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Julie

Loami, IL, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 587 titles in library
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  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (341)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "Beautiful"
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    This book took my breath away. If you liked Kite Runner, you will enjoy this as well.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3685)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3425)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Kate Mulgrew should narrate another book"
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    Kate Mulgrew should narrate another book- as in a different book, not this one. I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, and I thought Horns was a great read, but NOS4A2 was disappointing. I don't understand all the glowing reviews. I didn't think the novel was anything more than mediocre at best. I expected better, and I was let down. We all know Kate Mulgrew is a talented actress and her narration is top notch. I think it was wasted on what, to me, was not as good as a clearance rack paperback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (984)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    Barry Hill says: "Intriguing story, unfortunate narration."
    "Hire someone to narrate the book"
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    This may be the most amazing book in the universe. However, I will never know, because the narration is so awful that I had to make it stop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6443)
    Performance
    (5552)
    Story
    (5546)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Please, please get James Marsters"
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    I came late to the series, so I binged and listened to all 13 books in order. I loved how James Marsters was able to differentiate between the characters so much that I could tell which was speaking based on his inflection. The first-person narrative created a sense that I was actually listening to the character, not just to the narrator. Oh, why did Penguin Audio have to so jarringly change narrators? I agree with other reviewers- whatever scheduling conflict there was should have been worked out. If it meant waiting a while for the audiobook to be released, I would wait. If they re-release the book narrated by James Marsters, I would buy it again, just to hear "Harry" again. I had difficulty telling the difference between characters, and some of them have new accents. When did Father Forthill turn into Father Flanagan?

    This book has a different feel than the others, which isn't a bad thing, but with the combination the change in flavor of the book and the change of narrator, I was disappointed. If James Marsters will narrate the remaining Dresden Files, I will gladly give him a portion of my paycheck in perpetuity.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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