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Mary

California, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Engaging, endearing, captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I dread the end of this audio book. I've enjoyed every minute of it. Even my drive to work has been something I've looked forward to. I absolutely love Jenna Lamia, who totally captures the unique personalities, both male and female, of each character. She's amazing.

    Jennifer's Niven's writing is so well done, transporting the listener to another place, another time. THe only way I can face the end of this book is the knowledge that another follows. Thank you for the distinct pleasure of listening to this tale!


    What other book might you compare Velva Jean Learns to Drive to and why?

    The Secret LIfe of Bees


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Velva Jean Learns to Drive and why?

    Definitely Velva Jean, but her grandparents and Johnny Clay were also admirable.


    1 of 1 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
    (26018)
    Performance
    (12672)
    Story
    (12714)

    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!"
    "Audio Perfection"
    Overall

    This has got to be the best audio book I've experienced in the past 4 years. I spent 12 hours in the car recently, and the trip flashed by while I was totally transported by this engaging, heartwarming saga. The voices were perfect, the imagery vivid, and the characters like close friends. Absolutely loved it! I'm hoping for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12670)
    Performance
    (5135)
    Story
    (5196)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I just finished this book, and I already miss the characters. Both interesting and entertaining, this book had characters I grew to care deeply about and the best narration I've experienced in any audio book. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Lennon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

    scott says: "A must for any Lennon fan"
    "A unique perspective"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt is was well-written and seemed totally believable. Few accounts of Lennon's life can be seen from this perspective.

    The world recognizes John as a talented man, but, a hero? I don't see that, as much as I wish it could be true. The love and peace he preached seems highly hypocritical considering his actions toward his own family. Sad.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hunter Davies
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    As the only authorized biographer, Davies had full access to the Fab Four, as well as their help and ecouragement. He spent 18 months with them when they were at the peak of their musical genius and at the pinnacle of their popularity, making a mark on history and popular culture that would never fade.

    Christina says: "Not bad"
    "Interesting content; irritating narration"
    Overall

    Davies' book does a very effective job of conveying the unique aspects of each Beatle's character and the circumstances that influenced the evolution of each personality. It's a shame that legal b.s. prevented him from being totally honest. An unwhitewashed version would have been even more interesting.

    The unrivalled talent and creatvity of these 4 individuals is made even more evident in Davies' retrospective view. Ultimately, the Beatles story is one of friendship. It still saddens me that those bonds were broken--whatever the real reasons were.

    I would, however, recommend reading this instead of listening to it. The audio quality is poor, and the narrator is flat, bland, and irritating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Outrageously fun!"
    Overall

    What a hoot! I enjoyed every minute of this story. I wish I could go to the Slug right now and chug a few with the girls. Loved the zombies--what a festive touch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3991)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1308)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Engaging!"
    Overall

    I really hated to see this book end. Although the premise seemed absurd to me at first, the narrator and the author made it all totally believable. I loved the characters, the dialogue, and the settings. I was engrossed from beginning to end and look forward to more Audible entries from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (442)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Glad to be let go"
    Overall

    While I respect the author's imaginative premise, most of the novel seemed like dead space. It was difficult to stay focused on the narration. A short story would have been much more appropriate than the endless harping on the inconsequential routines of daily life. The twist is revealed much to late to make a difference. I just wanted to scream to the main characters--do something!

    0 of 0 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
    (1241)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    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"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book. Hated to see it end. Wild characters, wacky situations, suspenseful, and, most of all, fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2761)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (961)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Beautifully touching"
    Overall

    This is a beautiful, touching saga of overcoming the inertia that can trap us into a dull, meaningless existence. I cried when it ended, and I cried before it ended thinking about its end. Moving narration. Highly recommended

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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