there was very little turn-of-the-century structure--could have added richness. Then it hit me. The reason Summit picked this up so fast is not for its comparable literary quality (Harry Potter comparison) but because it reads more like a screenplay than a novel. When you take a step back, the chapters are simply set directions injected with dialogue. Final answer--Like a good piece of chocolate, it's worth the diversion but don't expect a gourmet meal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (382)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Mrs. Margaret says: "AWESOME"
    "Oh Stephen..."
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Blair Brown?


    Any additional comments?

    The music and sound effects are nearly annoying, definitely not a contribution.

    Blair Brown is amazing and I enjoyed the bonus of having Rose, the main character work as an audio narrator.

    Stephen as Norman. I have had the pleasurable distinction of only reading King in audio; hundreds of hours. The words read by the author in his understanding of Norman's mind turn up the chill to epic.

    (Consider that I am a fan, he could crap in a bag on my doorstep and I'd love him).

    "She looked like a woman mentally counting the choices of a lifetime, discovering the wrongs ones outnumber the right ones, and not by only a few either".

    Anyone who could create this understanding deserves a five star salute.

    You could put that on a pillow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (3992)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2753)

    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"
    "Love fest"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a late Stephen King lover, but a lover no less. He makes people. He puts someone you know in an extraodinary situation. But what's more, he puts them in your head and then takes them on a macabre ride. While the words may never be topped, Steven Weber is the vehicle that makes the story come alive in a way that would NEVER have happened tn any other medium. He enriches the experience. He creates an expression that enhances the literary language in a way that becomes its own valued genre. I would kiss his head if I ever met him. MWAA!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13580)
    Performance
    (11055)
    Story
    (11685)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Really?"
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    Even with a most ardent suspension of disbelief, this series is amazing, yet I???m still not sure which of the following reasons impressed me most:

    1.That (except for the huge difference in quality) the series should be more fantastically categorized with "Lincoln the Vampire hunter" and more appropriately re-titled " Trixie Beldon and the Marquis de Sade."

    2. If a key word search removed "body wash, "oh my" and any references to wardrobes or meals you'd have maybe 25 pages (12 pages if you excluded interior and architecture descriptions).

    3. That immature, whiny, annoying and constantly questioning would be attractive to anyone, especially a devastatingly handsome bejillionaire.

    4. That anything slightly prurient outweighs a need for (any) literary integrity.

    5. That this ever made it beyond the bodice-ripper section.

    My biggest fear is that the popular success of this drek will spawn more of the same.

    Oh...the narration is the worst by far of hundreds of audio! The worst.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1434)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Childish and predictable"
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    Where do I begin--the story is a stretch even for the most ardent sci-fi fan, the plot is predictable from the very beginning, the narration is "high school drama club" with a touch poorly rendered "Boris and Natasah" and the final testament, I fell asleep in the last three chapters and didn't even care to rewind. Not for anyone over the age of 12.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6465)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2969)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Michael says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part One"
    "King-tripper"
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    Not a big King follower but a great fantasy with some very profound "meaning of life" undertones--especially for those who appreciate good writing. Story and characters just the right mix of fantastic, well-defined and interesting. George Guidall gives it his gritty touch of perfection in all characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Possession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

    Inga E. Calvin says: "audible poetry"
    "cautionary tale"
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    Be advised: This book is not for the "faint of intellect". I've had this selection for over a year, unable to get by the first 30 minutes. It is deeply poetic, highly literary and makes continuous reference to classic literature and academic literature frameworks and devices. That being said, the book is a mesmerizing portrait in language, visual imagery and human connection, painted with poetic metaphor. Definitely an instance where the audio lends value to the written novel--Leisham not only excels at character portrayal but her voice breathes life as masterfully fluid brushstroke. Byatt's command of multiple writing genres is nothing less than amazing--will be one of my all time-favorites. BTW, it also happens to be one heck-of-a romantic tragedy with a bittersweet ending (spoiler)! (tear)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (955)

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "full steam fun"
    Overall

    A delightful mix of fantasy and Victorian England, at the same time fresh and wittty. The quirky mix of characters is great. The action and adventure have the flavor of the "Wild, Wild West" storyline, with crazy gadgets and wacky heros and villains--and steamy love interest. Great chemistry among the characters. Don't be fooled by the outward simplicity, Carriger walks the walk of both the erudite and urbane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Andrew Johnson
    • Narrated By Andrew Johnson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This recording is designed to help you overcome the emotional and physical cravings for alcohol. Are you finding that one drink is turning into a few or too many? Are you finding you’re using alcohol to relax? Drinking can quickly turn into a habit that many people find hard to break. If you want to stop drinking altogether or cut down and regain control, Stop Drinking can help.

    t joy says: "Truth in advertising"
    "Sunshine on butter"
    Overall

    Andrew Johnson is amazing in both his voice quality and phrasing. His technique is far and above any other hypnosis offering. Johnson's scripting is positive, empowering and uplifting and for me, the power of his inspiration carries beyond each listening experience. Even without the behavior component, Johnson's relaxation method is like sunshine on butter. He creates a new context for the phrase, "someone I can't wait to get in bed"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (377)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Good writing, ruined in audio"
    Overall

    This is the third time I fell in love with a series (Outlander, Game of Thrones and now Otori), only to find great narrators through the first books in the series were changed on the last book. WTF--Hello Audible. Your brand is audio. If you have a great narrator for a popular series, why disappoint customers by changing on the last book? There might be something worse you could do, but I can't think of it in my disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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