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Ana

Venice, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (561)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "A great listen...."
    Overall

    I knew there would be traffic and in anticipation of driving the 405 on a Friday in Los Angeles, I loaded several books in my iPod. The Testament was not the book I was going to listen to, but I accidentally selected it and in a few minutes I was hooked.

    Frank Muller is the best reader and John Grisham spins a great tale. I found the 1 hour drive in traffic flew by and I didn't want to turn it off when I got in the garage. The 13 hours 34 minutes is well worth it, totally entertaining and a great listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14584)
    Performance
    (11974)
    Story
    (12601)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Save your credits!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If I could give it a minus star I would!
    Maybe teenagers would be a good audience for this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Edit! When I first started this book it seemed like it had such possibilities! The dialogue is childish and unrealistic in my opinion. The narrator is not the best but seems to do an ok job. I did not mind her tone of voice and realized that the childlike sound was not the narrators fault but the way it’s written.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credits!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26739)
    Performance
    (13377)
    Story
    (13422)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Totally enjoyable"
    Overall

    Excellent, one of my favorite "listens" totally engrossed in the story. I was sad when it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (836)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "I kept hoping it would pick up"
    Overall

    But never did. It's a nice story but I found it less than I expected. One of the reviewers said it was "chore to listen to it" and the reviewer was right.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "I kept waiting for it to get better"
    Overall

    I kept waiting for it to get better. I loved Skinny Dip and have read all kinds of great reviews and saw Carl Hiaasen interviewed on 60 minutes and thought oh great another fun book to listen to.... but not so... it started out ok but ..... I somehow finished it but.... I think if I had to do it over I would save my book credit for something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Gomer Pyle Goes to College"
    Overall

    The author should get rid of his Thesaurus and hire an editor, cut cut cut. 31 hours? He seems like he wants to impress with words rather than tell a good story.
    Besides he graduated in 1951 from college why does he think he can capture today's youth? I think it's an old man's opinion of what the kids may be like today.
    So if you liked Gomer Pyle USMC television show from the 60's you'll like Charlotte.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Only Love Is Real

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian L. Weiss
    • Narrated By Brian L. Weiss
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Ana says: "One of the most interesting..."
    "One of the most interesting..."
    Overall

    One of the most interesting books I've ever read. An easy read, it reads like a novel. Dr. Weiss makes a lot of interesting points. I've read this book and I've listened to it, it gets more interesting each time. His credentials are impressive and give him creadibility. It certainly changed my view of the possibility of previous lives.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Present: The Gift that Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Spencer Johnson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Present is an engaging story of a young man's journey to adulthood, and his search for The Present, a mysterious and elusive gift he first hears about from a great old man. This Present, according to the old man, is "the best present a person can receive."

    Ana says: "Slow down Reader!"
    "Slow down Reader!"
    Overall

    The reader speaks so fast that the message is hard to concentrate on. I felt like telling him to take a deep breath and slow down!

    Well marketed and full of fluff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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