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Bonnie

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Bellmore, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2442)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1253)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Not for those who can't deal with profanity"
    Overall

    HOWEVER, that doesn't mean it's not hysterical. I found myself laughing out loud. I have read much of Shakespeare, and I am familiar with "King Lear". I really find it disheartening that people don't listen to the free clips. If they did maybe they would save a credit and not put down something that others enjoy. I have listened to this MANY times, and even bought the book. I have listened to "Lamb" MANY times as well and I'm sure there are many Christians and Jews who find the book sacrilegious. Come on people If you don't like profanity, fine but EVERYONE should listen to the free clips and read the descriptions. It would also help you know if you like the narrator. Can't blame the Audiable if your not using the tools they offer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • August: Osage County

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tracy Letts
    • Narrated By Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, and others
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.

    Mike T. says: "Funny and gut wrenching drama."
    "Heart breaking black humor"
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    What did you love best about August: Osage County?

    If you think your family is dysfunctional this one will really make you think THRICE


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a play, and each character was played by a different person. All done very well


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No never heard any of these persons preform before.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was hard not to have extreme reactions to this family. The heartbreak and snarky humor really floored me


    Any additional comments?

    This was a stage play that was recorded. It was done to perfection. I could picture what was happening and the anguish these people were feeling. In the end it was a gut wrenching story. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty's Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mega-best-selling author Annie Rice returns to where she left off in Beauty's Release with the disappearance of Queen Eleanor in Bellavalten. Now, 20 years after they were forced to leave the kingdom to return to their homeland, Beauty and her husband, Laurent, agree to travel back as its king and queen, to uphold the ways of complete sensual surrender with a twist: They now insist on voluntary servitude in Bellavalten.

    Bonnie says: "If you listened to the first three....."
    "If you listened to the first three....."
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    Would you listen to Beauty's Kingdom again? Why?

    If you listened to the first three in this series, you should listen to this. Remember this book takes place 20 years after the ending of the trilogy. Many things and people have changed. Even though Beauty is only 35, or 36 years old and still exquisite, there are many characters being brought back and some new ones to learn about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The changes that are brought about in "Beauties Kingdom", It brings back a time of glory and a better hand of safety for those who CHOOSE to be SLAVES. In order to understand this book, you really have had to listen to the first three. (not abridged).


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of the narrators and they all did a fine job in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not like the first three, it has a different slant, and it is changing the way the country is being run. Beauty sees a way to revive the land and bring people back. It works, and she also finds out that she can get what she wants as well and still be Queen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reunion in Death: In Death, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (376)

    At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, "surprise!" It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

    Liz says: "The voices are back"
    "I missed this one and just purchased"
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    If you could sum up Reunion in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't sum up in only three words too much going on .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve, and Peabody...... but all the characters and the emotions are fantastic


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Susan Ericksen brought this book to life, Peabody's parents, when Eve and Rorke go to Dallas and she returns to the hotel where she left her father. So much emotion and power in the telling. This story was a knock out and done beautifully


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I missed this one even though I have 39 books in the series. I just purchased when it was on sale and glad I did. So much in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I've listened to all the previous "In Death" books before this one. It didn't loose anything for me it really made some things clearer. Eve and Rorke both have lots of baggage from their childhood, Eve's being the most horrible. However they support each other. That is the bottom line. I've really like this series so far and glad I went back and got this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angles of Attack: Frontlines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    The alien forces known as the Lankies are gathering on the solar system's edge, consolidating their conquest of Mars and setting their sights on Earth. The far-off colony of New Svalbard, cut off from the rest of the galaxy by the Lanky blockade, teeters on the verge of starvation and collapse. The forces of the two Earth alliances have won minor skirmishes but are in danger of losing the war.

    Harold says: "Not done with Andrew and Hailee yet"
    "Book 3 in "Front Lines" TRILOGY?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Angles of Attack the most enjoyable?

    I've listened to all three books in this series, and thought it's supposed to be a trilogy. It was really exciting and full of action, except the ending left an opening for a sequel, another book in this series. I'm sure it will be good, but when you expect a trilogy, shouldn't it be that? Sometimes authors get caught up in their story lines and or characters. I'm not sure which. Kloos is fantastic with creating both, but I really get annoyed with authors that don't know when to end. Even if the series is fantastic, sometimes it's time to move on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    None stop action Kloos knows how to create action and keep it moving. Really love that.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators, from Iron Druid, to 600 hours of Edward. He's fantastic with voices, accents and emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes many


    Any additional comments?

    If the author chooses to continue this series I will get the next book, however I hope that he thinks of a way to end it with reason. I've had several authors end series very well and enjoyed the final book too. (Some don't end the series well, and that too is a shame)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alethea Kontis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

    Amazon Customer says: "Charming... Enchanting"
    "Grimm in a blender with a dash of humor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Pleasantly surprised by the story line characters and interaction of the whole thing. I wasn't sure what I was expecting but I got on sale and got very good reviews. This isn't my normal read. but I really enjoyed to the very end..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sunday and the entire Woodcutter family......the extended persons as well.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I never heard her before but she was perfect for this story


    Any additional comments?

    This was a marvelous mix of Grimm Brothers and a quirky sense of humor and the macabre. I enjoyed and found it better than expected. I may check out more of this authors work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Principle of Desire: The Science of Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Delphine Dryden
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After several years as a submissive, psychology lecturer Beth is eager to experience being on the other end of the whip for a change. When she meets sweet but socially awkward Ed at a party, it's obvious the aerospace engineer is interested - and obvious he's way too vanilla. When tracking down a friend lands him in a BDSM club, Ed's eyes are opened to a whole other world - and a whole other side of Beth. Then Beth's former Master shows up, and Ed agrees to play along as her sub in exchange for a real date.

    NEW NAME says: "I freaking love these books!"
    "Nice surprise for the genre"
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    Would you listen to The Principle of Desire again? Why?

    Most likely, it was well written and the story line was interesting. About a woman who's into the BDSM seen as a submissive, but wants to try topping. Her "Top" is not happy with this and they separate. In the interim she meets a vanilla rocket scientist (He really is) and they start something that ends up shaking both their worlds up more than they thought.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is something that just might happen, where things in a persons life bring them to a point for them to make decisions about who they are and what they want to do with the rest of their lives. The woman in the story had a strong personality and she was willing to try new things.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several, one was when Ed tried topping Beth. Had some interesting moments.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When a person makes a choice to change their circumstance after 7 years its not easy, but it takes strength and faith in yourself to move on. I think that is something that touched me about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I never listened to any other stories by this author but I know the narrator and the book was on sale so I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Grid: A Jane Yellowrock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    In Off the Grid, Jane goes on what looks like a simple mission for the Knoxville blood-master - finding a missing Mithran. Her search leads Jane to a young woman named Nell, a woman with a scarred past and a strange power, a woman who may hold the key to saving the missing vampire, if Jane can convince her to assist.

    The Book Nympho says: "Lot of action in just 2 hours!"
    "As a BIG Jane Fan this si a must."
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    Where does Off the Grid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can only compare to the rest of the Jane Yellowrock series, and as usual it is a stand out short story. Well worth the price, and I got on sale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A surprise for Jane, Nell is a really strange woman with powers, that she really doesn't want anyone to know about. (because for years she was tortured because of them and had to hide them) To Nell anything super natural is evil so she believes she is (at least this is what I get from her interactions with Jane)


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to her in all of the "Yellowrock" series and in other audiobooks as well, she is a natural for narrations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't let anyone know who you really are.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Faith Hunter finds a way to put Nell in future stories of Jane. I think bringing her out to accept who she is and give her faith in her powers could be a very interesting add on to a story. This was well worth the price for the story line even though the ending kind of left you hanging about Nell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas.

    no says: "Good sequel to River God."
    "This is book 5 in the Egyption series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Desert God the most enjoyable?

    Wilbur Smith doesn't pull punches. This series takes place thousands of years ago, when the powerful ruled with iron hand and the rest of humanity was fodder. There is much horror and cruelty. Some of it is gut churning but in all honesty the world was not an easy place to live in 5500-6000 years ago. Most people didn't live to be adults.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was always thickening, Taita, a eunuch slave in the first book in the series, now has the power of being the right had of the Pharaoh.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There have been several different narrators in this series, and they have all been very good. Mike Grady also did an excellent job with emotions and voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only, but I did finish over the weekend.


    Any additional comments?

    Wilbur Smith writes intense violent, and sometime horrifying situations that can be very upsetting to the 21st century person. However if you think of how the world was during the Crusades, the Dark Ages, etc, you know for a fact that there is much inhumanity just to survive. The main Character is not without flaws, but who is?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

    Matthew says: "Poor sequel"
    "Warning the much violence"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series takes place in a time where people were fodder and unless you were a powerful individual your life was in the hands of those who do have the power. Violence and brutality was something that happened regularly. Wilbur Smith doesn't cut corners on it. If you can't handle this kind of in your face horror, then don't listen to this series. Men, Women, children were all used in ways that would make the Holocaust look like camp. This is the way life was 6000 years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Taita, a eunuch, in this series grows in each book. The stories and histories of Egypt that Wilbur Smith paints with his words are cruel, but memorizing. I've listened to this series more than once, and each book Taita grows into a stronger and more powerful, and influential person in Egypt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (429)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "I've listened to many times"
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    What did you love best about River God?

    Wilbur Smith knows history of Egypt, the culture and things that not so pleasant to those of us that live in the 21st century. There are horrors that occur to people, both male and female on a regular basis. (Much of it will be cringe worthy) however the fact that it's a historical novel and so well written with amazing characters. I just had to listen to over the years more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Taita, the eunuch, who over the book grows in power and is trusted with much.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a series of books. For some reason book two is not available on Audible. but Warlock, Quest, and River God are. In each book Taita shows his nimble mind and grows in power in Egypt. Great series. Not all read by Dick Hill but all narrated great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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