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Lisa

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4149)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1579)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "A Brilliant Story Teller"
    Overall

    Maybe I love David Sedaris so much because I can see pieces of my family in his stories. This is life delivered with a brilliant satirical wit. If you are "PC", it's not for you but if you have an appreciation for witty storytelling, go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3255)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1467)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "A great listen."
    Overall

    I picked this one because of the great reviews. Nothing about it upon first glance would be something I would typically be drawn to otherwise. Thank you previous reviewers! I'm so glad I gave it a chance because it was an absolute riviting listen. A++++++

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Molly-o says: "Nothing better"
    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Overall

    I read this book in college and thought I would give it another listen. So glad I did. I loved it even more the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3961)
    Performance
    (2364)
    Story
    (2381)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "A worthwhile Koontz book"
    Overall

    While Koontz can be a little wordy at times, this one was a pleasent surprise. Less rambling, more story, the characters were likeable and the premise of time travel was quite interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6223)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2409)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Best book I've listened to in a decade"
    Overall

    wow! What a great story...well told...well narated. I thought the subject matter was going to make this a really "odd" book but it was such an amazing story and it was so much more than the description suggests. Get it, you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1826)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Great Book, Irritating Narration"
    Overall

    The story itself was 5 stars but the narration was annoying to say the least. Frank Muller sounds as if he's doing his best overdramatic mockery of bad theater. With over-zealous annunciation and horribly mistimed dramatic pauses, its a good thing the book was gripping. I probably would not have gotten thru it otherwise.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (574)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "An Awesome Book"
    Overall

    Loved it. I have no idea how anyone with even an ounce of appreciation for a well written novel wouldn't enjoy Stephen King...period. Even if it was a grocery list, his stories ARE in the details. Duma Key and the The Stand are, by far, my favorites but this one is definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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