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Anne-Marie

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hunger but Mainly Death Games: A Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bratniss Everclean
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Suzanne Collins' epic trilogy was way more about death than food. Or at least this is what Bratniss Everclean discovers, when she leaves the comforts of Slum 12, Pandumb's garbage dump, to shortsightedly volunteer for a teenage death tournament. But she soon realizes there are fates worse than death...like weirdly having to date her fellow competitor, and lifelong stalker, Pita Malarkey. Okay, okay, it's not worse than DEATH, but it's still pretty annoying.

    Anne-Marie says: "Huge disappointment!!!! Don't waste your money!!!"
    "Huge disappointment!!!! Don't waste your money!!!"
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    What would have made The Hunger but Mainly Death Games better?

    This book is horribly written!!!! The original story was ripe for parody, but this version is an absolute WASTE of money!!!


    What was most disappointing about Bratniss Everclean’s story?

    Story??? What story???? This is simply a juvenile attempt at re-writing. This could've been so clever, but no.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from The Hunger but Mainly Death Games?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not one to complain, but this book was so badly done, I felt the need to warn potential customers. I'm incredibly disappointed. I wish Audible offered refunds to disgruntled customers. Actually, I want the writer to give me my money back. Audible should rescind payment to the author!

    Even my teenage nieces wanted to stop listening, and they're extremely open-minded.
    I'm a comedy lover. I can find humor in almost ANYTHING. But not this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1088)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Good story, but hard to listen"
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    What would have made The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy better?

    I don't know. Maybe it's just easier to READ this story, than to listen to it. I enjoyed the written books years ago, kinda enjoyed the movie, but I just couldn't get into the audiobook version. I actually stopped listening and switched to another book completely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trillion!!! I like bright, sassy female characters.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I REALLY liked the fact that each character was portrayed by different actors. That made it a bit easier to listen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Sleepiness. Slight agitation.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I got this on sale! I'd be frustrated if I'd spent my monthly credit. I'm only out a few bucks, so no big deal. Of course, your enjoyment may vary. (TIP: Listen to the free preview first)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (765)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "If you like dogs and mysteries, GET THIS!"
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    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining. Accurate behaviors. .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole story: plot, character development and of course, Chet.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated that Jim Frangione never over played any of the roles.


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

    This book made laugh out loud VERY often. My own German Shepherds enjoyed my reactions. I can't say they were actively LISTENING to the STORY, but one ran to the iPod when the story came to the end of the first download and the device went silent. (The same way that my alpha alerts me to phone calls that I miss). I listen to audio books when cleaning the house and doing chores, so my dogs follow me from room to room, helping carry items, putting things in the trash or dragging the laundry basket. Perhaps they liked this story because every time Spencer Quinn nailed one of Chet's reactions, I would smile and interact with my dogs.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1038)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Was he paid for each word?"
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    Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Euan Morton?

    Definitely!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    Most certainly!


    Do you think Sacre Bleu needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please, no. I'm pretty sure EVERYTHING was covered by this exhaustive work.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually enjoy anything written by Christopher Moore, but this book was a bit too long and too wordy. (Was he paid per word???) Most of the characters were well developed and the storyline was complex and interesting. I did appreciate the amount of research this must've taken and his ability to weave such a complex tale. And I must admit, I now look at each painting with "Sacre Bleu" in mind! I now search for that color everywhere!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4035)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3323)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Waaaaay tooooo looooong."
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or the narrators?

    Yes


    Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

    This loooong story kinda kept me entertained while I cleaned out my dressing room/closet, which is an unending chore. I was able to tolerate several multi-hour sessions of folding, hanging and organizing. I am determined to finish the project and the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (593)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    I loved Miss Pettigrew's honesty and morals.


    What about Frances McDormand’s performance did you like?

    Nice character separation.


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

    Yes. I just wish it lasted longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Stuck in First Gear"
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    Would you try another book from Robert M. Pirsig and/or Michael Kramer?

    Yes. Keyword: TRY


    What could Robert M. Pirsig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added SOMETHING interesting in the first chapter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader had a droning, monotonist voice. He read it as if HE had little interest in the prose.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It would help me drift off to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Most people love this book, I just couldn't get into it. I am a motorcyclist and I adore philosophy, but this book actually bored me. I only made it through chapter 1, but I kept thinking, "Come on, get out of First Gear!!!!"
    Perhaps it eventually got better, but I need something more entertaining. I can't imagine listening to this while driving late at night!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (4739)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2529)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Delightful!!! All the pieces come together!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This book is thoroughly engaging to adventure sports enthusiasts, athletes and especially runners.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author wove a wonderful story with physiology and anthropology.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the author's journey.


    If you could give Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why man runs. You will want to too!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed this book. I'm a fairly athletic woman, a fitness instructor who wants to run again, but I tend to injure myself every time. (I spent 4 months in a walking boot due to multiple stress fractures from running too long).

    This book gave me the itch to trail run like we did as kids. It also touched on techniques I've been considering for a while. This book has many of my heros, people and events I've been reading about for years. Then I found out that this was written (and lived) by a man I've been reading for ages!!! Wonderful!!!

    Audible suggested this book when I wrote about a book I hated and regretted buying. Audible stepped up and offered me an exchange. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a perfect recommendation. Thank you!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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