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Teri

San Francisco, CA United States

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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2662)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2432)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Most pathetic/clueless female character ever."
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    What would have made Me Before You better?

    A rewrite with a new female lead not written to be so lame and pathetic.


    What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

    The complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa. How readers (or listeners) can like this book with such a disappointing character is beyond me. The most obvious things she can't figure out, anticipate or wrap her head around? Please. And the description of the book and some reviewers comment on how close her family is. All that was mentioned is how often her family makes fun of her, calls her stupid and has absolutely no expectations of her beyond getting a new job at a cafe, if she's lucky. In my world, that's not a close or supportive family. I feel like the author expects readers themselves to be a bit clueless to accept anything in this story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Maybe. She wasn't great, but she didn't make the story any worse, that's for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit or your $. There are SO many better stories out there!!! If a tear jerker is what you're after, listen to something beautiful like The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - an amazing story that will make your heart break at times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10552)
    Performance
    (9579)
    Story
    (9599)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Meh"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The best way I can describe the writing in this book, is that someone socially awkward wrote what he thought was "cool" dialogue amongst his characters. His idea of "flirty" banter with characters uttering phrases like "don't knock it 'till you try it" and all sorts of lame sexual innuendo got old. How quickly everyone in the building became friends was a stretch, so coupled with the dialogue, there's a lot of suspension of disbelief needed of the listener. It wasn't a terrible listen (thankfully one of my favorite narrators is the voice of this book), but the story could have been better - in the blink of an eye, the action starts, but at 3/4 of the way through the book, so felt like the author either took too much time at the beginning or was rushing to get to his conclusion. Honestly, I'm shocked by how many people gave this book rave reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15664)
    Performance
    (13893)
    Story
    (13928)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A well-written twist - much better than I expected"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening early on - the quizzes that the female narrator reads through painfully slowly are so annoying. If I was reading the book I would have skipped over them (the female character of the book, Amy, wrote the quizzes that you see in many women's magazines, and she'll give "what should I do/have done" scenarios in the form of a quiz - annoying, to say the least and the one aspect I wish the author would have left out). However, I'm glad I kept going. The quiz format thing eventually goes away (pretty much), and I actually found the female narrator of this book is especially good, aside from her reading of the "quizzes." There is a twist to this book that keeps you hooked. And the author writes like we often might think, there's no dumbing-down of anything. It's very well written and I'm so glad I used a credit on this! Get past the first part and you'll be glad you did too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ripley Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (154)

    The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

    Darwin8u says: "When gods made Highsmith, they broke the plates."
    "Loving the Ripley series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'd read that some didn't care for the second book in the Ripley series as much, but I completely enjoyed it. I'd been introduced to Ripley from the Talented Mr. Ripley movie, and enjoyed the book almost as much (yes, I actually liked the movie more than the book); but enjoyed it enough to move on to book two. And I liked it more I think because there was nothing I was comparing it to. Seeing how Ripley is evolving was interesting and the story itself kept me engaged. I'm definitely looking forward to Highsmith's next books in the Ripley series - he's a great character, and these stores make for great audible listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (2194)
    Story
    (2181)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "A great listen!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A very well-written suspense book, the narrator was great, and probably one of my favorite audible listens so far. Great character development and the pace of the story was perfect. An edge of your seat listen for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "Exactly what I want in an audible book..."
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    Any additional comments?

    ...a story I look forward to continuing every time I put my ear buds in. Not all audible books pass this test, and the ones that do I'm grateful to have discovered. A well-crafted story with a variety of characters (even one that shares my name!) that end up being connected in interesting ways. I hope St. John will continue writing in this genre; perhaps make this book into a series as the ending seems to imply, as I'm sure his stories will only get better. Part mystery, part "action book," I could actually see this story being turned into a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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